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The Connected Home


Online Course Length: 4 hours | Course Price: $99.00
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Learn about today’s smart home and become knowledgeable with this fast-growing industry

This engaging introduction to the digital home is designed for anyone new to the residential technology industry or interested in the growing market opportunities. Students learn about the capabilities, benefits and technical infrastructure that deliver the integration of products and services. A review of the different systems in the connected home are presented. This course is an easy-to-understand orientation to the industry, market, and opportunities changing the way we live, work and play.


There are no recommended prerequisites for this course

Course Learning Objectives

  • Share the dramatic changes with the connected world
  • Explain the Internet of Things
  • Identify the home technology categories / systems
  • Explain integration of home systems
  • Describe incorporating technologies into a home
  • Identify the responsibilities of players and stakeholders

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Life in Today’s Digital World

  1. Additional Course Information (Interactive Activity)
  2. Course Learning Objectives
  3. Course Sections
  4. Section Learning Objectives
  5. State of the Industry
  6. The Connected World
  7. Home Network is the Backbone
  8. Systems in the Home
  9. Structured Wiring
  10. Communications
  11. Entertainment
  12. Lighting Control
  13. Environment & Energy Management
  14. Security, Health and Safety
  15. Home Network
  16. Integrated Home Control
  17. Surge Protection
  18. Other Systems
  19. End User Benefits (Interactive Activity)
  20. The Simmons Family
  21. Section Summary

2. The Internet of Things

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Internet of Things – IoT
  3. IoT by the Numbers in 2020
  4. The Internet of Things by the Numbers
  5. Today’s Connected Products
  6. What the Future Holds
  7. Opportunity Exists
  8. Section Summary

3. Industry Players and Stakeholders

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Serving the Digital Home
  3. Manufacturers
  4. Distributors
  5. Retail
  6. Service Providers
  7. Electronic Systems Contractor
  8. Project Stakeholders
  9. Planning Tools (Interactive Activity)
  10. Industry Association
  11. Section Summary

4. Making It Happen

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Different Needs – Different Solutions
  3. Single Solutions
  4. Pre-Packages Solutions
  5. The Power of Bundles
  6. Custom Solutions
  7. Planning and Design
  8. Planning Symbols
  9. Schedules and Work Orders (Interactive Activity)
  10. Pricing: Rules of Thumb
  11. Steps to Make It Happen
  12. New Construction Process
  13. Technology Retrofit Installation
  14. The Roles of Involved Parties
  15. Role of the EST/Integrator
  16. Site Walkthrough
  17. Construction Drawings
  18. Section Summary

5. Structured Wiring and Communication

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. The Structured Wiring Piece
  3. Yesterday’s Wiring
  4. Structured Wiring Defined
  5. Is Structured Wiring Needed?
  6. Benefits of Structured Wiring
  7. Structured Wiring Components
  8. When to Install Structured Wiring
  9. Pre-Wiring
  10. Communication
  11. Voice Communication Options
  12. Voice over IP (VoIP)
  13. Phone Systems
  14. VoIP Phone and Phone Systems
  15. Video Communication
  16. Intercom
  17. Communication Considerations
  18. Section Summary
  19. Meet the Simmons Family
  20. A Day in the Life …

6. Home Networking

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Home Network is a LAN
  3. Typical Home Network
  4. Home Network Devices (Interactive Activity)
  5. Internet Connection Path
  6. Wide Area Network – WAN
  7. Internet Connection Options
  8. Protocols and IP Addresses
  9. Networks and “Streets”
  10. Network Device Addresses
  11. MAC Address vs. IP Address
  12. IP Addresses
  13. DHCP Assignment Process
  14. Network with IP Addresses
  15. Network Considerations
  16. Section Summary
  17. A Day in the Life …

7. Entertainment

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Entertainment Options
  3. Benefits of Entertainment
  4. Multi-Room Music
  5. Basic Audio System Components (Interactive Activity)
  6. Music Zones
  7. Video with Audio Distribution
  8. Simple A/V System (Interactive Activity)
  9. Signals and Cables
  10. Video Display Options
  11. Home Theater Experience
  12. Types of Home Theaters (Interactive Activity)
  13. Media, Media, and More Media
  14. Storage Options
  15. A/V System in the Digital Home
  16. Entertainment Considerations
  17. Section Summary
  18. A Day in the Life…

8. Lighting Control

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Lighting Control
  3. Features and Benefits
  4. How Lighting Works
  5. Lighting Terms
  6. Lighting, Fixtures, and Lamps
  7. Wired Lighting Control
  8. Centralized Control
  9. Distributed Control
  10. A Combination of Control
  11. Control Technologies
  12. Control Options
  13. Lighting Load Schedule
  14. Programming Lighting Control
  15. Lighting Control Considerations
  16. Section Summary
  17. A Day in the Life…

9. Environment and Energy Management

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Environmental Management
  3. Energy Management
  4. Benefits
  5. Management Devices
  6. Measurement Devices
  7. Control Options
  8. Environmental Considerations
  9. Energy Considerations
  10. Lamp Considerations
  11. Section Summary
  12. A Day in the Life…

10. Security, Health, and Safety

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Security, Health, and Safety
  3. Benefits of Security, Health & Safety
  4. Security Defined
  5. A Security System
  6. Security System Components
  7. Security Considerations
  8. Access Control Defined
  9. Access Control Components
  10. Access Control Considerations
  11. Surveillance Defined
  12. Surveillance Components
  13. Health and Safety Defined
  14. Health and Safety Components
  15. Health and Safety Considerations
  16. Home Example
  17. Section Summary
  18. A Day in the Life…

11. Power Quality and Other Systems

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Power and Electricity
  3. Electrical Grounding
  4. Protect From Incoming Surges
  5. Surge Protection (Interactive Activity)
  6. Power Conditioning
  7. Uninterruptible Power Supply
  8. Power Considerations
  9. Other Options to Control
  10. Motorized Window Treatments
  11. Other Motorized Devices
  12. Water Management
  13. Other Connected Devices
  14. Other Devices Considerations
  15. Section Summary
  16. A Day in the Life…

12. Integrated Home Control

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Integrated Home Control
  3. Benefits of Integrated Control
  4. Integrated Control Options
  5. Control System Components
  6. Control System Processor
  7. Control System Interfaces
  8. User Interfaces
  9. Scope of System Integration
  10. Control System Example
  11. Control System & Apps Example
  12. Integrated Control Considerations
  13. Section Summary
  14. A Day in the Life…

13. Industry Trends and Insights

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Advancements Over the Years
  3. Technology Adoption
  4. Massive Migration to the Cloud
  5. The Digital Home has Arrived
  6. $$$ Flow to the Digital Home
  7. RMR – Recurring Monthly Revenue
  8. Industry Trends
  9. Future Industry Insights
  10. Section Summary

14. Course Summary

  1. Life in Today’s Digital World
  2. The Internet of Things
  3. Industry Players and Stakeholders
  4. Making It Happen
  5. Structured Wiring
  6. Communications
  7. Home Networking
  8. Entertainment
  9. Lighting Control
  10. Environment & Energy Management
  11. Security , Health, and Safety
  12. Power Quality and Other Systems
  13. Integrated Control
  14. Industry Trends and Insights
  15. Congratulations