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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 1.1. Hacks 1–24

Hacks 1–24

Getting started with home automation can feel like entering a strange, new world. Familiar things such as light switches and electrical outlets take on new roles and capabilities. You hear about house codes, controllers, and sensors that can tell when someone has entered a dark room. And what in the world is a Powerflash? Before you can create your own smart home, you’ll need to educate yourself.

The hacks in this chapter form the foundation upon which you’ll build your smart home. Start at the beginning and get the basics of what does what, or dive into the middle and discover something surprising. You’ll learn how to turn on lights [Hack #2] , take control of your appliances [Hack #3] , and find automation equipment that’s masquerading at your local hardware store [Hack #23] .


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