Tiny House Featured on A&E Includes $24K in Smart Tech

A Pakedge wireless router serves as the backbone of a whole-house audio and control system from Florida Smart Homes.

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Back in 2018, The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commissioned a study called “Housing Market Trends & Preferences” and found that 53% of those asked would consider buying a “tiny home.”

The NAHB defines a tiny home as a space that is less than 600-square feet. Due to a number of reasons related to financial considerations, tiny homes are becoming a more realistic option for a growing number of people. One of the benefits of these home spaces for potential buyers is that they are often packed with technology. 

These homes are attractive to younger homebuyers because Millennials are willing to sacrifice living space for technology. Taking a look at how tiny homes are outfitted with technology, here’s a great example of someone’s willingness to sacrifice space for technology. This tiny house bid from Florida Smart homes features more than $24,000 worth of equipment that supports modern lifestyles. Working with A&E’s “Tiny Home Nation” TV show, Florida Smart homes took part in an episode called “Tiny House Hits the Road.” 

Control4, Pakedge, Triad the Foundation of Tiny House Tech

Back in July of 2018, Florida Smart Homes, a Winter Garden, Fla.-based custom installation company, proposed a system for a tiny home that included a network, control, whole-house audio, and security components.

At the heart of the proposal or system depending on the perspective is a Pakedge WR-1 Wireless Router with BakPak Lite. This router provides up to 500Mbps of WAN-to-LAN throughput, 802.11ac wireless and 2×2 MIMO antenna arrays that provide up to 1,200 Mbps. 

Network connectivity is augmented with an 8-port unmanaged Pakedge 10/100/1000 network switch, and surge protection is provided by a WattBox by SnapAV Surge Strip with eight outlets. 

A Control4 Automation and Entertainment Controller serves as the brains of the home’s control capabilities. Florida Smart Homes builds upon the home’s control capabilities using products such as a Control4 SR-260 remote control, a Control4 ZigBee interface, a Control4 Wireless keypad and lighting products.

Providing the entertainment for this home are amplifiers and speakers from Triad, and components from the HEOS brand of wireless whole-house audio components.

Rounding out the system, Florida Smart Homes utilized products from Planet Waves, AudioQuest, Philips, and SnapAV’s WattBox and Strong brands, and Yale smart deadbolt locks. 

About the Author

Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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