Home Automation For Beginners: Create Your Own Smart Home

Learn How to Build Your Own Smart Home Automation System from scratch without getting confused or wasting money.
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  • Lectures 44
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

What if you could use smart home products to improve your family’s security, safety & enjoyment levels?

Here are a four key everyday examples of how smart home automation could work in your life:

  1. Use a mobile app to remotely view your home via an IP camera, arm your alarm, and adjust your lights and thermostats while away from home?
  2. Be re-assured that your home and family are safe and protected — whether you’re there or not?
  3. Receive text and email alerts on your Smartphone once an intruder enters your home or smoke is detected?
  4. Save up to 10% on your energy bills!

Smart Homes can deliver all of the above benefits; BUT you could be forgiven if you find the notion of connecting your home a bewildering, confusing and expensive process.

People generally buy different types of smart home devices from different manufacturers ending up with various smart home devices that cannot communicate with each other.

To avoid these pitfalls international smart home automation expert, Gerard O’Driscoll offers this course to show you everything from A-to-Z on how to create your Home Automation system, which will reduce energy consumption, create a comfortable family environment & protect your home against Intruders.

As someone who has already spent over $5,000 over the last year buying a variety of connected products that range from smart bulbs and thermostats to cameras and smart smoke detectors, I’m going to save you hours of frustration that I went through; and fast track building of your own smart home.

I take the guesswork out of creating your very own smart home.

Don’t want to spend money on a smart home system that does not work? Then Enroll Today in the most comprehensive course in the world covering the topic of IoT and smart home automation.

What are the requirements?

  • You don't need to know anything about smart home technologies in order to take this course
  • You don't need to have any tools or equipment in order to take this course
  • No smart home products are required. However In order to get the most out of this course, we include a list of recommended smart IoT connected home devices.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently buy and install various Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will ‘talk to each other’
  • At the end of this course you will have learnt the core skills of how to install your own smart home system
  • You'll have your own alarm system that will cost a fraction of purchasing a traditional home security system
  • 45 lectures and 3.5 hours of video content
  • Regular course updates: new video lectures to co-incide with major hardware and software upgrades
  • You're also getting incredible bonuses! Including a fully illustrated PDF copy of the Essential Guide to Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Automation System
  • Access to Gerard to ask questions

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who needs assistance in getting their smart home up and running
  • Home owners interested in controlling their lighting, alarm, safety, heating and entertainment systems on their smartphones or tablets while out and about or at home
  • This course is a useful tool for electrical contractors and alarm installers who are unsure about how to start offering smart home installation services to their customers
  • Home builders interested in identifying specific smart home automation ideas that will differentiate their offerings and improve overall property sales
  • Anyone else curious about how to setup a smart home system at a reasonable cost!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Smart Home Hub Installation and Configuration

In this video Gerard provides an overview of the course.


Gerard talks in detail about the physical and technical characteristics of the smart home hub you will be using as the brains of your new smart home system.


In this video lecture, Gerard un-boxes the center piece of your smart home security system – the hub.

In this video you will see Gerard doing the smart home hub installation. Details of the powering up and connecting your hub to the cloud are covered in this video lecture.
Demonstrates the installation of batteries that will keep elements of your smart home system running during a power outage.
The mobile app acts as your control console for your smart home. In this video lecture Gerard walks you through the initial steps of downloading, setting up your account and showing a caveat that occurred during the app install process. Once installed on Gerard’s smartphone the final section of the video explains the various welcome screens displayed once the app is initially launched.
Gerard explains the five key sections of your smart home app, namely the dashboard, home, automated routines, notifications, and a marketplace of life enhancing apps.

In this video lecture Gerard shows you how to apply a personal name and photo to your home automation system. Setting the hub up to know your home address and establishing an invisible zone around your property are also explained in this video.

Your smartphone can be configured to act as a presence detector. So when your phone comes into the invisible zone, we established in the previous lesson, certain actions in your house can be triggered. This video shows you how to set this up.
In this video Gerard shows you how he personalized his own mobile app by adding and setting up various rooms.
4 questions

Students can self test their knowledge on how smart home hubs operate.

2 pages

List of recommended smart home products for installing in your home during this course.

Section 2: Adding Smart Window And Door Contacts To Your Home
Gerard shows you how to install and setup a key building block of a smart home security system – smart door and window sensors. Not only does Gerard show you how to physically install these smart devices but he also walks you through the configuration on the app. In this video the setup does not initially go smoothly and Gerard explains how to overcome issues with paring your smart sensors with the hub. The final part of the video shows Gerard mounting the sensor on his front door.
Once you have your smart or door contacts physically mounted in location; it’s now time to configure some settings in the app. In this video Gerard demonstrates on his own phone how to personalize and use your new smart door or window sensor.
1 question

Testing students knowledge on smart security contacts.

Section 3: Adding Smart Motion Sensors To Your Home
Motion sensors are another key building block of your smart home. In this video, Gerard opens up the sensor, pairs it with the app and mounts in the dining room of the O’Driscoll household.
This video takes provides a detailed explanation on how to name your motion sensor and assign the device to a room in your home. A demonstration of how the sensor operates in a live environment is also included in this video.
Section 4: Enhance Security Levels With A Siren
Watch Gerard unbox, power up and setup a smart siren live in this video. Additionally, the video shows you how to connect the smart siren into your new home automation system.
Testing the strobe lights and siren via your app are covered in this video.
Section 5: Use Smart Cameras to Increase Family Security Levels
In order to further enhance levels at home, consideration should be given to buying a smart camera. In this video, Gerard shows you how to install a Samsung Smartcam, which he recently purchased for the O’Driscoll household.
This video covers the steps needed to get your smart camera talking to the other connected devices in your home.

In this video Gerard walks you through step-by-step how to use the app to configure the newly installed smart camera.

1 question

Self testing questions on smart cameras.

Section 6: Configuring Your Security Alarm On An App
In this video you can look over Gerard’s shoulder and watch as he configures his app to automatically monitor the O’Driscoll household for intrusions.
One of the main benefits of setting up a smart home system (improved home security) start to become apparent at this stage of the video.
This video helps you get your home to automatically Arm when away, disarm when family are at home and Arm (Stay) at night. No more need to type codes into your keypad entering and leaving your home.
2 questions

Self test on setting up a house to automatically change arm state.

Section 7: Enhancing Your Safety Levels Against Fire & Co Gas

This video starts with an explanation of smart smoke detectors. Key benefits of the Nest Protect and how it can be used to enhance safety levels is also covered in this video.

Setting up a Nest Protect is pretty straightforward and in this video lecture, Gerard explains all the details.

This video shows you how to use the Nest App to control your new Protect. Configuring check-ups, emergency shut-offs and auto away assist are all explained by Gerard in this particular lecture.

3 questions

Self test students knowledge of smart fire safety detectors.

Section 8: Protect Your House Against Leaks And Water Damage

If you have an area of the house that you are worried about leaking (near the water heater for instance); then install a sensor that will send a notification once water is detected. In this video, Gerard teaches you how to connect a smart sensor with your home automation system.


In this video, look over Gerard’s shoulder and watch him setup his leak detection sensor to send him a text message if a leak is detected in the utility room. At the end of the video Gerard, shows you what happens once water is spilled near the sensor.

1 question

Self test questions on setting up a smart leak detection system in your home.

Section 9: Smart Light Bulbs & Outlets
Smart outlets are simple devices that plug into an electrical outlet. Watch over Gerard’s shoulder as he configures one to control a lamp shade in the sitting room.
Section 10: Use Smart Thermostats To Save Money
In this video, Gerard outlines why you should consider adding Nest or 'Nesty' as it is known by the kids to your home.
As the name implies, Gerard describes the steps involved with preparing and indeed installing a smart thermostat. In the video, Gerard re-iterates his advice that such actions should typically be carried out by a professional installer.
In this video; Gerard demonstrates how you would go about setting up a Nest thermostat using your smartphone, tablet or indeed a PC.
As the name implies this video provides a description of some of the configuration options that can be setup once, Nest has been installed. Once configured correctly, a Nest learning thermostat allows you to set-up modes and schedules that match your daily lifestyle and use an App to turn the heating system ON or OFF from any part of the world!

The Nest Thermostat supports advanced capabilities, namely, auto away, auto schedule, time-to-temperature, safety temperature and PIN protection. In this video lecture Gerard shows you how to use the mobile and Web app to set up these advanced safety measures.

2 questions

Self test questions on the section covering smart thermostats.

Section 11: Adding Whole House Music To Your Smart Home

In this video, Gerard buys a new Sonos Play 1 and shows you how to set it up.

In this video, watch Gerard configure the new Sonos Play 1 speaker within the Samsung SmartThings mobile app.
In this video Gerard demonstrates how to control a Sonos speaker from within the dedicated smart home automation app.
1 question

Self test on students knowledge of smart home music systems.

Course Conclusion and Thanks
Section 12: Bonuses
60 pages

The book is provided in multiple formats, namely PDF, MOBI (Kindle) & EPUB (iPad). It is 50 pages in length containing various illustrations, diagrams and photos.

Section 13: Use Simple Automation to Make Life Easier and More Efficient

In this video, Gerard demonstrates how he has setup a scene in the O’Driscoll household that magically executes various changes to the house every morning.

How to Setup a Goodbye Scene

This scene runs anytime one of the O’Driscoll household arrives back home. Check out this video lesson to find out how you might do the same.


As the name of this video lesson implies, Gerard explains what happens to the lights, alarm system etc.. in the O’Driscoll household last thing at night.


In this video, Gerard will show you how to setup a smart bulb in a room to turn ON when someone is present and turn OFF when the room is empty. A great technique to save money and very useful in a busy family home!

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Instructor Biography

Gerard ODriscoll, Telecom Expert, Educator, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Gerard is 46 years old and originally from Cork in Ireland, married to Olive with five kids ranging from 5 to 16 years olde – so a busy house!

Over the past 20 years, Gerard has served in a variety of management, engineering, and commercial positions in both public and private industry sectors.

Gerard is an accomplished international telecoms expert, educator, serial Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and smart home automation integrator. Other professional achievements include the authoring of various technology books:

  • [+] IPTV Services and Technologies, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-16372-6 (Published 2008)
  • [+]  Co-authored Home Technology Integrator Certification Lab: ISBN 1-58122-070-7 (Published 2004)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Home Networking; ISBN-10: 0130198463 Published (2001)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Digital Set-top Boxes and Interactive TV, Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0130173606 (Published 1999).
  • [+] Manage Your Home with a Smartphone App!
  • [+] 13 Ways to Use Technology to Live Independently at Home for Longer!
  • Essential Guide to Steak

Over the years Gerard has been given the role as commentator on industry events and trends in the digital home industry sector and been quoted in a number of premier business publications. Additionally he has presented papers at a handful of conferences around the world.

In recent times, Gerard has become involved as an angel investor in a portfolio of start-ups & emerging growth companies in mobile apps, e-commerce, e-Learning subscription commerce, food, and digital home sectors.

Additionally, he runs a number of blogs including one that help people make their homes more secure, safer, more energy efficient and enjoyable!

On the education front, Gerard holds electronics and information technology qualifications from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

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