Make a Living as a Smart Home Automation & IoT Installer
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Make a Living as a Smart Home Automation & IoT Installer

Takes you from zero to launch of your new smart home automation & Internet of Things (IoT) installation business.
3.5 (82 ratings)
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923 students enrolled
Created by Gerard ODriscoll
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 14.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidentially install and configure a number of different Smart Home Internet of Things (IoT) devices - Nest, Samsung SmartThings and More..
  • Start a new career as a Smart Home Insaller
  • Sell and Market Smart Home Installation Services successfully
  • Regular course updates: new video lectures to co-incide with major hardware and software upgrades
  • Access to Gerard to ask questions
  • Install the larger ecosystems of products from companies such as Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung, Apple HomeKit and More!
  • Understand how to generate a monthly revenue stream from smart homes
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Requirements
  • Experience in the electrical, alarm, IT or HVAC industries would be advantageous.
Description

LATEST - Course updated on November 2016 with new lectures on Apple HomeKit home automation system.

Did you know that according to data from Parks Associates an estimated $30.5 billion will be spent on Smart Home Automation Install Services in 2017!

Looking ahead over the next five years, smart home technology is going to continue to get more prevalent in society.

This will inevitably lead to increased demand for install professionals who are capable of putting together cohesive smart and connected home systems.

So big opportunities for those of you who are skilled to take advantage of the upcoming wave of business!

Enter the 'Make a Living as a Smart Home Automation Installer Course'

This video training course walks you through step-by-step exactly how to increase your revenue from installing various types of smart home automation IoT based systems ranging from IP cameras and smart security sensors to multi-room music, security sensors and smart thermostats.

This program was created especially for:

  • Existing electrical contractors and security business owners who are thinking about making some extra revenue from installing some entry level smart home systems locally.
  • DIY'ers who want to build a smart home installation business on the side.

The course itself includes the following tools.

[+] Smart Home Install Technical Foundations Video Masterclass - This masterclass consists of  a large number of HD videos (And growing) that provide the core technical skills you need to start installing various types of smart home systems.

[+] 30+ Practical how to videos on how to build a smart home system from scratch using the Samsung SmartThings range of products.

[+] Various step-by-step videos that help you install and setup the Nest suite of smart IoT devices, namely Nest Cam, the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect.

[+] Over 20 instructional videos on how to setup Apple HomeKit smart home products in your client's homes.

[+] 14 videos that walk you through the entire process of starting your smart install business to establishing your brand to marketing and launching.

Ready to start installing smart home products in your customer's homes; than join us and start increasing your monthly revenue stream from installing Internet of Things (IoT) and smart home products.

Who is the target audience?
  • Existing electrical contractors and security business owners who are thinking about making some extra revenue from installing some entry level smart home systems locally.
  • DIY'ers who want to build a smart home installation business on the side.
  • Anyone who wants to install smart home products to increase their families safety, security and enjoyment levels
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 127 Lectures Collapse All 127 Lectures 15:04:03
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What Are Smart Homes?
6 Lectures 45:42

This is really just an introduction to the course and some initial thoughts about the course.

Preview 02:16

As the name implies this video lectures delves deep into Smart homes and what it all means from a business perspective.

Smart Homes Defined
07:22

This video defines the many benefits of automating a persons home. Most people in society are oblivious to these benefits and this video will increase your knowledge of this topic, which will in turn help the sales process.

Key Smart Home Benefits
15:27

This video lecture describes the various types of smart home systems and products, you will need to be able to install.

Types of Systems You Need to Offer
12:50

It is key that you have a firm understanding of the range of smart hubs that are available in the marketplace. Different hubs have been designed to accomodate different requirements and its important the you are able to match your clients requirements with an appropriate smart home hub.

Advice on the Different Flavors of Smart Hubs
07:34

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Advising Your Clients How To Wire Their Smart Home
3 Lectures 17:26

Before wireless smart home solutions, the only technique that was practical for delivering smart home functionality was physical cable. Although, not as popular as wireless products, structured wiring is popular for new builds and renovations. As a next generation smart home installer, it is important that you are able to plan, design and install a structured wiring system. This lecture introduces the topic and outlines key benefits.

Introduction & Benefits of Structured Cabling
04:52

In this lecture, I outline some key steps that I use to bring a new prospect from thinking about a wiring system to physically implementing an in-house cabling system that is capable of supporting a myriad of smart home products.

Steps Involved in Designing A Structured Cabling System
12:34

Please use the attached template to create a structured wiring plan for your own house.

Structured Wiring Cabling Plan
9 pages
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Smart Home Retrofit Solutions
7 Lectures 57:51

In this lecture, I provide a high level overview of the range of smart home retrofit technologies that have hit the market in recent years.

Welcome
03:04

As the name implies; this lecture goes 'under the bonnet' of the most popular smart home communications system around today - Z-Wave.

All About Z-Wave
17:50

In this lecture; I get more technical and talk in depth about Z-Wave from an installation perspective.

Planning and Installing Z-Wave Products
10:36

Insteon is yet another great smart home technology; that I have personally used and tested here in Ireland. This lecture provides you with a greater insight into the INSTEON technology platform.

All About INSTEON
04:54

Although the range of products are limited; Zigbee is expected to capture a large portion of the smart home industry over the coming years. Thus, I created this lecture to provide you with a greater understanding of the technology.

Tell Me About Zigbee
02:33

From a smart home installer perspective; it is important that you understand the ins and outs of this wireless technology. It is inevitable that you will find yourself dealing with WiFi problems during an install and this lecture attempts to demystify the technology and improve your confidence of the technology.

What You Need to Understand About WiFi
06:40

In this video, Gerard introduces you to Smart Homes 2.0 and the Google Nest smart home platform.

Nest Ecosystem Introduction
12:14
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Installing Smart Cameras
7 Lectures 01:11:09

IP Camera's are expected to be huge and it is imperative that you understand how to install and configure them. This lecture provides same.

Installing IP Cameras
08:45

As the name implies; this video lecture provides details on the 'nitty gritty' of configuring a sample IP camera in the O'Driscolls household.

Configuring IP Cameras
09:17

In this lecture, you will learn how to plan the installation of some network camera's around the house. Additionally, Gerard provides some insight into the benefits of adding Nest Cam network cameras to your family home.

About Nest Cam
13:19

As the name suggests, this video lecture is all about unboxing your Nest Cam and getting it up and running quickly.

Installing Nest Cam
07:34

In this video Gerard walks you through step-by-step how to configure your new Nest Cam.

Nest Cam Configuration
08:11

Gerard provides an in-depth video of how to zoom your Nest Cam, share video moments and talk to your Nest Cam and set up daily schedules.

Controlling Your Nest Cam
07:40

Nest Aware is a subscription service that helps you see more and do more with Nest Cam. In this Video, Gerard shows you how to setup various Nest Aware functions such as history, activity zones, clips and timelapses.

Improve Your Nest Cam Experience
16:23
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Increase Your Customers Safety Levels
5 Lectures 41:47

99.999% of smoke detectors around the globe are 'dumb'; this HD video describes a new generation of smoke and CO detectors that communicate with peoples smart phones and tablets. This lecture provides greater insight into smart smoke and CO detectors.

Installing a Smart Smoke Detection System
09:04

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.

About Nest Protect
09:42

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

Installing & Configuring Nest Protect
09:28

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

Preview 09:06

Water damage can caused untold damage in a house. This video lecture describes leak detection systems - a nice upsell option to current customers or prospective clients.

Installing a Flood Detection System
04:27
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Lighting Control Install Services
10 Lectures 01:07:55

This lecture introduces the topic of lighting control and its benefits. Its important the you are able to sell the virtues of modern lighting control systems versus the traditional approach. This lecture provides same.

Lighting Control Introduction
13:24

Although the market for wired smart lighting is limited; it does generate significant margins for installers. This lecture describes how you would go about planning and installing a smart lighting control system.

How to Install a Wired Lighting Control System
08:52

This video lectures describes a relatively new category of devices that can be used to control people's lights from an App.

Smart Light Plugs and Dimmers
07:38

Expected to be huge; this lecture describes smart bulbs and provides install tips for various flavors of products that are available to smart home installers.

Selling and Installing Smart Bulbs
18:01

In this video lesson Gerard unboxes a Apple HomeKit compliant Philips Hue starter kit.

Un-boxing a Philips Hue Smart Bulb System
01:39

In this video you will see Gerard installing multi-color smart bulbs in three different rooms in the O'Driscoll household. Gerard also explains how to deal with wall dimmers and fixtures that may not be compatible with Hue bulbs.

Physically Installing Hue Smart Bulbs
02:48

In this video lecture, Gerard shows you how to power up and connect your new smart bulb hub with your smart home network.

Philips Hue Smart Bulbs Bridge Physical Install
01:19

This video shows how to download, install and app required to control and manage your smart bulbs.

Philips Hue App Download and Install
02:09

To enable access to Hue smart bulbs over the Internet, it is important to get your client to register an account. In this video, watch Gerard as he sets up his own account.
Setting up a Hue Cloud Account
02:47

Gerard explains the eight key sections of your new smart bulb app, namely Scenes, Lights, Alarms & Timers, Geofencing, More apps for Hue, Friends of Hue, Settings and Notification.

Philips Hue Mobile App Tour & Configuration
09:18
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Installing And Configuring Smart Alarm Systems
1 Lecture 08:34

Security is one of the top three drivers for smart homes. This video explains next generation smart alarm systems and how you would go about adding to your portfolio of smart home install services.

Smart Alarm Systems Introduction
08:34
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Helping Your Clients To Save Energy By Installing Smart Thermostats
7 Lectures 57:04

Another key driver of smart homes is saving money. This lecture provides the knowledge you will need to feel comfortable in discussing the energy saving features of smart home products.

Smart Home Energy Management Introduction
04:11

Just installed a smart thermostat this weekend myself - this lecture describes technical and practical features of this emerging and growing smart home product category.

Introduction to Smart Thermostats
10:02

In this video, Gerard outlines why you should consider adding Nest or 'Nesty' as it is known by the kids to your home.

About Nest Learning Thermostats
08:57

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.

4 Steps to Physically Install a Nest Thermostat
05:07

In this video; Gerard demonstrates how you would go about setting up a Nest thermostat using your smartphone, tablet or indeed a PC.

Setup Your Nest Thermostat
04:46

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!

Controlling Your Nest Thermostat
13:48

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

Preview 10:13
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Offering Multi-Room Music Systems To Your Customers
3 Lectures 22:47

With the resurgence of the construction industry across the world. It is important the you know how to install multi-room and multi-zone based music systems. This lecture provides detailed instructions on how to plan and deploy cable based music systems.

How to Install A Wired Multi-Room Music System
11:21

This lecture covers wireless music systems and what's associated with selling and installing these systems.

Installing a Wireless MRM 2.0 System
04:28

This is a great up-sell opportunity for installers. This lecture provides you with the information you need to feel comfortable selling and installing outdoor music systems.

Adding Music to Your Customers Garden
06:58
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Grow The Number Of Smart Entertainment Installations
3 Lectures 26:10

Getting TV's up and running is an important element of any installers work. This lecture describes smarter ways that you could add a centralized system that sends HD content around your customers home.

Integrating High-Definition TV Distribution into Your Customer's Home
08:04

Home cinema systems are everywhere. In most cases they are installed by the consumer in a 'haphazard' way. This lecture provides you with the expertise needed to take on the role of installing small home cinema systems.

How To Add A Home Cinema To Your Customers Home
09:19

Most home entertainment equipment is controlled via Infra-red. Many consumers aspire to having their equipment tidied away inside a press or separate room. This lecture provides details of a product that you could offer to clients, which will help them solve this problem - Wifi to IR control systems.

About Wi-Fi to IR Control Systems
08:47
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About the Instructor
Gerard ODriscoll
3.4 Average rating
122 Reviews
1,993 Students
6 Courses
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!
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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.