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.
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  • Lectures 127
  • Length 15 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Experience in the electrical, alarm, IT or HVAC industries would be advantageous.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What Are Smart Homes?

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


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


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.


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


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.

Make a Living as a Smart Home Installer Workbook
Section 2: Advising Your Clients How To Wire Their Smart Home

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.


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.

9 pages

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

Section 3: Smart Home Retrofit Solutions

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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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

Section 4: Installing Smart Cameras

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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.

Section 5: Increase Your Customers Safety Levels

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.


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 checkups, emergency shut-offs and auto away assist are all explained by Gerard in this particular lecture.


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.

Section 6: Lighting Control Install Services

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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

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.

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.

Section 7: Installing And Configuring Smart Alarm Systems

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.

Section 8: Helping Your Clients To Save Energy By Installing Smart Thermostats

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.


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


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-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.

Section 9: Offering Multi-Room Music Systems To Your Customers

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.


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


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.

Section 10: Grow The Number Of Smart Entertainment Installations

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.


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.


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.

Section 11: How to Install a Samsung SmartThings Based Smart Home Automation System

This is a general introduction from Gerard on the key benefits of SmartThings. A high level overview of the different elements of the SmartThings ecosystem are also provided.

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

In this video lecture, Gerard un-boxes the center piece of your smart home security system – the version 2 of the SmartThings 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.

Setting up Battery Backup on Your Hub
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.

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.
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.
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.


In this video lecture, Gerard covers the installation of his newly purchased Smatcam from Samsung.


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.

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.
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.


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.

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.

Very important for installers to be able and 'remove' a connected device from the smartthings hub. This video explains how to.

Section 12: Build a Smart Home Automation System Using Apple HomeKit Products

HomeKit is Apple’s initiative to bring smart home automation to nearly a billion mobile devices. In this video lecture, Gerard introduces you to this emerging smart home system.


This video describes the key elements of the end-to-end Apple HomeKit IoT infrastructure.


Although the benefits of adding automation to your home will vary from person to person, there are some general benefits that most people can enjoy as result of adding Apple HomeKit products to their property. In this video lecture, Gerard describes the key advantages of using Apple HomeKit to build your smart home.


Security is paramount when it comes to your home and is a major concern for most of us. This video lecture explains advanced security mechanisms 'baked' into HomeKit that mitigate the risks of unauthorized third parties interfering with your in-home network.


In this short video lecture, Gerard describes are the initial steps required to add HomeKit functionality to your home.


The new Home app acts as your control console for your smart home. In this video lecture, Gerard explains the key features of Home.


In this video lecture, Gerard explains the three key sections of the Apple home app, namely the Home, Rooms, and Automation.

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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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