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What is the Best Way to Control Your Smart Home?

From Remotes to Voice Control, Find a Solution That Meets Your Unique Needs

What is the Best Way to Control Your Smart Home?

Perhaps the simplest way to explain a home automation system is to refer to it as a universal remote for all your technology. From the same user interface, you can manage lights, AV, climate, and security. But the beauty of a smart home isn’t just consolidating all your technology, but also being able to choose how you control it. 21st Century AV partners with URC to offer a variety of control solutions ranging from mobile apps to voice commands. Below we highlight each of them so you can see which make the most sense for your Frisco, TX home.

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When automation systems first became popular in luxury homes, they were typically managed through dedicated touchscreens. These are still available today, offering a custom interface with access to all the rooms and technology in the home. These are especially prevalent in security settings—mounted by door stations—or for entertainment since users can save their favorite channels. When not in use, these stylish touchpads can be flush mounted on the wall.

Mobile Apps

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, mobile apps have become the control option of choice for most homeowners. URC’s mobile apps are compatible with both IOS and Android devices. From the smart device of your choice, you can turn off lights throughout the house, record a show on your DVR, and look in on security footage. Each member of your family can have a different password-protected profile with their favorite settings saved. Perhaps the biggest advantage of using mobile apps is that you can access your home automation system while you're away so long as you have an internet connection.


Many homeowners have grown accustomed to using remotes and elect just to give them a bit of an upgrade for their smart home. URC offers a variety of remotes that let you manage your entertainment, lighting, and more. Most of these include touchscreens where you can save your favorite channels and applications for easy access.


For easy in-room access to your technology, you can also take advantage of URC’s line of keypads. These can be flush mounted on the wall with buttons to manage lights, volume, climate and more. The KP-400 keypad even includes a touchpad display where you can review your home environment and browse your music collection.

Voice Control

Not one to fall behind on the latest trends, URC has also incorporated Amazon Alexa into its home automation systems. Users can now take advantage of voice commands to make changes to their smart home whether it’s turning on the lights in the kitchen or playing your favorite music in the media room.

As your local URC dealers, we can help you design a home automation system that includes all your favorite control options. To set up a consultation, fill out our online contact form or call us at (972) 757-4002.

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