Domestic and Commercial Automation Planning & Development

Builders, Architects, Electrical Contractors and Specifiers. Thinking of installing the Beconnected Structured Cabling System in your developments?

We will be happy to work with you to meet your specific requirements and price points. Call Beconnected now for an immediate assessment of your needs on 0418 447 737 or 9130-5477.


Add value and sell the home quicker

The Beconnected systems will add value to you new homes, differentiate them from other developments in your area and help you sell your houses even quicker. Research shows that new home which have Smart Systems included sell faster and gain significant price differentials compared to those wired in the traditional way.

Its what home owners really want

Home buyers are increasingly requesting additional points and sockets throughout the home, your electrician knows this all too well. Why not simply standardise the service provided. Why not move with the times, be forward thinking and give the home owners what they want, access to services from all rooms. They will only have to do it anyway after you have left the site.

You only have to provide the wiring infrastructure

You only have to provide the wiring infrastructure. You don't have to incur the cost of the hardware components, the homeowner can have these installed at a later stage if they want upgrades.

Fixing and cable pulling

We will help you plan and design the system, work with your existing electrical contractor who will pull the cable and do the fixing of equipment.

Commissioning and support

Our specially trained installers will carry out the, commissioning and testing of the system and support it afterwards.

Marketing and Sales Support

We will even offer marketing support to ensure your sales teams are equipped to advise your prospective customers of the benefits of a new smart home.

It really is the way of the future.


We are keen to make the process of wiring your home as simple and manageable as possible while still ensuring the highest standard of service and professionalism. The process adopted in most cases is as follows:

Initial Contact: We will provide you with information on the system and discuss your requirements for your new home.

Drawings: We will request that, where possible, you forward a CAD drawing of the plans of your home. These are best forwarded by e-mail and can be supplied directly to us by your architect if you do not have e-mail access.

Estimate: We will provide a rough estimate of costs at this point, based on your requirements.

Wiring Specification: We will prepare a detailed wiring specification for your home showing where the best places are to locate the various service points, based on our initial discussions with you. If necessary, a site visit may be organised at this stage.

Quotation: Based on this, we will provide you with a detailed quotation for the supply of the cable, the system and wall outlets and the second fixing installation and testing.

Cable installation and first fixing
: The installation of your cable is best done by your electrical contractor who will on site pulling the mainstream electrical and power cables. We will supply you or him with the necessary cable for the Smart Home System. We will provide a first fix manual for your electrical contractor and wiring specifications for your home. We will advice, support and even meet with your electrician, if necessary, to ensure that initial cabling and first fixing is carried out to the required standard.

Second fix, Commissioning and testing of the system: Once the first fixing of the house is complete, plastering of the walls will be done and your home is then ready for final or second fixing. Our specially trained installers will carry out the final commissioning and testing of the system.

Service providers: You should ensure that your phone line, satellite or aerial services are in place at the time of second fixing as this will make it convenient for the various signals to be tested and activated.

Move in visit: Should you require, we can organise a "move in" visit shortly after you have moved into your new home to explain the system and how easy it is to operate.

We will also be happy to supply and advice you on any other products you may require such as TV's and Videos / DVDs, Audio systems, Speakers, Phones and Phone systems, PC's and printers, Hubs and Routers and cameras.

Ongoing support: Our service team will be available to support you over the phone, e-mail or by way of call out visit.

Today, we have more choices than ever before when selecting home technology products. In fact, the selection can be so overwhelming that a consumer can spend a great deal of time and money and still not get the capabilities and/or quality they were after. With purchases often running well into the thousands of dollars, avoiding some of the more common mistakes can save time, money, and frustration.

Key planning issues

10. Failing to plan = planning to fail
For those of you building a new home, you need to know that, until recently, technology and/or communications systems were simply not included in the design/planning of construction projects. Although many builders have become technologically savvy over the past several years, don't make the mistake of taking their expertise for granted. Communicate exactly what systems you want to include, and then ask to see what packages are available. Get the details on who will be doing the actual work and ask to see examples in existing homes or homes under construction. Insist on thorough documentation and labeling of all systems including test results certifying that installed cable plant meets established performance standards.

If your builder looks like a deer in the headlights when you bring up this topic, or says something like, "Our electrician can run any kinda' wire you want." Be concerned. . .be very concerned. Electricians are typically very professional folks who are experts at what they do, but few have invested the time and expense required to learn the ins and outs of low voltage wiring, home networking, audio/video distribution, home automation, etc. Now is the time to get this right. Pre wiring a home before the finished walls go up is cheaper than retrofitting the same house later. . .often by a factor of five or more. If in doubt, run the wire during construction and install the associated systems later.

9. Wiring mistakes
There are a number of "accepted practices" in the building industry that no longer meet today's requirements. For example, traditional telephone and cable television wiring is commonly installed in a "daisy chain" from one outlet to another around the entire house. While this was fine for "Plain Old Telephone Systems" (POTS) or getting an acceptable picture on a 21" television screen, it doesn't come close to handling today's requirements for systems like DSL, cable modems, high definition television, and the like. Today's systems require high bandwidth, low noise wiring installed in a "home run" fashion with each outlet connected via a dedicated circuit back to a distribution center, typically located in a wiring closet.

Are your eyes glazing over yet? Just be aware that there are a number of issues associated with wiring your home that will have a profound effect on the performance of your technology and communications systems.

8. Leading edge or bleeding edge?
"Early adopters" of new technology usually take a beating in terms of bang for the buck and long term product value. People who bought the first HDTVs just a few years ago paid much more and got much less for their dollar compared to similar systems purchased today. Bottom line, don't get in too big of a hurry to buy the latest and greatest unless you don't mind replacing the system with a newer model well before the end of its expected lifespan.

7. WAF
W-A-F? Not another acronym, you say? Well, pick up any home theater magazine and you won't be able to avoid this one for long! It stands for "Wife Acceptance Factor," but it's actually a gender-neutral term referring to an often overlooked concept. We must be able to live with our technology. I know it sounds a little new age, but it's a fact that ugly equipment and/or systems that only one member of the family is able to use, are simply unacceptable. The good news is that there are a number of products on the market that offer form without sacrificing function.

6. Letting your home technology control you
Today, there is simply no excuse for having 9 remote controls! Your entire family should be able to easily control your home's entertainment systems without earning a degree in computer science. Get yourself a good universal remote.

5. Not doing your homework
I could have called this topic "Assuming the kid at the discount store knows what he's talking about"! The major home theater magazines do "exposé" pieces covering this topic on a regular basis. They send "undercover" experts into big discount store chains armed with what should be simple questions (e.g., "If I plug my DVD player into this $5,000 high definition television, will it display HDTV?"). The answer, of course, is no (and should include a detailed explanation). Unfortunately, wrong answers to simple questions are all too typical in these stores. Let's be honest, the big box stores don't invest nearly enough to train their sales staffs in all the complexities of the gear they sell. If they did, their prices would be higher! Don't get me wrong, you may well run into very knowledgeable and helpful sales people on occasion, and, if you've done your homework, you'll know how to recognize expertise when you see it. When you find someone who knows their stuff, get their card and arrange your shopping trips to make sure they will be available. Bottom line, do some research before you shop. Know specifically what capabilities you are looking for before you set foot in a store (NO IMPULSE PURCHASES!). Remember, you'll be living with this gear for years to come. . .

4. Setup mistakes
Your work isn't complete when you get your equipment home! For example, most people are unaware that televisions are typically not configured for home use out of the box. In fact, most displays have their contrast and/or brightness settings nearly maxed out in order to provide the most eye-catching demonstration on a showroom floor. Many consumers prefer an ultra bright picture, but leaving a set in this state can cause premature wear and "burn-in" problems for phosphor-based displays (e.g., CRTs or plasma screens).

It's actually very rare to see audio or video gear calibrated correctly on a showroom floor. In fact, you often have to find a specialty dealer to see an accurate equipment demonstration. A friend of mine recently asked the right question, "Ok, so how do I know which one to choose if they are all set up incorrectly?" Exactly. . .see item number 5 above! Know what you want going in, and for the big purchases, take the time to find an example that is correctly set up in an environment that is similar to how you will use it at home. Again, this may take some additional time, but small changes in configuration often result in quality improvements that are, as Donald Trump would say, HUGE! In fact, I'll put a properly configured "lower end" system up against a just out of the box "high end" system (costing several times as much) any day.

3. Security. . .not just for the corporate network
We'll cover this topic in more detail in an upcoming article. Suffice it to say that too many people assume that there is "security through obscurity" and that their home networks are not vulnerable to compromise simply because they are small. The fact is that security is a vital requirement for every system and every network. You don't have to create Fort Knox in your home office, but taking some straightforward, common sense steps will protect your family's valuable computer systems and personal information.

2. Falling for the hype. . .technology for technology's sake
Always ask yourself what new capabilities, convenience, and/or enjoyment any given technology purchase will add to your life. Also ask yourself if you are making a purchasing decision based on advertising or "buzz" as opposed to what you really want or need. Yes, Bono is really cool on those iPod commercials, but there may be better choices available if you are just looking for a decent digital music player!

1. Not recognizing when hiring a pro is the best option!
Oh come on. . .like you didn't see this one coming! In all seriousness, if you've read this far in the article, you are probably pretty interested in the subject. . .and I'll bet you have spotted a recurring theme. If you are going to invest in any type of home technology, from home theater to whole house audio to home network systems, there are many issues to consider if you want to get the job done right. If you are a hobbyist or "DIYer", by all means take advantage of the many resources available online. Web forums such as the AV Science Forum ( will provide you with more information than you'll probably ever want to know! If, however, you simply want to enjoy the capabilities these systems can provide for your home, without becoming an expert yourself, consider getting some help. After all, the mistakes you avoid and time you save may more than make up for the modest additional expense.