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Photos: A peek inside the automated home

This Intermatic HomeSettings Master Controller is in charge of controlling the windows, lights, thermostat, and fountain shown in the previous photo. When Z-Wave-compatible light dimmers, plugs, and modules are connected to various appliances, the Master Controller can give easy access to them simultaneously and at a distance.

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