Frequently asked questions
What is a smart home?
Which devices can be smartified?
Do I need special wiring for system installation?
No, the Chameleon system uses conventional electrical installation technology so it does not require special wiring. All you need is running a single low-voltage wire along the conventional electrical installations.
Do I need a smart home specialist to install the system?
Where can I buy the wires and who will carry out the electrical installation?
What are the things to consider when deploying a smart home system?
- Apart from traditional electrical installations a communications cable should be run in a tree topology.
- The low-voltage cable may contain branches but not loops. Maximum 15 wall modules can be connected to any single branch.
- A junction box with a minimum depth of 65 mm needs to be installed behind every light switch and power socket to provide space for the wall modules behind the switch or socket.
- When deciding the size of electrical enclosures it is a good idea to allow for the space requirement of future DIN-rail devices.
Can I use conventional Ethernet cable for communications?
What is the difference between a BUS system and a star cable architecture? What are the advantages of a BUS system?
- Advantages of BUS cabling with a tree topology:
- Reduced cable requirement
- Improved cost efficiency
- Reduced installation time compared to a star topology
- No separate chase needs to be cut: the BUS cable can share the conduit of the high-voltage cables
- Facilitates a Smart Home Ready system (if the cable is run to each switch and power socket the system can be created or expanded at a later time – subject to further conditions).
What cables do I need to install a smart home system?
- For Chameleon system components: J-Y (ST) Y 2×2×0.8 four-wire BUS cable (in tree topology) and with 4 kV insulation, in all cases in green
- For sensors (e.g. motion or intrusion detectors): alarm cable with as many wires as there are sensors (star topology).
- IP camera, IP intercom: CAT6 UTP
- Power supply cables for actuators (if required)
What are the advantages of a Smart Home Ready configuration, i.e. of a system that is ready for the Chameleon?
What are the expenses in addition to the system ordered? What is and what is not included in your quotation?
Which roller shutter motor should I choose?
Can you retrofit a smart home cable system?
Does the Chameleon have a wireless version?
What are the potential disadvantages of a wireless system?
- Wireless systems are usually battery-operated and the batteries do not last very long. Regular replacement requires continuous care and attention.
- Devices hidden behind switches require regular maintenance, too. As this operation requires a skilled electrician, it is a little complicated to carry out.