In the world of integrated home technology, Crestron has long been acknowledged as an industry leader in revolutionary developments. The recent unveiling of Pyng, Crestron’s programmable app-based control system, left a trail of good impressions on those who have seen it in action. It made such an impression that it caught the attention of Robert Archer, CE Pro’s senior editor, who eagerly took advantage of an opportunity to review the new system in his home.
Simply put, Pyng is an iOS-based app that uses a smart hub as the main hardware component. The software framework integrates management and control of a home’s audio, video, environmental, data, and security devices – all of which are programmed and controlled by remote devices such as iPhones and iPads. The hardware and software are designed to integrate with Crestron’s line of infiNET EX home automation devices.
Archer estimates it only took a few hours for a two-man electrical team to install five lighting zones, a shade control zone and a thermostat (HVAC) zone. The work included installing the subsystem hardware and the main Pyng hub. A Crestron representative then installed the Pyng software on two iPad Minis, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 6.
The programming configuration included creating lighting presets for the four-key buttons on the lighting keypad, a combination of one-touch lighting scenes, thermostat programming for day and night operations and timing for the window shades.
In addition to being easy to read and navigate, Archer found the Pyng app has a fast response to commands. Each zone page and subsystem is clearly defined during the setup process and more zones can be added to the system as needed. The system tracks all home usages, including manual adjustments, which Archer said can make getting used to system syncing a challenge.
The benefits of installing a Pyng system aren’t limited to ease of use. Archer is also impressed with the measurable savings in utility costs he experienced after replacing his home’s original lighting hardware with Crestron’s infinNET EX devices and installing LED light bulbs. “My electric consumption as reported by my utility company’s monthly usage summary dropped by 19 percent,” he said.
The Final Word
Archer freely admits that living with Pyng opened his eyes in regard to home automation, He believes that Pyng represents the “future of automation” and is eager to integrate new Crestron products into his home. It’s a good thing when someone this experienced in reviewing control systems hopes the public attains his sense of excitement with integrated home technology.
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