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from a neighbor after I had already met with another company. I was very impressed with their demonstration that they" did to show me what the lights looked like on my house, the previous company did not do that. What really made me decide to use them was the "complete package", being able to add my porch lights and coach lights to the automatic timer and replacing switches in my home that I could control from my IPhone. I really felt like they were professionals with the quality of products and extra services. I was very happy with the installation and their employees were very polite. I feel like the price difference between them and the other company was justified with the professionalism, and I would pay for it again.

-holly H.

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"Excellent. These guys were professional, efficient and fast. They offered great advice on tv placement and also reinstalled my mount which had been installed incorrectly." They were very tidy and when they left it was like they were not even there. They did not end the job until everything was perfect. Definitely recommending these guys and will use them again.

-Keeva B.

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Home automation systems are the next generation of high-end consumer electronics. They allow users to program default settings for their home that match their own personal preferences and remotely manipulate certain appliances via smartphones and other remote technologies.

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Automating reviews in Crystal Lake

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and his partner preformed brilliantly encountering several obstacles both in the indoor and outdoor projects. They overcame the obstacles and did not raise the price. They even returned later to adjust and stabilize the outdoor lighting at no extra charge.
I would definitely use them for all my electrical needs and I would highly recommend them to all my friends.
- PAUL B.
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I spoke to the provider with our requirements and was steered somewhat into how things should be done. I did insist how I wanted things to be done and the provider accepted this. This is due to past experience in commissioning a home automation project.
The provider revisited my home with some colleagues to measure up and quantify the work required for the job. I then received an eye-watering quote of $72,000 which in my opinion was significantly overpriced. Upon scrutinising the quote, I discovered that many of the items included had a
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-up of 100% (doubled in price), and many around that figure. The items in question were easily available through websites or on Amazon.
The quote included items which I had explained we did not need, such as a media server, some internet switches and other equipment.
Upon contacting the provider by email, it became more and more apparent that the provider did not like the fact that his quote was being scrutinised (although at that price, I'd be amazed at who wouldn't question it). I explained to the provider that although I am happy to pay fairly for time and expertise, I'm not happy to pay inflated
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-ups on readily available products. I also then explained to the provider that we are now considering an alternative system from a well known automation manufacturer (on sales in Home Depot and Lowes) and would they be interested in installing it.
The arrogant response included the phrase 'We are not interested in a science experiment. It is nice to hear that with a little research on the Internet you are an expert at a trade that I have spent 15 years to become proficient at.' - I have retained the email thread for my records.
We still have a budget of $30,000 for this project which has now been downsized and I'm bewildered as to why a contractor would take this attitude with me and expect such a quote to not go through some form of scrutiny. I will be avoiding this provider for any future work at this, or any other home I may move to, and I will recommending to my friends and colleagues that they do the same.


- James L.
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This provider is an authorized
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and Home Connect authorized dealer. Most of my alarm and automation parts were purchased before I had a relationship with the company. This review is for the excellent service I received from
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. All of my dealings with this company has been with Sterling
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. Anytime (and I am talking quite a few times), Sterling has helped me get connected and with programming of my system. My system is a Vista 21ip with both wired and wireless sensors. I buy self monitoring from
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and completely monitor my system via Total Connect using SMS and Push notifications to my wireless devices (iPad, iPhone, etc.). Anytime that I encountered an error with my programming or need help adding devices, all I need to do is send Sterling an email and he replies promptly (must of the time in mins or hours). Just yesterday I had a problem with my wireless Ademco Smoke Detectors. If I would purposely set them off with smoke to test them, the detectors would sound an alarm, however it wouldn't activate my sirens and talk to my keypads. Sterling connected to my panel within an hour of sending my email and just fixed it, then emailed me back and told me exactly what I did wrong with the programming, and told me how to program it myself if I decide to add more detectors in the future. Let me say and I am totally be honest with you... I DO NOT WRITE REVIEWS. I DO NOT TALK TO TELEMARKETERS so me writing this review is because of my satisfaction with Sterling and business. If you need any alarm parts or monitoring for your alarm, I recommend you go with
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. I feel so blessed that I found this company. It was just by
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in searching the Internet. Oh let me mention something else, Sterling has several You Tube videos that walk you step by step in setting up various parts of the
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Alarm System. I have to say, I watch a lot of these videos. I found most to be very helpful.
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offers full monitoring and self monitoring packages. I purchased the self monitoring and automation package. I have total control of my system (which I love) and it is very reliable. By the way, good luck in finding a company that provides self monitoring. The plans are very reliable and you are billed monthly. There is no pressure and no contracts. This is an honest to god true review. Take my word for it. Try it. You can't go wrong.
I hate writing reviews! Thanks
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/ Sterling. I will be a customer from here on out.

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is awesome. He really knows his stuff. He walked into my house and helped me address my needs without over-selling. We changed the speakers and the general system and we are now adding to it. The house sounds great. I am pushing
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to help me now with the house automation.
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also did something with installation that I have never really seen before. When he put the speakers into the walls and cut into the dry-wall, he had a vacuum cleaner and cleaned everything up after installation. Other workers have made messes in my house, but they have never cleaned up after themselves. This is the kind of detail that really sets
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apart. I do not hesitate giving him a fantastic recommendation.
- Daniel K.
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We originally paid
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~$1500 to purchase and program two remotes. They worked fine for a year, but when we changed set top boxes from Verizon, they charged us ~$1500 to reprogram for the new set top box. That was as much as we originally paid to purchase and program them. They completely reset the remotes to factory settings, reprogrammed them, and charged by the hour to do it. They had to come back three time to fix problems! Looked to me like a make work program. I would have made the changes myself, except that the software necessary to make the changes is not available. I will never own a remote that I can't program myself. If I need to make another change, I will purchase two new remotes that I can program, and program them myself! I will never use
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- Harris B.
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The installation went fine. Problems developed. You have to beg them to come back and fix them. They do not answer the phone and they avoid returning to fix problems.
- dianne L.
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They did a great job and I couldn't be happier. They have great technicians and customer service. They go way above and beyond to get you set up.
- Martin Sprocket G.
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The people at
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did a great job wiring my motorcycle shop for cameras, computers, phones, TV, and sound. The crew was extremely professional and performed the service in a timely manner they answered any and all questions I had and explained thoroughly how to use all of my new equipment. I had an issue with my network that turned out to be a bad modem from my service provider but they looked into it and helped me get it fixed. I will definitely be using
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in the future!
- John J.

All Home Automation Contractors in Crystal Lake, IL

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1st Stop Realty & Management, Inc

2707 S. Ridgelend Ave
Berwyn

A-1 Audio Video Design

2506 N Clark St
Chicago

ADVANCED SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

1150 ROSE RD
Lake Zurich

Air Blue Heating and Cooling

551 N Wolf Rd
Wheeling

Air Works

1411 Adams St.
Lake In The Hills

AK Security Solutions

29720 Quinkert St

Alert Protective Services

3833 N Cicero Ave
Chicago

All Services

359 Chaparral Cir.
Elgin

American Alarm Corporation

3255 RFD
Long Grove

Anderson Property Services

749 Verdi st
Woodstock

Arts Wired Electronics

3029 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago

Audio Visual Computer Specialists

374 Loveland Dr
Glendale Heights

AV Installation Technologies Inc.

521 W. Sheridan Rd.
Lakemoor

AV One Inc

9024 Clifton Ave
Mokena

AV Xpress Home Audio Inc.

16332 Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park

BEYOND BLINDS INC

1144 East State Street
Geneva

Blue Eye Technologies

28802 Sawmill Lane
Mchenry

Bradford Audio

4005 Crown Pointe St

Bruce Electric Co.

21W330 Petersen Ave.
Lombard

CERTIFIED AVE (Audio, Video & Electronics)

WE SERVICE CHICAGO & ALL NORTH AND SOUTH SUBURBS
Chicago

Chicago Tech Services

6200 Sheridan Rd
Chicago

Chicagoland Home Theater Inc.

9256 S Francisco Ave
Evergreen Park

CHICAGOLAND HOME THEATRE INC

9256 S FRANCISCO AVE
Evergreen Park

Cinemaquest Inc

5250 Grand Ave.
Gurnee

Cinemation Inc

1110 Heinz Dr.
Dundee

COCHRAN CONSTRUCTION CO

1952 LARKDALE DR
Glenview

Comfortech Heating and Cooling

28584 W Valley
Ingleside

Compcustomz LLC

51263 Fischer Park Dr.

Davis Audio & Video LLC

1659 N Oakley Ave
Chicago

DESIGNfirst Builders LLC

1201 Norwood Ave
Itasca

Digital Home Technologies

346 N. Northwest Hwy
Palatine

DIGITAL LIVING INC

410 MADISON ST
Oak Park

DXM Integrated Solutions

PO Box 5801
Buffalo Grove

Easy Automation

Naperville

ELECTRONIC LIVING INC

1869 NAPA SUWE LN
Wauconda

EOC Audio

525 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Wheaton

EverElectronics

355 Beech Dr
Wheeling

Exclusive Audio & Security

4510 N Austin Ave
Chicago

F E Moran Security Solutions

201 W University Ave
Champaign

Fineline Construction Group

10S 059 Schoger Dr
Naperville

FireLogic

1480 Renaissance Dr
Park Ridge

Forest Security Inc

2720 N Thatcher Ave
River Grove

FortiFi Technologies

830 W Main St
Lake Zurich

Frontpoint

1568 Spring Hill Rd.

Green Tech Systems Systems, Inc.

135 Park Avenue
Barrington

Greenfii LLC

2319 North Orchard
Chicago

Greenify Custom

5717 George
Richmond

H.L.P. Audio Video

1019 Dempster St.
Evanston

Halo Home Technology, Inc.

410 E Park Ave
Libertyville

Hatcom Electric, Inc.

811 S See-Gwun Ave
Mount Prospect

HD Home Chicago

PO Box 5083
Wheaton

HD INSTALLS

1376 Grand Ave.
Chicago

Home Automation Chicago

5458 N Washtenaw Ave
Chicago

Home Control Works

606 Western Ave
Joliet

Home Theater innovations

2428 N Forestview Ave
River Grove

HomeNet Electronics Inc

14 W Miner St.
Arlington Heights

Hometech

1925 Central St
Evanston

Hooked Up Installs, Inc.

1580 Barclay Blvd.
Buffalo Grove

Hotwire Co

9320 Menard Avenue
Morton Grove

HUNTER HOME BUILDERS

PO BOX 811
Cary

Integrated Source Concepts

25W775 Deerpoint Dr.
Wheaton

iWire Chicago

2617 N Albany Ave
Chicago

JPauls Design

491 Newcastle Drive
Cary

JR Handyman And Construction

1065 E. Grant Dr
Des Plaines

JRO Electric

1433 N Vail
Arlington Heights

Keyless Locks Store

46 Danada Sq W
Wheaton

Kingsley Electrical Group

161 Clover Chase Cir.
Woodstock

Konrad Custom Homes INC

2400 West Johnsburg Road
Johnsburg

Legacy Electric Inc

Morton Grove

Link Home Security

3293 Harrison Blvd

Livewatch Security

522 W Bertrand Ave

Low Voltage Guys

162 N. Franklin ST.
Chicago

Luckystar Productions Inc.

25178 W Lincoln Dr
Lake Villa

Modern Media Tech

P.O. Box 53
Lake Bluff

Motorized Window Treatments

1203 Cranbrook Ln
Schaumburg

Nationwide Electrical Const & Maint

10842 S Michigan Ave
Chicago

Net1

2N484 Highland Ave
Glen Ellyn

Northern Illinois Electric, Inc

3375 Belvidere Rd
Waukegan

ON GUARD INC

8036 PRAIRIE CT
Tinley Park

One Room Solution, Inc

18400 W Il Route 120 Apt 115
Grayslake

OnGuard Security Solutions

Corporate HQ:112 Shadowlawn Dr.

OSA Integrated Solutions

537 N. Edgewood Avenue
Wood Dale

Plasma, Inc. Audio & Video Solutions

2033 North Milwaukee Ave
Deerfield

Prestige Appliance Repair

322 Shenandoah Drive
Romeoville

Protect Your Home

3750 Priority Way S Dr

Protection 1 Security Solutions

2505 South Finley Road
Lombard

RedLight Security

1515 S Grove Ave #3218
Barrington

Remote Audio/Video, LLC

12515 Rhea Drive
Plainfield

Royal Home Entertainment

2923 N Broadway
Chicago

RR&C Services Inc

312 N Prairie Ln
Lake Zurich

S & P inc.

3410 n. kilbourn ave

Safexone Security, Inc.

1141 East Main Street
East Dundee

SCI Technologies

2002 W Huron St
Chicago

Secured-In

2350 Valley View Ln #100
Orland Park

Security Choice- ADT Authorized Company

1550 E. Higgins Road
Elk Grove Village

Simopoulos Construction Inc

3405 Grove Ave
Gurnee

SmartHouse Technologies, Inc.

3434 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago

Sound & Vision

530 Executive Drive
Willowbrook

Stand Guard Inc

6110 Lou St
Crystal Lake

Sudetenland Electric Inc

1954 N Brice Ct
Palatine

Tech Connectors

729 W Fullerton Ave Suite 1A
Addison

TechPro Direct

2417 N 78th Ave
Elmwood Park

The Hartland Group

1903 Hartland Rd.
Woodstock

TMCM Construction

7901 W. Park Ave.
Niles

Total Control Home Solutions, Inc.

316 E 11th Ave
Naperville

Total Service Telecom

531 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village

Totally Wired

PO Box 325
Round Lake

TRAVIS SOUND DESIGN

5540 STATE ROAD 50

Ultra Smart Home Inc.

106 Alton Rd
Prospect Heights

Unique Wiring Solutions Inc

204 Primrose Ln
Bartlett

Universal Home Theater

2909 n 73rd ave
Elmwood Park

Vesta Security Services

1153 S Lee Street
Des Plaines

VideoCom

564 Middleton Dr
Roselle

VIP Security Camera Systems

27 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 213
Chicago

Wescomm Technologies Inc.

15091 Champaign Rd

Wired Technologies, Inc.

37 Sherwood Terrace
Lake Bluff

Zera Inc.

3001 W. Gunnison
Chicago

Ziegler Installations Inc

24735 West Pleasant Court
Plainfield

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