Sometimes it seems like just a handful of companies dominate the home control market, keeping all the attention to themselves. But there are many, many options out there; they just might not be as loud on TV or other traditional advertising platforms. Here are 5 systems that are really doing something different to try to appeal to different types of homeowners.

Dark Horse Home Control Systems

JDS Technologies

This could be considered one of the original DIY home control systems. It uses your existing web-enabled devices (phone, tablet, computers, etc) to give you remote control of your home’s lighting, security, heating/cooling, audio/video, irrigation, and more. What makes JDS Technologies stand out is how easy it is to set up. It allows you to create graphic user interfaces with your own images. You simply take a picture of each room, and the application allows you to set up areas on your photo to point and tap in order to control various appliances in the room. For example, if you tap or click on the lamp in your picture, it can turn the lamp in the room on and off.


This home control system was designed specifically for households that include residents with mobility impairments. PEAC uses FireFox, Chrome, and Safari to connect to the system. This allows any web-enabled device or assistive technology that the user is already familiar with to be used with PEAC.

PEAC can control doors, lights, blinds, elevators, nurse calls and pagers, tvs, and more. PEAC is designed to be able to be used through mouse, touchscreen, or even other assistive technologies like eye gaze, sip and puff, or other scanning interfaces. This system provides residents with a better quality of life and restores independence to them.


This home control system is centered around smartphones and tablets, so if your household has an abundance of those, this may be the system for you. It leverages the power of mobility by embracing the Android and iOS platforms as their focus. They specialize in amplified wireless audio streaming and wifi universal lighting control.

A cool feature that TiO offers is TiO Moods, which saves sets of settings as different Moods. This allows you to recreate these exact settings whenever you want.


If you’re looking for an all-in-one system, this is one of the most comprehensive systems out there. What puts it apart from the rest is its ability to be controlled through voice throughout the home. Other features include energy management, home intelligence, climate control, home entertainment, events and scheduling, and security.

CastleOS’ software runs locally in your home, not in the cloud, which means that it’s both secure and fast. You can control it from any web-enabled device from anywhere in the world. It uses the Microsoft Kinect microphone to activate your system.


HomeSeer offers a high level of flexibility that allows for specific needs or smaller budgets. It is compatible with a wide range of compatible products. It allows you to control lights, thermostats, doors, water, power, irrigation, garage doors, energy, and audio/video systems. It uses IFTTT, which opens up many possibilities for programming different parts of your system!

HomeSeer also stores your system information locally rather than in the cloud so that your sensitive information is secure, and your automation features will not be disabled if your internet connection fails.