Adjust the thermostat from your phone, change TV channels from your tablet, shut off lights and arm the security system from your laptop. It’s up to you. As long as you have a data connection, you’re in control of your smart home. Control4 calls it "Anywhere Access."

One of the most appealing features of a home automation system is that you can control just about anything from anywhere. This is standard behavior with a Control4 system right out of the box.

 Your Control4 system can send messages to your smartphone or tablet about the status of your system, so you always know what’s going on. Custom alerts such as "Garage Door Open" or "Water Leak" can be sent to inform you of important events as soon as they happen, allowing you to respond quicker than ever before.

The ability to control anything in your house can be invaluable. Your High Definition Technologies installer will configure your system so you can manage and monitor your security system, and even disable your alarm and unlock the front door if a friend or family member needs to get inside. You’ll be able to change the thermostat from across the globe just in case you left the heat cranked up or from the airport so your house comfortable when you get back. You can run preset lighting sequences to fool burglars into thinking someone’s at home.

Social media and smart phones give us constant updates about news around the world. Now that world can include your house and everything in it. Knowing exactly what is going as it happens will ease your mind on while you’re away, no more worrying about whether the garage is open or the front door is locked. Anywhere Access keeps you in your home, even if you’re thousands of miles away.