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Finding the Perfect Smart Home System

The allure of a smart home is undeniable: automated lighting, effortless security control, and the convenience of voice-activated commands. But with a plethora of smart home systems available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. Here at DS&I Chicago, we’re your one-stop shop for smart home integration, and we’re here to guide you through the top contenders.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the pros, cons, and unique features of four industry leaders: Control4, Crestron, Josh.AI, and Savant Systems. We’ll also explore their compatibility with popular security and lighting systems like Lutron, all to help you find the perfect smart home solution for your Chicago home.

Image of C4 products on a wall monitor, tablet, and the C4 remote


Pros: Control4 is a widely recognized brand with a robust product line and strong dealer network. Control4 offers user-friendly interfaces and extensive customization options and also integrates seamlessly with a wide range of smart home devices, including Lutron lighting and shade systems.

Cons: Control4 can be pricier than some competitors and may require professional installation for complex setups.


  • Pros: Crestron is renowned for its high-performance automation and scalability and is ideal for luxury homes and large estates. It offers exceptional control and customization possibilities.
  • Cons: Crestron is often the most expensive option on this list and  requires significant upfront investment and professional installation. The Crestron system can be more complex for non-tech-savvy users.
Image of a Crestron system on a tablet.
Image of Josh.AI system being displayed on different screens.


  • Pros: Johs.AI is a newer addition to this market and offers a voice-centric system with a focus on natural language processing. Josh.AI integrates well with popular smart home devices and offers a user-friendly mobile app.
  • Cons: The Josh system lacks the extensive customization options of Control4 or Crestron. and may have compatibility limitations with some niche smart home devices.

Savant Systems:

  • Pros: Of all systems we’ve discussed, in our book, Savant has the most user-friendly interface with an emphasis on aesthetics. Their strong integration with audio/video equipment like Sony or Bang & Olufsen makes Savant ideal for media rooms and home theaters. Savant also integrates with Lutron lighting and shade systems.
  • Cons: Savant may not offer the same level of customization as Control4 or Crestron.
Image of the Savant Systems app on a phone and tablet.

Security and Lighting Integration:

When choosing a smart home system, consider your existing security and lighting setup. All the systems mentioned above integrate with Lutron, a popular lighting control brand. However, it’s crucial to consult a certified smart home integrator like Digital Systems and Integration to ensure seamless compatibility with your specific security and lighting systems.


Cost Considerations:

Smart home system costs can vary significantly depending on the chosen platform, the number of devices you want to integrate, and the complexity of your desired setup.  We offer free consultations to evaluate your needs and provide tailored solutions that fit your budget.


Finding Your Perfect Fit:

The ideal smart home system depends on your individual needs, technological comfort level, and budget.  Our experienced team can help you navigate these factors and recommend the solution that best suits your Chicago home, boat, or office. We’ll ensure your smart home is not just functional, but also intuitive, efficient, and reflects your unique lifestyle.


Contact us today!  Let’s discuss your smart home vision and create a seamless, user-friendly system that elevates your Chicago living experience.

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