The C-Bus Automation and Smart Home Partner for Sunshine Coast Electricians

At Connect Multimedia, we have 15 years of experience in partnering with electricians across the
Sunshine Coast to provide hassle-free smart-home solutions.

Do you have a client with C-Bus Smart Home?

At Connect Multimedia, we like to keep things simple – our partnerships included.

Anytime a builder or homeowner reaches out to you about C-Bus or smart-home automation, that’s when you get us involved. We’ll join you in the discussions with your customer and design a solution to meet their needs. We pay you a fee or commission.

Let us take care of the maintenance, repair, and upgrades of C-BUS smart-home solutions

As an electrician, it’s probably fair to say that C-BUS is the bane of your existence. We hear you. And we can help. Thousands of homes across the Sunshine Coast are in desperate need of C-BUS maintenance, repair, and upgrades. Proactive maintenance is the best solution. But the need for custom programming, specialised wiring and equipment can make it a real hassle for you.

 

We take the risk out of quoting, installing, maintaining and repairing ageing C-Bus homes.

 

If you bring us in, we will pay you a commission. You can help us install the equipment, or we can run the project for you. On most of our new projects, the electrician makes more profit on a C-Bus job than standard wiring.

That’s where we come in. As a Clipsal C-BUS Platinum Partner for home-automation and audio-visual integration, we have the highest level of training to design, supply, install, maintain, and repair all commercial and residential automation aspects projects.


As a Clipsal Point One installer, we can offer your clients a four-year manufacturer warranty on new projects at no extra cost.


We can also provide a wide range of smart-home automation and Wi-Fi solutions for new and existing homes.

 

Together we can share the workload and returns to help homeowners optimise their automation and energy use. You focus on what you do best and let us manage smart-home automation on your behalf.

Case Study Upgrading a
17yo old C-Bus System

This video show the simple process of CMM working with the client’s electrician to upgrade a 17 year old C-Bus lighting system. Whilst the system had been working reliably for this time, the wear and tear on the switches was evident. 

 

We took the opportunity to be on the front foot and replaced the all of the ageing C-Bus equipment before a major failure happened.

C-Bus Point One Programme -
The Best of the Best

In this video, Adrian Barr from Clipsal explains why using a Point One C-Bus installer and programmer is so important.

 

Connect Multimedia earned our C-Bus Point One accreditation in 2012. One of only two companies based on the Sunshine Coast, to this day, that have been awarded this elite status.

From 2018, C-Bus Point One Professionals are now called Clipsal EcoXperts

C-Bus to Ecoexpert

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CMM have Over 15 years experience

Working on residential and commercial automation projects from Brisbane to Townsville, we’ve done it all.

 

Covering the basic and small to very complex and large projects. Everything from a single room to a fully automated home with all the bells and whistles.

 

CMM can customise a solution to meet the needs of your client AND their budget.

 

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Full-service - design, install, maintenance and repair

Due to our experience and training, we can quickly and efficiently find and rectify issues with older automation systems.


If it comes time to upgrade old equipment, CMM provide you with pre-programmed switches, dimmers, relays, and documentation to make the installation as simple as possible for you to install.

We are not electricians

CMM can operate as a sub-contractor or an independent supplier. We serve you, so you can more completely serve your customers.

 

If you become our technology partner, we will work with you and never “steal” your clients.

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Common misconceptions of What C-Bus can and Can't do

Most frequent questions and answers

C-Bus vs New wireless Light Switches?

C-Bus lighting systems are more reliable, last longer and will work in all types of houses. 

 

Wireless solutions, whilst convenient, can suffer latency (up to a 1-2 sec delay after pressing the button) and are impacted by external forces like other wireless devices in the home. In addition, wireless solutions require quality wireless coverage throughout entire the home. 

 

Larger homes, homes built with concrete, steel frames or re-enforced block walls often have inadequate wireless coverage. Therefore wireless switches may work one day but not reliably the next. 

 

C-Bus has wired switches, meaning that it does not rely on a wireless signal – the switch will work every time you press it. Hard-wired systems are always the preferred choice.

isn't C-Bus is an old technology?

C-Bus has been around for 25 years. It is an old technology, but just like the wheel, it’s reliable and effective. 

If all your clients want to do is dim lights, turn them on/off, control a fan or a group of motorised blinds, then C-Bus has been able to do this reliably for decades. We don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

 

C-Bus can be enhanced by third-party control systems that use smartphones and tablets. Your client can integrate other systems like music, TV, security, CCTV, intercoms, and air-con / climate control.

 

20 year old C-Bus systems still work very well well with modern control systems like Control4, RTi or Savant.

C-Bus is expensive?

It doesn’t have to be super expensive!

 

For your typical four-bedroom home, which needs a few lights, blinds, and fans. The cost difference between wireless products and C-Bus solutions is not that significant, particulary when you add reliability concerns of wireless technology.

 

It depends on the size and complexity of the project. For large projects with hundreds of circuits across many devices, we recommend setting time aside for design and planning before installation and testing.

Can I add Cameras to existing C-Bus homes?

We only use C-Bus for Lights, Blinds and Fans. Expanding the smart home system with CCTV cameras, Security, Music and Intercoms can all be done by adding a control system to C-Bus, like Savant or Control4. This can be controlled from down the street or from on holiday anywhere in the world.

 

 

Any upgrade project is scalable. It can be as simple as replacing a few switches to building a new system from scratch. C-Bus is still a great choice for lighting control for any size upgrade.

I want everything to work on my Phone.

Ten or fi fteen year old C-Bus systems can easily be updated without changing existing C-Bus hardware like dimmers, relays and switches.

 

Today’s automation systems, like Control4, Crestron, Savant and RTi use a smart phone app to control everything in the home. These work really well with existing and older C-Bus systems. It doesn’t have to be a huge job to upgrade to a fully functional and modern system.

It is all too complicated?

For the client, it should be a seamless experience. It requires little training to use the C-Bus system if programmed correctly. It works every time.

 

As a technology partner, we take on this responsibility. We make sure that everything is installed and programmed in a way that exceeds the clients expectations.

 

Poorly installed automation solutions can frustrate and confuse your clients. We build home automation systems that are reliable and easy to use so the average person can enjoy watching TV, listening to music, and turn their blinds, fans and lights on/off without having to think about it.

Looking for a hassle-free technology partner?
Where you can earn a finders fee or commission on the whole project
Let’s chat about how we can work together to ease your home-automation woes.

Why choose Connect Multimedia as your preferred smart-home automation technology partner

We’ve been designing and installing smart-home automation solutions for the last 15 years. Over that time we have automated more than 2,500 homes across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and as far north as Townsville.
We know home-automation. And we know how to make you look good.

Whether we are designing a solution for one of our customers or one of yours, we approach it with the same
commitment to customer satisfaction. Our customers are happy and that’s the way we like it.

We have our finger on the pulse and stay abreast of all the latest technological developments. We are always
innovating and helping our customers realise the full potential of smart-home automation.

We take our partnerships very seriously and work alongside you as a genuine partner. We are happy to be involved in
all discussions and quotes to help you get the best possible outcomes for your customers.

We hold the appropriate accreditations and qualifications to ensure you have peace of mind that you are working as
an expert in the field. Not only that, our solutions are also award-winning!

Our aim is to make it easy for you to take on smart-home automation projects for your customers. You recommend
us and we do all the work on your behalf. We’re only ever a phone call away.

Here is what our customers have to say about us

Excellent service, fantastic communication throughout, I would highly recommend their services.

Dan McKay

We cannot speak highly enough of the exceptional services Connect Multimedia provided as part of our major home renovation a decade ago. We have continued to call on Connect Multimedia for equipment upgrades ever since and have never been disappointed. The after-sales service provided by Glenn and his team is also outstanding.

We will certainly continue to use Connect Multimedia for future upgrades of our multimedia system and have no hesitation recommending them. Our advice – call Connect. Getting them involved in creating our dream home theatre will always be one of our best decisions!

Tania Scott

We installed C-Bus in 2003 and we decided (in late June 2021) to upgrade to the latest technology. Glenn from Connect Multimedia was responsive and very effective in his explanation of the proposed upgrade. He worked closely with our electrician to complete the project in a very short time. There was no inconvenience. He then returned to tweak the system to ensure the flexibility that this state of the art technology provides.

Stewart & Sue Penny

We first called on Connect Multimedia when we purchased our dream home on the Sunshine Coast in 2013 to create our home theatre (including streamed music upstairs) and our home network. We really enjoyed that first iteration of our system. We called on Connect Multimedia anew in 2017 for equipment upgrades and the associated reprogramming. Brilliant outcome. In 2020 we called on Connect Multimedia yet again when we upgraded to 4K and gave the home network a make-over. So love 4K. And the new home network is fabulous. Over the years we have also relied on Connect Multimedia for all our maintenance calls. Glenn and his team in our opinion provide high quality, great value, contemporary products. Glenn is a highly experienced senior technician who is across the latest technology. He is pragmatic about product choice: he doesn't push the latest gadget, but recommends products that fit and work with the existing infrastructure. We have found the Connect Multimedia team easy to get along with, always responsive to our needs. It is the go-to company for our home theatre and home network requirements: we wouldn't go anywhere else on the coast. Highly recommend Connect Multimedia.

Chris Lines

We love our Smart Home system that Connect Multimedia put together for us. Glenn's technical expertise and ability to work what we did and didn't need was invaluable during the planning stage of renovating our home. We are so glad we got them involved from the start. The documentation and planning from Glenn and his team meant that the builder, electrician, designer and other trades were all working from the same page. I couldn't recommend using Connect Multimedia highly enough.

Debbie Watson

Connect Multimedia designed and built an Audio Visual system that catered to our specific needs. It is a high quality system that is very reliable and requires very little maintenance. Support is always available and Glenn, the owner of the company is the best and most professional technician I have ever worked with. Steve, Systems Administrator, Maroochy RSL

Maroochy RSL

CMM from the start of my brief through to installation and maintenance of my media room were nothing short of outstanding. I would have no hesitation in the recommending them

Greg Davis

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Looking for a hassle-free technology partner?
Where you can earn a finders fee or commission on the whole project?
Let’s chat about how we can work together to ease your home-automation woes.