Spotlight On Charmed Quark

Charmed Quark Systems Ltd.

The Charmed Quark Controller (CQC) is a software application running on a Windows PC providing the ability to automate the control of home sub-systems and manage media distribution. They have a strong and active following among people who are passionate about home control.

Per company spokesman: "CQC is cost-effective, highly scalable, multi-user and inherently networked with a powerful touchscreen design system, and handles automation and media in a single product."

CQC is available to do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners with the time and knowledge to build their own automation system. A try-and-buy option gets you a software license for CQC to run on the "master controller" PC. Client devices (e.g. touch screens) or secondary PCs do not require a separate software license. Charmed Quark provides tutorials on CQC to assist you in building your system. Support is available through a Forum only, so going this route is very similar to using open source software, except you pay for the software license and a $95 annual maintenance fee to cover updates.

Most people will want to use a Charmed Quark Reseller or Integration Partner to create and install a custom-designed solution. To view the list of partners click on the "Links" button on the Charmed Quark home page.

Company Information
Company Website In
Product Lines US Installed Base Installed System Price Sales Model 2003 CQC <5k $5k-$25k Dealer
Product Characteristics
Windows Media Center # 3rd Party
# Keypads # Touch Screens PC-based? iPhone App?
Supported >100 0 0 Yes Native
Sub-Systems Sold
Lighting/Climate Servers Intercoms Multiroom
No/No No No No No No

Last Updated: 4/17/2010