These products are ready to use as they are. Just plug in some wires and your ready to go. The PRO Series has a 2 year warranty and comes in a heavy duty steel enclosure. The PRO series also has in inner safety plate with easy to LED display and buttons for setting up the controller. The Residential series has a 1 year warranty, comes in a plastic box and must be connected to the PC to perform configuration. Both series are interchangeable and have the same lighting effects.