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How Security Cameras Improve your Family’s Safety

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How Security Cameras Improve your Family’s Safety
Video surveillance is an integral part of most modern security systems, whether residential or commercial. Acting not only as a significant deterrent to criminal activity, they can provide record of whatever transgression may have occurred should that become necessary. Equipment can vary greatly by application, ranging from a simple door-video intercom that allows you to see who is at your door to elaborate, multi-camera configurations with recording and remote video streaming capabilities.
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Categories: Home Security, Automation, Installation | Tags: video security , video surveillance , wireless video , streaming video | View Count: (1491)
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Planning Multi-Room Video Systems

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Planning Multi-Room Video Systems
Remember the days when you could install a Y-splitter on the output of your VCR and connect it to two televisions in different rooms? Video quality would drop through the floor (not that it was that great to begin with), but you could actually watch the same tape in two locations! This seems nearly humorous in today’s world of streaming high definition video and automated homes that you can control with your smartphone, but big things have small beginnings.
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Categories: home automation, Whole House AV, Installation | Tags: multi-room video , video distribution , multi-room audio , whole house video | View Count: (971)
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How can Automated Shades Save You Money?

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How can Automated Shades Save You Money?
Automated, motorized shades provide homeowners with the ability to control the amount of daylight allowed into any living space. No more tangled pull-strings, unlevel blinds or inconvenience of having to operate your shades manually. Some windows may be more difficult to access based on the layout of furniture, so you won’t have to perform a balancing act on the armrest of your couch to reach them.
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Categories: home automation, Automation, Lighting Control | Tags: lutron , qmotion , automated shades , automated blinds | View Count: (1015)
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The Ultimate Game Room

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The Ultimate Game Room
Video games are not just for kids any more. We remember the early days of gaming with systems that seemed amazing in their day, with players and objects comprised of lines, dots or blocks, dichromatic color graphics (later developing into three or more colors), and the entire game play occurring on one ‘fixed’ screen. Audio consisted of “beep” and several variations thereof, but we will skip the extensive evolutionary process of video gaming right into 2016.
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Categories: Home Theater, Home Network, Installation | Tags: home theater , video gaming , home audio , game room | View Count: (985)
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The Benefits of Using our own Teams vs. Contractors

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The Benefits of Using our own Teams vs. Contractors
“Contractors” can be generally defined as people or organizations that contract with another organization or individual to perform a specified task, or provide goods or services. This configuration is used in almost every industry, from construction to government to defense procurement. Depending on the type of services being provided, contractors may require licensing, specialized training or education, and are accountable to the entity in whose employ they happen to be. Their level of perfor...
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Categories: Home Theater, Whole House AV, Installation | Tags: professional installation , av installation , whole house audio , home theater | View Count: (1836)
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Planning for Spring with Outdoor Audio

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Planning for Spring with Outdoor Audio
Home audio equipment in some form or another is owned by a great number of people. Ranging from basic 2-channel stereo systems to multi-thousand dollar AV entertainment hubs, we like our music and movies! But great sound should not be limited only to interior spaces. The great outdoors offer a host of entertainment possibilities – gatherings of friends and family, BBQ’s, picnics, kids at play, or enjoying a good book – all of which go well with music. But what if your current system does not ...
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Categories: Home Theater, Whole House AV, Home Network | Tags: outdoor audio , multi-room audio , distributed audio , speakers , amplifier | View Count: (1491)
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What Type of Speakers Should You Buy?

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What Type of Speakers Should You Buy?
The consumer entertainment market is overflowing with choices. A range of equipment is available from department stores to ‘big box’ electronics retailers to specialty boutiques that practically charge a cover to enter the store. Prices vary from the low-budget all-in-one home theater for a few hundred dollars to single components ranging in the many thousands of dollars. Every brand touts their product as “the one you must have” for a myriad of reasons, and there is something for every pote...
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Categories: home automation, Home Theater, Whole House AV | Tags: loudspeakers , speakers , in-wall , in-ceiling , architectural audio , home theater , multi-room audio , 2-channel stereo , amplifier | View Count: (1123)
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Flat Panel Display or Front Projection?

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Flat Panel Display or Front Projection?
Although there are some UHD flat panel displays up to 110” in size, the common average runs in the 46” to 65” size. In most cases, the Home Theater resides in a dual purpose space, namely your living room. With the exception of purpose-built theater rooms, your equipment and display must inhabit the same area as your furniture, décor and family members. If the real estate provides ample room for a large LCD screen above your fireplace, then that is the right choice given the options. If you c...
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Categories: home automation, Home Theater, Whole House AV | Tags: | View Count: (1144)
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Selecting the Best Security System for Your Home

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Selecting the Best Security System for Your Home
Home security is a thriving consumer market precipitated by the need to keep your family and your property safe in an ever-changing world. Although life seemed largely uncomplicated and benign in the fictional community of Mayberry during the Andy Griffith Show, current reality stands in stark contrast to this blissful narrative. We do not typically leave our homes unlocked when going on vacation, nor do our neighbors just walk in during supper time to borrow a few eggs.
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Categories: Home Security | Tags: security system , consulting , advice , setup | View Count: (1012)
Can Home Automation Work if Your Home was not Wired for It?
One look around some of today’s technologically savvy homes may leave you inspired, but also make you question the feasibility of having such a system yourself. When a new home is built with the intent of being a ‘smart home’, many of the prerequisite elements are addressed during construction. Wiring infrastructure, switching hardware and other requirements are installed prior to completion of the structure, facilitating the deployment of countless automation options. Lighting, HVAC, securit...
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