A Quick Study of Power over Ethernet

PoE+ devices can ask for power in much smaller increments and can change their power needs at any time, depending on what the device is doing, such as "sleeping"-a power saving mode.

ZyXEL to Launch its Flagship ONE Connect Solution for 360º View of Home Networks at Broadband World Forum

Company's 2015 showcase to feature ONE Connect, Wi-Fi Excellence and G.fast solutions to help service providers deliver exceptional user experience

Connected home centre stage at IFA

Ciara O'Brien for The Irish Times:  The connected home may be nothing new, but at this year’s IFA consumer electronics exhibition, it seemed as if every manufacturer was keen to push its smart home credentials. From Samsung and Intel to Panasonic and Sony, the big electronics companies joined smaller startups in jumping firmly on board the smart home band wagon. Smart locks that keep out intruders but can be opened with your smartphone, smart cameras that watch your every move, and smart appliances that can be activated via your home network could all be part of your future home. Smart kettles and coffee makers that can be programmed through your phone, ovens where you can monitor the contents on a livestream and fridges that you can peek inside with cameras when you’re out of the house were just some of the inventions that are hoping to make our lives easier on display at IFA in Berlin. Samsung announced that it would be getting into the connected home, with a starter kit dubbed Smart Things. The line includes a central hub that connects everything from electrical sockets and sensors, and links in with your home router to put your home online.   Cont'd...

CFR Freight Chooses TrueConf Video Conferencing to Connect Across South Africa

International ocean and air freight operator CFR Freight has chosen TrueConf as their video conferencing provider. Their TrueConf Server unified communications platform has helped them coordinate communication between four South African offices and has helped them cut expenses through making use of distance learning and video conference meetings.

Top 18 Home Automation Companies Who Will Run Your Home

Murray Newlands for Huffington Post:  The home automation space is poised to continue growing in 2015 and beyond. There are more companies and investors behind these companies that want entry into your home to make it smarter, more energy-efficient, safer, comfortable, and cost-effective. Here are the top 18 in-home automations across all segments, including hubs, security devices, energy-saving devices and monitors, appliance controls, and systems, which you should consider for your home: Apple and HomeKit:  From your phone and tablets to your television and computer, to your entire home, Apple plans to control just about everything in your life. Its HomeKit home automation system is a hub that will give connectivity to all automation in your home, including numerous home automation products from other companies. You can use Siri to give it voice commands, and it will include its AppleTV in the hub along with virtual rooms. Google and Nest : Google's acquisition of Nest and Dropcam provides it with a full feature hub and additional security and energy-efficiency features in addition to the overall smart home command center. Google also plans to add voice command to its overall solutions. The Nest thermostat has already been named as the best thermostat solution on many home automation technology lists. Samsung and SmartThings:  Named as the best smart home hub by CNet, Samsung's SmartThings provides a whole home solution that also is intended to eventually connect to all of Samsung's home appliances as well as tablets and smartphones. It is admired for its low-entry price point and user-friendly implementation and overall use.    Cont'd...

Crestron Expands DigitalMedia 4K Lineup with Introduction of Copper Input Blade and HDMI Output Blade

With latest additions, company now offers fiber, 4K/60 copper, and 4K/60 HDMI I/O blades; new blades add support for HDCP 2.2

Amcrest Enters the IP Camera Market With Super Nifty ProHD 1080p HD Cloud-Enabled IP Camera

The ProHD includes an array of smart features

TP-LINK Helps Cable Internet Customers Save on Monthly Fees While Maximizing Their Home Network

Archer CR700 AC1750 Wireless Dual-Band Modem Router and TC-7610 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Now Shipping

Home Control Software Interview - HAL

HAL does not require voice training and provides multiple voice interfaces into the system such as open air microphones, telephones, intercoms, webpages, smartphone apps, headsets and more.

AVAD Adds Kevo by Kwikset to Their Home Automation Brand Lineup

Bluetooth-enabled wireless key allows entry with the touch of a finger

WD Makes Cloud Storage More Personal (And Private)

New My Cloud OS 3 Puts Control of Content into the Hands of Consumers with Greater Photo Sharing, Backup and Synchronization

GreenPeak celebrates over 100 Million ZigBee chips delivered to the Smart Home market

World leading low power RF semiconductor company provides wireless connectivity for Smart Home and Internet of Things solutions

New HGI requirements will strengthen performance of Wi-Fi

Issues around Automatic Channel Selection technology and Wi-Fi repeaters are addressed

2016 Storage Visions Conference Presentation Submission Deadline is September 14

Preliminary Agenda Covers Digital Storage Applications and Futures

Z-Wave Alliance names industry vet Mitchell Klein as new Executive Director

With over 20 years of leadership in the CE and smart home channels, Klein takes leadership reigns at the Alliance at pivotal point in Z-Wave growth.

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REPLACEMENT INTERCOM SYSTEM WITH BUILT-IN MP3 DISTRIBUTION

REPLACEMENT INTERCOM SYSTEM WITH BUILT-IN MP3 DISTRIBUTION

RETRO-M is designed to replace existing Home Intercom Systems and operate on existing 3 and 4 wire systems. BLUETOOTH you music by adding the BT-RECEIVER. No need to remove existing master wall housing, trim plates available to cover those large holes. The RETRO-M intercom unit has a built-in AM/FM radio. Plug in mp3 players such as iPod, iPhone, Zune or any other hand held player into the master and share your music with the entire family. Choose between two music sources; listen to the radio in one room and the mp3 in another room.