Installing your own Network

In this edition of the e-magazine I am going to take you through the basic steps from cabling and hardware to installing your own basic wired home network.


The irriGuard system works with any existing sprinkler/irrigation system to shut off the system when watering is unnecessary.

Networking The Digital Home

Coax has the following advantages: 1) it is already in place where the TVs are located (unlike phone line), 2) it is a shielded network without a lot of conflicting traffic (unlike power line) and, 3) in general can reliably provide enough capacity for the video delivery (unlike wireless today).


When coupled with a programmable digital device, such as a microprocessor or a microcontroller, the patented device allows the realization of "intelligent" and "communicative" equipment that can interact with similar objects over a domestic network, without the need of installing a dedicating wiring.

Programmable Logic Control - Drapery

With motorized drapery connected to the PLC, not only will the homeowner control the blinds from keypads on the wall, but can have them open or close depending on amount of sunlight coming into the room automatically.

The Convergence of HomeAV and ProAV

So, what's going on here? Is this something to be alarmed about if you're in ProAV? No, not really. In fact, I believe it's a good thing. It's a good thing because we now see the path of technology before us. We aren't blindsided with new technology and new products that we never saw coming - thus rendering our old installs and rental inventory useless.

Vonage IP Phone System

Plug in the adapter and sit back while it powers up, configures itself and registers. That's it ... as soon as the lights stop blinking you're ready to start making calls. And in my case ... everything went as advertised ... amazing.

Are PLC Gremlins Causing Problems?

CONNECTIONS™ Summary 2004

This article is a complete wrap-up of the most important Home Technology Conference of the year and is a must read for anyone involved in the industry.

Home Automation in New Zealand

Smart technologies are about to transform how we live and interact with our homes.

HomeToys Interview

To learn about how OSGi technology is driving this convergence, your best bet is to attend our third annual World Congress, which will be held this year in Barcelona, Spain on October 11-15. The web site is

HomeToys Interview

As a founding member of Home Media Networks, Colin's aim is to change how people consume media in their home. Colin has extensive experience in the IT sector, and was one of the founders of The Internet Movie Database, sold to in 1998. Preamble: 'With reference to the Paying for BBC television service. Will there still be a requirement for a license-fee funded TV service in 15 years or will there even be a need for any broadcast services like we have today'.

Mark Cuban and Bryan Burns to Keynote HDTV Forum 2004

The upcoming HDTV Forum 2004 Entitled "Accelerating the HDTV Transition", HDTV Forum 2004 will be held at the luxurious Westin Century Plaza on August 24-26 in Los Angeles, California

Programmable Logic Controllers - Functions

PLC functions are programmed codes that define a connection between an input and a corresponding output.

Routers Versus Switches

Data is transported much like the mail. In some cases, the mailperson brings the mail and drops it directly at the door of the recipient. In other cases, the mail is delivered to a corporate mailroom and is forwarded by the companies' internal mail delivery system.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.