Elan Z-Series

The Elan Z-Series is a serious system and has many more features and options than mentioned here. Sound quality and control functions are excellent. The keypads buttons are small but tactile feedback is good. The VIA! touchpanel is clear and dependable ... and just a fun thing to play with. Programming the system is fairly straight forward and the functionality of the system allows for a high level of customization.

HALO T3 Tuner

The new line of components from Parasound ... HALO ... are very nicely designed with silver faceplates and violet glowing lights behind each button giving the units a modern elegant look as well as clear visual control functionality.

Integra DPS-8.3 Progressive Scan SACD & DVD Player

It's a new world of sound and vision when you get into this level of equipment ... and although I'm sure there are "better" or "more expensive" units on the market I'm just not sure if the human senses can tell the difference.

Integrating Whole House Music and HA

Before purchasing your whole-house music system, be sure to understand the exact functionality of your system and of the different keypads which may be installed. Decide if music is the only sub-system in your house, or if you might want to integrate other sub-systems in the future (lighting, security, HVAC, video, etc.). Planning for the future now can save on your investment and your home's technology expectations.

Leviton Stuctured Media Center and QuickPort Snap-In Modules

Leviton makes everything you need for a structured wiring installation and the equipment is available almost everywhere ... including Home Depot. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to install and how reasonably priced it can be.

Omni LT Security and Home Automation System

In addition to it's security functions, this is a full blown home automation controller that can make your life a lot easier and more convenient. It will control your powerline lighting and appliance components, thermostats, hard wired devices and more. It is also expandable if you find there is a need to add to the system ... which you probably will once you get hooked on automation :-)

Panasonic KX-TG2740S Cordless Phone System

At $199 for the main unit and $99 each for extra handsets this is a no brainer for those needing the convenience of wireless phones with the flexibility of 2 incoming lines and a digital answering system. We're featuring this system in our Home Technology Demonstration Project and in fact it is currently our primary phone system.

Part 3 - Installing Home Theater Equipment

Most of us already have some entertainment equipment and some of us have a bit of home automation and networking equipment as well. So ... how do we connect it all together and make it work simply and smoothly ... a challenge for sure ... but not as difficult as you may think.

Runco CinemaWall™ CW-42

Once the unit was mounted and connected all we had to do was turn it on (have a DVD ready for this step) and WOW ... middle of the day ... bright sunny room ... amazingly bright and clear picture ... right out of the box. This is how new technology should work!

Volume Control with Prog Logic Controller

The PLC allows the homeowner to control not only the lighting and drapery systems, but also the audio volume levels in every room from one single keypad.

Which One Should I Use, Part XVIII

What is Extended Code - Part 2

X10 Debugging Tips

If you use X10, you will inevitably experience some of the problems described here. Hopefully this information will help you resolve the problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. This is the price we all pay for enjoying the many benefits of X10 technology!

Design Challenges for Home Gateway Devices

This paper details the hardware, software technical architecture and specifications of the home gateway devices and lists out the engineering design challenges (along with the possible solutions) faced by a home gateway product designer or a home gateway silicon designer.

Education: The Engine of the Home Networking Industry

By providing employees with the power of personalized educational solutions, companies will be able to increase the speed to market for new products and services.

Gateway Plasma TV

So as you start pondering technology "toys" to add to your holiday list, consider putting the Gateway Plasma TV at the top. You'll get a great alternative work location, and your family will enjoy the best game station, TV and DVD room. The only problem I've found is that everybody wants to use it at the same time.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.