Colorado vNet to Launch New Family of Touchscreens at CEDIA

New products and unique business model continue to provide custom integrators lower cost, lower risk systems with greater profitability and style than industry competitors.

BTX Technologies Announces Distribution Agreement With Exhibio™

Easy-to-Use Digital Signage Platform Adds Value for BTX's Professional A/V Systems Integrators

H -P Products Offers Central Vacuum Installation Training for CEU Credits at CEDIA Expo

Learn all about central vacuum installation from the professionals of H-P Products. The comprehensive "Proper Installation of Central Vacuum Systems" training will take place on Wednesday, September 9, at 10:00 AM at Georgia World Congress Center.

Crestron New Low-Cost Prodigy System

Crestron has announced the release of their entry level automation solution aimed at competing with Control4's pricing. Prodigy requires no system design, no wiring and no expensive installation. The Prodigy Composer software guides the integrator through a few simple steps using basic drop-down menus and check boxes. The software provides all the logic and creates touchscreen interfaces automatically in the background. The wizard is intuitive so anyone can get a system up and running in minutes without any training. The system starts with the ZigBee-compatible (802.15.4) PMC2 controller and PLX2 two-way ZigBee remote sold as a package for $700. For a whole house solution Creston is offering a $5,500 sample system which included four zones of audio, one thermostat, 15 wireless light dimmers/switches and an in-wall touchscreen.

1Gbps Entertainment-grade Home Networking

Gigle has developed a new architecture for home networking over existing wires (powerline, coaxial cable, and phoneline) that delivers the sustained high bandwidth, quality of service, ease of use, flexibility of installation, and management capabilities required by the most demanding home multimedia networks - such as distribution of multiple HD video streams throughout the home.

60GHz and WirelessHD® - Now In Your Living Room

There are many options on the horizon for consumers looking to update their home entertainment systems with high-powered wireless technology.

Benefits of Home Automation Technology

Home automation has traditionally been focused on entertainment applications such as home theater and whole house audio systems. With the advent of concerns regarding global climate change and renewable energy, the focus has shifted toward automation systems that deliver great efficiencies for home systems that use electricity and natural gas (heating oil to a limited extent).

Can Dealers, Vars And Vendors Ever Really Get Along?

Channel conflict has existed since the beginning of time. Dealers, Integrators, VARS just know they aren't getting a fair shake from suppliers.

Classic Home Toys #23

The Rebirth of 3-D: Pt 3

Content Insider #124 -- Free Stuff !!!!

Some think it is cool to set a movie, a song, a book, a game, an article free on the web. Some feel they should be paid for their creative efforts.

Content Insider #125 - Our Next Leader

What the industry needs is to dip into the talent pool to find some new crusaders, some new standard bearers.

Content Insider #126- The Real Power

According to a Pew Research study 43 percent of the women in the U.S. call the shots.

Content Insider #127- Too Much Advice

Product/Service Recommendations, Support… More Than You Want to Know

Home Control and Energy Conservation

Watteco's Watt Pulse Communications (WPC™) power line communication (PLC) module is the only low power solution for the home energy command and control market to support the development of a two-way, end-to-end communications fabric for the world's electricity system based on Internet Protocol (IP) standards

Improving Video Quality is One Click Away

Converting videotaped content to digital is important because the images will deteriorate - if they haven't already - and you will lose the special moments and memories forever

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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.