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.

HomeToys Interview

We see digital music continuing to make its way into the mainstream. Once people experience the benefits that digital music offers, there is no going back. On the hardware side, hard drives will be everywhere - in your stereo cabinet, in your set-top box, in the car, and of course in portable devices.

Part 2 - The Construction Process

So ... here we are with a bunch of plans, a bit of equipment, a few miles of wire to run and a mess to make. In this article we discuss the installation of the wiring, the cabinet design and installation, the lab layout and some other considerations to take into account.

PLC Communicates RS-232

PLC's have communication ports that can be configured to talk all kinds of protocols. One of the most useful in home systems is the ASCII In/Out non-sequence protocol.

Powerline Networking

With Powerline Networking you get the benefits of having a wired connection and also the flexibility and mobility of a wireless connection…and you never see or touch one new wire. We all know there is no such thing as "Invisible Wiring", but is this just as good? A lot of people are saying yes!

PSB CustomSound M6.1R In-Ceiling Speakers

With digital sound reproduced through quality speakers it makes a room come to life. If you like music ... then why not have it everywhere? Multi-room audio systems are here to stay and while you can spend a fortune on speakers for a home theater ... that's not necessary with multi room systems. In-ceiling speakers located throughout the house add a new dimension to your environment.

Remote Home Networking Support

Residential LANs are still designed separately from the automation network, but custom A-V integrators are starting to install small home networks, connecting 2-3 PCs, a printer and a DSL or cable modem. Dealers continue to expand their home networking knowledge base through training and the acquisition of networking savvy technicians, and the demand for home networking continues to push custom integrators beyond the limits of early entertainment applications and into the new generation of residential information technology.

Selling Home Automation to Builders

The business vision discussed here is intended to create a new generation of houses in the next few years, designed to receive integrated HA systems through the builders, but without forgetting that the main player in this process is the end user.

Shanghai Interactive/Digital TV

In early 2002, the Shanghai municipal government "advised" SCN to accelerate the digital TV project and gradually migrate to interactive TV services in the next few years. The government also provided millions of dollars in subsidies specifically for the digital TV project. Reprinted from the November 17, 2002 edition of "Parks' Points"

UCommand UC-515 Touchscreen Remote Control

If you want a full featured unit that you know will work with your devices, and gives you the ability to change the screen to suit your needs, spend a bit more and get this cool looking unit with the retail price of $129.00. Then you can get rid of all those remotes cluttering up your living room.

Volume Control with Prog Logic Controller

PLC's have communication ports that can be configured to talk all kinds of protocols. One of the most useful in home systems is the ASCII In/Out non-sequence protocol.

Which One Should I Use - Part XVI

A Better X-10 Interface

Which One Should I Use, Part XVII

Extended Codes

Why

In the end, Parks Associates believes that the PC and standalone consumer electronics platforms will both play key roles as distributed hubs in the home. Reprinted from the November 17, 2002 edition of "Parks' Points"

Xantech Infra Red Control Equipment

Xantech has been in this business for years and their products are high quality and reliable. If you have any wiring skills at all there is no problem setting this stuff up. If you're not comfortable with that ... just call in a home systems dealer / installer and get them to do it for you.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!