802.11 vs. Bluetooth Revisited

Both technologies will be better positioned to thrive if coexistence schemes currently being developed are broadly implemented. In addition, cost-effective combo 802.11/Bluetooth solutions should play an important role, as there are clearly situations where device vendors ideally need to support both technologies in a single host device for different applications.

A Day in the Life

A typical day in the life of a home automation system controller ... as seen through it's eyes ... if it had them that is!

A Low Cost Home Automation Controller

Many features are controlled from one MM-443 Magicmodule Programmable Controller. There is room in the programmable memory to do other tasks that may be unique to your application. At Halloween I use a Magicmodule and MV-480 Voice Annunciator to really give the neighborhood kids a scare as they walk up to my front porch.

Avträk Rotating A/V Equipment Rack

One of the nicest features is the cable management system which consists of velcro strips across the complete width of each shelf. This allows you to get everything wired and functioning and then zipped up tight so you can see through the quagmire and show off your wiring skills to your friends and neighbors.

Bill Carney

The first pre-802.11g products are anticipated to be available in early 2003, although they may have interoperability issues with the eventual, final version of the standard. Pre-802.11g products will likely debut at prices fairly higher than what consumers can purchase 802.11b products for, so the question becomes how much of a premium will the market allow for these new, higher rate products?

Home Control Systems, What they offer and how they differ.

Your final determination relies on a variety of factors including budget, functionality, upgradeablity, expandablility, confidence in installer and manufacturer. The major decision is to find a qualified systems integrator who can assist in making these determinations. The more experience or knowledge of a large variety of systems will give them the ability to offer a system designed just for your needs.

Home Systems Today and Tomorrow

Here's a rule of thumb: If you need a keyboard to run the system, you're in trouble. Preparing your tax return is a task-oriented application that's perfect for a PC. But turning on the lights should be as simple as…turning on the lights.

Howell Technologies - Cinema Fan

Overall I must say that the system is working very well for us. There is virtually no noise from the fan at all (if you open the cabinet door you can hear a slight air flow sound from the outlet). The sensor controls to setpoint without a problem. 32 watts is less that a light bulb in power consumption so that's not an issue either.

Ins and Outs of Powerline Networking

HomePlug has eliminated problems that have plagued powerline networking in the past. No longer do common household electrical appliances like hairdryers that generate electronic noise capsize a powerline network.

Make your X-10 system invisible with Marmitek MicroModules

You know about the advantages of X-10 Home Automation, but don't want to have bulky plug-in modules in your wall outlets? You want to have your existing wall switches work with X-10 home automation, so that style and colour is no longer limited to X-10 tooling and color white only? Then it might be interesting to take a few minutes to read this story about Marmitek MicroModules

Marantz SR9200 Home Theater Receiver

Has the latest THX features as well as most if not all predecessor home theater arrangements including THX Ultra®, THX Surround EX®, Dolby Digital®, DTS ES®,Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1, Neo: 6, Dolby Pro Logic II ®, (Movie, Music), Circle Surround 5.1 ®(Movie, Music). Power enough to blow the doors off of most living rooms (140 W X 7 Channels) and much more.

Part 1 - Design and Preparation

To recap ... we are building a Demonstration Lab and Home Theater Showroom in an existing building to learn and pass on some of the experiences to those of you who want to enhance your lifestyle by networking your home entertainment, control, data and communication systems. In the introduction I covered some of the concepts and outlined the project. In this article I will cover some of the design considerations and preliminary construction processes.

Philips TiVo

I have been using Phillips TiVo for a few months now and I have to admit that when I first heard about it I thought it was just another gadget to show off to your friends. Now I can honestly say that TiVo is for real. It actually does give you total control over what you watch and when you watch it.

Programmable Logic Controller Security

Integrating the security system with the PLC lighting control system creates a more secure home environment, when the homeowners are away or at home.

Snell Home Theater In-Wall Speakers

Overall I'm very impressed with the sound quality and performance from the Snell Acoustics home theater speaker system. We wanted to build a system that sounds great but doesn't fill the room with cubes of cloth covered wood. It worked.

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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!