Anywhere that Style Matters

The possibilities are endless. You may want the family portrait, a brick fireplace, or an aquarium in front of that TV. Perhaps you mounted the marlin you caught off the coast last season or finally framed the autographed baseballs you collected since you were eight years old and didn't have the perfect place to display them. Now you do!

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters Bringing Safety and Technology Together

The National Electrical Code requires that AFCIs be used to protect circuits in residential bedrooms for all new construction. The same protection can be gained in older homes by having them installed on some, or all, of your home's circuits.

Are you planning to replace your VCR with a PVR?

TIVO is the most well known basic PVR and they got there by licensing the service to other vendors in the field ... mainly Sony and Philips.

Art Frames for LCD TVs Technology Made Stylish

The Art Frame requires no tools at all to install. The frame simply snaps onto the 30-inch LCD TV, and is easily removed for cleaning purposes.

Artist Meets Engineer The Art Of Tuning

How wonderful to be in a world where the artist and the engineer together can bring us closer to the things we love, like music and movies.

As Safe As Houses? How Safe is Yours? The New Part P of the Building Regulations for England & Wale

Are you planning any electrical work in or around your home? Perhaps you would like an extra power socket or two in the kitchen, or some garden lighting? Well please take a seat and read on because this affects you!

Audio server pioneers Imerge exhibit at Cedia expo UK ? a personal view!

Imerge showed off the entire range of SoundServers, network players, PC and handheld control solutions and utilities, a unique loading solution, as well as a good proportion of the third party control systems that interface with the server.

AUTOMATED INTERIOR PLANT-CARE And the Environmental Aspects of Home Technologies

APM systems were developed primarily for container plants in furnished interiors, but can be used for many bedded installations as well. Large plants, small plants, dry-loving plants and moisture-loving plants can be serviced by the same system.

Automating for Disabled Clients

This is a very rewarding implementation of home automation and can also be lucrative. The caveat is to be sure to install a system that will be extremely reliable. If you are unsure of your abilities to offer this level of performance, leave it to someone else.


Data security and storage is a serious consideration for home PC users - and the answer is to use your broadband connection to automate regular backups to an offsite server.

Balanced Signal Delivery for a Unbalanced World

Contrary to popular belief, advances in twisted pair and balun technology have resulted in audio-video performance that is virtually as good as any coaxial cable and in some instances surpass coax in terms of distance.

Bats in your Belfry? Eagles in your trees? Well by all means, invite?em into your living room.

There are a number of reasons why some homeowners find camera systems an attractive option aside from the oft-stated convenience and security. Some, for instance, find their ?guests? interesting, informative (especially if there are children in the household), perhaps even entertaining (a friend recently lent me a tape of burrowing owls ? they?re really neat, one might even say comical little creatures!). The ceiling inside a cabin containing a maternity colony of the Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii). Image courtesy WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.

Broadcast your Video/Audio Sources to your TVs

Instead of buying another TiVo, ReplayTV or sitting in front of your PC to watch your recorded movies, consider implementing a whole house coax based network that allows you to watch AND control those devices from any TV in any room attached to the network. Using off-the-shelf technology you can send your AV signals from any source to all your TVs on standard Coax Cable. We introduce you to the basics of Coax technology and how you can broadcast your PC or PVR movies to all your TVs.

Building a ?Jukebox? Server for Home

As the saying goes there are many ways to skin a cat, so this setup is just what is suitable for me. If I didn't already have the drives I would have possibly gone for the Terastation. Or perhaps I'd have gone for the same setup but with new SATA drives instead of PATA.

Careers In Structured Wiring Installation

A career in the installation of structured wiring can be profitable and fun. It is a new trade that offers many of the rewards of traditional trades as well as exposure to a variety of new, ever-changing technologies and business opportunities. Why not get started today?

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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!