BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!

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?

CAT 5 is not just for Networking Anymore

Even if the homeowner doesn't have a particular use for CAT 5 today, the low cost of the wire and the future uses make it easy to see why you would want to "future-proof" your house by installing CAT 5. It's exciting when new technologies become so affordable and compelling that average users can see the value they offer.

CE vs. IT for TVs

The confusion in regards to resolution and the statistics about how monitors are being used are both good arguments for larger screens with lower resolutions as the best convergence products for meeting the price point expectations of the market.

CEA Makes A/V Set-Up Easy with the CEA Connections Guide

With easy-to-understand descriptions and photographs of each connector, the Connections Guide shows the consumers where the connectors are located and how they can use them to optimize product performance.

Choosing A Front Projection Screen

The bottom line is that there is a projection screen viewing surface and configuration designed to fit into whatever problem space you can come up with.

Choosing a Home Satellite TV System: DirecTV vs. Dish Network and Cable

If your interests in documentaries and music are very diverse, then possibly the satellite systems are for you. Cable televisions seems to have successfully cornered a more localized market and if your cup of tea is local channels and news, then digital cable is where its at.

Choosing the right speakers: a how to lesson

Remember, the only audition that really matters is the one that's conducted in your home, in your listening space, with your equipment. When you;re done, you?ll have the confidence of knowing that you've chosen the best speakers for you.

Christie Bows New ?Wave? Wireless AV

Wireless XGA in full motion is a powerful development and goes a long way toward eliminating the need for costly and unsightly data cables. Now all we need is support for DVD wireless projection.

Coming To A PC Near You

Movielink ushers in a new genre of content provisioning capable of radically altering the business of movie rental. While you may disagree with this claim, to those likely impacted by this move, this is indeed big news. Reprinted from the November 17, 2002 edition of "Parks' Points"

Component Video and Twisted Pair in the Home Market

Component video transmission via copper twisted pair and passive balun technology is a viable option for residential AV installations and customers can expect to see innovative products that support this environment in the coming years.

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