A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

One of the key advantages to NetZoomAV is that it is aimed directly at the needs of both the casual and strict business user. The program's developers made NetZoomAV easy to use from the get-go, starting with drag-and-drop placement of symbols and shapes into the drawing space.

ADS Tech InstantMPX

One test we tried just for the heck of it was taking our DivX files and storing them on DVDR. The result? Over six and a half-hours of high quality movies on a single disc.

CEDIA EXPO 2004 - News Report

Special Show News Report for CEDIA EXPO 2004

CEDIA EXPO 2004 - HomeToys Report

I can't recommend this show enough for the small business owners in this industry. Mark it on your calendar for next year, attend some classes and see what is out there. It can only help to improve business and open doors to new opportunities.

Computer That Can Run Your Home

The Pentium M combined with the right design features in an all-in-computer may be poised to create a quiet revolution in comfort, security and entertainment within our homes.

Dave Rye of X10

Dave Rye is Vice President and Technical Manager of X10 (USA) Inc., and has been with X10 an incredible 30 years. Dave is responsible for technical liaison between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and X10's engineering staffs in Scotland, Hong Kong, and the USA. He procures industry approvals (FCC and UL) for all X10 products, as well as those developed and manufactured by X10 for its OEMs.

HDTV Gains Momentum Despite Obstacles

While future technologies offer even more features at more aggressive prices, the currently available, affordable technologies, coupled with the growing content, can make the 2004 holiday season a robust one for the HDTV industry.

HomeToys Interview

I predict in another 5 years the majority of households will have switched to HD. Once you go HD you can never watch SD again. Kind of like being without a microwave, once you have one you can't live without it.

Installing your own Network

In this edition of the Hometoys.com e-magazine I am going to take you through the basic steps from cabling and hardware to installing your own basic wired home network.

irriGuard

The irriGuard system works with any existing sprinkler/irrigation system to shut off the system when watering is unnecessary.

Networking The Digital Home

Coax has the following advantages: 1) it is already in place where the TVs are located (unlike phone line), 2) it is a shielded network without a lot of conflicting traffic (unlike power line) and, 3) in general can reliably provide enough capacity for the video delivery (unlike wireless today).

NOT ONLY X10

When coupled with a programmable digital device, such as a microprocessor or a microcontroller, the patented device allows the realization of "intelligent" and "communicative" equipment that can interact with similar objects over a domestic network, without the need of installing a dedicating wiring.

Programmable Logic Control - Drapery

With motorized drapery connected to the PLC, not only will the homeowner control the blinds from keypads on the wall, but can have them open or close depending on amount of sunlight coming into the room automatically.

The Convergence of HomeAV and ProAV

So, what's going on here? Is this something to be alarmed about if you're in ProAV? No, not really. In fact, I believe it's a good thing. It's a good thing because we now see the path of technology before us. We aren't blindsided with new technology and new products that we never saw coming - thus rendering our old installs and rental inventory useless.

Vonage IP Phone System

Plug in the adapter and sit back while it powers up, configures itself and registers. That's it ... as soon as the lights stop blinking you're ready to start making calls. And in my case ... everything went as advertised ... amazing.

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