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.

Conceal, Reveal, Pivot, and Swivel

What are those options in TV lifts that help solve problems in design, space, or both? In addition to ?up/down? lifts that you install in cabinets, you have other choices, such as, swivel, ceiling swivel, pivot and pivot swivel lifts. Let?s look at some of those design options that are offered.

Connectivity Basics: Quick Guide to TV Video Inputs

Here is a quick rundown of the basic inputs available, from lowest in image output quality to the best of the bunch.

Connectivity Keeping Up - High-Definition Multimedia Interface

The HDMI interface is an all-digital interface, eliminating the signal degradation that occurs in the signal conversion process. It combines both audio and video into a single, compact interface for use with DVD players, digital TV's, set-top boxes, and other audio and video devices.

Considering Home Automation? Don't Overlook Your Heating And Air Conditioning System

Not only is HVAC the one home automation subsystem that can assure your comfort - it also is the only subsystem that pays for itself. Think about it this way: Most of us wouldn't be able to afford such sophisticated automation if we were in the habit of throwing away our money. Yet that is just what you are doing if you don't set back your thermostats when areas are unoccupied.

Content Filtering: In with the good, out with the bad

Content Filtering helps users to control what a child is exposed to on the internet by allowing users to easily block unwanted websites. Easier to use than URL filtering, users may choose entire categories of websites to filter out.

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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!