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.

Somfy Awning Control System

LED's (one line for sun one for wind) on the right keypad indicate the intensity as signaled from the sensors. Both setpoints are adjustable on the keypad. When the sun intensity is above setpoint for a preset length of time ... the awning comes down (to the physical limit as set on the motor). When the sun intensity drops below the setpoint or the wind velocity rises above it's setpoint ... then the awning goes up.

Taking the Pain Out of Home Networking

Smart products and applications help the help desk help you. Even in the cases in which a smart product can't fix or reconfigure itself (and you have to call for help), the product automatically sends to the help desk a detailed description of the problem, the automatic fixes that have already been tried, and a description of the network configuration in which the product is operating.

The Future of Home Automation

In the end, the infrastructure that a service provider creates to reach the shell of a home will be the catalyst for manufacturers, service companies and others to create the automated products that may one day make the home automation market what we always thought it could be.

Ultra Wideband Wireless Technology

Potential commercial applications include distribution of wireless audio, video, and data over local area networks (LAN) for home, office, and boats. In addition UWB has the unique ability to resolve global position location to centimeter accuracy as a byproduct of sending and receiving data between multiple UWB devices.

Video Baluns and Twisted Pair Carve a Niche in the Home-Wiring Market

Ten years ago it might be possible to worry about the sound and picture quality at the end of a video balun connection. But today, these concerns are diminishing as the design quality of the video baluns and twisted pair cable keeps improving. In many instances, one would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an audio-video signal transmitted via coax cable versus the same signal sent via twisted pair and video baluns.

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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!