Networking 101: Utilizing a Toolless Keystone Jack

For clean, attractive terminations, one option is to install wall plates that utilize keystone jacks for Ethernet connections. For small projects that only require a few jacks, an easy option is a toolless keystone jack. These do not require the use of a punch down tool like the 110 style keystone jacks

New Kinetix Re Remote Control Accessory for the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

The Re package includes the IR transmitter accessory and a nice green neoprene storage case. The Re programming software is a FREE download direct from the iTunes App Store. The combination of your iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad, the Re, and the FREE App creates a powerful and professional universal remote control on par with many dedicated remotes.

Onkyo TX-NR3007 Home Theater Receiver

I'm obviously into networking since we have our business at home and work continuously on the internet. Any my absolute favorite internet magic app is Pandora internet radio. But, I also have a fairly large music collection residing on a network storage device (NAS). I was eager to put the NR-3007 to the test so one of the first things I did was to plug it into our home network via the ethternet connection. I had to look up a few instructions in the manual but basically the receiver just connected to the network and looked around for devices.

Paradigm CS-60R-30 Ceiling Speakers

Ceiling speakers for home theaters and multi-room systems have caught on in ways I'm sure make hard core audiophiles cringe. Who would have thought that anyone would even consider getting theater quality sound from a drywall ceiling? After all, weren't they invented for airport PA systems --- and we all know that you can't make out anything that is said over those things.

Paradigm Stylus 370 Oudoor Speakers

Summer is on the way so it's time to start thinking about taking your entertainment outside. Outdoor speakers are a special case and of course can cause special problems when it comes to weathering the storm. They not only need to sound good up close, but they also need to project that sound into a void.

Pre-Wire Your New Home - Chapter 4 - Future Proofing

In this chapter we talk about some things to look into and perhaps install while you under construction --- just in case you need it in the future. It's easy to pull extra wire while you are at it.

Pre-Wire Your New Home - Chapter 5: The Actual "Pull"

Whatever systems or wires you choose, these general rules and procedures will make the job easier.

Surround Sound Technology Training

Starting with Dolby Surround, which used four channels (front left, front right, phantom center, mono surround - though usually using two speakers), the public began to expect the increased realism brought about by sound location cues being able to move across the front soundstage, and from front to rear for ambience or special effects.

Taking TV Lifts To New Heights

As Plasma and LCD TV's continue the downward trend in pricing they are becoming ever so more available to consumers who 2 or 3 years ago could not afford them. With the increase in flat panel TV's sales comes the old age dilemma of where to place the TV once you have got it home.

The Sales Presentation ... The Bottom Line Is Selling

Selling is hard work, even in the virtual world of the Internet. It requires strong motivation, personal pride, perseverance, flexibility, energy, discipline, and focus. Above all, it requires communicating and being able to read/understand the prospects' attitudes and needs…real or perceived.

Trade Show PR Mining…It's Time for Someone Else to Do the Labor

Conventions/conferences are events that challenge a man's (and woman's) stamina. They push you to the limits of creativity and performance. Companies spend hundreds of thousands, no millions to attend them annually just to reach, educate, inform, persuade other companies and the media.

Why Doesn't the Press Call, email, Text, Tweet?

Just because the lowly company press room is pivotal for everyone, everywhere why should the person leading the charge stoop to make certain the company's press site had just the right information and that the information is easily available, fresh. We wrapped our many years of experience and feedback from media people into the attached article.

WirelessHD

WirelessHD products have been available since last year but I believe we're about to see it go even more mainstream with the onset of products coming on the market at under $2000 for a high-end LCD TV.

Google Working On A Set-Top Box?

According to Gizmodo Google is continuing it's business approach of throwing their hat into everything, everywhere. Google hopes that the new platform will succeed where dozens of lesser efforts have failed—to truly and seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, in addition to games, webapps, and, of course, Google's search, to the big screen. The Google TV software reportedly includes a version of Google's Chrome browser for doing some light surfing, as well. The New York Times says Google TV will be delivered on set-top boxes that use Intel Atom chips and run an Android-based platform, though the technology will also reportedly be built directly into Blu-ray players and TVs from Sony. Additionally, Google is working with Logitech to built a keyboard-equipped remote control for the platform.

Ceton Quad-tuner Card Available For Pre-Order

The $399 PCI Express Low Profile card allows Media Center PCs to play or record up to four live channels of HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection and a single CableCARD. It can stream HD broadcasts to other HDTVs around your home via Media Center Extenders such as the Xbox 360. The Ceton InfiniTV 4 quad-tuner card is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship on May 31, 2010.

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GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection