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.

CHANNELPLUS INTRODUCES A NEW MUSIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Provides independent listening and control of up to 6 sources, 6 zones, with 480 watts of system power

Steinway & Sons Features Concertino in Factory Selection Room

Steinway & Sons incorporates new technology to enable clients to experience what a Steinway would sound like in a variety of performance spaces.

Concertino Redefines "Performance Space" for Luxury Homeowners

Introduction of Concertino DSP home performance technology

Affordable, High Quality Label Printing is now available!

Worthington Distribution is proud to announce that we now carry the Dymo RhinoPro 5000 Label Printer. This label printer is rough, durable and extremely easy to use. Grab the power to organize your work in the palm of your hands. Labeling done right.

FlashPoint USB Memory Stick

FlashPoint USB product, gives a USB memory stick the capabilities to transfer data from one USB memory stick to another, all without the aid of a computer

FlashPoint Memory Stick

FlashPoint USB product, gives a USB memory stick the capabilities to transfer data from one USB memory stick to another, all without the aid of a computer.

Integra Introduces the DPC -7.5 Six -Disc DVD Changer

The DPC 7.5 features superior audio and video performance, and an ultra-quiet six-disc carousel tray with a unique blue illumination light for easier disc recognition in low-light situations.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.