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.

Wired or Wireless Home Networking

The two protocols are not compatible with each other, they operate in different frequency ranges 2.4 GHz (802.11b) and 5 (802.11a) GHz. The speed rate that they transfer data are different; 802.11a up to 54Mbps compared to 802.11b 11Mbps (theoretical speeds). Finally though 802.11b came first, 802.11a is the new standard which most people are adopting because of the higher transfer rates.

xAP Project Gains Momentum

xAP is an open protocol intended to support the integration of telemetry and control devices primarily within the home - it is the glue that supports the interconnectivity of Home Automation devices.

Actiontec 54Mbps Wireless Access Point

One advantage this newer standard has over 802.11b systems is that it runs on the 5GHz frequency band where it will not get any interference from 2.4 GHz devices such as cordless phones etc. Also, by adding 128 bit RC4 and 152 bit RC4 data encryption there should be no need to worry about data security.

Bandwidth - How Much do you Need

Applications determine bandwidth needs and costs. Health monitoring, for example, requires very little bandwidth but saves lives and has high value. If your applications only need to send text and data, then dial-up modems can provide enough bandwidth for your needs, and they cost less than broadband. The Internet experience is enriched by added graphics, images, sounds and video, but this requires more bandwidth.

Compaq iPAQ CP-2W

Your internet browser is used to access the various settings etc. of the CP-2W. From this simple interface you can set up your internet connection (multiple options), wireless SSID and WEP Encryption security setting etc. There is a built in NAT firewall that when tested using "Shields Up" http://grc.com/ came through with flying colors.

First OSGi World Congress Announced

OSGi is a global, cross-industry consortium, with membership open to any interested party, including Internet service providers, network operators, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Getting a Grip on all the Gear

Applying computer technology to home theater, home automation, and security, is the key to making control of these systems not only simple, but also fun. The technology to do everything stated in the article is here now, or very close. As PC integrated solutions become more widely used and refined, they will rapidly simplify the complexity of our electronics systems, making their operation a pleasure for everyone.

Home Networking Options

For homeowners who aren't up to the complexity of stringing cable or installing a wireless home network, or whose wireless networks aren't reaching the critical areas they need to support, the powerline concept is quickly emerging as a robust and viable alternative that is also inexpensive and exceptionally easy to use.

Imerge S1000 SoundServer

In my humble opinion the arrival of products like the Imerge SoundServer marks the beginning of the next generation of home music and entertainment system solutions that will revolutionize the industry and the home. If you believe in "Killer Apps" ... then this could be the next one. Why? Here's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Introduction

The time has come to build a demonstration room and lab where we will be able to illustrate not only the equipment and what it can do but also some of the installation and set-up processes. I'm sure there are many readers out there who ... like me ... want to be part of the process but need some or a lot of help along the way. The HomeToys Home Technology Demonstration Project is designed to demystify the processes and products for those who want the technology but need to take part in the process to save money, satisfy their curiosity or just have fun.

Networking Easy As Drying Your Hair

This article covers the many advantages of having a home network, what solutions are available, which solution is best for an average household, and, thanks to recent technological breakthroughs, just how quickly and easily a network can now be established- or expanded upon- in the home or small office.

New Face of Home Automation

It's exciting to see so many appliance, computer and entertainment suppliers join the home automation fray. It's also a bit scary because forces this powerful can have a profound effect on any market. Over on the demand side, meanwhile, consumers already leery of living in electronic mazes are looking for somebody to make it all work and make it all safe, simple and secure.

Phonex NeverWire 14

The NeverWire 14 devices are very simple to setup with just a 10base-t network connection, a switch for the network hub and a switch for security. Just plug in the first unit and push the security button. Then go and plug in the other units and push their security buttons. This will set up the 56 bit security encryption so no one on the same wiring can tap into your network. The security will stay set on the units even if you unplug them.

Siemens Gigaset 8825 System

After testing the Siemens Gigaset 8825 system with Gigaset 8800 cordless handsets, we've found peace, a clear connection, and a couple of extra features that make the system a delight to use. This system connects up to two telephone lines and support up to eight cordless handsets. Only the base station needs to connect to the phone lines, then it sends the calls to the cordless handsets.

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