As Safe As Houses? How Safe is Yours? The New Part P of the Building Regulations for England & Wale

Are you planning any electrical work in or around your home? Perhaps you would like an extra power socket or two in the kitchen, or some garden lighting? Well please take a seat and read on because this affects you!

Audio server pioneers Imerge exhibit at Cedia expo UK ? a personal view!

Imerge showed off the entire range of SoundServers, network players, PC and handheld control solutions and utilities, a unique loading solution, as well as a good proportion of the third party control systems that interface with the server.

AUTOMATED INTERIOR PLANT-CARE And the Environmental Aspects of Home Technologies

APM systems were developed primarily for container plants in furnished interiors, but can be used for many bedded installations as well. Large plants, small plants, dry-loving plants and moisture-loving plants can be serviced by the same system.

Automating for Disabled Clients

This is a very rewarding implementation of home automation and can also be lucrative. The caveat is to be sure to install a system that will be extremely reliable. If you are unsure of your abilities to offer this level of performance, leave it to someone else.

BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!

Data security and storage is a serious consideration for home PC users - and the answer is to use your broadband connection to automate regular backups to an offsite server.

Balanced Signal Delivery for a Unbalanced World

Contrary to popular belief, advances in twisted pair and balun technology have resulted in audio-video performance that is virtually as good as any coaxial cable and in some instances surpass coax in terms of distance.

Bats in your Belfry? Eagles in your trees? Well by all means, invite?em into your living room.

There are a number of reasons why some homeowners find camera systems an attractive option aside from the oft-stated convenience and security. Some, for instance, find their ?guests? interesting, informative (especially if there are children in the household), perhaps even entertaining (a friend recently lent me a tape of burrowing owls ? they?re really neat, one might even say comical little creatures!). The ceiling inside a cabin containing a maternity colony of the Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii). Image courtesy WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.

Broadcast your Video/Audio Sources to your TVs

Instead of buying another TiVo, ReplayTV or sitting in front of your PC to watch your recorded movies, consider implementing a whole house coax based network that allows you to watch AND control those devices from any TV in any room attached to the network. Using off-the-shelf technology you can send your AV signals from any source to all your TVs on standard Coax Cable. We introduce you to the basics of Coax technology and how you can broadcast your PC or PVR movies to all your TVs.

Building a ?Jukebox? Server for Home

As the saying goes there are many ways to skin a cat, so this setup is just what is suitable for me. If I didn't already have the drives I would have possibly gone for the Terastation. Or perhaps I'd have gone for the same setup but with new SATA drives instead of PATA.

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.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.