Professionally Designing and Planning Wireless Networks

New Tools for WLAN Simulation and Installations Not only mature components and new standards, but also modern planning and diagnostic tools make WLANs suitable for industrial use. This in turn permits more efficient mobile working in administration, production and logistics through continuous network availability with sufficient data rates throughout the company. A poorly planned network will suffer from gaps in coverage, areas with poor signal quality, slow response times, poor voice fidelity and disconnected calls in telephony over WLAN, and inadequate throughput capacity overall.

The Camcorder Shopping Crisis

It is harder to pick out the right Camcorder than ever before. In the last couple years, the options have exploded. Now there are all kinds of media capture formats to consider. In addition to the good old digital videotape format, we now have camcorders that record video to solid state flash drives, to tiny spinning hard drives, to optical media like DVD. Confusing. Even worse, they all work well.

The Digital Television Revolution and the Need For Video Processing Technologies

With the emergence of HDTV, there is often a mismatch between the signal received and the aspect ratio and native resolution of a display. A display's aspect ratio is essentially the shape of the screen. Two common aspect ratios are 4:3 (universal for standard definition) and 16:9 (universal for high definition). Depending on the display, the 16:9 signal might have to be displayed on a television with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and vice versa. This can lead to image loss, particularly on the sides, and requires aspect ratio conversion for a complete picture.

Web Services for the Digital Home

The role of Web Services in the digital home is guaranteeing interoperability among devices, services and systems involved. Web Services generally provide communication and coordination infrastructure to digital home systems which may have minimal computational ability for interoperation. Interoperability in the digital home is achieved between components and services offered when they are capable of transparently collaborating on a particular service that they provide to the home user. Interoperability is the central cohesive source of support in digital home systems.

What's Under Your Desk? Solving the Power Cord Pretzel Problem

Green Plug believes the time has come for a reusable, multi-port power supply that can provide a universal power interface for all electronic products. The company is also taking a stand for setting a worldwide DC power standard. At CES 2008, they debuted a new electronics component chip - called the Green PlugTM Universal Power Protocol (UPP). The chip enables real-time collaboration between electronic devices and their power sources for the first time, using a secure, digital protocol.

802.11 Debugging Made Easy

This article covers 802.11 installation and troubleshooting tips for the professional custom electronics installer, but is applicable to any wireless network installation done professionally.

A Clearer Picture of the HDTV Market

HDTV Industry Challenges, Opportunities & Outlook Addressed at DisplaySearch's 5th Annual HDTV Conference Last Month

All I Wanted Was HDTV

Just like a Jaguar or BMW requires premium gasoline for peak performance, a high-end home theater system requires premium power. The way to get it? Install appropriate power management devices.

Broadband Video: A Market Update

Current "winners" in the broadband VoD space are the television broadcast networks, which are reporting good success with their online initiatives. For example, they are reporting high ad retention, no evidence of primetime cannibalization, and targeting the right viewer in terms of demographics.

CableCARD - Who Needs It?

We have Windows Media Center under Windows Vista receiving high definition premium cable content without CableCARD. It is so simple, it makes us wonder why no one else thought of it.

Content Insider #90 - Internet TV

Does Art Imitate Life or Life Imitate Art?

Content Insider #91 - Capturing Moments

Camphones are for Impulses, Cameras are for Memories

Editorial Comments

Dec 2007 - Editorial Comments

Gefen Home Theatre Scaler

At an msrp of $500, the Gefen does a remarkable job of scaling up SD content from DVD, and to a lesser extent, broadcast.

How to Achieve Wireless Surround Sound Using Amphony's New 5.8 GHz Transmitter/Amplifier

Sometimes people flinch at the idea of "going wireless" with audio because they are afraid that the sound quality will suffer. Amphony took those worries to heart and their product will put any sound connoisseur's mind at ease.

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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!