Rockler Introduces DIY Bookshelf Speaker Kits - Users Build Custom Speaker Boxes to Get the Look They Want

Do-it-yourselfers who want speakers that look as good as they sound can custom-build their own with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware's new DIY Bookshelf Speaker Kits. The kits include all the audio and electrical components needed to wire a pair of speakers, allowing users to create speaker boxes from materials that complement their d©cor or express their style - rather than having to settle for the standard matte black finish.

Five Ideas for Designer Approved Media Installations

What tricks and new technologies do you use in your own home to merge your entertainment systems into the room's d©cor?

7 Raspberry Pi Projects for Home Security

For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized single -board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of introducing children to computer science.

Whole House Distributed HDTV

In this article we present one way of distributing HDTV around the home. And all without having to run expensive, dedicated component video, digital audio and/or HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables to every room.

Ultimate Garage Door Monitor

Remember, any amateur home automation enthusiast can tell you if the garage door is "open or closed" based on magnetic contact sensors, but a REAL home automation enthusiast can tell you within a few inches the EXACT position of the garage door itself!!

How To Build An X-10 Broadcast Car Monitor

One solution would be to have the vehicle "broadcast" a unique X-10 signal when it is started and then broadcast another signal (at longer intervals) when the car is turned off.

Node Zero Gallery

"Node Zero" is the area in the house where all the cables come together. Below is a selection of N0s belonging to our readers. You can see photos and read descriptions of a variety of projects, from a few simple components in a cupboard under the stairs, to huge multi rack installations. Hopefully this page will show you what can be done and inspire you to do your own.

ADS Tech InstantMPX

One test we tried just for the heck of it was taking our DivX files and storing them on DVDR. The result? Over six and a half-hours of high quality movies on a single disc.

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.

Affordable Home Automation Solutions

The following three examples are simple home solutions that can be implemented in nearly any home on nearly any budget, using equipment available from X10.com.

Probe Zone Hub & Monitor

This project is to address a major problem faced by many Home Automators, who are looking for a more intelligent way to monitor the status of their equipment throughout the home. To find out more on the Probe Zone Hardware Solution, visit the Probe Zone Website.

Sweet Automated Dreams

"Another remote control in the bedroom is built into a custom console mounted on the under side of the headboard. The entire console is illuminated with glowing LEDs for use in the dark. In addition to the X-10 control, there is a clock, security control panel, and an indoor/outdoor thermometer."

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