Connected Home by Design Offers Free Phone Calls and Broadband by Design Tour

Affordable Technologies for Work and Play Hosted by Broadband Architects - Sandy Teger and Dave Waks

Las Vegas, Nevada, J November 18anuary 7, 2003: The Connected by Design Tour will be your communications refuge The Stardust Hotel parking lot provides the perfect stage for the Connected by Design Tour during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 8 -11, the International Builders Show Jan 19 -21, and Surfaces Jan 28 -29. The newly announced Internet Café offers showhouse visitors free phone calls, Wi -Fi connections and wired broadband Internet access as part of the demonstration of the benefits broadband offers for today's consumers.

High speed broadband Internet connections and Internet telephony services are being supplied by Cox Communications, the fourth largest cable provider in the United States. "As a leading innovator in the use of cable and broadband consumer technology, we are proud to be part of this showcase of product and services that are possible today," said Steve Schorr, vice president of public and government affairs of Cox Communications in Las Vegas. "As our industry evolves, the products and services on display in this home will exponentially improve lives of families in ways we can only imagine."

The Connected by Design Tour offers a "how -to" for connecting today's broadband products and services so they deliver what they promise, while "future -proofing" your investments, so that tomorrow's best technologies can be easily incorporated. Escorted by husband & wife team Dave Waks and Sandy Teger, well -known broadband experts and founders of Broadband Home Central (, tour visitors will learn how broadband technologies can help transform a house into a connected home, easily and practicallyAccording to Waks, "Broadband is clearly the next residential utility. As it becomes more widely available across the U.S. and around the world, it holds the potential for enriching your quality of life by offering you connections to people and content - -both in your community and around the world."

Teger adds, "Lots of previous products were best suited for enthusiasts and technical experts. Here we're showing products and services that can be used by real families, without breaking the bank." Furthermore, Teger says "the benefits of connected homes range from audio and video entertainment where and when you want it to lowered energy costs."

What Will Visitors of the Connected by Design Tour See?

The Connected by Design Tour will incorporate a multiple -media digital design tour. Visitors will take an audio -enhanced tour using digital headsets that key to important elements in the house, enabling them to learn about the applications that broadband and connectivity make possible. The tour will highlight four "connected by design" elements to enrich the way people live.

· Broadband to the home is becoming as essential to consumer's lives as electricity or plumbing, and provides the foundation for the rest of the Connected by Design Tour. Cox Communications will deliver its services over a fiber connection to the showhouse, and will provide video entertainment including HDTV, video on demand and personal video recording; high speed Internet access; and IP telephony service.

· Broadband in the home is the second building block. Leviton will demonstrate a variety of home networking technologies, including structured cabling and networking over existing telephone wiring. Wireless networking will also be demonstrated.

· Broadband -enabled "appliances" are the third building block. These devices include a media center PC and digital media adapters to connect PCs to existing audio and video systems.

· Finally, the tour will include a variety of "connected applications" that take advantage of the broadband infrastructure. These include on -demand audio and video content, and large "jukeboxes" stored on home PCs and played on existing audio and video systems. Nevada Power, Leviton and Square D will together show how they are leveraging connected technologies to lower consumer costs, reduce energy consumption and improve the environment.

The Connected by Design Tour is part of the Home by Design Showhouse, a beautiful house designed by Sarah Susanka AIA, author of the Not So Big House books. Furniture by Green Design provides a perfect match between Susanka's style and the need to house many media and electronics components and to simplify connecting them.

. Says Waks: "It's one thing to show people the benefits of broadband, but quite another to let them experience it for themselves."

The telephone system in the house and both wired and cordless phones are being supplied by Panasonic to allow easy access to the telephone services provided through Cox..

The wireless "hot spot" connectivity and other wireless home networking is being supplied by SMC Networks. Wireless is a natural complement to the wired infrastructure provided by Leviton.

Craig Savage of Building Media adds: "We appreciate our sponsors making it possible for visitors to get away from the hustle and bustle of the trade show floor and catch up on those critical phone calls or emails they've wanted to send. Once people are used to the benefits of broadband at home its almost impossible to go back to doing things "the old way".)

Directions for getting to the Internet café and showhouse are available at . Teger and Waks, the connected tour hosts, have spent their careers applying leading -edge communications and computing technologies to emerging customer needs for useful applications. After successful careers at AT&T and Prodigy, they have been dedicating their efforts to fulfilling the promise of residential broadband for the masses. They operate the Broadband Home Central website (, produce a monthly controlled -circulation report for members of the broadband industry, and provide consulting services.

The Connected by Design Showhouse Tour is made possible by:

Title Sponsors: Broadband Home Central; Correct Building Products, makers of CorrectDeck; Diamond Cabinets; Dupont's Tyvek; Forbo Flooring, flooring supplier of Marmoleum® and Engineered Hardwood Forbo; Formica Corp.; Green Design Furniture; Insulspan; Leviton Manufacturing Company; ORG; Marvin Windows and Doors; Nevada Power; TCP; Slate and Copper Sales Company; Schneider Electric, makers of Square D brand products; USG; WindsorOne; Whirlpool Corporation.

Partner/Associate Sponsors: AllStyle Coil Co.; American Polysteel; American Standard; Archi -Tech Residential; Arizona Stone; BBH; Benjamin Obdyke;; Chief Architect; Classic Products; Corning; Cox Communications; Devine Color; EIC Corp.; Efficient; Feeney Wire Rope, makers of CableRail; Ferguson Drywall; General Cable; &; Heritage Veneered Products, manufactures of WOODPORT interior doors; Innovative Building Products; Hull Historical; Indy Mac Bank; James Hardie Siding Products; Marvel Industries; Multilink Solutions; Nutech; Open Joist 2000; PGI; Rinnai; Rolladen Shutters; Smart HomeOwner; Protecto Wrap; Wave7 Optics; Windquest Co.; WireTracks and Zephyr Hoods.

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