Getting VoIPed on a Home Network

I get most of my ideas for tips from what you don't know much about. In each of my home network courses, I always spend a little time on how to provide VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone service to the customer via the home network. If you'reinstalling home networks, VoIP is a no-brainer. It turns out that most of you don't knowor understand the service and what an advantage it can be for the customer. It isn't something you'll make a lot of money on the hardware or the VoIP service*, so you haveto charge for it as a design service.

Highlights from Cedia Expo 2008

I was a bit worried that I would find an economically battered battle field full of horror stories and spilled blood. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of optomism, some great success stories and the same old entepeneurial spirit that keeps me enthralled with this industry. Yes, there were a few sad faces and sad stories ... but not nearly as many as I had expected. In fact the general consensus for me was ... business as usual ... in many respects.

HomeToys Interview - ZigBee Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard, easy and affordable way for communicating energy-related information, such as price, over ZigBee wireless home area networks. It is a global, open standard that facilitates the creation of interoperable energy-related devices from multiple vendors to monitor, control and automate the use of energy.

Integrating Home Theater and Whole Home Audio

In an ideal scenario, integrating a home theater with a multi-room system would be accomplished by a single component; one capable not only of carrying the audio content - as digital or analog - but also equipped to convey system control signals and the metadata that frequently and increasingly accompanies the content.

Interview - CEA Mark of Excellence Awards

The Mark of Excellence Call for Entries is right around the corner and who better to give advice to integrators and manufacturers than one of our long time and accomplished winners, Shawn Smith of S&S Electric Co. Inc. Shawn has been a member of CEA since 2002 and his company has been the winner of several Mark of Excellence Awards. In this exclusive interview, Shawn gives some of his advice on how to submit a great entry and the importance of the Mark of Excellence Awards for home technology installers and manufacturers. You can be sure that when the call for entries opens on October 1, S&S Electric will be submitting yet another competitive entry.

It's Time to Personalize Surround Sound

Most people think that Star Wars (1977) was the first movie shown in movie theaters using surround sound technology. It wasn't. Although Star Wars ushered in the new era of surround sound (despite being named Dolby Stereo), it was Walt Disney that utilized Bell Lab's Fantasound technology in the movie Fantasia (1941).

LG Techorator Tips Fall is the Perfect Time to "Tecorate Your Home"

As the LG Techorator, I know how important it is for your technology to integrate seamlessly into the home and with your lifestyle. With a few easy "techorating" tips, you can make sure your new technology works with the look and feel of your home, rather than overwhelming the space.

New Options for Technicians

In today's perceived slow economy, we hear that individual technicians and owners of installation companies are seeing increased downtime across the board. This issue has technicians looking for new opportunities to increase business and get their days back to fully efficient.

No Way to Regulate - Mobile TV in Europe a Parks Associates white paper

Standards can be a good thing; the GSM standard proved to be a great thing. Yet standards must be useful and not established simply for the sake of having a "standard." A European mobile TV standard will not enable lucrative roaming services, nor will it solve the economies-of-scale problem facing the market. It will, however, deny European operators the freedom to choose which technologies they need and also deny them the use of established network infrastructure.

Programmable Logic Controller - Wireless Lighting Control

Radio-controlled systems allow wireless remote control of existing residential lighting. The communication link between the PLC and the radio-controlled system is an RS232 interface unit. The connection is via a standard DB-9 serial cable between the PLC and the RS232 interface unit. Both devices should be mounted close together as per the RS232 minimum power requirements.

Tubes You Can Use

This is based on a tip I got from someone at the CEDIA EXPO show. Each year, BES Manufacturing does a retrofit contest in their booth. The contest consists of fishing a cable between two (of several) locations in a wood frame "set" in the booth. The best time of the day wins a prize. One of the fishing tasks requires feeding a ballchain down a wall cavity and retrieving it from a hole in the bottom of the cavity on the opposite side.

Media Streaming Through Coax

The ZeeVee's ZvBox is a small box that patches through your computers vga signal and then broadcasts the signal through your home's coax allowing it to be viewed on any local QAM-capable television. Using the supplied ZvRemote remote you can control your pc's desktop and content from any room. Unlike other streaming media solutions this little box adds no extra hardware to your television and its content is only restricted by what you have on your pc. Engadget overview and product webpage .

6 Year Lamp Life With Liquid Cooling

At this years Cedia a little known OEM supplier, Chilin Technology, announced the worlds first liquid cooled 1080p LED projector. Featuring a Luminus PhlatLight LED in place of a conventional UHP lamp and Texas Instrument's 1080p DMD technology and dissipates the heat directly by water. This technology truly enables the concept of "no lamp replacement" and Chilin expects to achieve up to 50,000 hours under its liquid cooling technology. Currently no info available about the cost or availabilty. Info on Luminus PhlatLight LED and AVS thread with additional info about the projector .

HP's 26" wall mounted touchscreen

HP is set to release its second generation of all in one touchscreen computers. The TouchSmart IQ804 and IQ816 features a 25.5 inch monitor with 1920×1200 native resolution touchscreen. TouchSmart-specific applications, a TV tuner with remote, integrated webcam, Bluetooth and optional blue-ray are included within its singular casing. The unit can be mounted to a wall with the included mounts. TouchSmart is best seen in motion for you to fully appreciate it.

Portable Mine Projectors Arrive

Several manufacturers are preparing to release miniture projectors of varying size and picture quality this year. Some will end up in the next generation of cell phones while others are slightly larger and capable of display good quality images at up to 100 inches. Oobject has a rundown of 18 of them. Oobject.

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