First OSGi World Congress Announced

OSGi is a global, cross-industry consortium, with membership open to any interested party, including Internet service providers, network operators, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Getting a Grip on all the Gear

Applying computer technology to home theater, home automation, and security, is the key to making control of these systems not only simple, but also fun. The technology to do everything stated in the article is here now, or very close. As PC integrated solutions become more widely used and refined, they will rapidly simplify the complexity of our electronics systems, making their operation a pleasure for everyone.

Home Networking Options

For homeowners who aren't up to the complexity of stringing cable or installing a wireless home network, or whose wireless networks aren't reaching the critical areas they need to support, the powerline concept is quickly emerging as a robust and viable alternative that is also inexpensive and exceptionally easy to use.

Imerge S1000 SoundServer

In my humble opinion the arrival of products like the Imerge SoundServer marks the beginning of the next generation of home music and entertainment system solutions that will revolutionize the industry and the home. If you believe in "Killer Apps" ... then this could be the next one. Why? Here's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Introduction

The time has come to build a demonstration room and lab where we will be able to illustrate not only the equipment and what it can do but also some of the installation and set-up processes. I'm sure there are many readers out there who ... like me ... want to be part of the process but need some or a lot of help along the way. The HomeToys Home Technology Demonstration Project is designed to demystify the processes and products for those who want the technology but need to take part in the process to save money, satisfy their curiosity or just have fun.

Networking Easy As Drying Your Hair

This article covers the many advantages of having a home network, what solutions are available, which solution is best for an average household, and, thanks to recent technological breakthroughs, just how quickly and easily a network can now be established- or expanded upon- in the home or small office.

New Face of Home Automation

It's exciting to see so many appliance, computer and entertainment suppliers join the home automation fray. It's also a bit scary because forces this powerful can have a profound effect on any market. Over on the demand side, meanwhile, consumers already leery of living in electronic mazes are looking for somebody to make it all work and make it all safe, simple and secure.

Phonex NeverWire 14

The NeverWire 14 devices are very simple to setup with just a 10base-t network connection, a switch for the network hub and a switch for security. Just plug in the first unit and push the security button. Then go and plug in the other units and push their security buttons. This will set up the 56 bit security encryption so no one on the same wiring can tap into your network. The security will stay set on the units even if you unplug them.

Siemens Gigaset 8825 System

After testing the Siemens Gigaset 8825 system with Gigaset 8800 cordless handsets, we've found peace, a clear connection, and a couple of extra features that make the system a delight to use. This system connects up to two telephone lines and support up to eight cordless handsets. Only the base station needs to connect to the phone lines, then it sends the calls to the cordless handsets.

Simple Interfaces - Part II

Close coordination between contractors is a must, and you must be able to 'work well with others'. There is a lot of planning involved, both before the project starts and during the installation. Again, a well-designed system is one in which the only time the homeowner calls, is to invite you to dinner.

So ... Who Designed Your System?

If the system designer is not an expert with regards to every aspect of the system, he or she should look for outside design resources, including other system designers, programmers, consultants or even the manufacturers. Making the system work will win you friends and future business. Making a poor system design will cause your phone to ring endlessly . . . and mine too.

Wireless Internet Connections

Last week, I took the laptop outside and did some work from a park bench/table across the street and as long as I stayed within a thousand feet or so from the apartment, I was connected. If you're tripping over wires, settling for a slow speed modem connection when you're away from your main desktop or using your laptop in another room, there are solutions and they're not only convenient, but they're affordable as well.

Wireless networking goes to 22Mbps!

If you haven't yet taken the wireless networking plunge, now is the time. If you can be satisfied with 11Mbps performance, the prices have been plummeting over the past few months, and better deals are coming through every day. 22Mbps prices are very aggressive as well, so it will be a hard choice where to spend your money. The reality is you can setup a wireless home network for as little as $150 for an access point and two PC Card adapters.

""FULL-DISCLOSURE" POWER RATINGS"

Consumers have a right to a "level playing field", armed with authentic specifications. Unfortunately, today the basic power ratings of 100-watts is totally inadequate and in some instances too misleading to serve any usefulness for the consumer to discern real value choices. We believe full disclosure power rating specifications should be an industry standard and to that end, hope other manufacturers accept this premise when publishing amplifier specifications.

""Get a Lift in the Kitchen""

Although lift installations in kitchens are not commonplace, affluent clients with large kitchens offer the best opportunity for such an add-on.

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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!