6 Smart Home Upgrades to Install During Your Remodel

Whether you're hiring a contractor or renovating your home yourself, the opportunity to update your home's technology shouldn't be missed. You'll save on installation time, and the potential increase in your home's value may offset many of the costs associated.

Ever Given Thought to the Wiring for your Speakers?

In rooms like the kitchen, where people are always moving about, there is no fixed location for listening and in this case it makes more sense to opt for a less complex mono connection rather than 2 stereo speakers.

Truth in Networking: Or, Why You Still Need A Wire

The five pillars of home networking: mobility, ubiquity, ease-of-use, performance and reliability.

Keep Those Components Cool!

Here are a few short white papers to help you avoid problems with overheating components in your home theater installations.

The Importance of Field Based Cable Length Measurement for Cable Installers

Quick, accurate determination of cable length and line continuity testing using hand-held cable length instruments brings value to the cable installer, the contractor, and the customer during installation, trouble-shooting and routine maintenance cabling jobs.

Can Boosting Cell Signals Boost Your Business?

Much of the demand we see for signal boosters is for commercial buildings that are so well built that the cell signal can't penetrate inside. In most situations, we're able to quickly and easily install these systems with little or no disruption to the daily workflow and without unsightly equipment.

Your IT Network - Would You Buy a Ferrari With a 4-Cylinder Engine?

It wasn't too long ago that a network was only used for computers. Then home automation manufacturers started using WiFi as the wireless connection of choice. "No problem", we thought, just get a network router/switch/wireless access point at the local Best Buy and you're good to go...Not!

A Dynamic 'Convertible' Home Theater on a Shoe-String Budget

I found myself at the ripe old age of 61, sitting in a cabin in Wisconsin, wondering how to incorporate a dedicated home theater into an open living-dining-kitchen area. To further complicate the situation, it couldn't just be any home theater - after all, I had my reputation to consider. It had to be dynamic, unique and most of all - hidden.

A Shower TV? Hey, Why Not...It's What the Cool People Do

At first a shower TV seems like a needless luxury...but then the more you think about it, it starts to makes sense, doesn't it? We all lead busy lives and spare time is at a premium. Unless you are like my father who brags about taking 3-minute showers, you probably like to linger in the shower as the hot water relaxes you.

Hidden Vision TV Mounts

Hidden Vision specializes in versatile, easy to install TV mounts that can uniquely hide your television. Offering three models called the "Flip-Around," the "Standard Flip-Out," and the "Extended Flip-Out" we are sure to have a solution for hiding your TV in any room.

When to Bring a Theater Designer on Board

All too often, the contractors leave and there's a "room" in the basement for the home theater. The drywall's, up; the floors are down; then you get stuck. All too often, this is the (too late) point the home theater designer gets the call. See how it should be done.

Cooling the (almost) impossible enclosure

Active Thermal Management's CEO, Frank Federman, explains how to deal with challenging cooling projects

Cooling the Mid-size Enclosure

One feature common to stand-alone and built-in enclosures is the presence of a door, ensuring that the audio and video components inside the cabinet will have very little (meaning "no") ventilation unless the designer or installer "makes it happen"

Audio Oddities: Solving Subwoofer Troubles

It's not uncommon for a new subwoofer owner to have problems getting the subwoofer to produce audible output. More often than not, it's usually a matter of choosing the right menu items in the AV receiver, but there are some simple tests you can make to ensure that the subwoofer itself is activating properly and producing output.

Blow in?? Push out?? Is it better to...

We're frequently (OK, sometimes) asked "Is it better to push cool air into a cabinet or pull the hot air out?" Other FAQ's ask whether all (there's usually more than one) fans should push or pull, or should you use half for each function. There are a few fundamentals to remember when you're planning to ventilate a cabinet, closet, video projector enclosure, etc.

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