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Finally: A Way to Blend Your TV Into Your Interior Design

Here Are the Ideal Ways to Conceal or Enhance Your Television You’re probably really excited about your new 65” Ultra HD television. For your interior designer, that TV is a design nightmare. When it comes to TVs, “bigger and better” is on the rise. When it comes to design, the more subtle the technology, the better. So how do you strike a balance in your Washington, DC home? There are two primary techniques for incorporating your TV into your interior design: CONCEAL [...]

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Fiber is the future – inside your home too.

Consider fiber optic cable for your home “No way”, you say. “Everything is going wireless.” Trust us on this. If you’re building or remodeling and have an opportunity to run AV wiring through the walls for your entertainment and automation electronics, do it. And consider running fiber optic cable instead of copper wire. The added cost today will prevent endless frustrations in the future. Here’s why. To start with, Wi-Fi is just not the answer. You and your family are adding [...]

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AV Wiring – Part 5: Documentation Makes a Difference

AV Wiring Documentation - Why Proper Documentation Matters Designing and installing the wired backbone for integrated home electronics is a specialized skill developed only through experience. It requires detailed knowledge of connected equipment and clear understanding of desired end-uses. It is a false economy to leave this critical part of your project to an electrician or other trade just to save a few dollars. Nowhere is this truer than with respect to labeling and AV wiring documentation. Once the walls are [...]

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AV Wiring – Part 4: Installation Landmines to Avoid

AV Wiring Installation - Avoid these Landmines Proper AV wiring installation involves much more than simply pulling wires from point A to point B. There’s a whole range of factors during the installation phase that can either cause or prevent problems. Typically, these are things that only experienced technology integrators understand. For example, does your electrician or general contractor know about: Preventing Interference: Due to the type of signals they carry, electronics cables are susceptible to interference from electrical wiring. Low [...]

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Demystifying Automated Widow Shades

Automated window shades can save energy, enhance security and increase your enjoyment of your home. You come home at the end of a long day. It’s dark outside, so you flip on the lights. But all of the window shades are open and anyone outside can see right in. Wouldn’t it be nice to lower all of the window shades and draw the curtains with a touch of a button? Automated window shades aren’t new, but choices are greater, installation [...]

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AV Wiring – Part 3: Proper Planning Prevents Problem$

You plan every other aspect of your remodeling or new-home construction project. Countertops, fixtures, flooring, lighting, wall finishes indoors and out. Yet somehow electronics and the built-in structured wiring they require can be an afterthought, especially in the beginning when so much else is in play. Unnecessary extra costs and frustrations can be the result. Whole House Structured Wiring Structured wiring for even the simplest systems involving more than one room requires planning before construction begins. Design changes can happen, but [...]

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10 Reasons to Consider Automated Lighting Control

You pull into your driveway at the end of the day. You press a button on your smartphone or garage door opener, and lights go up all around your property, inside and out. But only the lights you want and need to light your path inside and welcome you home. This is only one example of the ways a Lutron® automated lighting control system from MyerConnex can transform your enjoyment of your home. Here are 10 reasons to consider automated [...]

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AV Wiring – Part 2: Do You Know What You Need?

It seems simple. TV in several rooms. Music throughout the house. Reliable Wi-Fi - everywhere. But do you know your AV wiring requirements, and what types of cable, you need to make this work? Does your contractor? Your electrician? Not likely. That’s not what they do. It takes a specialist who integrates complex electronic systems for a living (like us) to fully understand all of the considerations involved in the wired infrastructure that’s part of a modern connected home. Define [...]

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AV Wiring – Part 1: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

It happens all the time. We get a call from a client, asking us to provide electronics for their brand new home. The wiring is in place, the construction is completed and they’re ready to install the equipment. Of course we’re happy to help, but this project is almost certain to involve challenges, compromises and extra costs that could have been avoided had we been involved earlier in the process. This is especially true if the pre-wiring was done [...]

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Is Voice Control for Real?

You’ve probably heard that voice-activated personal assistants like Amazon’s Echo® and Google Home® were all the rage this holiday season. Perhaps you even own one. They provided much of the buzz at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) too, so we thought we’d share our thoughts on the current state of play with these devices. The promise of voice control is intriguing but are we “there” yet? Here’s our take. Novelty factor: At first blush, these devices seem really cool. [...]

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