Author - Mark von Keszycki

Whole House AV Wiring Installation - Structured Wiring

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 [...]

Lutron Automated Window Shades - MyerConnex

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 [...]

Whole House AV Wiring Installation - Structured Wiring

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 [...]

Lutron Automated Lighting Control

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 [...]

Whole House AV Wiring Installation - Structured Wiring

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 [...]

Voice Control - Alexa - Control4

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. [...]

HDMI 2.0

Changes Coming to HDMI

HDMI cables have been the standard connectors for digital video devices (TVs, computer monitors) for years. They allow for transmission of bandwidth-intensive HD and 4K high-resolution video content. Even if you’re not familiar with them, trust us, you probably have lots of them in you’re a/v gear around the house. Here’s why we’re telling you this. Technology never stops changing and improving. A few years ago, HD was the standard for TV & movies. Now it’s Ultra HD (4K) with high [...]

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