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The latest news and updates on home technology

05
Nov

VIA International is Out of Business

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Last month on October 2015 Los Angeles VIA International announced that they going out of Business.

Knowing the fact that this leave some of their customers with open project that needs to be completed, we’re here to help if you are a VIA customer or trade partner, like builder, architect or an interior designer that have a project that needs to be completed feel free to contact us we will be more than happy to help you complete your project seamlessly as much as possible.

Contact us today to setup your fee consultation 877.744.1477 or email us from the contact page

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07
Jul

Ring

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Video Doorbell for Your Smartphone

The Ring™ Video Doorbell lets you answer the door from anywhere using your smartphone. It features an HD camera with night vision, providing a clear view from your front door, day and night.

A built-in rechargeable battery lets you install the doorbell anywhere, or connect it to existing doorbell wiring. Motion-triggered alerts sent via the free Ring™ app (iOS® and Android™) notify you of arriving guests and deliveries.

Cloud Recording ensures you’ll never miss any activity at your home. With Ring, you’re always home.

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16
Jan

Alarm.com Adds Location-based Geo-Services to Home Automation System

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The new option can automatically adjust lights and send alerts about open garages, windows and doors.

The best home automation system should be automatic—and easy.Alarm.com is looking to deliver on that but with an added twist, via Geo-Services.

Geo-Services is a fancy term for “location-based automation.” That basically means that something like your thermostat will always know where you are and when, and will make home adjustments accordingly.

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05
Nov

7 Great Places for In-wall or In-Ceiling Speakers

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In-ceiling or in-wall speakers are very popular for home theater and media rooms where people want the focus on the screen and not on big speakers. Built-in speakers are especially popular for living rooms or family rooms where home furnishings and walking traffic take precedence over electronics, but quality sound is still desired.

Ceiling speakers or in-wall speakers (also called architectural speakers) are perfect for other parts of the home too. Any place you listen to music and don't want floor or shelf speakers getting in your way is a good place for an architectural speaker. If you have an intercom system or a home security system (that sends alerts to the speakers), putting speakers in less-than obvious rooms is also an important safety issue. Here are 7 of our favorite places consider installing some.

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24
Aug

Integra Introduces New Receivers

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Integra, a brand whose products are specifically engineered for custom audio/video installers, has introduced two new home theater receivers, models DTR-30.6 and DTR-40.6. Both are designed to provide state-of-the-art home theater sound and video performance by combining the latest HDMI version supporting 4K/60 Hz and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, as well as excellent compatibility with advanced multi-room and home automation systems. The DTR-40.6 is also THX Select2 Plus certified to help ensure the finest audio quality possible and includes HDBaseT connectivity.

Both models provide seven-channels of power at 95 and 110 watts per channel, respectively. The DTR-30.6 has seven HDMI inputs and two outputs while the DTR-40.6 includes HDBaseT connectivity along with the 7 in/ 2 out HDMI configuration. HDBaseT is the only technology that enables long-reach wired connectivity up to 328 feet (100 meters) for uncompressed full HD multimedia content, through a single CAT5e/6 cable, including 3D and 2K/4K Ultra HD making it ideal for the custom integration specialists. The HDBaseT and HDMI output ports on the DTR-40.6 can be assigned for either main or second zone configuration.

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