Smart homes are no longer the “wave of the future” with the introduction of intelligent speakers; automated homes are relatively common. By pairing, utility and automation homeowners can customize all aspects of home life from entertainment to temperature and lighting. In doing so, they can maximize comfort and optimize efficiency and security.
Many audiophiles and casual listeners are already familiar with the Sonos range of speakers, not only for their snazzy names but also for their incredible quality in both sound and build.
It’s no surprise that the new Sonos one received lots of attention before its refresh. But the question lingering on most people’s mind is, does it live up to all the hype?
With the advent of wireless home speakers and worthy competition from tech giants like Apple’s Homepod and Google’s Home MAX, the Sonos One may have to deliver much more than just impressive sound from a compact build. Read more
One of the most rewarding home improvement projects is creating an entertainment room for both your family and your guests.
While in the past this was seen as something only the rich and famous can afford, now anybody with little extra space and time can install one.
Some people may be able to add a brand new entertainment room to their home, while others may need to go with a remodeling route to transform an existing space. Read more
Whether you’re protecting your jewelry collection or checking on your family, the best way to keep an eye on your home when you’re not there is to set up a security camera. Fortunately, there are a myriad of security cameras available to you to choose from so you can find the perfect fit to meet your needs and stay within your budget.
Before we get into the cameras themselves, here are a few things we considered while rating them:
Spring is on its way, and so is the warmer weather!
How do you plan to use that outdoor space at your Westchester home?
Maybe a BBQ or two, throwing a party, having a few guests over or just the family. Anyway, you choose to use it; we can help you make it more fun.
At Data Wire Solutions here in Westchester, NY, we can help supply your outdoor space with the audio, video, security and connectivity to turn a backyard, deck or patio into an extension of your home. Read more
Just a couple of years ago, the idea of an entire home that could be controlled with a single remote or a voice command was still science fiction.
With the pace of technology speeding up and the everyday use of tablets and smart phones, home automation is now as simple as a mobile phone app.
The Basics of an Automated Home
Most people have long become accustomed to the daily grind of flipping switches and starting appliances, but the strides in technology have changed that drastically in the last couple years.
By automating your home with smart switches and outlets, it is now possible to control lights, turn on and off appliances, and even heat and cool your home from a remote app on your smart phone or tablet.
The appeal of automation is rooted in the ease and control it provides, without the complication of rewiring your house or purchasing budget-breaking equipment. Read more
So, you got a home theater system? Awesome! Listening to music, playing video games or watching movies on a home theater system can be both magical and exciting. The most important thing when it comes to having a quality home theater is not only spending huge sums on buying it; properly setting it up is just as important. We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to best set up a home theater receiver.
How long will this take?
Actually, it doesn’t require long hours to set up a home theater receiver. To set it up perfectly, you’ll need about an hour in most cases.
What you need to get started
Before we go further, here is a list of what you’ll require
· Speaker wire
· A string or tape to measuring wire runs
· Wire cutters
· Speaker connectors
· HDMI and A/V cables
Take note of the parts you will connect to the receiver (such as cable/satellite boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and Wii). Don’t stress yourself much on where to place your speakers, because receivers come with automatic speaker calibration, making it easier to get the perfect sound even if the speaker is not perfectly placed. Read more
If you want top-notch security, speed and privacy with your home network, then going with a wired system that can assure high reliability and performance is your best bet.
With so much entertainment online, nowadays it is crucial to reap the benefits of wired networks that enable you to stream and download at lightning fast speeds.
With Cat6 Cabling, you can have a rock solid system that won’t drop out when you turn on the microwave or pick up your cordless phone.
Wiring the house using Cat6 cables
Cat6 or Category 6 network is considered to be the standard in the Ethernet world, and Cat6 has the potential to serve the growing demands of speed in the coming years.
A qualified technician can run Cat6 cables in every room of your house, eliminating the issue of slow WiFi speed due to the materials used in your walls for example.
You can install Cat6 cables as a DIY project, in case you are comfortable working with your house wiring.
However, in case you do not know much about wiring, be sure to call a local network installer.
Security cameras help you protect your house against theft and vandalism both inside and outside. However, because of the number of options available with security cameras today, it’s important that you get all the information you can on home security cameras before you make any purchases. Keep reading to find out more about what you need to look for in your home security cameras.
Every security camera you find will have different specifications and do different things for you, so you need to know what you expect out of your security cameras so you can find one that works for you and meets your needs. Ask yourself these questions before getting started.
Do I need cameras that will work at night?
Because the vast majority of crimes are committed at night, it’s a good idea to get security cameras that will be able to see even in complete darkness. Many of the security cameras that you can find today can see perfectly in the dark, and work during the daylight hours as well.
How many cameras will I need?
This will depend on how big of an area you need to cover and how much coverage you want in that area. For a small front yard, you may only need two cameras to give a broad view of the front yard and the street, and one to watch the door closely. But to cover the backyard as well or a much larger property, you will need a more expansive system. The good news is that most systems allow you to add cameras as needed and still be able to connect them to the same security system. Read more
The days when people listened to music using 2.1 speakers or single speakers in their living room are almost over. These days, pretty much everyone seems to be upgrading his or her home audio system to something more fun and special – whole house system. Whole house audio systems have the ability provide audio in more than one room simultaneously. The installation process of such a system is not too hard; however, you must have definite answers to these 4 questions before beginning installation:
1. How many rooms does the system need to cover?
Essentially, this question is the most important one you need to tackle. Having the right answer to this question is absolutely crucial to take further steps. Do you want to listen to music only in your living room and your bedroom? Or, is it important for you to hum along with your favorite song in the kitchen, too? Do you like to listen to songs while bathing? If yes, then you may want to dedicate one speaker in your bathroom. Depending on your budget and needs, you can decide to cover only a few rooms with speakers or you can cover every corner of the house. Read more
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