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Wired vs. Wireless Home Security Systems

If you have decided to invest in a home security system, it is probably the one investment that has the biggest impact on your family’s safety as well as the safety of your property and belongings. There are many systems on the market, but the first determination has to be whether the system will be wired or wireless. Understanding the benefits of each is critical in making the right choice for your needs.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Conference Room Technology

Modern conference rooms are much more than a room with tables and chairs these days. Companies are digitally connected with their employees, who are subsequently connected to the world at large. The exchange of information is crucial to much of what we do today, and there is no better place to set that precedent than at the corporate functions that educate and acclimate people to these technologies.

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Outdoor Audio Made Simple

It is finally starting to get a bit nicer outside, despite the fact that it seems to be taking longer than most would like, so many people are itching to shed the winter blues and start enjoying spring weather. Outdoor activities such as backyard barbeques, picnics with the kids, friends and family hanging out on your deck – all of these become possible once winter is truly gone.

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The Advantages of Lighting Control

Most home automation systems provide the option for enabling or adding lighting control, which happens to be among the most popular features of such systems. Automating your lighting brings many benefits to your home and your lifestyle, enhancing convenience, adding comfort and reducing your energy expenses.  

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What’s the Best Location for my Subwoofer?

Optimal subwoofer placement is often driven by competing variables including décor, aesthetic considerations, available floor space, and sound quality. Depending on the layout and contents of a room, there may only be one spot available to place a subwoofer, or there may be a number of potential locations. Subwoofers generate complex patterns of direct and reflecting sound waves, so the bass response will vary around the listening area relative to the subwoofer’s orientation. Unlike dedicated listening rooms and home theaters, your flexibility may be restricted in the average family room filled with furniture.

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How Extensive should my Home Network be?

Home Networking refers to the wired, wireless or combined infrastructure that provides Internet connectivity throughout the home and supports other systems which rely on being able to share data, command and control – namely home automation. The most basic of these is typically a wired/wireless router. A modem connects your Internet service provider to this router, which in turn connects to one or more computers in the home – some via wired Ethernet cable and others using Wi-Fi. Smartphones, laptops and tablets often rely on a stable wireless connection, allowing the user to stay connected anywhere in the home. Local machines or those that can connect to the router by cable are also “on the network” and can share information with other machines on the network.

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The Advantages of Using LED Lighting for Outdoor Commercial Applications

Illuminating your commercial property at night can be both complex and expensive. Businesses generally always have their assets lit up during non-daylight hours. Some stay on throughout the night, while others are turned off at the close of business. Outdoor illumination can be quite expensive, both in terms of the hardware and the utility bills. Increasingly, halogen, incandescent, florescent and neon lighting are making way for LEDs, which bring with them tremendous advantages over all other types of lighting.

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Why is Using a Central Vacuum System Healthier than Using an Upright?

Studies show that over 20% of the population is affected by allergies or asthma. Irritants can be topical, such as a particular cleanser, internal, such as a certain food product, or airborne, such as pet dander or pollen. Two of these three can be mitigated with specific precautions – if you are allergic to a cleaning product, you use something else. If you are intolerant to peanuts, you avoid foods that contain them. But the airborne variety is quite a bit tougher – you can’t stop breathing! And those who suffer from asthma know all too well that it may not take much to trigger an attack – even common dust can be the antagonist.

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Choosing the Right Home Automation System

The home automation market offers nearly as many choices of equipment and capabilities as a grocery store does in terms of food. A common mistake is to set yourself up with a pre-conceived notion of what you should have. The Smiths can make all their lights turn on from their phone, and the Johnsons literally talk to their house to make things happen. Their friends have a system that can adjust lighting based on the time of day, and these friends cousin can control their heating and air conditioning while on vacation in Florida. That is all fantastic, but would be akin to going to that grocery store without a list, then trying to piece together a recipe based on what you’ve sampled at a number of different dinner occasions.

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Multi-Room Audio – Wired or Wireless?

Whole-House Audio, also commonly referred to as Distributed Audio, is a solution which allows for music to be delivered to multiple rooms in a home or business, often allowing for different sources to be selected in certain areas and typically controlled from a single location or device. This technology has evolved considerably over time, and in keeping pace with innovations in consumer electronics, has resulted it an abundant number of choices in the genre.

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