Residential



You Don’t Have to go it Alone: Find Smart Partners for Home Control Installations

Kate Rose

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On February 12th In Home Control,Smart Home & Control
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At CES in Las Vegas this year, the ever-expanding ecosystems of connected and smart products were very apparent.  Today even kitchen and bathroom hardware is getting smarter as manufacturers launch IoT enabled devices. This new suite of products provides voice activation and control of various functions in the kitchen and the bathroom. Most even feature […]

New Wi-Fi Technology Aims to Increase Bandwidth and Reduce “Dead Spots”

Garrett Savage

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On December 20th In Networking
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  As the use of connected devices in both home control and intrusion systems becomes increasingly popular the demand for adequate Wi-Fi bandwidth has continued to expand exponentially as well. In other words, the need for high bandwidth Wi-Fi throughout a home or commercial structure is becoming a growing requirement for end-users. Fortunately, a new […]

Upgrading Your Clients’ Connectivity to Accommodate Home Control Systems

Kate Rose

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On July 17th In Intrusion,IP Tech Tips,Networking,Smart Home & Control
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It is becoming increasingly apparent that we have entered a networked world where we are surrounded by devices that are connected to the local network via Wi-Fi. Whether it’s a smart door lock, thermostat, lighting controls or a mobile device that can control them all, almost every system has the need for access to a […]

Increased Efficiency can Help Sell Home Automation alongside Security Systems

Kate Rose

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On June 29th In Intrusion
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In a crowded marketplace with non-traditional companies and DIY products being pushed into prospective channels, residential security dealers and low-voltage contractors may be questioning how they can differentiate their system offerings and help their businesses stand out in the market. One facet of residential installations that can provide concrete value for end-users is the addition […]

DIY Brake Jobs?

David Engebretson

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On November 24th In Intrusion
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As you are likely aware, there are a number of companies such as Simplisafe, Iris, Canary, and Oplink to name a few, who advertise “Do It Yourself” (DIY) alarm systems, primarily aimed at residential and small commercial customers. This influx of DIY alarm systems into the market raises an inevitable question; as security professionals, how […]

Household Hot Spots for Intrusion Detection

Stu Tisdale

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On November 17th In Installation & Cabling,Intrusion
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The current methods and devices used for the installation of intrusion detection systems in homes has evolved over time to help reduce false alarms while providing a reasonable level of security for homeowners. Because most residential burglars enter houses through the doors, these openings typically are monitored with the installation of door contacts, whether hard […]

Tips for Choosing a Home or Commercial Intrusion System

Stu Tisdale

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On May 27th In Intrusion
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According to the FBI, every 15 seconds a burglary is committed in the United States. It’s no wonder that home and business owners are installing increasingly sophisticated intrusion systems to help protect their properties. And while today’s intrusion systems offer progressively robust life-safety features, many now include lifestyle and convenience functions such as remote controls […]

Are Your Customers’ DVRs and NVRs Working?

Kavita Boodram

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On April 1st In IP Solutions,Video Surveillance
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In my house I have a number of IP cameras set up from various vendors. A few of the cameras are set to send video streams to an NVR connected to my LAN. We recently had a power outage that lasted about six hours, after which the power was restored. I checked my cameras and […]

Pick Up Your Copy of the AV Solutions Catalog

ADI Global Distribution

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On September 24th In ADI Corporate Messages,Audio/Video
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It’s a great time to be part of the residential and commercial AV markets as new technologies are evolving, and the opportunities continue to grow. At ADI, we are committed to making sure you have the top products from the best brands in the industry, and we are extremely excited to release our 2014 – […]

Managing Client Expectations for Internet Surveillance Video – Part Two

Joe Loucks

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On August 22nd In IP Tech Tips,Networking,Video Surveillance
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Surveillance video is different from other IP communications such as emails and file transfers in that the video stream is supposed to be “real-time” or just slightly delayed. Any packets lost will result in choppy video, missing sections of the image, etc. So the client who wants to watch their cameras using typical “smart” devices […]