2012 BLOG Articles

A teaser list of new articles are presented below in reverse chronological order.

Google Sells 4Home Platform to Arris

What will become of the 4Home home automation platform that powers Verizon Home Monitoring and Control?
December 21, 2012


In our 2009 blog we posted an article describing the Verizon Home Monitoring Gateway and Home Monitor Service, referred to as 4Home. So, what will Verizon do now that Google has sold 4Home?

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4K/Ultra HD TV ... What is it?

Unlike 3D, the new Ultra HD Format will have no Controversy. It is Perfect.
December 4, 2012

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LG’s new 84-inch 4K Ultra HD TV, shown at left, sports 3840 x 2160 resolution, what the company calls “ultra definition.”

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Logitech Harmony Touch Remote

This Universal Remote Features a 2.4-inch Color Touchscreen and Combines the Best of Both Programmable Remotes and Smartphone or Tablet Control Apps.
October 10, 2012

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Logitech just released the
Harmony Touch universal remote control.

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Green Homes Sell for 9% More

LEED and Energy Star Homes Sold in California for 9% More than Comparable Homes.
October 9, 2012

InstallationA study by economists at the University of California Berkeley and UCLA offers statistical proof that green homes labeled with LEED for Homes, Energy Start or GreenPoint sell for more money.

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Smart Home Network Diagram

The Proliferation of Network Devices in the Home Places High Importance on Network Design.
Sepember 4, 2012

InstallationA good home network topology is essential for reliable performance of your smart home automation system.

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New Multiroom Audio System from Fusion

Ovation Music Streamer from Fusion Research is like a Multizone Squeezebox.
August 27, 2012

InstallationImagine a multizone Squeezebox built for 3-5 audio zones.

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Life/Ware Exits the Residential Market

Exceptional Innovation Stops Selling Life/Ware to Dealers on 9/1/2012
August 9, 2012

InstallationOn September 1, 2012 Exceptional Innovation will be retiring the Life|ware® product line for the residential market.

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SnapAV, Control4 Integration Cuts Surveillance Costs

Savings as Much as 85% Lower for a 4-Camera Job
August 8, 2012

InstallationBeing a Control4 and ICRealtime Dealer we've been disappointed in the lack of integration of surveillance DVRs/Cameras with the Control4 system.

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Solution to Skinny Pipe Problem

Need To Run More HDMI Cables to Your TV?
August 3, 2012

InstallationRecently we were confronted with a "skinny pipe" issue at our demonstration home. We needed to run more HDMI cables from A/V devices to the wall-mounted 55" flat-panel TV, but the pipe the contractor installed could barely handle a single HDMI cable!

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Leviton Acquires Home Automation Inc.

Electrical Giant Leviton Mfg. Finally Acquires 27-year-old Industry Leader HAI.
August 3, 2012

InstallationLeviton Manufacturing has acquired Home Automation Inc., in a deal that will leave many wondering: What took so long?

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Crestron Opens Design Center in West Hollywood

Crestron Opens a New 3,500-square-foot Design Showroom in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
July 13, 2012

Installation Crestron has opened a 3,500-square-foot Experience Center and Design Showroom in the prestigious Pacific Design Center (PDC) in West Hollywood, CA.

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HAI Snap-Link App Now Available for Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Users Now Have Access to HAI Controls with the Android Version of HAI Snap-Link.
June 15, 2012

InstallationHAI's Snap-Link app now works with the Kindle Fire.

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Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Adds Home Automation to Security Systems

Touchscreen Brings Internet Access and Z-Wave-enabled Home Automation to Honeywell Vista Security Panels.
June 13, 2012

Installation Honeywell is making it simple to add home automation and Web services to traditional security panels, thanks to the new Tuxedo Touch (6280i) Wi-Fi touchscreen.

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Builders Include More Technology in 2011 New Homes

Four Technology Areas Doubled Installations in New Residental Units Last Year.
May 31, 2012

InstallationSince 2009 new home and condo builders have doubled their installations of home automation, lighting control, multiroom audio and energy management systems.

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AT&T to Launch Home Automation

‘Digital Life’ System includes Xanboo Software, Z-Wave Devices and Professional Security Monitoring by AT&T’s own Central Station.
May 7, 2012

InstallationAT&T issued a press release today outlining a plan to offer home automation and security services to US home owners.

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Russound Sells Colorado vNet

Russound has sold Colorado vNet to former VP of Sales and Marketing Mike Anderson
May 8, 2012


Mike Anderson, former VP of Sales and Marketing for Russound, has bought Colorado vNet from Russound, and will operate the entity as an independent company again.

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Verizon Home Control System Full of Bugs

Customers are Reporting a Slew of Glitches with Verizon's Home Control and Monitoring System.
April 30, 2012

InstallationVerizon has been rolling out its home automation and monitoring service to FiOS users across the country over the past few months.

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What is High-Resolution Audio?

High Resolution Audio Means Greater Than CD Quality Music.
April 27, 2012

InstallationRecently CEPro interviewed Jack Shafton of GoldenEar Technology, who does a great job explaining digital audio formats.

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Vantage Unveils Equinox Control LCD Keypad

It's Not a Touchscreen, but a Single-Gang LCD Keypad from Vantage.
April 5, 2012

Installation What homeowners really want is simplification in their home automation systems. Vantage’s approach is a new line of products, including a 7-inch touchpanel and a sleek programmable single-gang LCD keypad called Equinox Control.

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HAI Releases Remote Functionality with Kwikset ZigBee Door Locks

The MicroControl Remote Will Control the Kwikset Locks.
April 2, 2012

InstallationLate last week HAI issued a press release announcing standalone control of the Kwikset locks with the MicroControl Remote.

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CoolMaster Gateway Series from Cool Automation

Connects VRV / VRF Air-Conditioning Systems to Home Automation
March 15, 2012


CoolMaster Gateway is a versatile bridge device that enables easy and smooth interface of VRV / VRF Air Conditioning Systems from renowned brands like Daikin, Mitsubishi, LG, and others.

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12 Ways to Rip DVDs

Kaleidescape “pretty shocked” by injunction order issued against the Company
March 15, 2012


Judge William J. Monahan of the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara, published an injunction last week against Kaleidescape.

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Popular Controls for Vacation Homes

Cost Effective Telephone Controllers May Be All You Need.
February 14, 2012


A Standard or Deluxe Telephone Controller from Aube Technologies (a division of Honeywell) provides HVAC controls and more.

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Control4 HC-800 Among Best New Products for 2012

HC-800 was Announced at the CES 2012 show on January 10th.
January 23, 2012

Control4's recently announced HC-800 home controller was named one of the best new products at the CES 2012 show in Las Vegas.

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Savant SmartSystem Hits Cloud with iTunes Match

Savant's SmartSystem is now compatible with iTunes Match.
January 12, 2012

Last fall our blog discussed home automation from the "cloud", and various streaming music services. iTunes Match allows you to maintain your iTunes library in an Apple cloud to facilitate syncing your music across multiple devices or systems.

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Is 2012 the Year for Voice Control?

New Cell Phone capabilities are making it possible for users.
January 5, 2012


Voice controls using HomeSeer (HS2) software on your PC has been available for several years.

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