Smart Home Technology St. Louis | Creating a Wi-Fi Paradise

By Aaron Blake One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job—beyond the cool gadgets—is devising technology plans that enhance the life of the customer. Recently, I was approached by a gentleman who was looking to transform his turn-of-the-century brick, mason and plaster home into a Wi-Fi paradise. The homeowner wanted to be able to listen to music and watch movies from any point in/outside his home—without interruption. In the past, the homeowner would have to connect to a different network when he would travel throughout the property. This would not only interrupt whatever he was doing (streaming video, music or surfing the web), but would sometimes cause connection issues. Prior to contacting The Sound Room, the homeowner had purchased off-the-shelf Apple products to provide Wi-Fi throughout his 7,000 SF home. While Apple does make quality Wi-Fi products, the size and thickness of the interior/exterior construction significantly reduced the coverage in the home. He wanted The Sound Room to design a system that would allow for him and his family to access the internet from any point in the home. After thoroughly surveying the home, my team and I proposed installing seven wireless access points, high speed routers, multiple Ethernet locations and an outdoor access point. I still wanted to include a few Ethernet ports just in case the family needed to connect a TV or desktop computer. Additionally, each access point was strategically placed, ensuring complete coverage throughout the home. The client couldn’t be more pleased with the custom Wi-Fi system we designed. The complete coverage around the home gives the family the freedom to roam the property...

The Top 4 HDTVs for the New Football Season

A mini fridge filled with ice cold beer, a hearty pot of homemade chili simmering on the stove and an afternoon of lounging in the recliner—football season is finally here! Did we miss anything? Oh, yes: a big screen TV! To guarantee your 2013 football–watching experience is a pleasant one, we have compiled our 4 favorite HDTVs on the market today. #1 The 90” Sharp LED TV: This state-of-the-art HDTV is not only the world’s largest LED television, but it also has built-in Wi-Fi. This will allow you keep up with your fantasy football team in real time, giving you an experience like no other. #2 Sony XBR 4K Ultra HD TV: What makes this TV so special is that it is truly one-of-a-kind. The 4K Ultra HDTV offers four times the detail of a 1080P standard television, delivering stunning results no matter the programming. #3 SunBrite Outdoor TV: We don’t know about you, but we love watching football outside. With an all-weather TV from SunBriteTV, you can watch your favorite team play from the comforts of your outdoor living space. Additionally, these TVs can withstand extreme temperatures, allowing you to keep your TV outside all year long. #4 Panasonic 65” Plasma VT Series: For all you plasma fans out there, this is—without question—the crème de la crème of plasma televisions. From its sleek one sheet glass design to its 3D technology—this television completely redefines the at-home viewing experience. If you would like to learn more about any of these premier televisions, please feel free to stop on by and speak with one of our customer representatives. They will...

Crestron St. Louis | Smart Garage Doors

By Tony Vieira In my previous blog entry, I explored one of my all-time favorite projects—the automated heated driveway. The open architecture and programming language of the Crestron system allowed us to program it to retrieve information from the Weather Channel and turn the heated driveway on when inclement weather was on its way. But the power of Crestron doesn’t stop there. We’ve been able to leverage the system to automate a broad stable of at-home components. A few years ago, a gentleman reached out to us to see if we could automate the gate in front of his home. While this might sound simple, it was actually a pretty complex request. You see, he wanted his front gate to sense that his car was approaching and automatically open. Additionally, the homeowner asked for us to automate his three separate garage doors. Because each car was assigned to a specific garage, he wanted the appropriate door to open when he was drawing near. In short, each garage had to identify its assigned vehicle. Once my team and I surveyed the property, we went to work on devising a technology plan. Fortunately for us, the home was already equipped with an up-to-date Crestron system. We installed a TRANSIT nedap reader near the front gate and garage. This device has the ability to identify a vehicle from up to 33 ft away and up to speeds of 125 mph. Like I mentioned earlier, the open architecture and programming language of the Crestron system allows for us to seamlessly integrate a wide-range of components—including nedap readers. The system is programmed to retrieve...