The Home Network

The Home Network

The Backbone for the Smart Home Bandwidth With the increase in consumers ‘cutting the cord’ and transitioning their audio and video sources to streaming, the network has evolved into the most important aspect of the home technology equation.  Video streaming eats up the most bandwidth. The first determination should be the speed you need from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to support your streaming needs.  To support two simultaneous video streams, a speed of 10mbps would be needed.  Once you make the leap to 4K streaming, a suggested speed of 25mbps would be the minimum. Add in the additional tablets and mobile devices using the bandwidth for the rest of your family and you can see how quickly a family of four could start using the available bandwidth. SEE ALSO: SMART HOME AUTOMATION: A BEGINNER’S FAQ Hardware The network equipment supplied by your ISP is generally not good enough to support your network from a speed perspective as well as from a security standpoint.  Utilizing better equipment from a CI firm will allow your hardware to support the higher speeds and throughput of your network. If you had an increased internet plan of 50 to 100mbps, the consumer-grade routers supplied by your ISP can’t support the speeds.  When considering your needs for online gaming, low latency, the time it takes your computer to talk to the game server, is more important than bandwidth.  The majority of your bandwidth for online gaming is used to download the game. Security With the increase of security cameras and home automation, the network is also critical from the operation of the system of smart...
Are Your Surveillance Cameras Up to Date?

Are Your Surveillance Cameras Up to Date?

3 Features of Security Your Don’t Want to Miss You may think that installing security cameras is fairly straightforward, however today the technology is always evolving. If you haven’t updated your cameras in 10, or even 5 years, you’re missing out on a lot of features that could affect your daily life. Whether you are adding security and surveillance for the first time or updating your Carmel, Indiana home after some time, this blog will give you an update on the newest camera features. SEE ALSO: The Three Most Important Aspects of a Security and Surveillance System Easy Browsing Older cameras run all day long and capture hours of video footage. At the end of the day, it would be time-consuming to search through all those clips to find what you are looking for. The newest cameras have a variety of features to make browsing easy. One example is motion-activated cameras that only turn on when it detects a person is there. Certain models are even pet friendly so they don’t capture your dog moving around the house or backyard. Another type of camera does monitor your home all-day long, but send you an alert if there is suspicious activity. In the even of a break-in or a stranger visits your property, you’ll get a text or email with the video clip. The cameras we install also come with a a browsing software that allows you to quickly search for and archive video clips. HD, Color Picture You can capture a lot more details with an HD camera, and of course color pictures are ideal as well. A fuzzy...
Control4 Makes Monitoring Your Home Easier Than Ever with New Security Camera Integration Capabilities

Control4 Makes Monitoring Your Home Easier Than Ever with New Security Camera Integration Capabilities

I can tell you two things about security camera integration with Control4 from personal experience. Thing the first: it’s absolutely indispensible. I’m a work-at-home dad to a rescued pibble, and it’s a toss-up as to which of us gets worse separation anxiety when I’m away from home. Having my security cameras tied into my Control4 system eases that anxiety (for me, at least) by letting me check on him frequently. And also, you know, to make sure the house isn’t burning down. Thing the second: getting my security camera integrated with my Control4 system wasn’t the easiest of tasks. It required third-party drivers and a good bit of network tinkering. And even though it’s awesome that I can whip out my Control4 MyHome app and check on Bruno at the press of a button (and maybe turn on his bedside lamp if it’s getting dark), I don’t have access to most of the camera’s capabilities via the Control4 interface. I can look at the image streaming from the camera, and that’s about it. Mind you, that’s a pretty bit “it,” but still. I’m greedy. I want more control capabilities. So I’m pretty jazzed to hear that Control4 is feeding my greed with a new announcement made today at the Integrated Systems Europe tradeshow in Amsterdam. The company has released a newly published camera proxy API that allows surveillance camera manufacturers like Channel Vision, Lilin, Planet, QNAP, and Snap AV to develop Control4-certified SDDP drivers for their products. And I know I probably just threw a couple of strange acronyms at some of you, so let’s talk about what that means. It means that five...

Anywhere Access from Control4 Makes Remote Home Control Simple

Have you ever had one of those days where you’re so overwhelmed with responsibilities, that you start to forget even the most basic parts of your daily routine? There’s nothing worse than accidentally leaving the lights on, leaving the air conditioning on full-blast, or forgetting to arm the security system. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but those electric bills will add up. Thanks to the new Anywhere Access Controls from Control4, you can easily power down your home, reset your thermostat, or arm your security system from anywhere that has a 3G/4G or Internet connection. The entire Control4 system is controlled by your smartphone or tablet. By simply downloading the Control4 MyHome™ app or by using a web browser, you can control your entire home with a few finger swipes. Beats running all around the house to hit all the “off” switches, right? The opportunities to better manage and secure your home are endless with the Control4 Anywhere Access system. Imagine how much extra time (and how much less stress) you’d have if you could do all of the following everyday tasks from your smartphone? Lock or unlock doors View live security camera footage Adjust the temperature of your home Close or open garage doors Turn ANY electronic device on or off Not to mention, you can get custom mobile alerts when any of those things happen. It’s the easiest, more reliable way to ensure your home is safe and under control at all times. Longtime Control4 user, Joe Hageman, describes it best: “With Anywhere Access, I can get that same level of home...

Home Automation with Yale’s High-Tech, Wireless Interior Lever Locks

Home automation is a tough concept to get if you’ve never lived with it. Lighting control, multi-room audio, systems integration… it all sounds a little out there, and a bit complicated, until you’ve had the opportunity to actually experience it for yourself. But locks? People understand locks. And anyone who has ever fumbled with his or her keys in the dark with a bagful of groceries in one hand and a toddler hanging off of one hip can appreciate the value of a safe, secure door lock that allows for convenient, keyless entry and individualized access codes. Yale has dominated the automated door lock market for the past few years with its Real Living series of wireless deadbolts, which not only facilitate keyless entry, but serve as the perfect doorway into more advanced home automation. Yale Real Living locks come in a couple of wireless varieties, and integrate perfectly with home automation systems from Control4, Honeywell, GoControl, Vera Z-Wave, and others, allowing you to initiate personalized lighting scenes when you come home at different times of the day, allow friends, family, or service personal individualized access to the home on different days, or different times of the day, or even remotely unlock the front door with your smart phone if you need a neighbor to pop in and check on your home in the event of an emergency. This past week, Yale introduced a new version of its Real Living Locks designed specifically for interior door use. These beautiful lever locks bring all of the technology of the company’s exterior deadbolts—including a choice of ZigBee or Z-Wave wireless connectivity...