Is It Time to Upgrade Your Network Equipment?

If you’re a small business owner or a tech-savvy homeowner, you understand the importance of a reliable and secure computer network. But sometimes, network maintenance falls by the wayside as other business concerns take priority. Other times, business needs outgrow the original equipment. We suggest doing a quick inventory to determine if it’s time to upgrade your network equipment—not only will it boost productivity, you might save a few bucks too. Router The technology and capability of routers is constantly changing and improving. If the majority of your electronics and handheld devices are wireless, it’s time to upgrade. If streaming video (particularly HD video,) or downloading music or documents is a large part of your day-to-day routine, a quality router is worth the extra investment. Secondly, not all routers are made equal. Some can’t handle multiple computer connections. As your needs change, make sure your network’s components also grow with you. Wireless Network Adapter If your wireless adapter is bigger than a stick of gum, it’s time for you to upgrade. Gone are the days of large, clunky adapters—instead, adapters are now small, sleek, and powerful. And if drumming your fingers while waiting for an email to send is a daily occurrence, check out some newer models. Network Switch Without getting too technical, a network switch essentially keeps traffic from colliding and keeps bandwidth at a high level. If your configuration currently employs a switch, make sure it has the necessary capacity to support your network. Digitech Custom can help determine if you need a network switch—and what type is best for you. Additional Reasons to Upgrade Your Network...

Diving Into Home Computer Services, Computer Networking

Here we grow again. Not content with offering customers its storied workmanship and service in the home theater, security, lighting and home automation realms, Digitech Custom is branching out. On the heels of January’s IHT acquisition, we’re proud to announce the formation of a new home computer service and computer networking service division. Ranging from relatively light tasks such as E-mail setup to more involved operations like establishing a home-wide wireless network, our scope of work is all-encompassing. Here’s a sampling of some services our new unit is performing: Personal backup solutions Hardware installation and upgrades Software installation and upgrades Social media privacy setup Computer optimization Parental control implementation New computer setup / data transfer New peripheral setup (iPad, etc.) These projects are undertaken in on-site, “house call” fashion at the client’s leisure, and any forthcoming support will be performed either over the telephone, via secure computer connection or on a return visit. IT professional Patrick McKee heads up the newly-minted Digitech wing. “This new division will compliment Digitech’s increasingly high tech system integration,” McKee said. “New and existing customers will benefit from having one company to rely on for audio and video services, and now computer services.” Similar to the A/V side of things, Digitech’s top priority with its new venture is always to listen carefully, research problems thoroughly, and then deliver the solution that’s in the best interests of the customer. And as always, we’re sticking to our motto: “Keep technology simple and...

Control4 or Crestron?

    Chocolate or vanilla? Sure. Coke or Pepsi? Of course. But, Control4 or Crestron? The latter debate may not be as widely recognized as the first pair of arguments, but it’s a dispute nonetheless; and, in the A/V field, a quite common one. Simply put, Control4 and Crestron are two of the principal combatants in the home automation fight. However, beyond first glance, their competition turns out to be more of an apples-to-oranges situation than a Chevrolet versus Ford matchup. Which one is right for you? The answer to that question could very easily be ‘both’, because each brand is long on advantages and quite deficient in the shortcomings department. Let’s take a look at what each has to offer: Control4 Affordability You can call a turn-key Control4 system — one which allows you to channel your inner George Jetson and turn on the jacuzzi from another country — your own for less than five figures… A price that’s not exactly Jetson-like. Continuity Control4’s user interface, while allowing for some customization, has a standard button pattern which does not change, no matter the device. That means the volume control can be found in the same location on your iPad as it is on your master bedroom touchpanel or your basement remote. Speed of Setup Despite its technological prowess, Control4 product remains remarkably simple and expeditious to install and program. The benefit of this is obviously that you avoid excessive labor charges but, more importantly, you get to play with your new toys more quickly. Crestron Customization A Crestron system, when it comes to ergonomics and user interface, is...