Intelligent Home Automation

“Intelligent” or “Smart” home allows you to control various items in your home anytime from anywhere in the world. Intelligent home can be designed to let you to instantly see and control door locks, gates and garage doors, interior and exterior light switches and dimmers, window blinds, weather center, TVs, stereos, home theatres, small appliances and other electrical and electronic items plugged into AC outlets, air conditioning and heating thermostats, fireplaces, pool and spa pumps, heaters and lights, sauna and steam room, security systems and sensors, intercoms, two-way audio and video cameras, energy monitoring devices, networks and other devices Our goal is to deliver sophisticated solutions that offer end user simplicity and easy to learn controls. Our custom designed Intelligent home packages include complete home automation, dedicated home theaters, security and surveillance, telecommunications, video and satellite systems, whole home audio, intercom systems, lighting control, wired and wireless computer networking and complete home office equipment.

Until recently home automation was too expensive and offered only limited options, but the latest products promise to help us manage our busy lifestyles with simple to use intelligent systems that can control multiple items with a single click. Here are some examples of single click pre-programmed “scenes” available in home control systems:

Living mode: Single touch screen click turns on all main living area lights in a dramatic sequence, and can even rotate or randomly execute programmed cycles.

Party mode: Dims pre-programmed lighting, turns on stereo music or home theatre and slowly ramps up accents and spot lights for an exciting and alive atmosphere.

Movie mode: Dims and switches off all non-essential lighting, while slowly ‘ramping-on’ feature lighting, for a relaxing and romantic atmosphere.

Dining mode: Dining room lighting turns on, while peripheral dining room lighting dims, for a perfect romantic or social scene.

Goodnight mode: Master bedroom lights stay on for a few seconds while the system shuts down the entire home without any need to walk around and check every room, ideal for a large two or more story home.

Perimeter mode: Turns on all outdoor and perimeter lighting in the event that you hear a noise outside of your home.

Away Mode: While you are away from your home, pre-programmed lights turn on and off automatically to create the illusion that you are home.

Video surveillance cameras and remote monitoring

IP camera is only one piece of the video surveillance puzzle. Since IP cameras transmit data digitally over the internet new video management options became available. You can access your home cameras from anywhere using a standard web browser on any device including PCs, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and other tablet and notebook computers. Monitoring and recording management tools are fast becoming simple to use and inexpensive. IP camera has a built-in web server and its own IP address so users simply access the camera’s IP address through a the web browser to view the live video feed.

Video management software allows simultaneous monitoring of multiple cameras, event triggered viewing and management, alarm notification, recording, and more. IP video software solutions range from basic programs designed for individual users to advanced solutions that allow multiple users to access to IP camera system simultaneously from different locations. Most of the systems record video footage from IP cameras to a hard disk, upload to an FTP server or store on a dedicated NVR (Network Video Recorder). For basic applications the camera’s built-in recording functionality captures video using scheduled or triggered recording, and then uploads the video to an FTP server, computer hard disk or to a “cloud” based storage. Network Video  Recorder captures video streams from remote IP cameras and video servers and stores the data. Video management software provides the tools for sophisticated recording and event management. Using IP video software operators can program for continuous, scheduled or event-triggered recording.

Motion detection allows you to program your network camera to begin recording, and perform other functions such as send automated email alerts, whenever a movement is detected within its field of view. This feature is either built-in your IP camera, or provided by your video stream management software. Motion detection allows you to limit recording to the times when an activity is taking place, thus conserving bandwidth, saving storage space, reducing CPU load on recording servers, and allowing integration with other systems such as alarms and access control systems. The system can be set up so that no video is recorded until a movement is detected, or video is recorded at a low frame-rate until motion is sensed. Various actions can be triggered using motion detection, like saving images before or after an event, delivering video images to specific locations for recording or monitoring, sending email and phone alerts, activating door locks and lights, sounding alarms, and more.

Many IP cameras record audio with built-in microphones that let you listen to the areas under surveillance, and some allow a two-way audio communication using a microphone and a built-in (or external) speaker. Audio data is transmitted across the internet same way as video data, so setting up a surveillance system that captures audio is as simple as connecting your cameras. Using either a built-in or external microphone, the camera captures the audio, integrates it into the video stream and sends it over the internet for monitoring and recording. With two-way cameras you have conversation with people under the camera’s watch. Cameras can also be programmed to deliver pre-recorded messages informing intruders that they are under surveillance. Another useful function is audio detection where network camera is set to record when the audio level reaches a certain level, and it can also be used to trigger alarms and send alerts. To find out more about IP cameras with push video DVR go visit one of the sites below:

http://www.avtech.com.tw/ee_about.aspx

http://www.mobotix.com/eng_US/

http://store.videosurveillance.com/optica-b102-ip-camera

Whether you need just a simple security system or remotely controlled thermostat, or a fully featured Intelligent home system – we are here to help. We specialize in designs that transform your current home into a beautiful showcase of your exciting life style. To get started simply write down your ideas and browse online. After you finish your research give us a call and bring your thoughts and ideas. Our experienced design specialists will help you design a system that best fits your family’s lifestyle and needs.

Why smart wiring

Every home built today should have smart wiring installed. The number of hardwired phones, faxes and other devices in new homes continues to drop, but even more dramatic is the increase in new network devices released every month to the market. While a computerized home used to have one desktop PC, it is normal now for a home to have multiple PCs, laptops and tablets, several network ready gaming consoles, internet enabled phones (VOIP), network printers and more. Media streaming devices and media centric PCs plug into your TV/Home Theatre to provide you access to digitally stored movies, music and photos. To use these networked products you need a high speed data network integrated with high grade TV cabling to industry recognized standards. Existing phone wires and wireless networks don’t have the bandwidth to carry huge amounts of data at high speeds that are now required. As more and more people work from home it needs significantly faster internet, and digital entertainment requires both higher speed and signal integrity. High definition video, surround sound audio and better quality gaming applications require much more speed than ever before. Find out more about Smart Wiring at http://www.structuredhomewiring.com/

Smart wiring allows repeated home reconfiguration whenever your needs change – no need for expensive rewiring. VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phones and services are replacing traditional landline phones. Smart Wiring is the most efficient way to bring VOIP services to your home since it allows multiple simultaneous calls. CAT-6 networking cable (used in Intelligent home’s Smart Wiring) supports conventional phones as well as networking/VOIP. Our goal is to provide you first class quality service and craftsmanship and make your Intelligent dream home come true. You can relax knowing that we will be with you every step of the way, from the beginning during the design phase, and all the way through construction to the final walk-through. We provide a broad range of products to give your home the intelligence it deserves.

Common Audio/Video Wire Conversions

Identifying Different Video Connectors

Wire Conversion table

 

From

Coaxial

Composite

S-Video

Component

VGA

DVI-A

DVI-I

DVI-D

HDMI

DisplayPort

T

o

Coaxial

Same

RF Modulator

RF Modulator

RF Modulator

           

Composite

TV Tuner

Same

Wire/Adapter

Converter Box

Wire/Adapter

     

Converter Box

 

S-Video

TV Tuner

Converter Box

Same

Converter Box

Wire/Adapter

     

Converter Box

 

Component

TV Tuner

Converter Box

Converter Box

Same

Wire/Adapter

     

Converter Box

 

VGA

 

Converter Box

Converter Box

Converter Box

Same

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

 

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

DVI-A

       

Wire/Adapter

Same

Wire/Adapter

     

DVI-I

         

Wire/Adapter

Same

     

DVI-D

 

Converter Box

Converter Box

Converter Box

   

Wire/Adapter

Same

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

HDMI

 

Converter Box

Converter Box

Converter Box

Converter Box

 

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

Same

Wire/Adapter

DisplayPort

           

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

Wire/Adapter

Same

Using this table

  • Wire/Adapter: This conversion is simple and can be done in a wire or with a small adapter connected to the wire. This is the preferred lowest cost solution.
  • Converter Box: This conversion requires a stand-alone box. Some boxes require power because they are  very small computers or video cards. The cost of a converter box is quite high so it is often cheaper to buy a new DVD player rather than tryingto convert the wires coming out of the existing one.
  • TV Tuner: This is a special type of converter box that selects one specific channel from a coaxial cable.
  • RF Modulator: This is a special type of converter box that converts the input into one specific TV channel – usually Channel 3.

Often you may need two converters to get what you want, for example: DVI-I converts to VGA which converts to Component, but you can’t find a cable to convert directly from DVI-I to Component, even though this is technically possible. However, you will not find this adapter because there is not enough demand for it.

DisplayPort should be able to convert to anything that HDMI can convert to. The only reason there are less options in this area is because the cable is relatively new.  HDMI & DisplayPort cables also carry audio signals. Converting these cables will likely cause the audio signal to be lost.

Identifying Different Audio Connectors

Coaxial Adapters

RF Modulator

Converting Composite, S-Video or Component to Coaxial Cable


RF Modulators convert Composite or S-Video inputs into Coaxial output. Most RF Modulators will only output the video on Channel 3 or 4, but some let you pick any channel up to 125. Both Composite and S-Video cables are limited in length. Coaxial cable doesn’t have this problem and is also much cheaper.If your TV has only one Coaxial input and it is already used, you can use an A/B switch to toggle between 2 different Coaxial inputs. Another alternative is to combine both Coaxial wires. See Reverse Coaxial Splitter as Combiner for more information.

Coaxial AB Switch

Switching between 2 Coaxial Inputs


If your TV has only one Coaxial input and it is already used, you can use an A/B switch to toggle between 2 different Coaxial inputs.

Reverse Coaxial Splitter as Combiner

Combining 2 Coaxial Inputs


Under special circumstances coax cables can be combined. For example you have a Coax from a RF Modulator with a signal only on Channel 3, and you also have an antenna/cable/satellite cable but there is no station on channel 3. You may be able to combine these 2 coaxial feeds into 1 by using a Coaxial splitter backwards. Change to channel 3 to watch the video from the RF Modulator, and watch the other channels as usual.If you are going to try to do this get a RF Modulator that lets you select any channel. Just because there is no station on a given channel doesn’t mean that there is no noise on that channel. With a RF Modulator that lets you select any channel up to 125 you have a very good chance you will find an open clean channel. You may also need a filter to clean/remove the noise from the antenna/cable feed to be properly combine the 2 Coaxial feeds. The filter will cost more, but combining the feeds is better than having to manually use the A/B Switch to select inputs.

Coaxial Splitter

Splitter + Amplifier

Splitting a Coaxial Cable from Antenna/Cable Box/Satellite Receiver into 2 Outputs


Splitting Coaxial wire is simple with splitters that will split into 2, 4 or more lines. Splitter will degrade the signal strength and cable booster/amplifier may be required. There are all-in-one booster/splitter units.You cannot use a splitter on a Coaxial wire coming directly from the Satellite Dish – you must use a multiplexer.

Satellite Multiplexer

Splitting Coaxial Signals from a Satellite Dish


Splitting satellite cable is much more complicated as a multiplexer is required to split a satellite signal. A single satellite dish may produce 2, 3, 4 or more coaxial outputs, each one carrying a different signal. You may even have multiple satellite dishes to get all the channels you want. Simply splitting one of these wires for 2 different TVs will not work. Multiplexer will take all satellite wires and produce additional outputs. The capabilities of a multiplexer 2×4 (converts 2 wires into 4) or 5×8 (converts 5 into 8). When buying a multiplexer make sure it will work with your service (DirecTV / DishNetwork), and remember that some inputs may be dedicated for a local channel antenna or for international satellites and might not meet your needs.

Other Adapters

Splitting Composite Signals


Splitting Coaxial wire is as simple as using a Y RCA splitter. To split an audio/video signal need 3 splitters: one for the video (yellow), one for the right audio (red), and one for the left audio (white). There is signal loss when splitting composite wire or when running composite wires a long distance.

Converting VGA to Component


If you have a computer with a VGA output that you want to connect to a TV that has Component but not VGA input, you might be able to use a VGA to Component Converter Box.

DVI to HDMI

HDMI to DisplayPort


DVI to DisplayPort


You can easily convert between DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. This might be needed if you are connecting a PC to a TV. You can use a standalone Converter Box or a wire that converts the signal many types are available. Note that you are always limited to the lowest denominator. Example: HDMI & DisplayPort carry digital audio, DVI does not as DisplayPort supports much higher resolution & refresh rate…

Composite / Component to BNC


BNC to Composite / Component


BNC cables are sometimes used in place of Composite or Component cables. You can tell the cable type from coloring or labeling. Red, Yellow, White (Right, Left, Video) for Composite or Green, Blue, Red (Y, Pb, Pr). BNC connectors have either pins or holes on the sides of the connector. Line up the pins with the hole and give the connector a half twist to secure it.

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