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Is Poor Home Networking Affecting Your Property’s Technology?

Is Poor Home Networking Affecting Your Property’s Technology?

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of home networking in a smart home. The success of your home’s technology depends on many factors, and your home network can make the biggest impact.

In this blog, I’ll look more in depth at how your network functions and why that affects the efficiency of your smart home system in Seattle, WA or the surrounding areas.

See Also: How to Get Started with Smart Home Technology

Bandwidth

What exactly happens when you access a website, stream a movie on your TV, or anything else that requires internet usage? Your device is requesting and grabbing data from the destination (e.g., movie streaming service, website, etc.), then making it accessible on your device.

That information — movies, website information, music — has to travel through a network system. This all happens so quickly (and out of sight) that we don’t realize it’s happening.

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What to Expect with Smart Lighting Control

What to Expect with Smart Lighting Control

As smart home automation grows more popular, one technology in particular is consistently in the spotlight: lighting control. As I speak with homeowners throughout Bellevue, Washington about smart lighting, the question I hear over and over again is “what’s going to be different?”

The short answer? A lot!

The slightly longer answer is that home lighting control technology is incredibly versatile, so you have many different choices about how your system is set up and what it’s designed to accomplish. So let’s take a deeper look at some of those options…

You Can Expect… A More Beautiful Home

Lighting plays a big role in making your home look its best. Poor lighting does little to accentuate artwork, furnishings, or architectural finishes.

The challenge is that adding more light isn’t always the answer. It’s about finding the perfect mix of natural and artificial light for each occasion and room. A Control4 or Lutron lighting control system does that automatically.

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A Quick Guide to Buying High-End Audio

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If you’re ready to take the plunge toward true audiophile status by adding high-end audio to your Seattle area home, then it’s best to have a solid understanding of the options! We’re here to help. We’ve been serving Washington homeowners with high-performance audio and automation solutions since 2010.

So what do you need to know about audio before choosing your sound system? Just keep reading to find out.

What Makes Audio “High-End”?

Audio is not black and white. Speaker quality is more of a spectrum, ranging from low-end, low-quality speakers to truly top-notch ones. If you’re evaluating different speakers that all claim to be high-end, you’ll want to look for a few different characteristics:

  • Not Mass Produced: Mass production inevitably leads to lower quality. With speakers, the slightest inconsistency or flaw during manufacturing can cause the audio to sound subpar.
  • Quality Material: The rigidity of the materials used in the speakers affects sound quality. If the material flexes, it leads to audio distortion. As a result, many high-end speakers are designed with unique materials such as diamond, Kevlar, or beryllium to ensure sound distortion is kept to a minimum.
  • Amazing Sound: The best way to distinguish high-quality speakers is to listen to them! Yes, it’s one thing to talk about how these speakers more accurately recreate the sound of original recordings, but it’s another thing entirely to hear it for yourself. You really can tell the difference!

Which Brands are Best?

There are many different audio manufacturers out there that we wholeheartedly recommend for different environments throughout the home, such as private home theaters, dedicated listening rooms, and multi-room music systems.

Some of the most prominent audio brands that we feel are truly top notch are Triad Audio, MartinLogan, Audio Control, James Audio, Integra, and Sonance.

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The Important Role of Prewiring in New Construction

The Important Role of Prewiring in New Construction

If you’re a home builder or an architect in the Bellevue, WA area, you should be paying attention to this statistic:

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence research, the United States had an estimated 20.1 million smart homes at the end of 2017.

By the end of 2021, that number is expected to grow to 35.6 million.

The smart home technology and home automation industries are growing at rapid rates, and the truth is that the standard wiring that is usually installed during construction simply isn’t sufficient for smart homes.

One common key to success in any smart home construction project: Accounting for and including home automation prewiring.

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5 of the Top Smart Home Technology Trends Emerging In 2018

5 of the Top Smart Home Technology Trends Emerging In 2018

The new year is well underway, and that means smart technology manufacturers already are revealing their plans for 2018.

January is one of my favorite months of the year. Why? Because that’s when CES happens! CES is a huge convention where all the technology manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest devices.  

Now that CES 2018 is over, I’d love to talk about the smart home technology trends I’ve noticed already emerging this year – trends you might want to take advantage of in your Bellevue, WA residence!

Continued Growth of Voice-Control Technology

Voice control technology already has been a quickly growing asset to smart homes over the past couple years.

Here’s some proof to back up my point: A blog I wrote a year ago: The Biggest 2016 Smart Home Trend: Voice Control.

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