The ring doorbells are a great addition to any home. We use them as our primary doorbell devices followed by the August doorbell can and the Control4 door stations. In this installation, an existing intercom doorbell was replaced which required a custom plate to cover the hole and keep the install looking professional. Below are some pictures of our progress.
One of our clients in Dallas had a network that still used DSL from AT&T for the incoming internet. The speeds were quite low at 2Mbps download and .3Mbps upload. Working out of the home cause issues such as the VoIP phone cutting out and pages failing to load. We fixed this by removing the routing in the nighthawk router from D-Link and putting it into bridge mode as a modem only. We used the UniFi system for routing, switching, and WiFi access points. This system analyzes the traffic and we were able to find that iCloud backups from the clients many iOS devices were clogging up the bandwidth and bringing the internet speeds to a complete standstill as the devices competed for data. We set limits on the download and upload of all iOS devices and enable badnwidth sharing to keep the phones and all other network devices operational. UniFi keeps getting better and is helping us to solve clients networking problems all over the Dallas area.
Play-Fi with Ovation Server
In my last post I ripped apart Play-Fi for the poor app design and the bugs in the system that causes the devices to lock up and lose connection. It has been a year and I think the devices deserve a second chance. There must be firmware updates that fix the problem and now I have an Ovation Play-Fi server from Fusion Research which is supposed to integrate the speakers into my Control4 system and bring in extras like iTunes music sync and adds Spotify.
Play-Fi & Ovation Setup Experience
It has not gone well so far. The Pandora requires a paid account. The setup software is giving me errors when I try and add a music service. I am going to take a break while everything is updating and regain my sanity.
I am going to share my experience with this new software along with listing areas of improvement based on my experiences with Portal, Quotient, Quickbooks, Xero, Freshbooks and some of the other software suites that I have used in the past. This one certainly looks promising and capable, but that adds complication. Let's see how it goes.
More to come.
We almost swore off doorbells completely after our experiences with Ring and the version 1 Control4 door stations. This is our timid re-entry into the arena with the new smart Doorbell from August. The look of this unit is certainly better and so far the installation has been smooth. I will report back after it has been in service for a month with our take on this device.
This TV installation uses an HD-Base-T extender to keep the equipment hidden in the closet. The speakers are connected to a Yamaha 5.1 receiver and is controlled with Control4 home automation.
The new line of speakers from Paradigm utilizes a pure Beryllium tweeter and midrange. The sound is more detailed than anything I have heard thus far. The speakers themselves use 1400 watts of amplification for the 4 subwoofers and the midrange and tweeter are 96db efficient. Congratulations to Paradigm. I look forward to having these in the showroom and home.
This film from Screen Innovations can be applied to glass to make it into a rear projection screen for indoors or outdoors.
This home theater is Coppell features a JVC projector, Yamaha Aventage, Sony Blu-ray player, Control4 EA3 controller, and a Control4 SR260 remote.
Audio/Video geek that also likes playing with home automation. Raises goats. Dreams of a simple life.