Installer Tips: Enhance Wireless Media Streaming with 802.11ac

As wireless devices become more ubiquitous and advanced in their capabilities, demands on the wireless IP network continue to surge. Fortunately, the wireless network technology advancements are keeping pace with those demands. With 802.11ac, demanding applications such as media streaming that were once relegated to the hardwired network are now achievable wirelessly. We have discussed …

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Installer Tips: Delivering Professional Quality Rack-based Solutions

  Installing an easy-to-manage and aesthetically pleasing rack-based IP Network requires discipline, planning, and even a little bit of artistic flare. When installed as part of a home or small business network that includes AV equipment, proper organization and aesthetics can be especially critical to the user experience and value perception. Having spent most of …

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Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking, Part 4

Part One Part Two Part Three This is the final segment in this 4 Part series. We have previously discussed the basic components of an IP network and the functions of those components in the first segment. We then took a closer look at Routers and Switches in segments 2 and 3. In this issue …

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Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking, Part 3

Part One Part Two In the previous 2 installments of this series, we discussed the basic components of an IP network as well as the functions of those components; and then took a closer look at Routers. In this segment we will focus on Ethernet Switches—the backbone of your local network. When selecting a switch …

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Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking, Part I

Part 1 of 4 part series. With AV, security, and home automation systems all running over IP networks, professional installers have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses by offering networking solutions.  While installing an IP network can be a daunting  task for the uninitiated, by understanding the purpose and function of a few key …

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Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking, Part I

Part 1 of 4 part series. With AV, security, and home automation systems all running over IP networks, professional installers have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses by offering networking solutions.  While installing an IP network can be a daunting  task for the uninitiated, by understanding the purpose and function of a few key …

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Using a Wireless Bridge and Megapixel IP Camera for Remote Security

With advancements made in Megapixel technology, IP Cameras have increasingly become part of the residential and commercial security environment. These Megapixel IP Cameras deliver significant enhancements over traditional analog cameras.  At the same time, they require considerable network bandwidth and power—which, when attached as part of the wired network, is typically a non-issue.  But what …

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VPN vs Port Forwarding: Which is Best for Delivering Remote Access to Home or Small Office Networks?

Installers of home and small office networks are often asked by customers for the ability to access their private local-area network (LAN) remotely via the Internet. Such remote connections are convenient and often necessary for frequent travelers, as well as for geographically dispersed locations or employees. Installers and service providers might also use a remote …

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VPN vs Port Forwarding: Which is Best for Delivering Remote Access to Home or Small Office Networks?

Installers of home and small office networks are often asked by customers for the ability to access their private local-area network (LAN) remotely via the Internet. Such remote connections are convenient and often necessary for frequent travelers, as well as for geographically dispersed locations or employees. Installers and service providers might also use a remote …

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