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Forum: Home Automation   02-19-2014, 10:28 AM
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If all you want is thermostat control, then just...

If all you want is thermostat control, then just about any networked thermostat will work.

If you want something that "fits" in with the Apple "feel", then check out the Nest Thermostats....
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-10-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By sic0048
Just make sure your device will output analog...

Just make sure your device will output analog sound at the same time as HDMI. Some device will output both together, but a lot of devices will cut off the analog audio when using HDMI. I'm not...
Forum: Home Automation   02-07-2014, 09:34 AM
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Views: 305
Posted By sic0048
Oddly enough, I stumbled upon this blog post...

Oddly enough, I stumbled upon this blog post about Google's new Chromebox for meetings. This might be a good alternative as well which provides easy to set up video conferencing....
Forum: Home Automation   02-07-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By sic0048
I would look at using a SIP based phone system...

I would look at using a SIP based phone system like Asterisk or PBX in a Flash. You could easily accomplish all of this using a couple video phones. You can use a SIP softphone on tablets,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-07-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By sic0048
Quote:Originally Posted by...

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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-06-2014, 09:13 AM
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Views: 396
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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-06-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By sic0048
I assume your whole house distribution system...

I assume your whole house distribution system takes analog stereo audio and your video distribution system is using HDMI. Hence the issue because you cannot easily mix these signals.

I think one...
Forum: Home Automation   02-03-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By sic0048
You can definitely use a VOIP phone system to...

You can definitely use a VOIP phone system to handle the intercom features you are looking for. You can get ready to go software for free like PBX in a Flash. Check out this blog by one of the PIAF...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   11-12-2013, 08:18 PM
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Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by tylerSC http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/322947/greenville-sc-hdtv/10020#post_23941125)

All of their digital channels are being...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   11-12-2013, 02:59 PM
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Views: 1,006,480
Posted By sic0048
Did Charter flip the switch and turn off...

Did Charter flip the switch and turn off clear-QAM in the greenville/greer area today?
Forum: Home Automation   09-12-2013, 06:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By sic0048
Quote:Originally Posted by happy...

Quote:Originally Posted by happy hopping http://www.avsforum.com/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1489813/what-are-the-features-you-look-for-in-a-call-blocker#post_23719333)

it's...
Forum: Home Automation   09-09-2013, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By sic0048
Regarding your iPhone issue..... I just want to...

Regarding your iPhone issue..... I just want to make sure the iPhone is on your home wifi and not cell service. Also, double check the iPhone's extension settings using the PIAF GUI. I'd even...
Forum: Home Automation   09-09-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By sic0048
Regarding security.... these types systems can...

Regarding security.... these types systems can be very secure or very insecure. Fortunately, the PIAF system has a lot of security built into it - especially PIAF-Green which has more features built...
Forum: Home Automation   09-08-2013, 05:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,466
Posted By sic0048
All you need is a controllable relay. To get the...

All you need is a controllable relay. To get the garage door to open or closer simply open up the wall controller or a spare portable garage door opener and wire the relay across the contact points....
Forum: Home Automation   09-08-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By sic0048
First, the system will work internally without...

First, the system will work internally without setting up GV or another VOIP provider. Of course you cannot make or receive phone calls, but you should be able to set up some extensions and make...
Forum: Home Automation   09-04-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 654
Posted By sic0048
Another option is to look into replacing your...

Another option is to look into replacing your existing phone system with a SIP/digital phone system. There are lots of free options out there like PBX in a Flash (http://nerdvittles.com/?p=5664)....
Forum: Home Automation   09-04-2013, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By sic0048
I'm going to make a suggestion that at first...

I'm going to make a suggestion that at first sounds crazy, but it is actually a decent option once you wrap your mind around it....... Think about moving to a digital phone system.

You can run...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-23-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By sic0048
ATV should work, but it is going to have it's...

ATV should work, but it is going to have it's quirks too. Namely, you are going to have to turn the TV on to control it because you'll need the visual interface. With Sonos, I don't think you would...
Forum: Home Automation   04-23-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,190
Posted By sic0048
Certainly a SIP phone system like Asterisk (I...

Certainly a SIP phone system like Asterisk (I suggest PBX in a Flash as a great option) or 3CX (which runs on a Windows OS machine) can have intercom functionality. You can create ring groups that...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-05-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By sic0048
Well if you expect to have 110v power, then you...

Well if you expect to have 110v power, then you need a box to meet code. If you think you can get away with a POE (power over ethernet) solution, then a box is probably optional. If you need a box,...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-05-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By sic0048
That's the biggest issue. There are multiple...

That's the biggest issue. There are multiple ways to wire things usually. Every person's situation is different which also makes it hard. What I would wire for isn't necessarily right for you and...
Forum: Home Automation   03-05-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By sic0048
Well most options are either going to fall...

Well most options are either going to fall either in the professionally installed category or the fully DIY category. I think you are unlikely to find an installer who will be willing to come in and...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-04-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By sic0048
Running the wire is the key element right now....

Running the wire is the key element right now. If you take good notes (measurements from walls, ceilings, etc) of where your wire ends up and take pictures, you don't have to worry about terminating...
Forum: Home Automation   03-04-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,187
Posted By sic0048
I've used CQC for years and love it. It's the...

I've used CQC for years and love it. It's the pricing model and device support that I think makes it stand out from the crowd.

Regarding pricing - most of the other automation systems out there...
Forum: Home Automation   03-04-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 416
Posted By sic0048
Cheap and home automation do not belong in the...

Cheap and home automation do not belong in the same discussion.

First you have the cost of the hardware. Is all of your equipment controllable (and just because it has a dedicated app doesn't...
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