If you have any element of smart home technology in your life, you know it sometimes acts up and needs a few tweaks or a good kick in the butt. Nothing is more frustrating than slow Internet or devices going offline. These are often due to your service provider or something going wrong on your network.
Having the right tools at every stage of a project is critical and that’s why Cloud 9 AV started using OvrC enabled products like Araknis & Wattbox over 5 years ago.
… Read more OvrC: What PRO Integrators use to manage your Smart Home Systems
We continue to have requests to do work at your homes and businesses during the pandemic and we just wanted to clarify what we can and cannot do.
Residential Technical Services are Essential
Cloud 9 AV is an essential service provider because we fall into Premier Ford’s classification for multiple items which you can read for yourself on the Ontario COVID-19 website. We shut down all work on commercial projects in March as those do not qualify unless they impact your ability to work from home (corporate VPN access,
… Read more Essential service work in Ontario
Like most people in Toronto, this is week 3 working from home. My home office isn’t amazing by any means. My work-from-home chair is NOT not my office chair and was designed for the dining room. I just don’t have room in my home office (aka my bedroom) for the luxury my butt and legs crave but maybe that’s better. I have to stand and walk around more often. One of the luxuries of the office is using 2 screens so you can multitask.
… Read more Working from home on your Macbook and have an iPAD handy? Sidecar with iPAD is brilliant!
In light of most of us working from home, our team will be delivering virtual training starting the week of March 30th and all of our architects and designers can earn valuable CEU credits. Even if you are not from Canada, we would love for you to join the training but registration for our local Toronto & Cottage Country firms will take priority.
The training is from CEDIA, our industry association and accredited for CEUs in Canada & US with the following associations:
- You will receive the training information and registration options in your inbox.
… Read more Training for Architects & Designers with CEU Credits
The all new amazing NEEO remote from Control4.
We recorded a little video to demonstrate the capabilities of the Control4 smart lighting system. This system is based in Mont Tremblant Quebec and was a great deployment by our team with the help of local contractors and the guys at ResAV in Montreal.
The last finishing touches are still to come including custom engraving of the keypads but we will be doing that with the clients when they visit in late September.
Visit our youtube channel for more project videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYxJOETLEhIoi3J6D2ow06g/
… Read more Control4 Smart Lighting – Mont Tremblant Videos
As integrators and smart home systems installers we are responsible for educating and advising our clients. Some of our competitors can do things for less and it is sometimes difficult for clients to understand why. It really does come down to attention to detail and why every contractor out there is going to do things differently. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a tiling, HVAC or AV company…each trade does things a certain way based on experience, craftsmanship or requirements. As a customer, you need to ask the right questions so there are no surprises and expectations are clear.
… Read more Rack or No Rack for your Smart Home?
This system installation illustrates the video wall mounts we typically use for commercial TV or in this case a touch screen within a niche with equipment neatly organized behind the display for concealment.
Shallow Niche Creates Challenges
In many installations we have to locate the equipment behind the displays. This has many challenges including service and future access. A much better design is to locate the equipment in a server room or AV rack. Initial costs are higher but the ongoing service and maintenance is lower.
… Read more Commercial Display in Niche
We have been testing and using several access point solutions over the years and many work but several just fail and that just doesn’t work in our business. For basic email and web surfing the occasional lock up or connection issue you will find in mesh networks or your ISP’s All-in-one Modem/Router/Wifi access point is manageable but with our streaming solutions, the network has to be amazing.
Take a look at this review by SnapAV of the 500 and 700 series access points.
… Read more Whole Home WiFi from Araknis
CONTROL4 HOMEOWNER PERSONALIZATION
Watch the video to find out how home automation can be implemented to fit your lifestyle. The “When >> Then” methods are similar to IFTTT … “if this then that”.
Here are some automation suggestions based on the type of equipment that might be
installed in your home, with each proposed system getting more elaborate.
Basic Control4 system (system controller and remote)
WHEN a custom button on the system remote is pressed >>
… Read more Control4 “When >> Then” Personalized Automation