Staging Your Home for Sale... Control4-Style: automation, communication, residential, smart home,

Staging Your Home for Sale... Control4-Style

Posted March 27, 2013

With the housing market on the upswing, we finally decided that it was time to sell our home and move into a bigger place. I had been looking for a new home long enough to know that "staging" a home for sale is critical. With so many people shopping onlin

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Sports Bar Spotlight for March Madness!:

Sports Bar Spotlight for March Madness!

Posted March 21, 2013

For a sports fan, today is truly one of the best days of the year. The third Thursday in March represents so much more than just another springtime Thursday, it's the beginning of March MADNESS! One of the most entertaining sporting events of the year beg

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Printable March Madness Brackets!:

Printable March Madness Brackets!

Posted March 18, 2013

Selection Sunday has revealed the seeds; now get ready for all the madness with our printable brackets. Make your picks and cross your fingers.

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802.11ac: The Next Generation of Wireless Technology:

802.11ac: The Next Generation of Wireless Technology

Posted March 14, 2013

Internet technology has come a long way since the days of the ol' dial-up modem. The speed of wireless technology has improved significantly over the years, mainly in an effort to keep up with the demands of video and audio streaming through mobile device

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ISU Basketball Goes High Tech:

ISU Basketball Goes High Tech

Posted March 12, 2013

The heartland takes its sports seriously, so when Iowa State University decided to build a new, 36,000 square foot, $8 million basketball practice facility, consolidating and simplifying all audio, video and control systems into one easy-to-use solution w

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LOVE it or HATE it, DST is Coming.:

LOVE it or HATE it, DST is Coming.

Posted March 7, 2013

For those who weren't aware, Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. That means everybody in the US has to remember to set their clocks ahead an hour before they go to bed Saturday night ... assuming they have so

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Notting (King of the) Hill: automation, comfort, home theater, lighting, man cave, media,

Notting (King of the) Hill

Posted March 5, 2013

I did a year of my undergraduate studies in London, England, and it was there where I fell in love ... with adventure. There was just something about the city's crazy twists of cobblestone streets and meandering mews that kept me in a constant mode of exp

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I Could Get Used to That.:

I Could Get Used to That.

Posted February 28, 2013

I've been a fan of Vegas all my life. And being that it's only about a six hour drive, I've had my fair share of younger-year visits. Although in those days, eight of us girls would cram our 7,000 bags into one hotel room for the weekend and spend only as

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Securing Your Home (and Home Away from Home) with Control4:

Securing Your Home (and Home Away from Home) with Control4

Posted February 26, 2013

This editorial is written by Dennis Burger, Editor in Chief at HomeTechTell and contributing writer at Residential Systems.

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The Oscars vs. The Super Bowl:

The Oscars vs. The Super Bowl

Posted February 22, 2013

It's a television showdown. Ok, not really. According to this infographic, I think it's pretty clear which event takes the cake. But interesting nonetheless to see how the two stack up against one another.

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One-Touch Theater (or is it Theatre?) on the Thames: automation, comfort, home theater, lighting, project inspiration, residential, smart home,

One-Touch Theater (or is it Theatre?) on the Thames

Posted February 21, 2013

Ah, decisions, decisions: Which voluptuous view to choose? The sprawling Thames River in London, England, or the riveting action flick on the wide-screen television, powered by a motor custom-designed to angle and tilt at your command in order to give you

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A Smart Home is a Secure Home:

A Smart Home is a Secure Home

Posted February 19, 2013

What lies behind the desire for home automation is often a complex question. Some may want their home to showcase exceptional technology or to entertain guests, while others may want a powerful experience that helps to ease the actions of their everyday

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Taking a Vacation WITH Technology:

Taking a Vacation WITH Technology

Posted February 13, 2013

If you Google just about any phrase involving "vacation" and "technology" you end up with search results much like the following:

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We Made The Cut!:

We Made The Cut!

Posted February 11, 2013

For most of us, the kitchen is the focal entertaining spot in the home. But it is also the place where multi-tasking is essential, and that's not always easy. From preparing, cooking and serving food, pouring drinks, keeping up the friendly chat, all the

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Control4 Plus TuneIn: The Greatest Combination Since PB&J:

Control4 Plus TuneIn: The Greatest Combination Since PB&J

Posted February 7, 2013

Last week Control4 announced that-starting at the end of March-every home controller that ships will have TuneIn natively built into the Controller. In addition, anyone that upgrades their current controller to OS 2.4 will enjoy the same benefit. This is

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The Coolest Things I Saw at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe): events, interactive, ise,

The Coolest Things I Saw at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe)

Posted February 4, 2013

As I stepped into the RAI Exposition Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands for the Integrated Systems Europe show, I immediately realized that this would be a systems integration event like I'd never experienced before. I had attended CEDIA (Residential Systems)

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Super Bars for The Super Bowl!: entertainment, man cave, project inspiration, smart home, sports bar,

Super Bars for The Super Bowl!

Posted January 31, 2013

For football fans, the Super Bowl is obviously a huge deal -- and this year, February 3rd will be particularly important for fans of either the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens. I'm not a huge sports nut myself, however, I do enjoy a good party so the Super Bowl is always something I look forward to. My husband on the other hand, has been talking about it for weeks on end. Asking all the "important questions" like -- Do we go to a sports bar or will it be too crowded? How do we weigh our party invite options? Or do we just decide to do it at our place? If we do decide to host, what will we eat? How much beer will we need? Do we need to buy decorations? (Ok, the decorations question was mine. He'd never claim that one.)

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EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It...:

EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It...

Posted January 29, 2013

I'm thrilled to announce the latest issue of Home Smart Home, for Spring 2013, launched hot off the printed press in Amsterdam in honor of the ISE tradeshow--Integrated Systems Europe.

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How Smart Locks and Automation Solve My First-World Problems: automation, lifestyle, lighting, smart locks,

How Smart Locks and Automation Solve My First-World Problems

Posted January 23, 2013

#1 - So my house is in need of some serious deep cleaning as I have guests coming next week. I have a cleaning crew coming to my house tomorrow while I'm at work but I don't want to leave my house unlocked and also don't want to give them my spare house k

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HC-250: 2-Part Review

Posted January 21, 2013

Dennis Burger has been a journalist in the entertainment and consumer electronics industries for close to 15 years, and has been covering home automation for the past decade-as a current editor at TechnologyTell and frequent contributor to Residential Sys

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My Sundance Wish List: events, for fun, media,

My Sundance Wish List

Posted January 18, 2013

Since Control4 is headquartered in Utah, we're very much aware of the Sundance Film Festival when January rolls around. According to Google Maps, it's exactly 37.1 miles from our corporate offices to the film festival Robert Redford founded in Park City,

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An Enjoyable Doctor's Visit?:

An Enjoyable Doctor's Visit?

Posted January 16, 2013

Ahhhh, the dreaded doctor's visit. I had the pleasure of a visit last week and it was, well, just as I expected it to be... Long, boring and semi-uncomfortable (due to a last-minute decision for a flu shot). Currently, I'm in the "market" for a new doctor

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The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 2:

The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 2

Posted January 14, 2013

Here is the second part to the coolest new products I was able to see as I walked the show floor of CES. If you missed the first part about the latest-and-greatest in AV gear, you can read it here. This post will focus a bit more on the coolest mobile tec

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The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 1:

The Coolest New Products at CES - Part 1

Posted January 11, 2013

I spent the entire day Wednesday walking the MASSIVE show floor of CES and let me tell you, I felt like a kid in a candy store the whole day. The sheer size of the CES show floor is overwhelmingly impressive. While I wasn't able see every single product s

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46 Years of Innovation at CES:

46 Years of Innovation at CES

Posted January 8, 2013

CES is upon us once again! Yep, the world-renowned tech trade show that happens each year in Sin City, Las Vegas. Every January, the "who's who" in consumer electronics venture out to show off their latest-and-greatest gadgets and technology advancements.

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