Need a Little Summer This Winter?: communication, security, smart business,

Need a Little Summer This Winter?

Posted December 11, 2012

As we're nearing Winter solstice, I am blown away that somehow the summer came to a close without me sharing the details of a very special visit I made to a girls' summer camp in Pennsylvania this past July. I must be jonesing for some sunshine.

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Automation in a Winter Wonderland:

Automation in a Winter Wonderland

Posted December 6, 2012

Last week I decided it was time to put up my lights for the holiday season. (To be honest, my wife actually did the deciding. She decided and I executed. That's the way it works at our house.) Since my home seems to get smarter and smarter with each passi

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Don't Just Make It Pink! A Woman's Perspective On The AV Industry:

Don't Just Make It Pink! A Woman's Perspective On The AV Industry

Posted December 3, 2012

As a woman working in the tech-industry, I found this article, It's Complicated: Understanding a Woman's Relationship with A/V Gear by Adrienne Maxwell in Home Theater Review, to be both incredibly enlightening and equally entertaining. Whether you are a

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Sony Announces The First Delivery Mechanism For 4K Ultra HD Content:

Sony Announces The First Delivery Mechanism For 4K Ultra HD Content

Posted November 30, 2012

Some of you might recall that I wrote a blog post a couple of months ago about 4K Ultra HD televisions. Other than the cost of entry ($25k!), the main barrier to 4K Ultra HD technology adoption is the content delivery (or lack thereof). Movie studios have

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Mobile Computing Drives Thanksgiving Weekend Retail:

Mobile Computing Drives Thanksgiving Weekend Retail

Posted November 28, 2012

It was a record-setting weekend. In addition to a record box-office bonanza for Hollywood (led by Twilight, Skyfall and Lincoln), many have hailed this past Thanksgiving weekend as a welcome relief for worried retailers. According to the National Retail F

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Conferencing ... in Style.:

Conferencing ... in Style.

Posted November 26, 2012

Looking back to when I first started my journey in the working world, the conference rooms I remember were nothing more than glorified cubicles. Thin walls, a pull down screen, a long table and a door. Quite simply, boring. Nowadays, businesses are taking

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How The Smart Kitchen Can Enhance Your Thanksgiving:

How The Smart Kitchen Can Enhance Your Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2012

We hope everyone in the US has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please take the time to read this article that was recently featured in our Home Smart Home magazine. This article explains how a smart kitchen can greatly enhance your Thanksgi

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Puttin' on the Ritz:

Puttin' on the Ritz

Posted November 19, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, Magnificent Mile is one of the latest additions to the Ritz-Carlton suite of luxury residential homes. What sets this one apart? Each of the units comes with a Control4 touch screen equipped with the Integrisys Inteli

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DHCP vs. Static IP—Which Is Better?:

DHCP vs. Static IP—Which Is Better?

Posted November 16, 2012

People often talk about the home controller being the "brains" of a smart home installation. Extending that metaphor a little further, you might consider your home network as the "nervous system" of your home automation setup. Your home network allows all

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Selecting The Right Screen For Your Home Theater:

Selecting The Right Screen For Your Home Theater

Posted November 14, 2012

Often times, when considering a theater room in a home, there is one important piece of equipment that gets ignored and yet directly impacts the experience: The Screen. A lot of money is spent on the projector, the receiver, the speakers, the media player

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Project Spotlight: Sky Zone Sports:

Project Spotlight: Sky Zone Sports

Posted November 12, 2012

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:

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Control4 Gives Back: Bean All That You Can Bean:

Control4 Gives Back: Bean All That You Can Bean

Posted November 9, 2012

Today's post is from Lauren Hemingway, our Lead Graphic Designer, and is about Control4 giving back. Enjoy!

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Mom = Sherpa:

Mom = Sherpa

Posted November 5, 2012

One thing nobody tells you before you become a parent is how many bags are involved. As a busy, working woman, I have to be prepared for anything and my life has to be fairly portable --so I already had an oversized purse, a computer bag and a gym bag. Ne

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Project Spotlight: Aloha Hill Club:

Project Spotlight: Aloha Hill Club

Posted November 2, 2012

Project Spotlight:

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Home Automation Technology - Speaking Geek:

Home Automation Technology - Speaking Geek

Posted November 1, 2012

In the world of automation, we like to say that the purpose of automation is to get all of your devices "talking" to each other. What a novel idea! On the surface that's exactly what happens. However, the technology that allows this magic to happen is obv

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Halloween Edition - How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse: Control4 Style: for fun, halloween, holiday,

Halloween Edition - How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse: Control4 Style

Posted October 31, 2012

We all know it's inevitable, and only a matter of time..No not for another Frankenstorm or a Republican in office again, but the Zombie Apocalypse. Assuming there isn't a massive outbreak of the T Virus, and our Zombies resemble that of Shaun of the Dead,

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Project Spotlight: Taking Control4 To The Seas:

Project Spotlight: Taking Control4 To The Seas

Posted October 26, 2012

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:

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Home Is The Way I Like It:

Home Is The Way I Like It

Posted October 24, 2012

Today's blog post is courtesy of Christi Nelson, Sr. Manager, Global Marketing & Events at Control4:

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Shades of Grey Control: audio, comfort, lighting, residential, smart home,

Shades of Grey Control

Posted October 22, 2012

My reference point both for "grey" and "control" come not from a best-selling novel from 2011 (one of these days I suppose I should read it?) but instead from a visit I made earlier this last year to none other than New York City.

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Test Report: Control4 HC-250 Controller:

Test Report: Control4 HC-250 Controller

Posted October 17, 2012

At Control4, we are passionate about our products. So when someone like John Sciacca, technical editor for Sound + Vision Magazine and contributing writer at Residential Systems, gave our HC-250 Controller the Certified & Recommended stamp of appr

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Guest Post: How Control4 Has Changed My Life:

Guest Post: How Control4 Has Changed My Life

Posted October 12, 2012

Today's blog post is from Control4's Beta Program Manager, Matt Sand, on how home automation has truly changed his life:

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Flashing Lights and Teenaged Giggles:

Flashing Lights and Teenaged Giggles

Posted October 11, 2012

As a Control4 employee with networking and technical training, I'm in the process of installing automation in my own home. I'm going bit by bit, starting with the "easy stuff." I got a bunch of my lighting controls installed over the weekend, and we're no

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4K TV Resolution: Is it the New "3D" or Something More?:

4K TV Resolution: Is it the New "3D" or Something More?

Posted October 8, 2012

I recently read a blog post from Electronic House explaining that the most recent 4K resolution trend that is just being introduced to the market is more important than 3D. They even claim that, down the road, it will be more widely accepted than 3D as we

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Sometimes It's The Little Things:

Sometimes It's The Little Things

Posted October 5, 2012

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of my dad, running around the house turning off light switches, hollering at the top of his voice: "Why are all these <bleep> lights on? How hard is it to turn a <bleep> light off? I'm

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Automating Sibling Rivalry:

Automating Sibling Rivalry

Posted October 3, 2012

In my house growing up, automation took sibling rivalry to a whole new level - from an all-out immature brawl, to an intelligent, though probably still immature, battle of strategy and wits. I don't remember how the fight started (who does?) but the botto

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