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Hey guys - thanks for harping on the importance of safety with outdoor TVs.  This cannot be stressed enough. Moisture and excessive heat buildup are both very frequent causes in short-circuits, which in return are leading causes of domestic house fires.  It’s simply not worth it.  There are outdoor TV models available (See this article  that competes favorably with standard 4K devices on price, yet they are real outdoor TVs that will keep the moisture out and your device cool and safe for years to come.

Posted by Jack Walton on Monday, June 26, 2017
Comment on 'Why You Should Never Install an Indoor TV Outside (Even on the Porch)'.

Posted by ritchut on Monday, June 26, 2017
Comment on 'H&F Acquiring SnapAV Not Just to 'Accelerate Growth' But to Do Something Huge in Home Tech'.

Couple of questions. Where is the advertisement disclaimer? By what third party are these cables certified for 18Gbps HDMI?

Posted by jhamill1 on Monday, June 26, 2017
Comment on 'Comprehensive Creates Pro AV/IT HD18G Series HDMI Cables for 18Gbps'.

They are all in a #GAFA-tization process… Get as big as possible

Posted by Bruno Napoli on Monday, June 26, 2017
Comment on 'Rating the Prospects: After Acquisition of SnapAV, What Major Home-Tech Co. Will H&F Buy Next?'.

That’s great news.  It was a shame to see the Beale product disappear from the market.  The team at Vanco is great and I am sure they will get Beale back on track!

Posted by JAFO on Friday, June 23, 2017
Comment on 'Vanco Acquires Beale Street Audio'.

Congrats Jim!

Posted by BryanKoutsky on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Comment on 'Former Magnolia A/V CEO Jim Tweten Joins CE Pro 100 Integrator'.

As an early user of X10, CP290, HAI, and IBM Home Director, moving to Insteon was a natural, but powerline still posed problems that Androit1 mentioned. One possible direction might be to blend in HomePlug for fast bandwidth, possibly giving it an advantage over Z-wave & ZigBee. BTW, Z-wave is not an industry standard. ZigBee is. But what matters is being the de-facto standard and having market scale.

Posted by mhealthtalk on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Comment on 'Insteon, SmartLabs Acquired; New CEO Wants to Make Powerline Great Again for Home Automation'.

Another pile of money about to be flushed down the toilet. I was once told by a professor of marketing at a large university about bringing products to market. “your product has to be 50% better, or 50% cheaper than what is existing to have your product be successful”. This is neither. With Z-wave receptacles and switches being introduced by the thousands, and programs being designed and implemented to drive them, you already have the hybrid network Richmond Capital Partners is trying to establish with PLC. On top of not being either better or cheaper, and with its history to overcome, I just don’t see how it is going to be viable. Using the existing wiring is not going to be any different than Z-wave, and Insteon products are going to be proprietary, so there is no ability to expand the system except with Insteon products, making each home prisoner to one company and its pricing. Then there is still PCS out there which is a direct competitor, making profits even harder to come by.

Posted by Adroit1 on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Comment on 'Insteon, SmartLabs Acquired; New CEO Wants to Make Powerline Great Again for Home Automation'.

“The first order of business for SmartLabs will be to invest in software.”


I’ve been a powerline interface user since the 80’s, starting with a little 8 device X10 controller cube that sat next to the couch, moving through the CP290, the CM11, and now the Insteon Hub.

Every time they update the hardware, the software takes a step backward.  The Insteon App is a miserable, lame bit of software that is barely usable.  Certainly not capable of anywhere near the features that prior versions of their own home control software had.

Yes, I know I can step up to software packages and controllers that allow for incredible sophistication, but I have barely five controlled devices in my house, and most of those are fairly simple - like front porch lamps.

Why is it so hard to understand that someone like me might want to be able to tell that lamp “turn on at 5pm if it’s dark, otherwise turn on at sunset minus 10 minutes”? 

I USED to be able to do that, but the Insteon app is barely capable of handling just turning it on at sunset - even that is flaky…  The lamp next to the couch mysteriously turns off at 9:40 at night, even though there’s nothing programmed to tell it that - and there do not appear to be ANY troubleshooting features to let me figure out why…

If Insteon wants to beta test something on a long-time user (and a CE professional, former technician and programmer, so I know a wee bit about these things…) sign me up!

Posted by tmaddison on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Comment on 'Insteon, SmartLabs Acquired; New CEO Wants to Make Powerline Great Again for Home Automation'.

Sheer genius.  As my Dad taught me years ago, don’t go to the gold rush for the gold, go to sell shovels.  Vivint has recognized that the market is shifting to rental housing and they are going to capitalize on it.

Posted by theloopboise on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Comment on 'Vivint Launches Smart Home Platform for Rental Properties'.

Your headline begs the question: When was PLC great before? X10? X10Pro? CEBus?

Posted by paul on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Comment on 'Insteon, SmartLabs Acquired; New CEO Wants to Make Powerline Great Again for Home Automation'.

Homekit needs to come up in the market as a control4 level integration.  Keep the platform open to API, make it more user friendly and have a little more stable version of there kits.

Posted by Hyasir on Monday, June 19, 2017
Comment on 'Apple HomePod Speaker Debuts, But Is It Too Late?'.

Always better to own than rent for the long term. But, what is “the long term”. I used to be a member of NSCA. NSCA gave up their show and became a “pavilion” or maybe it was “NSCA Zone” at InfoComm. That lasted maybe 2 years and now what is NSCA?
I always thought CEDIA was the show and the show defined CEDIA.  With all of the positive things CEDIA has done in the past few years and the things yet to be accomplished, I hope CEDIA hasn’t sold its birthright

Posted by ritchut on Sunday, June 18, 2017
Comment on 'Why CEDIA is Building New HQ in Fishers, IN: Crunching the Real-Estate Numbers'.

Was a big fan of SnapA/V until the Binary B100/B300.  Too flaky and the extenders are equally unreliable. 
Part of me wants to believe they have got it right but have not specified Snap A/V for a job for some time. 

Posted by PhilM on Sunday, June 18, 2017
Comment on 'CE Pro 100 Names Top IR Distribution System Brands'.

Because the lazy consumers who want automated lighting and control of all loads from every interface are willing to reach their hand into the lamp shade? What is this, the 50’s? This is filing a patent just for patent’s sake; or in hopes some other bored inventor copies it only to then be sued for infringing on this nonsense.

Posted by LukeSlater on Friday, June 16, 2017
Comment on 'Patents: Home Automation Leader Crestron Invents a Smarter Smart Bulb'.

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