CE Pro 100 Podcast: How One Dealer Owns the Home Network with Pakedge
CE Pro 100 dealer Stereo East adds robust wireless networking to home systems repertoire, thanks to products and tech support from Pakedge, a leading IT brand in the custom channel.
Stereo East in Frisco, Texas, has made a good living installing structured wiring for home builders to the tune of about 1,500 homes a year. Now the CE Pro 100 integration firm is equally successful in building out the wireless infrastructure in Texas homes using products from Pakedge.
Pakedge led the networking category (wired and wireless) in our 2013 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis.
“They were priced in a range that we wanted to compete in,” says Stereo East operations manager Rod Roten in a 10-minute podcast with Pakedge and CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson. “They also had pre-configured solutions that really met our business model.”
Roten says Stereo East got into the enterprise-grade networking business just a couple of years ago as more streaming services came online and more networked products needed to communicate with each other.
CE Pro 100 Podcast with Stereo East and Pakedge
“When you do a control system,” he explains, “we needed something with just a bigger backbone to support all the stuff online.”
There was a time when home systems integrators would turn to commercial-oriented networking brands such as Cisco for all of their residential needs, but a new group of companies has emerged to support the unique needs of A/V and automation dealers – with appropriate form factors, products and tech support.
Marketing specialist Olivia Dumanovsky explains that Pakedge tests its products with technologies likely to be installed in the home – media streamers, automation systems, surveillance cameras and the like.
“We have strong relationships with a lot of partner companies,” she says. “Companies like Savant, RTI, Control4—we understand their dealers are trying to use our products together and we can support them.”
What’s next for Pakedge? Check out the short podcast above for some teasers on new products including a cloud-based power management solution. Here’s one: the forthcoming dual concurrent (2.4/5.0 Ghz) W7WAP is coming soon.
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