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Home Networking: Challenge or Opportunity?

Do dealers who started their businesses before the year 2000 have trouble grasping wireless home networking technologies vs. their more youthful peers?


Victor Pak (left) and Dusan Jankov in 2003 in the Menlo Park, Calif. garage where Pakedge Devices started. Pak says convergence is still a difficult challenge for many integrators, especially those with A/V roots.
Jason Knott · July 27, 2012
Pak says the adoption of the cloud will make things even more complex.

“Everything these days happens through that ‘one little Internet connection’ that comes into the home - audio/video streaming, online gaming, social networking, etc. Let’s face it, it’s more fun when you can game with other people all over the world or pick a movie from a 100,000 movie collection from Amazon.

That leads to that ‘little Internet connection’ that comes into the house.  If homeowner is fortunate enough to have a provider that offers fiber like Verizon, it’s a very robust connection.  But most clients of dealers still have DSL which comes in on the really thin 22awg twisted pair of wire or a single coaxial cable.

So the integrators need to ask their clients how much they are willing to pay for redundancies, says Pak. The best routers today will have two WAN connections so you can have both DSL and cable connections—in case one goes down.

“They will also have a gigabit WAN port and the processing power to match in case you are fortunate enough to have that over 100Mbps connection. Once content gets into the home, anything can happen too. A lot of traffic happens depending on the number of devices in your home. The network needs to be setup correctly into sub networks to have the most redundancies and hence reliability,” he says.

“Pakedge products are designed to make life easier for the custom installer,” says Pak. “They come out of the box with ready-to-use features that save on setup and installation time, such as pre-configured routers with advanced security features and intuitive graphical user interfaces. Every Pakedge product also comes with total customer support. As the industry continues to evolve towards everything going over Ethernet networks, providing tech support and training becomes an ever-bigger part of what companies have to do.”

In 2012, Pakedge reached the milestone of signing its 1,200th dealer. “It’s all about simplicity going forward,” Pak concludes. “We want to keep reducing the time a dealer takes to set up a complicated network. We’re working on things like embedded systems that make complex functions ‘look’ simple to the user, giving more and more control to the homeowner via iPad and Android devices and collaborating with other companies to attain the next level of home networking.”

“We want our dealers to be in the forefront of installing and configuring these sophisticated IP-based networks and reap the financial rewards of this evolution. We also have a few things up our sleeves I can’t talk about right now. Things are going to get really interesting over the next few years.”



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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jknott@ehpub.com

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