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The Science Behind ‘Active’ HDMI Cables: Part 1

HDMI 2.0 has forced many to look at new and current active cable devices, not only for bandwidth, but also for length and cable size. In the first of a three-part series, we define the term “active HDMI cable” and what makes them tick.

Jeff Boccaccio · February 06, 2014

Understanding & Fixing HDMI Noise

HDMI noise issues can be of two flavors, ingress (entering) or egress (exiting). In HDMI we are concerned about both.

Jeff Boccaccio · October 01, 2013

Neat-O: IP-Based Control, MoCA Make Retrofit Easier

A 12,000-square-foot home is retrofitted with URC’s Total Control to provide audio to 10 separate zones lighting and control the audio/video. All this was done while maintaining the home’s aesthetics, which was a major concern for the homeowners.

Grant Clauser · September 11, 2013

Vivint Selling Super-High-Speed Wireless Broadband Door-to-Door

After acquisition of Smartrove, Vivint is offering 50 Mbps upstream/downstream wireless broadband for $55/month in addition to security, home automation, solar power – all sold door-to-door; Utah zero-energy home showcases the goods.

August 16, 2013

10 ‘Go To’ Tools Every Technician Needs (and Why)

Whether it’s a multifunction tool or one for an individual special need, there are certain often-overlooked ‘A-level’ tools for measurement and termination that every datacomm technician must have.

Jason Knott · January 21, 2013

How to Design Great Equipment Racks

There are a few things integrators can do to stand out from the competition. One that rarely comes to mind – but should – is equipment rack design. A well done equipment rack can be the ultimate sign of craftsmanship, while a poorly done rack with a rat’s nest of wires and overheating components can […]

CE Pro Editors · January 14, 2013

How to Design Great Equipment Racks

There are a few things integrators can do to stand out from the competition. One that rarely comes to mind – but should – is equipment rack design. A well done equipment rack can be the ultimate sign of craftsmanship, while a poorly done rack with a rat’s nest of wires and overheating components can […]

January 14, 2013

Top 5 Home Tech Trends and Opportunities for 2013

Our annual prediction of five technologies for integrators to watch (and make money from).

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2013

Category Cabling: TIA-568a or TIA-568b?

Dealers on Remote Central debate Cat 5/6 wiring standards. Should you use TIA-568a or TIA-568b for residential installations?

Julie Jacobson · June 21, 2012

HDMI to Cat 5/6: Are 1- or 2-Wire Solutions Best?

Going from an extravagant HDMI cable to Cat 5/6 seems pretty incredible. Jeff Boccaccio explains how this transition can be done reliably.

Jeff Boccaccio · May 14, 2012