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Alula’s ‘SmartHome Now’ Saves Builders Up Front, Lets Buyers Add Tech Later

Alula Connect+ security and home-automation platform can be installed during construction at very low cost to homebuilder, allowing integration with built-in smart-home tech like Pella Insynctive windows and doors.

CE Pro Editors · June 26, 2018

When a ‘Simple’ TV Mounting Job Goes #SoCustom

This simple little corner-mounted TV job took some serious engineering, wall supports, custom metal and a bunch of patchwork by the pros at Cloud9 Smart.

Julie Jacobson · June 15, 2018

4 Tips to Beat the A/V Trunkslammers

Custom installation has the worst satisfaction rate of any industry that services the home, probably because the industry is infested with trunkslammers, writes integrator Eric Thies. What are you going to do about it?

CE Pro Editors · June 13, 2018

That HUGE Story on Secretive ‘Amazon Home Security Services’

CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson conjures up “the big story” on new Amazon Smart Security Services, including an army of licensed alarm installers, Amazon’s own central monitoring station, Ring and Zonoff-inspired smart-home services, Amazon Key and more. (Spoiler: She was wrong.)

Julie Jacobson · April 27, 2018

How a ‘Custom’ Integrator Hangs a TV

Client wanted to replace an old rear-projection TV with a 65-inch OLED. Here’s how a home-technology professional does it. Take THAT, hang-and-bangers!

Julie Jacobson · March 23, 2018

Just a Man and His Tools: Look Inside a Technician’s ‘Perfect’ Toolbag

29-year veteran installation technician Jimmie Guarino of AVS in NYC carries 75 tools worth $20K in his 50-pound toolbag. How does yours compare?

Jason Knott · March 15, 2018

Installer Tip: How to Square Up an A/V Rack to Perfection [video]

Michael Restrepo’s short video explaining how to square up the face of an equipment rack demonstrates the great pride he takes in his integration work.

Julie Jacobson · March 08, 2018

Millennium Systems Designs Streamlines Whole-Home AV and Control Project with D-Tools Software

When a high-profile athlete needs a whole-home distributed AV and control system, MSD scores a touchdown.

Advertorial · June 28, 2017

#TBT: Inside Walt Disney’s Home Theater

It’s time for a Throwback Thursday. Perhaps this 1930’s era home theater was Walt Disney’s own ‘happiest place on earth.’

Jason Knott · May 25, 2017

Smart Thermostats: 50% of Consumers Who Think They Can Install DIY … End Up Calling a Pro

Honeywell uses HomeAdvisor API to give users on-demand access to professional installers via Total Connect Comfort app because DIY installation for smart thermostats is “scary.”

Julie Jacobson · May 24, 2017