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Articles tagged with: Smart Home Control

Video Intercom Plus Smart Home Control: What’s Not to Love?

Redefining Intercom and Giving Homeowners Smarter Controls

Video Intercom Plus Smart Home Control: What’s Not to Love?

When you think of an intercom you probably imagine a clunky eyesore with limited capabilities circa 1985 and, given the technology we have today, it’s not something you'd expect to consider as an upgrade for your home. But with so many new ways to communicate, we need to redefine the “com” in intercom. That’s exactly what Control4 has done with Intercom Anywhere. Not only does Intercom Anywhere let you speak with anyone in any room, but it also lets you see and control what’s going on in your home while functioning as a highly effective video doorbell. Read on to find out all the things it can do for you.

Why You Want A Professionally Installed Home Network

High Performance, Low Maintenance

Why You Want A Professionally Installed Home Network

Home networking might seem to be simple. With a modem to access your Internet service, and a router — both often provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) — you can get wireless networking in your home, both between devices and connecting to the Internet. But if you have a larger home or have many smart devices, the standard solution from your ISP may not work well in all areas. While there may be settings you can tweak in your router to improve performance, networking is a very technical area, and few consumers know how to do this, or fix something when it doesn't work. Indeed, some consumers don't even know how to change the initial default password for their wireless network – which is a security hazard waiting to happen.

The number of smart devices that are being connected to home networks is exploding every year. Smart lights, cameras, speakers, thermostats, appliances, streaming devices, and TVs all need robust networking for proper operation. You may not even remember how many devices you depend on that are connected to your network. But when the network falters, you end up noticing. Your high definition and 4K video may buffer incessantly or freeze, your smart speaker can't do anything because it lost its connection, or your smart camera can’t send any alerts video feeds. More serious issues might come up, like being unable to operate your smart lock — hope you have the key!

If you have a smaller house or perhaps can tolerate the occasional hiccups from your network, maybe you can get by without professionally installed and optimized home networking. But if you want to run a smart home with many devices, you rely on your network for security features, and you need high bandwidth for work and entertainment at home, you would be wise to consider professional installation services and equipment for your home network.

At Encore Audio-Video, we work with Pakedge for installing high-performance home networks in Portland, OR. Why? Because Pakedge is part of Control4, our smart home solution partner, and they offer business-class performance for your home networking needs. Read on to learn more about how Pakedge networks stand out from the rest.

Smart Home Technology: Making Your Life More Convenient

Conveniently Manage and Utilize Your Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology: Making Your Life More Convenient

What do you think of when you read the phrase “smart home technology?”

For us at Encore Audio Video, it’s all about adding convenience and efficiency to your day-to-day lifestyle. A smart home installation should enhance your lifestyle with technology solutions you find helpful.

At Encore Audio Video, we expertly deliver custom smart home control solutions for homeowners in Vancouver, Washington and throughout the Portland metropolitan area; systems that go far beyond your standard home.

We explain what that means for you, below.

The Importance of Lighting in Home Theater Design

Set the Right Scene for Movie Night

The Importance of Lighting in Home Theater Design

In a dedicated home theater, every aspect of the design can affect your viewing. While it may seem a little counterintuitive to spend too much time thinking about the light in a room that is mostly dark, a lighting system can dramatically impact your total experience. Incorporating automated lighting into your home theater design helps homeowners in the Happy Valley, OR area complete their home theater package. To learn more, continue reading