Best home cinema system

What is the best home cinema system for your budget?

Disney Projector imageSince no two home cinema systems are alike, we get this question asked everyday. It is very similiar to a fingerprint. Believe it or not, every day we have phone calls of your neighbors that are in the remodeling process, or are diving into their first new construction home of your dreams that involves a home cinema, or private home theater.

As one of San Diego’s home theater installation companies that cater to a one stop shopping experience, you can rest assured we have a home cinema and the right home audio equipment to fit every budget imagineable.

So to answer your question about the budget, you think about how many people you plan on seating in the room, a good plan that seamlessly blends with the decor, and a long term relationship, is the best start so that it is tailored to your budget, small or large. A home theater installation can be done in modular stages so that it doesn’t break your budget.

So how can I future proof my home cinema?

elegant-home-cinema-projectorWhat it really boils down to when you are investing your hard earned money into a home cinema, or home theatre is the planning for the future so that it is seamless to pull out the old technology, and install the next generation widget that everyone is clammering for.

That is why for that past 18 years, we established relationships in the cedros design district part of Solana Beach with our current clientele, now fast forward to today Rancho Santa Fe Home theater has been on the fore front of ensuring that our clientele has that capability and much, much more.

Why is Rancho Santa Fe Home Theater Installations different from the contractors guy?

Pre-wire nightmareFirst and foremost, we are not going to leave you with a mess of spagetti wiring like the contractors guy. We exclusively work directly with your the homeowner.

This has always been the most successful way of avoiding any finger pointing of who’s responsibities was to do this, or that during your home theater installation process.

Second, we are a one stop shopping experience which means that you will only need to make one phone call to take care of everything you can imagine. That is something we learned many years ago being in the cedros design district.

pre-wiring solutionFor those of you that have already experienced what the other trades leave behind at the end of a remodel, or new construction process, we specialize in finishing what we started and walk you through the entire process from start to finish with the sometimes overwhelming journey of last minute changes.

Third, we specialize in the last 1 percent of making sure that everything works as it should. If it has a wire attached to it, you can bet your bottom dollar, that it is part of our repitoire. We have more goodies to tell you about when we return from the 2016 CES show this January. So stay tuned.

Last of all, what really sets our home theater installation apart from any other company out there is simplicity. When you have invested all this money, the last you need is headaches and phone calls from your family members asking how to watch a movie without going through hoops. If you have to press more than one button on your remote control, it is too complicated in our book. Ask us about our baby boomer discount.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone today at 858-764-2648 or shoot us a text to see how we can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars compared to the contractors guy. You’ll be glad you did!

Home Network installation San Diego

Can a home wifi network installation make a difference in your life?

Reliable network resultsOnly if you want your home wi-fi network to stream Netflix without the little irritating circle that is downloading your favorite movie and wasting your time because you only have 20 minutes to watch your favorite episode. As one of the top and most trusted home theater new construction and remodel companies in San Diego that specializes in home network installations, resolve wifi issues that our clients are thrilled to have a one stop shopping experience.

This includes their home network installation along with the peace of mind that their Ethernet cabling is done correctly the first time. If you take a look at the snapshot, you see a download speed of 176 and upload speed of 21. Does your current WiFi give you this?

For a limited time, if you are in the Time Warner area, they will be providing a new wifi service of 300 Megabytes per second by the end of this year. Since you are here for the first time we thank you for taking a moment of your time to see if we are a good fit to assist you in the installation of the best WiFi routers and your home network wiring.

***News Flash! No extra wiring needed with the new mesh network system. Call or Text us Today at 858-764-2648 and as how cable customers can now have 300mps speed*** what better time to upgrade than now.***


Network cabling 101

Home network upgrade speedThe safest and most reliable way to enjoy the fastest internet speed is to hard wire any and every computer, home theater in the family room, dedicated home cinema component and accessory you have in your home. This biggest benefit of a home network installation this that your Netflix, Hulu or Youtube videos will stream to your Bluray, Roku, Apple TV, or media server without hesitation. In addition, you will be getting the speed you are paying for from your cable provider.

These devices have been joined by media streamers, cloud storage, security systems, wireless cameras, and automation hubs known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. Adding these Internet of Things brings new issues with the buffering of video and the stuttering of your favorite music playlist.

The biggest challenge is getting the wiring to each of these devices. That is where we come in to simplify this for you. It’s simply a matter of connecting the dots to take advantage of utilizing its full potential. We take all the guess work and provide you with a plan on how to do this. Our team has a way of organizing things in a systematic form that most engineers envy.

When we come in, we cross the “T’s” and dot the “I’s” so that you have a reliable and seamless system on your new construction, or remodel project so that in the future we can expand to whatever 4k, 8, or 16k devices are in style. And all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call at 858-764-2648 or shoot us a text to schedule an appointment today. So if your WiFi is not giving you these results, you are throwing hundreds of dollars away.


Ethernet cabling for the home network installation

Pre-wire nightmareWithout sounding too technical the cable companies are busy digging up the streets adding things to give you this thing called gigabit technology, or Cox calls it gigablast. California will be one of the first states to get this, so it would be prudent to be ready for it if you are in the stages of new construction, remodel, or if you feel that your internet is slow.

Part of this process is this thing called “home runs”. What this means is that there is a central location in the center of the house like a spare closet, that all the wires from each of the rooms come to a central panel that distributes the internet.Kinda like this one that you may already have from your previous contractor.

pre-wiring solutionSo our job is to organize, label and identify how to make it more efficient and the fastest internet available in your area. When we are done, it looks more like this.

Think of it like the legs of a spider with many legs that reaches out to each of the rooms, but the body of the spider is in the middle of the house. As part of our home network installation design services, we provide you with all the details on how to do this with a laundry list of components you will need to launch the fastest internet in your home.

What about my 4k streaming content?

Good question. Up until now, the only content was enabled using the Sony 4k media streamer. But now there is a new kid on the block that will give you whatever 4k is available without a hiccup. The new kid on the block is the Amazon Fire 4k. This black beauty has the horsepower to push 4 times the resolution of the latest 1080p resolution.

The secret is in the sauce, so in a nutshell, it comes with this new gadget called Alexa which is a voice recognition system that listens to your every whim. To find out more about this black beauty simply click on the highlighted text below to find out all the details.

AMAZON 4K FIRE TV DETAILS.


Cat5e wiring for your home network installation

Proper network cabling
Proper network cabling

So here is my 2 cents on whether you should wire with cat5e or pay more for the newer cat6 wiring. If you are in the new construction phase, run cat5e along with a conduit system so that in the future you can upgrade to cat-who knows what they will call it. Otherwise I would suggest installing cat6 wiring. This way you are assured that you will have the best wiring at least for the next 7 years. But to make a fair comparison we suggest pickup up the phone and giving us a call so that we can evaluate what is the best soluton for your home network installation.


Setting up a wireless network for handheld devices

Wireless Network Access PointSince we all live with smartphones, iPads, Kindle fire HD tablets, as well as the Internet of Things I mentioned, and other various devices that are design to give you everything you want including the kitchen sink in the palm of your hand, setting up your wireless network is a necessity.

Think of wi-fi similar to a two lane highway. So the slowest device on the road dictates the speed of it. If your favorite playlist is behind your wireless printer, then it stutters, the Netflix dial spins and spins. Is there a solution?

Fortunately, we have the perfect devices called access points that are part of home management network installation that seamlessly integrate and discreetly reside by looking like a smoke detector.

What is even more exciting is that now we have a mesh wireless system that does no require any additional wiring to install the high speed access points.

One thing we should point out and strongly advise against is that if you are using something called a wireless extender, you are critically cutting in half you internet speed. If your WiFi ends in a EXT or a -2 you are in serious trouble.

You are paying good money for high speed internet, the minute this little guy gets installed in your house, you might as well call your internet provider to request that they double your speed. For more detailed information, here is the Top 5 mistakes with wireless networking.

We strongly recommend getting rid of this as quickly as possible and pick up the phone and give us a call at 858-764-2648 or shoot us a text to find you a better way to provide you a more reliable wireless network solution


What is the best modem?

Fastest network internet modemSince the cable companies love to nickel and dime you to death slowly by charging you a rental fee for everything, the best investment is to get you own modem. The number one reason is that this is the pipeline that gives you the fastest speed available from your provider. We recommend the ARRISS SURFboard SB6190 model which is available through Amazon.

For those of you that are about to switch from AT&T Uverse to Time Warner if you choose the fastest download speed, you will be grandfathered to the next level that is being tested in different areas exceeding 100 mps on the download speed at no additional cost. But the catch is that you need to have a modem that will handle that kind of speed. That is why we chose this one that will handle up to 300mps on the download speed.

***News Flash! Cox cable customers can now have 300mps speed*** what better time to upgrade than now.

What is the best wireless router?

Your router is similiar to a traffic director on a highway. The current router that your cable companies provide does not have what it takes to manage all of your new Internet of Things, and what you have hardwired to it. So you are paying rental fees on an outdated system. Over the years we have tried different wifi routers like the Cisco, Linksys, D-link and other brands that our clients have purchased.

As of now, what we have been installing which is available on Amazon is the Netgear nighthawk X6 AC3200. Given the current bandwidth that can be delivered to your home which is 150 on the download side and 15 ont the upload, this is the best wifi router that can handle all of your devices at one time.

So if you have a need for speed to download your Netflix, Hulu, or have your Pandora, or Spotify music to stream without interruptions, then this is hands down what you have been looking for.

With its built in system to prioritize who and what is being downloaded, it takes all the guess work out of having to manually manage it. But the most critical part is where it should reside in the household and how it is set-up.

As one of the top wireless router installation companies in Southern California, we know where, why and how to implement this for you. Mention this blog and receive 10% off our labor services by picking up the phone and giving us a call at 858-764-2648 today.

We also offer complete computer installation services that can keep your PC and MAC in tip top shape. As well as virus and malware removal services. Thanks again for taking a moment of your time and hope to hear from you soon. All we ask is a chance to serve you in the best capacity that your neighbors are already experiencing.

Serving communities in the Southern California area like Rancho Santa Fe 92067 The Bridges, Fairbanks Ranch, Santaluz, Cielo, The Crosby, Rancho Santa Fe Farms, The Grand Del Mar, 92130 Del Mar Country Club, Solana Beach, 92075 San Diego, Encinitas, 92014 La Jolla 92037, Orange County, Dana Point, Lido Island, Newport Beach, Irvine, Coto De Casa and other areas.

How to pre-wire your home for the future

What is the best way to pre-wire my  new construction or or remodel home project?

This question is one that is asked us of on a daily basis and we thought we would write a short, brief and simple article outlining what has worked for our current clients that we have had the privilege to pre-wire their new construction and remodel home theater sound systems, their home networks, their internet of things, such as Lighting, Thermostat, Camera control, as well as their consumer electronics home surround sound installations in the past 17 years. We will touch upon these things in this article.

Pre-wire nightmareWhether you are remodeling your existing home, or going through the new construction pre-wire phase building a new home from scratch, we find that most people are relying on their contractor, or electrician to guide them through this process. Most of the times, this does not work out very well and this is the end result seen on this picture to the left of the screen. It is a rats nest.

Unfortunately, we get that call when there has to be changes to what was originally planned and the drywall is up. So what do you do? Call us today at 858-764-2648 to resolve it for you.

 

pre-wiring solutionSpace planning, a good structured cable management system and a little organization will go a long way when it comes to the efficiency and longevity of your audio video home sound systems for your consumer electronics. This is critical when it comes to your home network. Especially when it comes to your WiFi and the streaming of your Netflix, or movies from the internet.

As one of best pre-wire specialist in retrofit wiring companies in Southern California and San Diego County we are your one phone call solution that can future proof your home.


What about my home surround sound system?

in wall speaker installationOver the past 17 years we have been able to seamlessly upgrade our clients house sound system without having to tear up any drywall by the use of our pre-wire conduit system. Since you are here for the first time, looking for answers on how to…… (fill in the blank) we can assist you with this as well.

Good planning and proper prewiring is essential in your remodel and new construction process. Every month technology is changing, so we strive to give you the best house sound system without breaking the bank. Along with that, we can guide you to the best way to wiring a home theater, or whats the best in wall speaker sound system for a tv.

in wall speakerBut most importantly, simplicity in using. Lets face it, you can spend all the money in the world, but if you can’t control it, and need instructions we have failed as a company. Why not take a chance and give us a call for a complimentary consultation at 858-764-2648


So how does your pre-wiring future proof my home?

Our highly skilled design team has spent many years in other construction fields that is revolutionizing the way pre-wiring audio should be. Since 4k video is knocking at your door, what other content for your home stereo systems will be here in a few years? Well, not to let out too much information, but we are working on 16k overseas so that when the time comes here in the United States, we can give you a leg up. And here is how.pre-wire conduit

If you notice in this picture, we have an organized conduit system that weaves throughout your home so that whatever technology that comes down the road, you will be able to remove the old and replace it with the newest and latest widget.

And that my friends will save you thousands of dollars especially on your structured cable, and audio sound systems during the remodel, and new construction pre-wire phase of your projects.  Want to know more? Just give us a call. Or if you are looking for more in-depth information, click on the link below.


too many wiresHow a home network can simplify your life!

So if you have this look like the illustration, or questions about new construction residential wiring, what low voltage wire to use, how many structured wiring panels to avoid the clutter, home wiring basics, or how to on audio sound systems we have a simple, concise answer. Call us today at 858-764-2648 or shoot us a text.

Want more proof? Check out our testimonials by clicking on this link below.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

 

8_rocker_switch_plate_decoraOne more thing, we also have solutions to your pre-wire home automation systems, as well as your residental electrical wiring needs that can avoid having so much wall acne with the numerous electrical switches that electricians love to clutter your home with.

 

 

 

5 button wall keypadIf you are about to dig into the residential electrical wiring for dummies, it will make your head spin and become overwhelmed. Please, let us help you to keep things as simple as possible.

Organization is everything when it comes to your existing remodel, and new construction of your home audio sound systems, home theater, home automation systems, home networking, distributed music systems and surveillance. So why not pick up the phone and give us a call at 858-764-2648 to assist you in un-cluttering your life, and begin simplifying your pre-wiring instead. We are just a phone call away.

How to choose your home theater chairs

How to choose the best home theater chairs?

Since no two theaters are alike, your home theater chairs, home theater recliners,  and home theater couches should also be a reflection, of your overall theme of the room itself. But with so many choices, how do you choose the right one that will fit just right? Well, you have come to the right place.

Seating dimensionsAs one of the top home theater store chair, recliner and couch resource centers, we can assist you in creating a one of a kind home theater room, that will blow the socks off your guests. With our home theater software, we can design the system without having to sacrifice on the decor. Here are three rows of chairs with no risers, or steps to trip over in the dark.

Most of our clients enjoy it so much, that they ask us to replicate the same simplicity into multiple home theater rooms, in the bedroom, the den, the playroom,and also the man cave.

What you may, or may not know is that all good quality seating comes in different configurations. There are some online stores that have some home theater chairs that are essentially glorified sectionals and come with a steep price.

We strive to be your one stop shopping experience by educating our clients so that you are always in the drivers seat, couch, or recliner of making an informed decision. Here are just a few simple tips that can go a long way in making, or breaking the cost in your home theater chairs.

So to not complicate this matter the basics of the seating arrangements come with one arm, right, left or armless.

Left arm home theater chairRight arm home theater chairNo Arm Home Theater chair

Now the tricky part is choosing whether you want the home theater chairs motorized, the fabric, with or without cupholders, and arm rests in each seat, or keep it simple like a sectional. This is the part where we at Theater chair dimensionsRancho Santa Fe Home Theater come in and show you to choose the right configurations that fit the room, and measure correctly so you know how wide, tall and the amount of room you will need for a comfortable fit that your family and guest will be able to enjoy for years to come. I would have to say, that the seats in a theater, along with a simplified remote control system is the best investment that one could make.

 

In addition to the home theater seating, we also have several lines of outdoor seating as well to accomodate that California room, your gazebo, or patio for that special game day.

But before we go off tangent to the outdoor side of things, why not pick up the phone and give us a call at 858-764-2648 so that one of our highly skilled designers can evaluate your seating lifestyle to assist you in choosing the right home theate seating indoors, or outdoors without breaking the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to choose a soundbar

Do you need a high-quality soundbar?

A good quality soundbar may be the best investment you have ever spent. But you may ask why? As televisions have been getting thinner, and thinner, the question keeps popping up about why the sound quality is so poor? The answer is simple, flat screens are exactly what they are! Flat screens are monitors, period…. That is why you have to have a soundbar included in your home stereo systems, or home theater system.

Sound Bar and Flat screen enclosed inside a frame

So the question about how to choose a soundbar is becoming more and more of a mystery. Fortunately, we have been installing the best soundbars that match the room, as well as the flat screen perfectly.


With so many choices, what is the right sound bar?

Curved flat screen imageMany of our clients having been asking us about the Costco Vizio sound bar, the Samsung  sound bar, the lg sound bar, the yamaha soundbar and even the pioneer soundbar. As one of the top authorities of the best tv sound bar installation company, we have meticulously scanned through soundbar reviews from home theater magazine and other sources like attending the Consumer electronics Show and CEDIA to find you the best sound bar that will work for your home.

We carry all of the soundbars mentioned above. In addition, we have a custom soundbar made by Artison that primarily sets the speakers at the right and left of the flat screen. Within them is the 3 primary speakers channels, known as the Right, the Left and most importantly, the Center speaker so that you can clearly hear the dialogue from your home sound system.

Each of the different models we have customized is tailored specifically to the TV soundbarflat screen. Which includes the exact finish of the bezel and the exact height of the flat screen,

For those of you that have width limitations, we also have one of the best home theater sound bar as well. The company known as Leon Speakers also carries a variety of sizes, and budgets that match the bezel finish and width of the flat screen. In other words, the soundbar looks like it came from the flat screen factory.

We now have a new modular type of sound bar that can hide your mini cable box, along with the Roku, or apple TV and the mini amplifier that creates the perfect sound bar.  Here is a picture of what it looks like without the black mesh.

Modular sound bar options

 

 

For more information on how we can build you a custom sound bar like this, please give us a call at 858-764-2648 or for faster response you can text us as well. 


I just bought a curved television, what now?

Curved soundbar

Yes, lets not forget about our up and coming curved televisions. These sexy screens are now all the rage of the up and coming 4k revolution. The curved screen is something that brings the wow factor to any room. Especially if you are looking for that one of a kind look.

Curved soundbarIn addition, you can now add a curved soundbar to match the 55-inch and the 65-inch TV’s. Samsung just announced the sale of it to South Korea just a few days ago, as well as Australia. So here in the U.S. we should be seeing this very soon.

 WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE CURVED SOUNDBAR IS AVAILABLE HERE IN THE U.S.


What about surround sound?

Both of these companies also carry the perfect, timber matched surround speakers and subwoofers that complete the system into a true theater experience.

Since the soundbars are sealed, we also have one more trick up our sleeves. We can install these speakers in the wall to give you a more recessed finish as well. This will give you more flexibility, if for some reason, there is a weight limitation on the mount.

 

For more information about the different choices and a complimentary quote on how to choose the right soundbar for your new flat screen, or curved sexy television, call today at 858-764-2648 or send us a text message, to see and hear what a difference the right soundbar can do for your home entertainment system.

How to reset your internet connection?

Have you ever had a slow internet connection?

We are now introducing a new device that we can install in your home that plugs into your internet network so that we can reset your internet modem, and your wireless modem while you sleep. This will prevent you from having a slow internet connection.


So how does this internet connection work?

with the new partnership we have established with Panamax, we have been certified dealer for the new Blubolt technology. With the new gateway shown below here.Slow internet solutionThe new Blubolt gateway now gives you the flexiblity to turn on lights and other devices with the assistance of the portable modules that can connect to any device that has two or three prong plug.

And the greatest flexibility is that you dont have to be home! This give you and your internet connection the greatest flexiblity to control your internet connection.

internet companion outlet deviceSo part two of what you need to complete this part of being completely self- reliant is the dual outlet device that plugs into any outlet in your home. To take advantage of reliable internet service pick up the phone and give us a call at 858-764-2648 or shoot us a text.

The last ingredient is to have reliable WiFi service. Unfortunately, we go to Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot or Frys and pick up a wireless extender praying that will help. Did you know that when you introduce an extender to any network, this reduces your WiFi internet speed in half!!

Long Range Access PointThe most reliable solution is to have a wireless access point. Because the access point is directly wired to your internet router it is the most reliable form of Wireless internet service. Period! They are installed in the ceiling and look very much like small space ships, or smoke detectors. This is what they look like.

 

Here are some of the benefits that this little thing can do.


BLUEBOLT CONTROL WITH ZIGBEE® COMMUNICATION

ZigBee® Wireless Communications for remote outlet control & energy monitoring via BlueBOLT® (Requires BB-ZB1 GATEWAY, sold separately as we have mentioned in the previous paragraphs.).

OFF-SITE REBOOT

Hard-reboot problem electronics remotely.

SCHEDULED CONSERVATION AND ALERTS

Schedule conservation commands to eliminate wasted power and lower utility bills.

EXCLUSIVE PROTECT OR DISCONNECT™ CIRCUITRY

Safeguards equipment against all surges. In the event of a catastrophic surge such as lightning, it completely disconnects AC power to connected equipment.

INSTANT OVERRIDE BUTTONS

Push-button power switches instantly power outlets on or off (overrides BlueBOLT power commands).

NOISE FILTRATION CIRCUIT

EMI/RFI Filtration Circuitry for Clean, Unimpeded Power.

$100,000 LIMITED CONNECTED EQUIPMENT PROTECTION POLICY

Panamax will protect your equipment or we will repair or replace up to $100,000!

THREE YEAR PRODUCT WARRANTY

The surge protector shall be free of any defects in design, materials, or workmanship, and Panamax will repair or replace any defective unit.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Originally, we became dealers for this product, just to be able to reset our clients internet router and modem. But now we are discovering  more ways to use this very easy system in othere parts of the home.

Our goal here is to assist you in managing your electrical power consumption and save you money on your monthly electric bill, that is simple to operate and you will have complete control from anywhere you might be. But the only way you are going to find out more is to call us today at 858-764-2648

 

4 port USB outlet simplifies your wall

How to say goodbye to your wall charger with this 4 port outlet!

Seriously folks! Have you ever ran out of space in your conventional 2 outlet with that bulky iPad cube that hogs up both of the outlets? Not if you have this 4 port USB outlet from Leviton

What about trying to get 2 of those wall chargers in one outlet! Forget it man. Now lets get creative and improvise and use a conventional power strip?


Power strips eliminated with this 4 port outlet

If you are really into wall acne, trying to secure this strip on the wall, then lets give you some duct tape to secure it there.

Unless you have the skill to drill 2 small drywall screws that have the right diameter for them to fit inside the small slots behind the power strip, you are simply out of luck. Who you gonna call? Leviton’s 4 port USB to the rescue!

Let’s face it, less is more. And Leviton has delivered in Spades with this little beauty of having 4 individual ports that will charge your iPhone, mini, maxi, iPad, droid, kindle, or any kind of widget that uses a USB cable to super charge your device.


Here is a quick video that describes the outlet


Just check out this picture below of a clean installation that could be used just about anywhere you can think of. Like where you might ask?


The 4 port USB is ideal in these convenient locations listed below:

Great for the Kitchen

By the nightstand in the bedroomLeviton 4 port outlet

Practical in the office

Cozy in the Den

Fantastic in the garage.

Commercial applications can also benefit from the outlet

How about the restaurant tables?

Like right in the main lobby of the hotel

Commercial outlet example

Waiting rooms at the Doctors

While you’re getting your nails done at the beauty shop

Let’s not forget about those Airport terminals

I could go on t, and on about about this little 4 port USB outlet, but I know time is money.

So here is the bottom line. You and your family will never have to fight for that dreaded cube, power supply to charge your devices ever again with this simple, cost effective, and convenient, outlet that will simplify your lives.

And is this not the goal we are all trying to achieve? Simplicity and convenience does go hand in hand.

So take a moment out of your busy lives and give us a call, or shoot us a text message at 858-764-2648 to evaluate your home, or commercial location to see how we may bring a little simplicity and elegance to your establishment without breaking the bank.

Bored with your doorbell! Try the iChime doorbell.

What is the iChime doorbell?

It is a simple, replacement doorbell that replaces you boring, single chime, run of the mill, factory preset, plain-jane, single play song. With the holidays approaching, wouldn’t it be nice for a change of tempo?

Now that you have lived in your home for the past 10 to 15 years, don’t you think its time to give it an inexpensive makeover with a new chime?

Believe it, or not you cannot make a better first impression that what happens at the front door. The door chime is a direct reflection of you personality Did I say this out loud? Yes! I did.

The door chime can actually enhance the inner child and playful adult in all of us. Why do you ask? Simple. Life is all about variety. As the seasons change throughout the year, why not change your tune along with it?

With the new iChime that we have discovered, now you can have a great variety changing the tune of what is behind the doorbell for just about any occasion.iChime doorbell

Here is a small smaple of the different choice that are pre-programmed in the iChime.

 

  • Halloween – Play scary music or make it scream!

  • Holiday – Greet your guests with music of the season

  • Special Occasions – Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Graduation

  • Animals – Cow moo, Duck quack, Dog bark – anything you want

  • Sports – Play your college fight song or announce your favorite team

  • Chimes – Traditional Ding Dong or Westminster and a lot more

  • TV or Movie – Load your favorite theme song or catch phrase

  • Music – Download Abba to Zeppelin or anything in between

  • Talking, laughing, singing, snoring – it is all possible now!

Here is a short video demonstrating what the iChime is all about.


What if I want to personalize my own doorbell chime?

You can do ths as well. The iChime has a built in microphone so that you can record whatever you want, or upload a pre-recorded song, or catch-phrase.

As you know, we will install this unit and integrate it with you doorbell and much, much more.


I have a phone system, will the doorbell iChime work with it?

For example, if you have a Panasonic phone system, we can integrate it so that you can have find out who is at the door, without having to go to the door. That is a great security prevention when you are home alone.

Fore more information, please pick up the phone and give us a call, or text at 858-7664-2648 to schedule an appointment to see what will work with your lifestyle and sense of security.

 

Honey? How do I turn the pool speakers on?

With Labor Day just around the corner. Wouldnt it be nice if you never had to ask someone else just how to turn on the swimming pool speakers.

Even more embarrassing is when you don’t hear anything after you try and try different buttons and knobs and still no sound?


The pool speakers are not working not what?

pool speaker selectorif you have a speaker selector like this one in the picture to the right, you know that the next thing you have to do is go to each area inside the living room, the bar, the office, the bedroom, the bathrooms and the outside pool area to adjust the volume.

Next, you will try to get one of your devices to play your music. Hopefully, if you press enough buttons then you might get some music playing around the house, then you have to go to each of the rooms to make sure the music is not too loud, or too soft.


Is there an easier way to play my music in my house?

Good question. The answer is there is. From our perspective, if you have to press more than two buttons to get your music playing where you want to, that is simply too complicated.

iPad music choicesWith our iPad system, you can control each of the rooms with the press of two buttons. The first button you press is where you want your music to play. On the picture to the right, you can clearly choose one, or more areas without having to walk around the house.

swimming pool music choicesThe second button you press is the choice of what device, or different devices you would like to play around the house.

It really does not get any easier than this. You can actually choose what you want to hear in each individual room and area, and adjust the volume with the slider located on the right hand side without having to walk into that room, or area. Now that’s simple.


How can I get my system simplified, so I can play my music everywhere?

With one phone call to us to schedule an appointment, we can assess what your needs are to simplify your life. So pick up the phone and give us a call today at 858-764-2648, or shoot us a text to have this completed in time for you next pool party, or special event.

How to create a restore point

What happens when you get a virus? Hopefully you have created a restore point.

The old saying is that an ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure. Well in this posting, we hope to give you more than just an ounce. We say this because creating a restore point is worth its weight in gold bullion.

A restore point is a snap shot in time that is captured when your computer is happy and working great doing what a laptop and computers do.

Viruses come in all shape, sizes and forms. The most common is through your email that have been hijacked from one of your friends and family. But you just don’t know it yet.


How can I get rid of this pesky virus?

This form of using your restore point is only useful if you have a PC using the windows 7 operating system. So if any of you are still using Windows XP the principle of getting to the root of the problem is the same.


Creating a restore point

Believe it, or not windows is smarter than the average bear. Whenever you install, or remove a program, windows creates a restore point, or a snapshot in time that remembers to freeze everything. Just in case something goes south and you have to go back.

A restore point is similar to a do over. This way, you have a second chance to recover whatever happened at this point in time. For those of you that are in the mac world, it is similar to time capsule.


So how do I get to the menu to restore it back?

Here are some instruction on how to create a restore point from our friends at dummies.com

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel→System and Security. Click the System link.You can also get to the System page by typing “System” in the Start menu’s Search box and selecting System from the results list.
  2. Click the System Protection link in the left panel.
  3. In the System Properties dialog box that appears, click the System Protection tab and then click the Create button.restore point window
    1. The Create a Restore Point dialog box appears.
    2. Name the restore point, and click Create.restore point dateChoose a name that you’ll be able to recognize again, such as the current date or the name of a program you’re about to install.
    3. Windows alerts you when the restore point is created. Click Close until each of the boxes is closed.restore point completed

What if I want a restore point to be automated?

Then you give us a call and we can have a technician write a custom script for your computer. this way it ensures that a restore point is executed, either on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. So if you would like to schedule an appointment, please pick up the phone and send us a text message, or call us at 858-764-2648 to assist you with your computer needs.