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TODAY’S WIRELESS WORLD – BUILDING A BETTER HOME NETWORK

Network infrastructure is the backbone of all of your communication and operating systems, enabling connectivity and management across your enterprise, whether residential or commercial, wired, wireless, or a hybrid.  It’s hardware and software and services.  As its name implies, infrastructure is the platform that sustains a structure.  Now, imagine a major interchange with on ramps and exit ramps, detours and warning signs, roads shooting off to far destinations.  Every ounce of concrete and steel beam is carefully designed to carry the load.  Ok, so that’s a bit exaggerated, but the point is that each connection point, each pathway, is essential to the seamless operation of your network.

A wireless local-area network (WLAN) uses radio waves rather than ethernet cables to connect devices to the internet and network.  When first introduced, wireless connectivity lacked in speed and, some felt, it also lacked in security.  Today’s wireless networks, however, are robust and feature secure connectivity.  They are cost-effective in that they save installation and cabling costs.  They are also expandable, easy to set up, and offer increased mobility and collaboration as the systems allow for workers to connect from anywhere with ease.  The next level of Wi-Fi connectivity is a wireless mesh network, an emerging technology that utilizes a mesh of nodes (small radio transmitters) that talk to each other, creating a network blanket across a large area.  But that’s a bridge that spans across our “interchange”.

A Hybrid Network, on the other hand, can mean one of two things. Yes, it can refer to a wired/wireless combination as it contains two or more communications “standards” in one design, but it can also mean a network design that is comprised of two or more lines of product.  Both definitions offer plusses and minuses. For more info, you can visit our website.

No matter the type, networks are designed and engineered structures providing a freeway of bandwidth and throughput for critical data.  We don’t require concrete and steel to meet the performance needs of today’s or tomorrow’s connected homes, but some engineering and ingenuity is a must.  Give us a call. We’ll answer your AV/IT/IP questions and make sure your system is running on a solid foundation!

Football & 4K – Size, sound & set-up matter when it comes to choosing the right TV to watch the big game!

 

Football & 4K – Size, sound & set-up matter when it comes to choosing the right TV to watch the big game!

3D, 4K, HDR…There are many choices out there that offer stunning imagery, so how do you know which one is the “best” and which is right for you?  There’s more to it than pixels alone!

8,294,400, to be exact.

We’ve heard that 4K is the ultimate pixel count. Ok, so what does that mean?  More pixels means more details, which means a sharper, crisper picture.  Imagine 4 times the resolution of full 1080p – over 8 million pixels filling the screen!

Ok, but we learned when HD was first introduced that the capabilities of the display didn’t matter if the content wasn’t HD, right?  Correct, so let’s fast-forward to 2016’s Super Bowl 50, broadcast in, wait for it…..4K! Now, let’s visit a rooftop in NYC where Marvel’s Iron Fist is being shot, one of the first Netflix shows to debut in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range).  Well beyond Ultra High Definition (UHD) and 4K alone, HDR  factors brightness, contrast, color and resolution to produce an uncompromising high dynamic range performance. It seems as though content is now setting the pace. While not exactly the new “norm” just yet, 4K content is out there, even through some streaming services and, not to be outdone, gaming.  For a terrific breakdown, check out 4K TV: Everything you Need to Know.

What do you need to consider when selecting one of these amazing pieces of technology?  Well, first, size.  In order to fully realize the exceptional difference, the viewing canvas should be worthy of the content.  Those pixels are meant to be seen! Yes, bigger is better!  Seriously, 65”, 70”, 85”.  At that size, the difference between HD & 4K is remarkable.  And while we’re still working through black levels and lost details in bright areas, sound is often overlooked.  Consider upgrading your audio system to integrate your various home theater components while maximizing your overall experience. It will truly enhance your 4K experience.

Not Your Father’s Rabbit Ears

These sleek, ultrathin displays are fine-tuned instruments that require meticulous calibrating to ensure the perfect picture.  And, along with proper installation and connectivity, integration of these precision machines is a bit tricky too.  This is where your integration experts are essential. They can guide you through the maze of compatibility and “does this pass 4K?”  They’ve got the tools, training and certifications to not only help you select the right model, but get it programmed to work harmoniously with all of your AV components while displaying professionally calibrated picture and sound quality that make it a “dynamic” experience!

For more information, check out these articles:

The 10 best 4K TVs of 2016

4K TV and UHD: Everything you need to know about Ultra HD

Got a new 4K UHD TV? Here’s where to go to start watching the best 4K content right now

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