Fredy comes to us all the way Chichigalpa, Nicaragua via Miami. An experienced security, IT and help desk technician – Fredy has gone on to complete studies in Cybersecurity, become an FAA licensed drone pilot among completing and design the curriculum for our technicians learning university.
Fredy pre-programs our networks and automation systems to help expedite the technicians footprint inside the home. Fredy also does the drone footage for our construction progress updates.
In his free time. Fredy enjoys spending time with his wife and four children along with riding his one wheel.
The power of remote control macros! Now that we know what a macro is, let me give you an example of how powerful a macro can be. Below is a screen shot of a macro I use in our home every day. The idea behind this macro is when we turn off the TV at night and are headed to bed (from between the hours of 8:30pm and 11pm on the weekdays and midnight on the weekends) the following sequence of events happens. The reason I have chosen to have specific ending times, is I have recognized that if someone is up extra late, and other folks are sleeping, I don’t want lights or TVs coming on and waking them up.
Spoiler alert!!! This one is VERY long and detailed.
The macro starts simply enough by turning off some audio / video devices. This is a very common use of a macro (i.e. to turn off (or on) any number of devices from TVs to audio video receivers (AVRs) to anything you can think of). After turning these off, things get a bit interesting. You can see a lighting scene, called Intermission is activated. What this does is slowly bring up the lights to a level that allows us to see and take up and dishes or glasses or else we might have (as the lights were probably off while we were watching a movie). Yes, that would be another macro.
Macros also allow for you to select certain times they can be run. Here, you see that if it’s between 7pm and 12:30am, ANOTHER macro (called a nested macro (which, in English means one macro inside another macro)) is run for the thermostats to go to specific “sleeping” temperatures. After a few delays, another “nested macro” runs a Bedtime series of steps.
As an aside, you might be asking, why have a macro inside a macro? Why not just list all the steps under one main macro. The reason is, this way, you can change things associated with one and use it in different places or instances. Let’s say I want the temperature to change when I go to bed and be executed EITHER when I press the off button on the TV remote OR when I press a button on a lighting keypad in our bedroom. I can insert the same Temperature Night macro under both buttons. Now, let’s say I want to change the temperature from, say 68 degrees to 70 degrees, every time I press either button. I can change this in ONE place, the Temperature Night macro, and it will change the action when I turn off the TV or when I press the button on the lighting keypad.
This is one the first step in a long series of this one macro that we live with every day. I will go more in depth, next time, showing you alarm arming, door locking, lighting changes, ceiling fans, TVs turning on and off, delayed lighting scenes and more. For now, just remember that macros are intended to do anything action you normally do, over and over, and automate that action to happen how and when you want it to.
If you have any questions, give us a shot at 704-696-2792 or email me at email@example.com. We LOVE talking about this stuff!
Party starting smart technology …With summer in full-swing and the holidays just months away, you’ll probably be hosting some out-of-town guests soon! And while you might be ready for visitors, is your home? Forget about fresh linens and a fully-stocked bar. If you haven’t thought about your home’s technology in a while, it might be a good time to think about investing in tech upgrades
Make sure your home is guest-ready
Whether your less-than-tech-savvy in-laws are visiting for a long weekend or you’re hosting a party that requires a robust system to impress and keep your guests entertained, there’s a lot to think about! You might have mastered your home’s control panel. But, will your guests be able to figure out how to turn the lights on and off and adjust the thermostat before they go to bed? If your lighting control is a confusing combination of switches or your shades are on separate remotes, we can help by integrating your systems into a single remote. Thus, simplifying control for you and your guests.
Don’t neglect the outside!
There’s no better place for entertaining than in your own backyard. Features like a weatherproof LED TV, landscape audio system and elegant, automated lighting can transform your outdoor living area so that you’re ready for football season! https://www.svavnc.com/lighting-control/
Maybe you already have all the right tech in place, but do you have the service plan to match? Having a proactive service plan with a knowledgeable integrator ensures your integrator will be alerted before any potential problems arise.
Party starting smart technology
Regardless of if you’re entertaining a few or dozens, whether for a night or a week, make sure you have the right smart home technology and a reliable plan in place to make sure both you and your guests are comfortable and entertained.
We’ve recently talked about getting together to assess your home’s technology systems. It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re up to date of the latest technologies available and how to implement new devices now or in the near future. The other key to satisfaction with your technology systems is ensuring their technical health. Simple things, such as cleaning components in the equipment rack, go a long way in preventing equipment from overheating. And then there’s the not-so-fun stuff like changing the batteries in the smoke detectors of your 10’ or 20’ soaring ceilings. Part 2 of our annual Tech-Up addresses the advantages in having a preventative maintenance plan. With either our Pro Service or Pro Care plans, we will come out and take care of any of these items. Our plans include unlimited service with just the cost of a $35 trip charge. Whether we are there for one hour or one day, that’s all you pay with one of our service plans.
Proper digital health requires a regular checkup and some TLC
While everything may be running smoothly, it’s possible you’re due for a firmware or software update that could potentially activate new, desirable features. We’ll put your network and systems through a thorough test to ensure functionality and make necessary security updates. We’ll also check to make sure everything is properly connected to your network, preventing trouble down the road.
We suggest you make a note of any questions you’d like to ask during the service call and be sure to advise us of any new devices, features or systems you’re interested in learning about or adding.
An Ounce of Prevention
To optimize your enjoyment and satisfaction and to prolong the life of your system for years to come, we offer our Pro Care Plan. The Plan is available in 2 tiers of service to proactively monitor and maintain your systems. Each tier features extraordinary “Bumper to Bumper” Protection with varying years of coverage, allowing you to select the plan that fits your needs and budget. The beauty of our plans are that the labor is ALWAYS covered. You simply pay a $35 trip charge. That’s it. The difference in Pro Service and Pro Care is your equipment. If you want to make sure your equipment is completely covered over the life of the plan (Pro Care comes in 3-year and 5-year flavors), we can do that too!
We understand that from time-to-time, equipment will fail. Our goal is zero system downtime and 100% client satisfaction. That’s why our plans offer preventative care and remote features including unlimited remote resets of your gear and proactive service with direct access to the network and key equipment.
A Healthy Network makes a Happy Home
A maintenance visit with a Pro Care plan includes:
Thorough check of all systems. We will turn on, test and put each system through its complete operation to ensure it is fully functioning and operational.
Firmware and software updates for all system components.
Change out batteries on any devices that require them.
Check all remote control systems to ensure proper operations. Any MINOR programming issues will be addressed.
Your home technology is a part of your everyday life. We want you and your family to get the most out of it and we want you to know we’re here to help. We’d love to hear from you – please call us with any questions or to schedule your maintenance visit today!
Clients can expect a response by noon the FOLLOWING BUSINESS day. For more IMMEDIATE support or if you are interested in a Service Membership to EXPEDITE service – PLEASE call (704) 696-2792 ext. (2) and leave a detailed message for our ON CALL Service Team.
Send us your contact info and we will contact you to discuss our custom membership option.