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Crestron’s Ami Wright Explains CEDIA Snub

By Jeremy J. Glowacki | February 4, 2016

There’s already been a lot written about Crestron’s startling decision to pull out of the CEDIA trade show this year. After maintaining the largest physical presence on the convention floor, even the during the worst economic times, “Planet Crestron” will no longer grace the convention halls of CEDIA. 

Crestron is Leaving CEDIA, But Not the Resi Channel

By Todd Anthony Puma | February 4, 2016

While I am close to Crestron and some executives there, I do not pretend to have insight into their decision-making process, but can only try to take what I know about business in general and public knowledge of Crestron and hopefully allay some fears.

CI vs. DIY Products: Can We Do Both?

By John Sciacca | February 2, 2016

For most markets, I don’t think CI and DIY have to be mutually exclusive. And if you can find a way to bring them together, you might find yourself servicing an entire new segment of clients, and closing more small jobs that add to the bottom line. 

My First 24 Hours with the New Control4 EA-1

By Henry Clifford | February 1, 2016

After complaining so much about the lack of sub-$1,000 remote controls in my last blog, it seemed fitting I would try out the new Control4 EA-1 (just announced last week). I decided to jump in with both feet over the weekend and upgrade the old Control4 gear in my family room and see what my wife, mother-in-law, and three kids made of it in a “live fire exercise.” 

4 Reasons Why You Need Competition

By Heather L. Sidorowicz | January 28, 2016

This week a new coffee shop opened across the street from the coffee shop that has been in our village for ages. Opinions have been flying about the new venue. Some were happy for something exciting and new for they felt the first shop was not meeting their needs. Others were outraged that the same type of business was allowed to open in such close proximity

Enterprise-Grade Networking Made a Little Easier

By Todd Anthony Puma | January 26, 2016

Last month Pakedge sent an SX-24P switch for Mark to test, replacing his older switch. The change in his attitude about managed switches has been dramatic. It’s funny, we all know intuitively the difference a GUI makes with our clients and how much more engaged they are with a control system that is easy and efficient to use. The same is true for the interface that we have with the products we install. 

Control4: New EA Controllers Will Be 'Devastating' to the Industry

By Dennis Burger | January 25, 2016

So, what's so special about this new line of entertainment and automation controllers? The first thing to come out of one of those boxes was the new flagship EA-5, which looks a lot like an HC-800 (the company's previous flagship controller) on steroids, with a fresh new faceplate and a back panel stuffed to the gills with new digital and analog audio connectivity. Not to mention a new four-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, built right into the controller. 

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