Gefen and Local Integrator Restore AV After Hurricane Sandy

June 5, 2014
Local integrator Scott Craig headed to the seaside town of Bay Head Shores, nestled in Point Pleasant, NJ, for some major repair work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Even though this storm left its mark of devastation more than two years ago, homeowners are still to this day getting back on their feet. While volunteering his time to help a local family, Craig took on the duty of completely rebuilding the audio/video system (AV) in the Santos home during a major reconstruction. The existing cabling was rendered useless as it was completely damaged by the storm. Craig had to systematically re-wire the residence while adhering to the schedule of the television show, This Old House, which was in the midst of documenting the rebuild.
The Santos house was featured on This Old House, as part of a documentary of the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
“The home was being raised in the air to rest on helical pilings to prevent future tropical storm damages and the new structure beneath the residence was not going to allow for typical low-voltage wiring,” said Craig. “I needed to come up with a creative solution.”

Craig worked with Gefen to specify the best solution for this unique situation. Gefen’s 2x2 Switcher for HDMI, a Gefen ToolBox Extender for HDMI over POL with 1 CAT-5 and the GefenTV Wireless for HD Long Range were all selected and donated to the cause by Gefen.

“When I need a creative HDMI solution, I always turn to Gefen for products that I know will work and continue to work long after the installation is complete,” said Craig.

The Gefen 2x2 Switcher for HDMI 1.3 allowed centrally located equipment to be mirrored to the home office and the children's playroom so parents could monitor what the children were watching. The Extender for HDMI over POL with 1 CAT-5 delivered high definition content along a single CAT-5 cable to the display in the home office. Gefen’s Wireless for HD LR was able to transmit 1080p full HD through walls to reach the playroom. Though initially skeptical about relying on a wireless HDMI solution, Craig found the Wireless for HD LR worked perfectly with no signal drops, jitters or audio delays that you can see with other wireless products.

“One thing that really impressed me was how well the Gefen products worked together—there were no handshake issues,” said Craig. “And the 2x2 Switcher for HDMI came in very handy during filming the episodes for This Old House. We were able to mirror the show's logo on multiple displays so when they walked around the rebuilt home, all the displays were presenting the logo.”

Now completed, Craig often refers to this installation as a framework for demonstrating how wireless connectivity can take an AV system to the next level. “The Santos family has repeatedly told me how thankful they are for the ease of their new system,” added Craig. “The Gefen equipment brought solutions with integrity and gave me total peace of mind.” 

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