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CI Manufacturers Couple Dedicated Control Systems with Mobile Devices
By Llanor Alleyne,   July 03, 2014
The past few years, with the proliferation of IP networking and the ever-growing dominance of mobile devices, home automation and by extension the role and functionality of remote controls and touchscreens has shifted, though the desire for dedicated control, no matter how it is delivered has not. More..

An AV Integration Guide to Racks, Mounts, and Enclosures for New Tech
By Llanor Alleyne,   June 30, 2014
In the past, the bulky nature of essential home entertainment components has guided the design of the mounts, lifts, racks, and enclosures that have literally supported them. More..

Making Custom Home Automation Stand Out in an App-based World
By Llanor Alleyne,   May 19, 2014
Earlier this year, Dave Daniels, head of Aspen, CO-based custom integration firm Xssentials, in addressing a room full of his colleagues at the Azione Unlimited buying group spring conference in Las Vegas, emphasized the need for custom integrators to retool their business models if their roles and the CI channel at large were to stay competitive in the face of the ever blurring lines between custom integration, DIY options, and utilities-driven initiatives. More..

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   April 25, 2014

Integrator Voices | Home Automation
By RS Staff,   April 25, 2014

Custom Distributor Guide 2014
By Lindsey Adler,   April 07, 2014
The go-it-alone strategy hardly ever helps anyone. More..

Outdoor AV Products Redefine the Traditional Backyard
By Llanor Alleyne,   March 06, 2014
Beyond bright children’s swings, barbecue grills, and perfectly clipped hedges, the uses of the traditional residential backyard has been undergoing a transformation that reflects larger trends toward more contemporary concepts of living. More..

Integrator Voices | Outdoor AV
By RS Staff,   February 24, 2014

Designer-Friendly Speakers Continue to Play to Aesthetics and Power
By Llanor Alleyne,   February 10, 2014
The relationship between interior designers and custom integrators has been one of cautious collaboration. More..

Wireless Audio Distribution Catches on But Has a Ways to Go
By Llanor Alleyne,   January 13, 2014
From its infancy, residential distributed audio has sought to do one thing very well: seamlessly deliver high quality audio content to as many spaces within the home as possible. More..

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