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More on the Rachio IRO
By Gordon van Zuiden,   December 19, 2014
While the Rachio IRO product is a great leap forward compared to the smart irrigation residential controllers that are currently on the market there are a few items that I would like to see implemented in a future release of their product, as listed below: More..

Pros and Cons of Cloud, App URL, Google, Apple, and IFTTT Home Control
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   October 27, 2014
One of the most common objections to the use of multiple applications for controlling your home is the perceived inability of individual apps to be used for home automation. More..

The Implications of Apple’s Latest Move into the Home
By Gordon van Zuiden,   July 02, 2014
At Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference held in San Francisco in early June, Apple made a long-anticipated announcement about its plans for the network-connected home. More..

Multi-App Home Control vs Integrated Total Home Control
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   April 03, 2014
With more than two billion iOS and Android devices and a million-plus apps deployed worldwide, it would be logical to ask how a multi-application control system running on an iPad or Android platform can measure up as a home control solution versus a single app total home control hardware/software solution for clients of custom residential integrators. More..

Smartphone Controlled Home Entry is Increasingly Important
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   January 13, 2014
Every one of our clients has a smartphone today. More..

Myro:Bridge Links Sonos to Russound for Multi-Room Audio Control
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   August 29, 2013
Back in 2002 a Silicon Valley start-up company called Global Cache called on my company and asked us to identify the missing integration “glue” in our IP-based computer and AV systems. More..

Compiling the Components for a Mobile Home Theater in a Box
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   July 22, 2013
I have dreamt about finding a portable home-theater-in-a-box product for several years, thinking how cool it would it be to have a large-screen entertainment center that you could take practically anywhere–camping, to the beach, a backyard party. More..

Networked AV Gear Supports Smaller Racks
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   May 02, 2013
The analog-to-digital transformation of networked home audio video and control equipment over the last decade has dramatically changed the “fire breathing AV rack” of yesterday, as my integrator peer Rich Green fondly used to name this tower of integrated electronic equipment. More..

Previewing New Lighting Control Products Coming Out in 2013
By Gordon Van Zuiden,   March 13, 2013
Lighting control systems–like almost every other electronic product in the home from thermostats to sprinklers systems–are becoming intelligent IP- controllable nodes on the home network. Over the last decade, high-end lighting control systems, such as those from Lutron, Vantage, Crestron, Savant, and now, Control4, have added IP-based centralized processors for local and remote lighting control. More..

Untangling the Network
By Gordon van Zuiden,   August 31, 2012
Over the last decade of custom home installations, we have seen an explosion in the number of products that we now connect to a client’s home network. More..


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