We are constantly hearing buzz words like Smart Wiring being used by builders to describe nothing more than a few data points around the house, so what really is smart wiring?
"Smart Wiring" is defined here as,
Smart Wiring is a system that enables the combination of many different types of wires used around the home into a single platform, which allows for the integration of many different smart home systems and sensors throughout your home, and the capacity to add more at a later date if you want to do so.
So, Smart Wiring is smart in the sense that it is a good idea, however it is not smart in the sense that it is intelligent. It is however the back bone upon which the devices on your local area network connect to the world wide web.
So, why do you need "Smart Wiring"?, in todays connected world of billions of devices and servers all across the globe sharing data between themselves, our lives are becoming increasingly reliant on access to this data, such as music and TV streaming services, that require large amounts of traffic between their servers and your home.
This traffic is handled far more effectively across mediums such as copper or fibre optics, than it is through the air. Wi-Fi is a wonderful thing, but without a very solid and expensive infrastructure it is impossible to transfer the sheer quantity of data provided by high definition streaming services over a standard Wi-Fi network.
It is therefore recommended that a relatively inexpensive "Smart Wired", or hard wired network be installed.
“Smart Wiring” also facilitates the connection of devices in your home such as sensors, door locks, and CCTV as well as lighting control systems and heating and cooling systems to the world wide web. Allowing you to monitor and control your home from anywhere in the world where an internet connection is available.
Imagine you are on holiday and someone rings your doorbell, it’s the delivery driver with that package you were expecting before you left, you answer the door on your smart phone and instruct the driver to leave the parcel with a neighbour.
Or, you are leaving the office after a hard day at work, you send a message to your house that you are coming home, upon entering a predefined perimeter from your home, the heating and cooling systems turn on to your desired temperature and the outside lights come on to guide you in.
Or, You have left the house and forgotten to lock the back door, or close the garage door. Your house soon recognises the fact that the house appears to be unoccupied and sends you an alert that the back door is unlocked or the garage door is open, you just open your control app on your phone and at the touch of a button your home is once again secure.
Give us a call to discuss all your “Smart Wiring” and “Smart Home” requirements before you talk to your builder, as we can guide you through the prerequisites that are best put in place during the build process.
Sensorium Audio Visual, “The Seat of Sensation”
Planning your home theatre is the first step to creating the perfect space in which you can relax, and watch you favourite movies, tv shows, and music concerts. In this multi functional space there are many things to consider. we have put together this guide to help you think about some of the most integral parts of your theatre.
1) The Room
Often overlooked in the initial stages of planning your home theatre is the room, think about things such as ambient light and ambient noise, is the room to be carpeted? and if not how will your chosen floor covering effect the sound and light in the space? How are the walls constructed? do they allow for concealed cabling or even in wall speaker systems? does the room require any acoustic treatment to tame any nasty reflections and reverberations that can greatly diminish intelligibility of the sound system?.
2) The Video Display
The next thing to consider is how you plan to watch your content, essentially in a modern home theatre there are two choices, a large flat screen TV or a projector and projector screen.
If you plan on using a TV then ensure you have allowed adequate conduits to run the cables from your AV receiver to your TV, as cables hanging down are unsightly and chasing them into the walls can be a big job
With a projector you will need to consider things such as placement, does the projector lens have the correct throw ratio for the depth of the room versus the size of screen you wish to use? and the distance from the AVR to the projector, HDMI cables have a length limit and you may need to consider a solution such as HDMI to Cat6 conversion.
3) The Speaker Setup
Equally important in your home theatre is how you plan to listen to your content, here there are actually quite a few options, firstly there is the speaker configuration options such as 5.1, 7.1, 5.2.2, 7.2.4, etc etc, these are all surround sound configurations where by the first number is the number of speakers on the listening plane, the second is the number of subwoofers, and the third being the number of speaker for spatial formats such as Dolby Atmos.
4) The AV Reciever
Once you have decided if you are using a projector or a TV and which speaker configuration you plan on using, the next step is your AV Receiver or AVR. How many amp channels do you require for your chosen speaker configuration? how many source inputs do you plan on using? do you require upscaling for any legacy devices you may have? do you require Zone 2 and Zone 3 audio and video capabilities?
5) The Speakers
Hopefully during the room planning stage you will have decided wether you are using flush mounted, wall mounted or free standing speakers. These are important as they require differing methods of cabling and mounting. Options such as ceiling mounted speakers offer the best aesthetics however come with their own limitations when it comes to realistic surround sound placement where the best option is floor standing speakers placed at ear height, where another option maybe flush mounted in wall speakers, but these are only really suitable for stud walls and not brick constructions as found in most WA houses.
6) The Sources
Now lets look at your sources, the two most prevalent sources in any modern home theatre are Blu Ray and some form of streaming device for streaming services such as Netflix and Stan.
Most Blu Ray players can play other formats such as CD and DVD so a decent player is a must.
If you have a 4K capable TV or projector then you will require a Ultra High Definition Blu Ray player in order to play 4K content to you video display.
With Netflix recently introducing 4K and Dolby Atmos streaming to their services you can now experience ultra high definition video and fully immersive spatial audio soundtracks exactly as the director intended.
All electronic devices are susceptible to fluctuations in mains voltage as well as noise on your electrical system induced by items such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines and pool pumps. Therefore you may wish to consider some protection against this by way of surge protectors and power conditioning.
With all these devices in you home theatre comes all their respective remote controls.
Imagine combining all of these remotes into one handy controller, either in the form of a handheld remote or even a single app on you smartphone. This can easily be achieved by adding a control system such as Elan g!, whilst not only adding simple control of your home theatre but also control over your lighting, security, climate control and even your retic.