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PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A NETWORKING INSTALLATION

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IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE

Many people are experiencing slower home internet speeds due to the increase in people using their networks to attend classes and work from home, using up the internet providers bandwidth. Average speeds will only continue to slow as school starts in the next few weeks, and service providers are overloaded with traffic. You can have a backup option using your smartphone's hotspot feature, but this will eat up your cellular plan's data limits. You need a more reliable solution to deal with the long-term effects of social distancing, as working and learning from home becomes the new normal.

UPGRADE YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE

Now is the perfect time to address your home networking infrastructure. If your Wi-Fi signal is weak in individual rooms, consider adding wired connections to your home office and the place where your children are attending classes, so the connection is more stable. Another option is to invest in a mesh Wi-Fi system that allows you to connect multiple wireless access points, blanketing your home in a more reliable connection. It might also be time to upgrade your router for greater bandwidth and security while upgrading your broadband plan to a faster speed.

A PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION

The best way to ensure that your network can support your family working from home is to trust a professional home network installer to create a system that fits your unique needs seamlessly. They will have the technical expertise necessary to complete your project and are highly trained on all of the latest technology. Best of all, you will save time and avoid the frustration that comes from doing a DIY home network installation. Now that your livelihood and your children's education rely on your home network, it is best to go with the option that gives you peace of mind.

Are you ready for a networking installation in your Houston area home? Echo Workshop has been serving the local community since 1999. Want to find out more? Click here now.

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5 Considerations for Any Media Room Installation

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See Also: HERE ARE 3 MISTAKES TO AVOID IN YOUR HOME THEATER DESIGN

ACOUSTICS

There are few things worse in the world of AV than a sound system that doesn’t work right. No matter how high-end your speakers are, they won’t sound their best in a room that can’t accommodate them. Whether you’re building a custom home theater or modern media room, your installer should consider the acoustics of the space. Furniture, carpeting, windows, and more will affect sound reflections and high and low frequencies, so they should plan accordingly.

LIGHT

Home theaters tend to be installed in back rooms and spaces where there’s not a lot of ambient light. But media rooms tend to work as more open spaces, often featuring a lot of windows and overhead fixtures. Ask your installer about light management options, like lighting control systems and motorized window treatments. That way, you can reduce or eliminate the chance of glare ruining your experience with the touch of a single button.

VIEWING ANGLE

One of the most exciting things about 4K (and now 8K) resolution is that you can enjoy a larger TV screen in a smaller space, without seeing any deterioration in the image. But consider this: is the flat-panel you’re eye-balling too big for your media room? You’ll want to avoid having to turn your head every time an object moves across the screen. Your installer should plan where the seating will go and offer suggestions for a comfortable and immersive viewing experience that won’t give you whiplash.

SOURCES AND SWITCHES

You don’t have to be a technology expert to understand this simple concept: changing sources should be simple and intuitive. If you want to watch a movie in the morning, catch a football game in the afternoon, then play videogames in the evening, your system should make it easy. A quality integrator will store your sources in an out-of-the-way space and simplify switching between them so you can start enjoying your content without hassle.

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Savant Home System 101

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Control Everything with a Single App

Savant is all about simplicity. That means, you only need one app to control all the technology in your home. From a dedicated touch-panel controller, the smartphone in your pocket, or even your Apple Watch, you can command your smart home features with ease.

The Savant app is designed for unique homes and bold statements. You can do more than just dim your lights and adjust the volume on your whole home audio system. Take control of every lighting fixture, all your AV, security, comfort, and more. Savant even offers native controls for water fixtures, irrigation, and pools.

Set the Scene

With Savant scenes, you can use multiple devices with the touch of a single button. Whether you want to control the lights and AV all at once, simplify a romantic evening, or ensure your home is locked up before bed, you can assign the appropriate technology under a single button.

Choose from a library of pre-set names or customize your own scene with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Once you’ve arranged everything to your ideal settings, save it and return to it whenever you’d like.

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