URC : Total Control
Home Automation

URC : Total Control

As much as I love Loxone, its a really weak product for AV control, even Loxone admit that, so i’ve been on the training course and purchased a selection of URC:Total Control demo kit to integrate with my Loxone setup. URC is a complete control solution from the US, which means its built for Audio Visual control from the ground up, not that control of lighting, heating etc is not included, its all there, this stuff talks to almost everything, […]

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Home Automation

Loxone’s Biggest Weakness

Ever since I started installing Loxone systems I’ve found the biggest weakness is control of multimedia, to say its basic is an understatement. The Loxone media server looks great on paper and Loxone are keen to sell it as part of the complete solution, but from what I’ve heard from other integrators its not a great product. In fact of late I’ve been on a few courses where people have offered me them cheap just to get rid of them! […]

Home Automation

HDMI Extenders. Grrrrr….

One of my pet hates in life is seeing boxes under TV’s, they always look so untidy. Unfortunately my efforts to use the Xbox One have been pretty poor of late. My Xbox is in the spare room, and the xbox inhabits the wardrobe, i’ve tried a number of devices from cheap to expensive, and its defintely yet again a case of spending the right money to get the right kit. I started out using an HD Anywhere Extend 2k […]

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Home Automation

New Tool

Part of the tidying up of the house has been about moving the loxone kit to more useful positions, today was the turn of the NFC touchpad, previously i’ve had it mounted on a surface mount box which still involved the unit wobbling as you pressed buttons on it, it didn’t look particularly nice either. Finally decided to use one of the loxone Euro style back boxes. I don’t do a lot of the physical installs, that’s what I have […]

Apple

Cheap Charts – Find Bargains on the Itunes store

Recently we’ve started buying movies from the Itunes store. One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s easy to miss the keenly priced films, that is until I discovered an app called Cheapcharts, someone, somewhere is monitoring the store for media that’s either on offer, or price reduced. Whilst i’ve used Cheapcharts for movie purchases, they also list books, audiobooks, apps, music and TV shows in the app itself, you can also view the same deals plus Mac apps from their […]

Air

Loxone IR Air Control

Hard to believe that this module is now 4 years old, i was one of the fools who invested in the originaly IR Module, which I have to admit caused us no end of problems Back in 2014 when we first installed my system, we managed to blow up 2 mini-servers in day by wiring the IR Module incorrectly. 24volt accross the inputs on the mini-server really didnt go down to well, and produced a not inconsiderable amount of smoke […]

Networking

Home / Small Business Wifi

I’m a big fan of Meraki wifi, with a great range of what I would class high end wi-fi products. Its a hard sell to most businesses and even more so to potential or existing smart home customers. Until now i’ve been installing the Unifi range of products for customers as it ticks a lot of boxes for the price, but i’ve never been truly happy with it. I was excited to hear about a new Meraki product family called […]

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Home Automation

Upgrade Time!

With last weeks installation of Sky Q, I finally decided to take advantage of the HD Anywhere Black Friday pricing, and ordered an MHub 4k Pro 4×4. The price was incredibly reasonable, and it looks to be a very good upgrade from my old MHub 4k 4×3+1, I especially love the LCD screen on the front, which makes it look far more up-market. I went for a Saturday morning delivery, giving me plenty of time to install without being interrupted […]

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Apple

Apple Fatigue

Normally I love Apple products, but of late I think I am getting tired of the mediocre updates they make to products, for which they extract maximum pricing for. I upgraded from the iPhone 7 to the X several months after it was released and I love the phone, but I can’t find a reason to upgrade to the XS, even giving the X to my wife and picking up a new XS for myself doesn’t hold any appeal. My […]

Air

Winter’s here… first Loxone casualty.

Well winter has pretty much arrived, as has Loxone version 10 and the enhanced app with notifications of system problems. We’ve finally turned on the heating, and one of our Air valves has died on us, it still makes all the right noises, and appears to work, but has been reporting that there is no valve present.  To be fair, since we bought it, its not been 100% right, but it was only in our conservatory so we didnt really […]