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How to get Amazon Fire TV remote to control TV volume and power with (IR) Infrared

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The Amazon Fire TV remote control has limited buttons and functions because of its size and in order to allow the remote to control your TV via Infrared (IR) you will need to use the SideClick Remote Control attachment. The Side Click remote control can learn your TV IR codes and with a small setup process easily control your TV's power and volume for simple use.  The  Side Click  remote control has a total of 8 programmable buttons that can be used for any IR device (ie. Sound Bar, Receiver, Bluray) and is not limited to your TV only. The  Side Click  remote is available Prime shipping from Amazon with the link seen below.

Shoot 360 degree video footage with the GoPro Fusion camera and VR video playback

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With the GoPro Fusion camera you can shoot immersive 360 degree video with Virtual Reality playback. See below for the best deal for the GoPro Fusion and recommended GoPro Fusion accessories to get the maximum value out of your camera. When shooting footage with the GoPro you will need a fast high capacity SD card for all your video and photo storage. Running out of battery with the Go Pro Fusion is the last thing you want to do when you are capturing epic content and a backup battery or two is best when out in the field shooting video. Finally when your GoPro Fusion is not in use you want to protect the lens and an inexpensive cover is the answer.

Nest IQ Cam Specs

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The new Nest IQ indoor camera has been announced from Nest which is scheduled to be available June 30th, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. The new $299.00 IQ cam from Nest includes the following features and specs: Facial Recognition - Allows the camera to know if it sees a human or a thing Supersight - 4K image camera with HDR (High Dynamic Range) and 12x Digital Zoom 1080p HD video with 130 degree field of view HD Talk and Listen allowing for a seamless conversation Night Vision with high powered LED 940nm with IR cut filter 10 ft camera cable length included for indoor use only  The Nest IQ cam builds upon the Nest Cam lineup and adds incremental features to the previous Nest Indoor Cam which with the higher price tag will have many Nest Cam owner questioning whether it's worth it to step up for the new added features.

Cable & Satellite Company Technicians Will Leave You With A Wiring Mess

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When planning for wall mounted TV's at your residence do not rely on the Cable Company or Satellite provider to leave you with a clean tidy wiring job after their installation. If you have not properly planned for the design of your TV system you can easily end up with a sloppy installation that usually only a certified electronics contractor can help you with. Your local electrician can sometimes help with these issues but depending on their experience they can get your TV hung on the wall but the necessary details and proper wiring requirements are often over looked.

Sony CES 2017 Key Announcements and Updates

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CES 2017 brought many updates and new products into the consumer electronics sphere for this coming year and Sony announced a few notable and key products to be aware of. Sony AE1 4K TV Model Series This line of TV is Sony's entry into the 4K OLED TV market. Sony X930E TV Model Series This TV has the flagship X1 extreme TV processor which was previously only available to the top end Z series TV line. Sony UBP-X800 4K UHD Blu-ray player The new player allows HDR to SDR conversion and also supports the largest variety of audio and video content Sony VPL-VZ1000ES 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector The new projector is designed to be installed in a furniture cabinet to blend into any living room with motorized lens shift and easily-adjustable feet for maximum flexibility. See the below link to view a PDF of all the new features and specs for the above 2017 CES Sony new product announcements. Sony CES 2017 Key Custom Integration Announcements

How to Control Amazon Fire TV with IR (Infrared)

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When attempting to control and integrate the Amazon Fire TV with the use of a universal control you will need the help from the Flirc USB Dongle to accomplish the task which is readily available on Amazon's Online Store . The Amazon Fire TV comes with a Bluetooth remote which is great if you do not have an involved TV setup and would like to hide the Fire TV away out of viewing site but it does not help if you are trying to have one system and remote control to work all your devices seamlessly. This is where integrating the Fire TV using the Flirc USB comes into play. When setting up the Flirc adapter you are able to configure the USB dongle and learn the IR codes that you would like to use to control your Fire TV with the downloadable Flirc configuration software. The Flirc dongle and software together learn the IR codes from any remote and allow them to control the functions of the Fire TV which are set one at a time. Once the setup has been completed wit

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How to Play TV Audio Through Sonos System with Playbar

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When using the Sonos phone or tablet application press the room name at the top of the Sonos application. If you have a Sonos Playbar playing your TV audio you will see the TV icon as shown above within the respective room that it is located in. Press the group button next to the room audio you are trying to distribute out to the other rooms. IE Living room audio is going to be sent to the rest of the Sonos zones within the house. Press each room name and put the red check mark next to all the areas you would like to distribute the TV audio to. Press done in the upper right had corner of the Sonos app and now you have successfully distributed the TV audio to all the Sonos areas of your house.

High Quality Cables for your Smart Home

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When putting together a smart home it can be very easy to skimp on the important stuff that can really enhance your smart home system like the quality of the wiring you are using. There can be a huge gap in cabling costs when it comes to options for your house. It is highly recommended to not just go with the cheapest cables and cabling as you get what you pay for as they say. Having a base line of quality to your smart home cabling infrastructure goes a long way when bringing your system together. Check out the company Audioquest for a look into the variety and options available to you and your smart home wiring needs. Audioquest has a high focus on audio quality including analog and digital cables to suit all the connection varieties you will need.

Watch Out for the Cable and Satellite Companies Sloppy Work

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You are in need of a change of TV service because you are unhappy with what you are being provided with for the price you pay so you make the call to the satellite company. You place your order to switch over your TV services and an appointment is made for the following week. Finally the day arrives for your appointment and you wait until the third hour of your four hour time slot and right at lunch time the technician has arrived. He happens to be driving a personal vehicle with a magnet sign on the side of his vehicle which says authorized contractor, thats odd but ok. The installation seems to be going fine and you eventually get picture on all the TV's you have in your home which was the main goal for switching over your services. After a small tutorial and a show and tell on the new features of the system the technician has you sign for a job complete and he proceeds to the next job never to be heard from again. The next day you happen to go to your where your cable

Ring Video Doorbell at Night

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The Ring video doorbell is a great stand alone smart home doorbell to give you eyes and ears on what is happening or who is at the front of your house or entry. The night camera view as shown above has built in infrared (IR) illuminators to allow the camera to be viewable at night. You can listen to the Ring's built in microphone by pressing the audio symbol in the lower right of the app to hear what is going on around the Ring doorbell. You can also press the green talk button when in a live camera view to communicate with whomever is at your front entry. The picture above is what the Ring doorbell looks like at night with the circle light being the doorbell button. The three red lights below the illuminated doorbell button are the infrared (IR) illuminators allowing the camera to see at night. The Ring doorbell is a great device and accompanied app to help bring your home to the connected age we now live in.