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Smart Home Outdoor TV Protection

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Having a nice outdoor space is what many homeowners dream of having and what better way to fill the space than a TV outdoors. An outdoor TV can be a great thing but it is highly advised to keep it protected from the outside elements. A simple TV cover can greatly protect your TV from dust, wind, debris, rain and snow which can increase the longevity of your TV for many years to come.

Paying Attention to the Details of your Smart Home

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When creating a Smart Home it is very important to pay attention to the small details of your system. The difference between a "good" system and a "great" system are those little details when bringing all the elements of your home together. As you can see in the picture above even a small detail like the color choice of a keypad, volume control and  Lutron Pico remote can have a negative effect on the appearance outcome of the controls on your walls. The correct color choice in this situation could have helped blend all the wall controls together more harmoniously helping the aesthetics of the space in the house.  Paying attention to the little details when creating and installing a smart home or even simply installing a smart home device like the Nest device is very important and is what separates the great from the good.

How to Update a Crestron MC3 Processor Firmware Version

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If you are looking to update the firmware version of your Crestron MC3 processor the first step is to download the corresponding .puf file from the Crestron website. This can be found under the MC3 processor product page under the resources tab and scroll down to software and firmware title. Once the latest version of firmware has been downloaded to your computer simply double click the above icon to open up the package update tool. Upon launching the tool it will immediately take you to the Crestron address book utility where you will either reference the address entry for the processor you are wanting to update or you can create a new entry entering in the IP address of the processor on the local area network. After you have connected to the processor from the address book entry page the updater tool will search and suggest what updates are available for your processor. Put a check mark next to all elements that you would like to update and procee

Smart Home Equipment Rack Enclosure

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When building a smart home you will definitely need a space to fit the necessary equipment for your integrated system. A rack enclosure is the best possible way to achieve an organized space to bring your components together. Including a rack into your project allows for orderly wiring to and from your electronics and also allows the equipment to be serviceable down the road when issues/problems arise or you decide to make changes to your system. Equipment racks come in many forms to fit many different spaces and applications.  There are racks that can go inside of built cabinetry that have pull out rails built in, racks on casters that stand on the floor that can be wheeled around and racks that are built up from the ground that have external stand and rails to be able to pull the equipment rack out for access. When designing a smart home it is imperative to plan for where your equipment will reside and to take the necessary steps to house your equipment in a p

Smart Home Equipment Cooling

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Heat generated from electronic equipment can greatly damage the components especially if you have many devices housed in the same location. If an equipment rack enclosure is used to better manage the wiring and location of all the devices you have for your smart home then dealing with the heat form the rack is very important. The heat generated from all the devices builds the heat in the space which is usually a closet or space that is seals the heat raising the operating temperature of all the devices. When the operating temperature is higher than normal your devices longevity suffer wearing the components prematurely.  The best option for you to cool your smart home components is to install and purchase a ductless mini split air conditioning system as seen below. This air system allows you to only cool your equipment closet without over running your air conditioning for your whole home system to overcompensate for the heat. The climate conditioning these units provide w