Control & Distribution Systems
Audio/Video (AV) Control
& Distribution is all about convenience and functionality. AV
Control & Distribution Systems overcome obstacles and, in many
cases, save money when distributing AV equipment throughout the home.
Here is some of the equipment we use in our systems:
These are devices which literally create new TV channels that
can be distributed throughout the home. Any device with an audio or
can be "modulated". Typical devices are satellite receivers,
digital cable boxes, DVD players, VCRs, Tivo, Media Servers, PC's, cameras, etc. The video
signal input can be either composite or S-video. The audio can be
distributed in mono, stereo, or 5.1 surround sound.
(IR) Repeaters: IR repeaters solve a wide variety of challenges.
The most common application is when the AV equipment is located in a
closed cabinet and the homeowner doesn't want to leave the cabinet doors
open so the remotes will work. A small sensor called a
"target" is placed by the TV set. When you point
your remote toward the TV set the signal is repeated to the equipment
located in the cabinet. Other applications include controlling equipment
in the entertainment center from multiple locations throughout the home.
A wide variety of "targets" are available to meet every
& Combiners: These devices serve similar functions.
Splitters allow us to divide the AV signals to all of the TV sets
through the home. A properly designed system ensures that all TV sets receive
an equal amount of signal. Combiners are used to combine the AV signal
from multiple sources such as cable TV and any modulated device. Just
change the channel on your TV to go from Cable TV to the DVD or camera.
Video Amplifiers: These devices increase the amount of signal
delivered to each TV set throughout the home. They are necessary to
overcome the signal loss created by splitting the signal to multiple TV
locations. We typically recommend video amplifiers in homes with more
than 7 TV jacks, although sometimes this varies due to incoming signal
strength from the Cable TV company and the length of the cable runs in
the home. The bi-directional feature is necessary when using 2-way
services from the Cable TV company, such as a cable modem for internet
Here are some typical
applications for AV Control & Distribution Equipment, although we
frequently solve other challenges with this equipment. Just use your
today have more TV sets than ever. We sometimes find that a home with only 3
residents has 6 to 8 TV sets. Why pay for satellite equipment and
service to 8 TV sets when only 2 are being viewed at any given
time? By installing this equipment you can locate the satellite
equipment in a central location while viewing and controlling this
equipment from any TV location in the home.
Cable: The Cable TV company doesn't typically charge monthly
for extra TV sets connected to standard analog cable service, but
digital cable is another story. Many homeowners find that distributing
the digital cable box to all TV sets is the most cost effective
VCR, and Media Servers: Homes with many TV sets seldom watch
more than one video at a time. Why buy additional equipment
for every TV when you can view and control a single source of this
equipment from every TV location?
Cameras: Watch the baby's room, the kids in the back yard, or
identify a caller at the front door by simply tuning any TV set to a