Davco Technology Blog

 

 

 May not feel like it now, but warm weather is certainly coming our way.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Séura is announcing its annual outdoor TV promotion.  An outdoor TV is an easy way to liven up your patio or outdoor bar area, and add some nice entertainment features to your pool house and surrounding area.  What better way to enjoy a summer pool party with the Sunday game rolling in the background. Or watch your favorite movie under the stars.

How does a Séura outdoor TV differ from that Sony hanging in your great room? Great question! Séura TVs are specially designed to handle the tough conditions of the outdoors. These units are completely weatherproof to ensure proper functioning even when left out all year long.  This includes insulation to protect the internal components and connections from cold temperatures, snow or sleet, insects and other loose debris.  Additionally, Séura TVs are made to handle the extra brightness from the sun, for a clearer picture.

Controlling your home via an integrated system, like Crestron or Savant?  No worries! Séura TVs are designed for home control, meaning operating your outdoor TV is no different than your favorite viewing location in your home. 

(Click on photos for outdoor TVs in action.)

Séura’s current promotions  make an outdoor TV an easy addition to your space.  Give us a call and we would be more than happy to make a visit and talk more about your needs.

$200 off Séura Storm Outdoor TV sizes: 55” and 65.” Offer good until June 30, 2017. 
Click 
here for promotion details.

$1000 off the 84” Storm and Storm Ultra Bright through July 31st.
Click here
 for promotion details.

In April, we had the opportunity to attend a  training event  that was considerably different and more exciting than our typical – sit in a classroom behind our laptops learning about the new software changes and product updates.  This was an outdoor experience that included impressive outdoor audio equipment demonstrations by day and gorgeous lighting techniques by night.  It was a real hands-on training and we learned so much about how a couple of 3-watt energy efficient LED lamps can illuminate impressive size trees, sculptures, facades or other exterior features and spaces.  Coastal Source products are built to withstand the elements and if you give us the opportunity to put one of their fixtures in your hands or better yet demo them for you, I’m confident you will be as impressed as we are.

 

 

Lip lights for accent lighting on outdoor bars, patio features or pools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bullet lights create a cascading effect on a group of Evergreens.  A nice way to accent natural foliage or architectural features.

 

 

 Is your WiFi intermittent, slow or inconsistent?

 

                                                                   

Have you called your internet service provider (Optimum, Verizon, Frontier, Comcast…) to upgrade your internet package? Has your bill increased, without noticeable improvements? Well, you’re in luck! Davco can help!

 

 

 

To test your Wi-Fi speed on your wireless device, click our  Speedtest link*. 

Click on “Begin Test” (and make sure your WiFi is on)
to be sure you are getting every bit that you are paying for! 
*If you click on this link on your phone,
it will take you to the Speedtest app. 

 Don’t settle for low speed Wi-Fi.
 Call us for a free consultation!

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Why Home Automation in CT

Although it is becoming more popular each day, some people are still not sure what home automation is, let alone if it’s something that they could benefit from. Simply put, home automation allows homeowners to easily manage various aspects of their home including lighting, window shades, speakers, HVAC or security systems. Homeowners can utilize in-home control devices such as touch panels or remote devices such as smart phones.

How Home Automation Works

Home Automation is the integration of your home’s devices into one seamless network so that they can be controlled easily. You might have heard about “The Internet of Things.” Certain gadgets that are capable of this technology, like your thermostats, locks, lighting, shades and more can all be controlled through home automation technology without having to do it manually, as many of us still do.

Connecticut homeowners will be able to control the items plugged into this network from one central command center, which could be an app on your phone, a program on your computer or a special panel in your home (or all of them together). This means you program how and when you want your electronic devices, appliances, lighting, gadgets, etc to respond.

The continued improvements of this technology are dictating the way new homes are built and many homes are being upgraded.

The Advantages Home Automation Technology

Security 
This is usually the number one issue for people these days. Having the peace of mind of knowing your home is safe when you leave or when you are there is crucial. With home automation you can set your lights to turn on and off, shades to raise and lower as well as music to play, giving your home the appearance of someone being at the residence.

When at home, you can monitor what is going on around the premises and control your door locks, without having to budge.       

Cost Effective
Our systems allow you to save on your heating and cooling bills because with shade control, you can block out harmful UV rays in the summer as well as maintain a comfortable heating temperature during the winter months.   

Easy Operation
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to use home automation technology, we customize our design to your requirements and needs. We help you simplify by consolidating all of your technology and devices into one convenient program.

Aesthetics
Not only does home automation provide security, efficiency and savings, but embracing such technology can enhance the look and feel of your home. You won’t find any unsightly wires emerging from behind your walls and devices – home automation runs on wireless technology so it not only works well but looks great too!

About Davco Custom Integration Home Automation Services

We are one of the premiere Home Automation companies in Connecticut providing home automation installation and smart home services to the Connecticut area and parts of NY. We specialize in installing home theaters, audio/video, automation for lighting, shade control and more.

To learn more about our services please call us (203) 838-5887. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your inquiries. 

Why Upgrade Your Home To A Smart Home Connecticut

You undoubtedly know what a smart phone is, but do you know what a smart home is? As this term, and technology grows, in the near future you will likely hear more and more about this innovative type of home and all its benefits. In many ways it follows similar concepts that smart phones do, and it has the potential to transform a homeowner’s life. Here’s why.

What Is a Smart Home?

The term “smart home” gives many clues as to what this type of home is. It is a dwelling that includes various technologies and equipment that can communicate with each other and that the homeowner can control even when away from home through a time schedule or through remote technology, via phone or Internet.

A wide range of equipment and technology can be included in a smart home, and this includes lighting, heating, air conditioning, computers, televisions, audio and video systems for entertainment, security systems, and camera systems. This type of capability would have been considered futuristic not too many years ago, yet the future is now, as these capabilities are here and ready to be accessed.

Compelling Reasons to Consider a Smart Home

Many high-level advantages result from converting a residence to a smart home. The products associated with smart homes bring more convenience to the homeowner’s life as well as savings of time, money, and energy. These homes also offer added comfort, security, and energy efficiency around the clock, whether residents of the dwelling are at home or not. They do all this with the added convenience of being able to be controlled remotely.

Because of how they operate and what they do, smart homes also offer benefits from an environmental standpoint in terms of energy savings and good stewardship of the planet’s resources.

Converting to a Smart Home

Perhaps in the future more residences will be built as smart homes, but up until now they have typically not been. That means if a homeowner would like to have a smart home, it is necessary to retrofit an already-built home with smart technology. So it is necessary to find a hire a qualified company that is able to complete work like this. Doing all of that is completely possible, which makes smart homes a possibility for many homeowners.

Convert Your Home Into A Smart Home With DAVCO

DAVCO enhances homes and businesses through the seamless integration of the highest in quality custom electronics, including smart home technology. Our company designs, installs, and maintains systems that are customized based on the homeowner’s lifestyle. If you are interested in reaping the many benefits that come with having a smart home, contact DAVCO Custom Integration at (203) 838-5887.

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Sivoia QS Triathlon Architectural Fascia
This contemporary, metal fascia option will be available in white, black, bronze, and silver/gray.

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Jim & I recently attended a very informative D-tools seminar
at the Savant Training Facility in Cape Cod.

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Sonos recently announced new partnerships with several home automation companies, including Lutron, Crestron, Savant, and iPort, that will allow connected homeowners to play their music even more effortlessly. According to Sonos President Patrick Spence, “Custom installers are at the vanguard of making the connected home a reality. For years they have worked tirelessly to bring disparate technologies together, and are pushing hard to make smart homes both accessible and ubiquitous. Our work together ensures our sound platform integrates well with their systems now and in the future.”

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Lutron and Sonos are Changing the Way People Listen to Music at Home

The balance of light and music creates harmony and has the power to transform and transport us. Starting this month, music lovers can control their home’s sights and sounds in a simple and personalized way, as lighting control leader Lutron Electronics ushers in the future of light and music with Sonos integration and a new Pico remote control for audio.
The collaboration with Sonos, the sound platform for the connected home, gives consumers direct, one-touch control of any Sonos speaker alongside lights, shades and temperature, when used with Lutron’s  RadioRA 2, HomeWorks QS and Caséta Wireless smart home systems. Play, pause, skip tracks, and adjust volume, in exactly the same way that you control lights and shades from your nightstand or from the wall.  Read more…
Lutron press release COOPERSBURG, PA (August 30, 2016)

 

 

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Sonos partners with Crestron

According to John Clancy, VP of Residential Systems at Crestron, “Our new collaboration with Sonos is a big win for Crestron dealers and the upscale homeowners they serve. It is now easy to integrate Sonos on any scale, from a single room to an entire estate, into a custom Crestron home automation system.The new collaboration enables the Sonos app to be seamlessly integrated with Crestron home automation systems. Homeowners can now search and stream all of their favorite music on their Sonos home sound system right from Crestron touch screens, handheld remotes, keypads, and from the Crestron app on popular mobile devices.”

The Sonos brochure and video illustrate this new collaboration.
Crestron Press Release Rockleigh, NJ, August 30, 2016

 

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Savant and Sonos have worked toward a common goal of delivering the best music experience in connected homes. Homeowners can play music through any of their Sonos speakers, use voice commands to cue up a playlist, and even combine music and lighting into a scene that can be scheduled to set the mood automatically at any moment.

“Together with Savant, we are defining new and innovative connected home experiences that are making it even easier for customers to listen to their favorite music out loud in any room of their home,” states Andrew Vloyanetes, Global Business Development Manager at Sonos. “Savant’s unique scene functionality gives music lovers new ways to easily incorporate their favorite music into everyday moments, helping them get even more out of their smart home experience.”
Savant Press Release HYANNIS, MASS. — September 15, 2016

 

 

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Sonos partners with iPort

iPort announced that its xPRESS Audio Keypad will be “the world’s first WiFi direct remote control for Sonos. It is designed to be set up in just minutes via an iOS app to control any Sonos device directly. The Keypad enables direct access to key music functions like Play/Pause, Track Forward, Volume Control and toggle capability through Sonos Favorites. Because the Keypad is wireless, battery powered, and is a decora form factor, it can be installed on any wall by itself or alongside other decora-sized devices. Provided xPRESS Magnetic Wall Adapters also allow a user to grab a Keypad off the wall or any surface and use it as a handheld remote.”

iPort press release 08.30.2016 San Clemente, CA

 

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On a lighter note, click here to watch the Sonos video “Listening Gone Wrong.”