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  1. Dimmer Update Question

    +1 Even having been through 1.8 training, reading and rereading release and update notes, and all my experience as a dealer/programmer. My first update to 1.8 was a complete train wreck. Of course this was not a customers system, so a bit of spit & polish and everything was fine. Point being, this is one update that you let the pros do. Robert
  2. Nice to know. Thanks Robert
  3. New Installer/New House

    I have as well.
  4. New Installer/New House

    I would run more Cat-5e' date=' Cat-6 would probably be better. 5 Cat-5e or Cat-6 would be better. 2 can be used for Video, 1 for network, 1 for audio and 1 for a spare or for IR control. I ran 4 cat-5e and i coax to each of my TV locations. Since my basement and attic are very open it is easy for me to run more at any time if I need. Once the walls are closed up it can be hard to run wire. I would also run conduit if possible. As least run some conduit from your equipment closets to various other areas of your house like attic spaces. If ou can get conduit to the TV locations that would be best. Different motorized blinds need different kinds of wire. Some use 120 volt, so are low voltage. Some need additional control wires. My advice is to run a LOT of wire. It is cheaper and easier to do now than later.[/quote'] I am running wire now for my house. We are running 5 CAT5e to each location, but was not informed of the benefits of RG6 runs as well. What at the Rg6 for? Can they carry HD? I know this is a noob question but i want to make sure before drywall goes up. RG6 can carry component, so yes HD, but not HDMI and usually only up to 1080i. But it also can carry audio, & RF (cable/sat) Personally I like having both, but with 5 CAT5e you can do pretty much anything you want using baluns. Robert
  5. New Installer/New House

    It is all about what you're trying to do. If all you need is a DVD player, hey just buy one for every room, it's probably cheaper. However if you want to do anything like a DVD disc changer, multiple DVRs, etc. it really is "that cool" It also allows you to hide all your equipment in a rack buried in a server room out of site (which can be a big deal for some rooms) Robert
  6. Recommended Ethernet Tools and Tester

    I have usually spent most of my time on the dealer forums in the driverworks section. (Hazard of having some programming background I suppose) I decided it was time to branch out a bit. Thanks, it's nice to communicate with other people who are just as excited about C4 as I am, not to mention know more about it than me. Robert
  7. New Installer/New House

    Agreed Robert
  8. Recommended Ethernet Tools and Tester

    I'll have to take look at that crimper, I've never used one. But I have to disagree, a LAN tester is a vital piece of equipment. Granted most of the time I don't need it, I've terminated enough CAT5e that I can nearly always tell if I did it right or screwed it up. But I've also had many times that sometime wasn't working properly only to throw on a tester and find out something was wrong with the cable. I've also not brought my tester to a job site and wasted hours trying to determine if is a cable issue or something else. It's not always needed, but I find that it can save me a ton of time. Robert
  9. It sounds to me like he's just not committed enough. He should be willing to sacrifice his girlfriend for the good of the C4 community Next thing you know, he might want to actually start taking lunch breaks Robert I think I can speak for nearly everybody when I say, Alan, I love all work you've done for the dealers and community alike. I have no idea how you've done as much as you have without going broke or crazy.
  10. I agree that if wired speaker points or an amp are an option, then that is the way to go. I probably should have made that clear. But if wired isn't an option, wifi is a great alternative. In 90% of the installs I've done wifi has been flawless, no choppiness or significant quality hit. But I would NEVER choose wifi over hard wired. Robert
  11. networking

    While I agree that with a smaller system like this static DHCP shouldn't be much of a problem, I do have to throw out there that I have seen some drastic improvement even on small systems like this simply by switching to static IPs. Especially when there is a wireless bridge in the mix. I think it more likely that the problems are being caused by the switch or router or both. But overall static IPs can often help in systems with router/switch issues (not fix the problem, but help) Robert
  12. Recommended Ethernet Tools and Tester

    Yep Leviton. I haven't really found any particular crimper that is that much better than another. I use the Network Installation Tool Kit from Home Depot, has a crimper a CAT5 striper and a punch down tool in it. LAN Tester, I'd look at Fluke products. Robert
  13. New Installer/New House

    I would run more Cat-5e' date=' Cat-6 would probably be better. 5 Cat-5e or Cat-6 would be better. 2 can be used for Video, 1 for network, 1 for audio and 1 for a spare or for IR control. I ran 4 cat-5e and i coax to each of my TV locations. Since my basement and attic are very open it is easy for me to run more at any time if I need. Once the walls are closed up it can be hard to run wire. I would also run conduit if possible. As least run some conduit from your equipment closets to various other areas of your house like attic spaces. If ou can get conduit to the TV locations that would be best. Different motorized blinds need different kinds of wire. Some use 120 volt, so are low voltage. Some need additional control wires. My advice is to run a LOT of wire. It is cheaper and easier to do now than later.[/quote'] I agree run a lot of wire. The 3 coax all depend on the type of video distribution you do. Since most of the time I'm doing component distribution, usually the three coax are my component video. But I usually have some sort of sound distribution in place already. Sometime 2 component will be left and right audio and then the video is sent over component baluns on one of the CAT5e. However if they are long runs, you probably won't use the coax as much. If you're going to do HDMI, CAT5e/6 baluns are the way to go since HDMI cable is so expensive. In this case, you probably won't use the coax at all. If you can afford more wiring do it. The idea is to have options. It sounds a bit crazy, but if given the choice, I would run 6 coax and 5 CAT5e and 2 or possibly even 3 CAT6. Of course if you have good conduit or access to make another run with minimal trouble, then there is no reason to go this crazy, but if what you put in now is what you're stuck with.... My reasoning is this, 6 coax is what it takes for full distribution without baluns. 3 for component video 2 for stereo audio and 1 for digital audio. This also gives you the option of dropping digital audio if you find a wire is bad/stapled/otherwise damaged. The CAT5e gives you a TON of options, Video baluns, network, audio baluns, IR control, plus spare stuff. Having more gives you flexibility to do whatever you need. I'll often use a couple of them for network to avoid needing another switch. I've also had the situation where the cable, & internet both came in on fiber and were distributed using CAT5e. The cable had to be on a separate network than the rest of the gear, due to the way the cable company worked. So we had to run two network lines to each room. Robert
  14. Advise/Poll Upgrade media controller to HC300/200

    Upgrading your controller makes a big difference for navigating the music library. As already stated, USB is still a factor in slowing things down. My recommendation would be to get an HC-1000 and store your music there. It will give you both a HUGE speed increase as well as bring the music into an internal drive that will be much faster than a USB drive. However the HC-1000 may also be total overkill depending on the size of the rest of your system. It also is only a Director and not a navigator so you will not get the added benefit of High Resolution navigators. Personally I think anything with more than a TV, DVD and 2 light switches should have an HC-1000 in the project, but I also think that any lag is unacceptable. So if you add a 3rd switch or a 2nd TV get an HC-1000!! Especially now that the price is 1/2 of what it was and you're getting twice the power, I highly recommend it. You'll also notice the rest of the system get a bit snappier. All of your touch panels will talk directly to the HC-1000 over IP so the response time will go up on those as well. Every system I've installed an HC-1000 on, the customer has loved it. I bought my HC-1000 back in the days of V1 and have loved it, I can only imagine getting the V3 HC-1000 now.... Robert
  15. line conditioners

    Other options I've liked have been PureAV for UPS and Ultra Power for Power Conditioners/Surge protectors. However the Panamax is probably better than both. Panamax also added Bluebolt options to it's new products this year, which can be helpful to your dealer. Robert
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