Discussing the ideas you may have for your new home prior to commencing construction could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars versus the cost of a retrofit. Cabling is cheap when there is no Gyprock up, and the longer the time frame available for the Design phase, the better the end result typically is.
During this phase, it's advisable to bring your plans to a meeting with your consultant at Audio Junction. From these plans and the ideas you have, we can determine the types of equipment that will be required to meet the needs of the home and the desires of the owners.
This identification of speakers, display devices etc will then allow our system designers to create a cabling solution to deliver the signals wherever they need to be in the home. A cable schedule is then created and cabling routes through the home are planned.
At this stage, the basic structure of programming for touchpanels and interfaces can be created. The method of control is selected to suit the requirements of the complexity of the solution.
Known by many names such as smartwiring and smart home cabling, it's all the same thing. It's about providing a scalable, versatile information backbone. The information exchanged around the house can take a number of formats and as such can require different cables and connections. Then centralising the communications between all these devices through a home hub will aid in troubleshooting, maintenance and alteration to your home's electronic spine. For instance, it makes it almost effortless to change any telephone point into a network point by simply patching a cable in the box.
Typically structured cable solutions distribute video, audio (music), security, control signals, RF (TV channels), networking and sometimes lighting.
Audio Junction has been installing structured cable solutions for many years and is delighted with the recent trends to increased awareness of the major advantages to be had from a structured cable backbone embedded in the walls and ceilings of the home. Think of it as electronic plumbing. It's infrastructure
Cabling is cheap before there's gyprock up, and whether you use all the cables you lay immediately or not seems somewhat immaterial, in as much as the cost of fitting them later would outweigh the cost of including them from the outset. Indeed often if you used less than a third of the cables that are laid during a bare frame prewire - it could still more than pay for itself in savings over retrofitting.
Localised solutions link discrete devices together. Examples of these systems might include an intercom system with video screen and gate latch release. While this is a quite powerful system in itself, it is still local to just these devices.
Centralized designs pass all subsystem information through a central patching location or hub. This allows the TV in the bedroom to be used to view the intercom video.
C-Bus is a proprietary solution to pass information across network style cables throughout the home. This system allows for some control features and infrared control codes. It also allows for simpler direct control of lighting scenes and volume control.
Audio Junction is an authorised qualified C-Bus installer.
Lighting systems are one of the best ways to increase the live-ability of a home while simultaneously increasing it’s resale value.
Whether it’s a simple system that dims the lights when you watch a movie, or a whole home system that seems to anticipate your moods with customisable “scenes”, there is a lighting product that will allow your home to shine. Your house can be as bright or as cosy and romantic as you like it, as clever as you can imagine and as impressive as any luxury penthouse.
We often integrate lighting control systems with security systems to provide sensor lighting in outdoor areas as well as “holiday scenes” for simulating occupancy during absences. From a single room to a block of apartments, lighting systems are scalable to suit.
Major components include: Lighting System design Cabling to lighting groups, Distribution Boards & Wall control panels
The use of Passive Infra Red (PIR) sensors to detect movement has long been a common sight in modern homes. They turn on the outside lights when you come home, but PIR integrated into your home automation system can do so much more.
Imagine using PIR's in the hallway outside the bedroom. In an integrated solution very clever things can occur. For example, IF movement is detected by the PIR in the hall AND the time is after midnight, AND the hall lights are off: THEN turn on hall lights on dimmest setting (just enough to allow you to see your way to the toilet or fridge)
You could even have the lighting follow you around the house turning off lights in empty rooms, and on as you enter.
This technology has been around for many years, but in the last decade, the biggest improvement has come in the area of video intercoms. These devices allow you to view the person at the door or gate and control access with some security. Cabling for intercoms often needs to be laid in trenches outside the home, and needs to be well planned.
One way of distributing video signals around the home is through the use of Composite video runs and Analog audio cables. Typically these connections are used for local devices, but within limits these cable lengths can be extended to provide the higher quality composite signal to other areas. More expensive to install (3 cables v 1 for RF) this is most often used for the 2nd zone in a multiroom AV setup.
Analog Television channels are examples of RF (Radio Frequency) signals. Antenna feeds or wallplates are a familiar site to most people. This cable can also be used to distribute other video sources throughout the home. Using a multi-channel modulator can insert your DVD or Foxtel onto an unused channel so that other TV's in the home only need to be tuned to that channel to view.
RF distribution is relatively easy and low cost, however there is a genuine quality loss when distributing DVD and other higher quality video sources in this manner.