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3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

3 Telltale Signs of Home Networking Problems

These Signs May Indicate You Need a Network Upgrade These days, connectivity is a must-have utility, right up there with electricity. Our connected world is dependent on the internet for most day to day activities, whether it’s’ work, school, or entertainment. When your apps or computers aren’t behaving as you expect, it’s often challenging to figure out what’s wrong. Is it the software, the hardware, or a connectivity issue? There is the tried-and-true method of restarting devices that often cures many ills, but frequent problems point to something else – and sometimes it’s your network that’s failing you. How do you determine if you’re having home networking problems in your Chicago, IL home? Read on for three telltale signs. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System   Weak Wireless Is there a sore spot in your home for wireless signals? For example, your tablet can keep a connection only in one corner of your expansive family room. If you are relying on the wireless router/modem supplied by your internet provider, it may not have the range and coverage to blanket your entire home with a robust wireless signal. What’s the solution? Strategically placed wireless access points can solve the problem, as well as higher-end routers with the latest Wi-Fi standards, better antennas, and stronger radios for range. Alternatively, mesh networking solutions that daisy chain connectivity may be right for your property.   Slow Connections Slow connections can be a result of many things, and it’s often difficult to narrow down the issue. The best way to diagnose them is to restart a problem device, and also... read more
What’s Your Ideal Media Room Installation?

What’s Your Ideal Media Room Installation?

What’s a media room? Some people might say it’s also a home theater, and it can be that, too. A home theater tends to be a room tailored for longer-form content like films, while a media room might double as a family room, living room, or recreational space.

While you shouldn’t be concerned about calling your media space the home theater, media room, or anything else, thinking about how you will use it will guide you to make the right choices to create the ideal media room installation that fits your Chicago, IL home.

Ready to learn more? Let’s dig into some critical questions and considerations.

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Announcing: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Has Moved!

Announcing: Barrett’s Technology Solutions Has Moved!

We have exciting news from Barrett’s Technology Solutions: we have moved! Our new location in Lombard brings us to a more centralized location to downtown Chicago, IL and the surrounding suburbs for more conveniently located and personalized services.

As Chicago’s luxury smart home company, we’re bigger and better than ever in our all-new space. Guests can explore and interact with our smart technology systems to find what will suit their lifestyles at home. Continue reading to see all that’s happening and what’s to come at our new headquarters.

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Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Embrace Minimalistic Interior Design Ideas with Smart Technology

Minimalism is not just a design trend anymore—it’s a lifestyle. The term is no longer exclusive to stark, cold spaces with little to no furniture. Your clients can fill their homes with bright colors and eclectic pieces while remaining sparse and leaving room for their taste to shine.

But the one thing that can kill a minimalist’s dream? Unsightly technology. Wires, boxes, switches, remotes, screens, and bulky speakers don’t do much for aesthetics. Yet many modern homeowners desire smart technology to enhance their lifestyle. Luckily, there’s an overlap between minimalism and tech, and that’s found in hidden technology. Continue reading to see how hidden AV and automatic window treatments will enrich your Chicago, IL interior design projects.

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4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

4 Areas Builders and Designers Should Place Smart Lighting

Smart home technology is going to be increasingly in demand if you build homes or work in interior design. Prospective homeowners want these devices in their homes because of the convenience they offer and how they contribute to a superior lifestyle. And one of the most common home automation systems your clients will be asking for is lighting control. To show you’re in touch with their needs, here are four spaces you can install or plan for smart home lighting in your Lincoln Park, IL building projects. Read on to see what they are.

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How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

How to Boost Your Interior Décor with Motorized Shades

When listing the benefits of motorized shades, it’s tempting to focus on the benefits that go way beyond the impact on your decor. A smart shading solution is also vital for managing your security, lighting, and climate. But that shouldn’t take away from what many consider to be motorized shades’ primary purpose—to add a finishing touch to your interior décor.
When choosing between manual shades and motorized shades, there are a few reasons the latter are a better stylistic option for your Chicago, IL home. From sleeker installations to greater ease-of-use, we outline their top stylistic benefits below.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Why You Should Upgrade Your Lighting with Lutron Keypads

Are you interested in adding Lutron lighting control to your Chicago, IL home? You may have heard about the benefits of managing all of your lights from a mobile app or a modern touchpad. Switches on the wall seem archaic in comparison. For your day-to-day needs, though, you’ll still want a tactile way to manage the lights in the room.
Our Lutron lighting control systems offer advanced, sleek on-wall control solutions through their vast array of keypads. Not only do these keypads streamline your décor by reducing the number of switches needed on the wall, but you can manage audio, shades and climate through them as well.

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How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle in the New Year

How to Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle in the New Year

Invest in Technology Designed to Improve Your Overall Wellness Every client we work with has a different reason they want to integrate smart home technology. In the past, this has included a yearning for greater security or more immersive entertainment. Getting a more streamlined approach to technology, both in aesthetics and functionality, is another common motivation. Health usually has not been part of that conversation, but that may be about to change. Recently, technology has emerged that improves homeowner wellness and health in various ways. How exactly does it achieve this in your Naperville, IL, home? This blog highlights three technology innovations from our partners Delos that put wellness at the forefront. See how circadian lighting, air purification, and water purification will transform your lifestyle. SEE MORE: 3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle Circadian Lighting How many hours do you spend indoors every day? Whether it’s relaxing at home or working at the office, it’s estimated that people usually spend 90 percent of the day indoors. During that time, you’re relying on one-tone artificial lighting while probably staring at a computer screen for hours. Exposure to certain types of lights for long periods can negatively affect your melatonin levels. Daylight is vital to regulating your circadian rhythm, which in turn affects your sleep cycles and wellbeing. You can now integrate circadian lighting, also known as human-centric lighting, to simulate sunlight throughout the day. Employ tunable lighting fixtures that change color temperature for cooler hues in the morning and warmer ones at night. While the former stimulates activity, the latter helps you relax at the end of... read more
3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

3 Ways Savant Enhances Your Smart Home Experience

One reason we love working with our premier control system partners, Savant, is their constant innovation. Every year they release new technology to improve their existing solutions and accommodate the latest smart home trends. As Savant dealers, it’s our job to keep you up to date with their most recent innovations and help you upgrade your Savant home system.

The newest releases this year include lighting fixtures that enhance your wellbeing, a whole new way to watch video, and a smarter way to manage energy in your Chicago, IL home. Here we highlight each of these new features and offer additional information on how each will affect your day-to-day lifestyle.

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Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

How do you know what display would be the best fit for your media room? Getting optimal video quality while maintaining your tailored interior décor requires the right technology. In this blog, we’ll highlight three installation options ideal for luxury homes in Lincoln Park or throughout the greater Chicago area.
Naturally, all families and their spaces are different, which is why we want to highlight three unique approaches instead of merely focusing on product recommendations. We’ll discuss flatscreens first since they are still the go-to option in home media rooms. However, there are impressive new projectors and screen technologies to consider.

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