Is Your Network Ready for the Demands of Your Smart Home?

Is Your Network Ready for the Demands of Your Smart Home?

Explore the Commercial-Grade Network Solutions from WhyReboot  The home network has quickly become a foundational piece of the modern home, almost as important as electricity and running water. Are we exaggerating by placing networking at that level? Only a little, as communication with the outside world is a critical need in any modern home. Moreover, with the convergence of all information and communication into digital form, the home network is an enabling piece of technology.   In business, when a function is essential for the very operation of the company, it’s called mission-critical. Today, the home network is a mission-critical component. Imagine not being able to connect to work, school, and audio or video communications. In the past year’s pandemic, the need for robust connectivity was all too clear. And with the increasing dependence of the modern home on smart features like lighting and security, it’s easy to see why networking is a mission-critical component.  Is the home network installation in your Chicago, IL home keeping up? Explore how the solutions from WhyReboot are tailored to the connectivity needs of today’s smart homes.   SEE ALSO: How to Improve Your Home Network Performance    The WhyReboot Approach  WhyReboot assembles a custom-tailored, commercial-quality plug-and-play networking solution for the needs of today’s smart homes. This is not just a premium solution for luxury homes. The company is committed to providing the highest network performance for the lowest cost of ownership. It’s a commercial approach applied to the needs of extensively connected homes.  The company assembles networking solutions using best-of-breed commercial networking components integrated for use in the home. Dell SonicWALL routers, Ruckus Network switches, and wireless access points, and Router Limits firewalls combine to provide professional quality performance and...
Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Sleek, Unified Video Systems Deliver Seamless Entertainment Throughout the Home As homes become smarter and more sophisticated, homeowners look for more ways to make it easier to manage their homes. One area that has typically been a source of frustration for many is the management of audio and video entertainment. In the AV and smart home industry, one of the fundamental reasons homeowners bring us in is to integrate audio and video equipment to make it easy and intuitive to use. No one likes multiple remotes, interfaces, and methods of doing the same thing in their home. As just about all audio and video entertainment has converged on digital formats, you might think things have become more straightforward. To some extent, they have, but the plethora of content options, equipment, and video and audio formats still presents considerable complexity. One way to decrease the complexity is to plan for integrating whole-home video and audio systems from the start in your new Chicago, IL residential projects. Not only will it add a wow factor to your builds, but your clients will appreciate the benefits outlined below.   SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Audio-Video Solutions   All Content, Everywhere One of the most important benefits of a whole-home video system is to get all the same video and audio entertainment in every space the homeowner wants. With non-integrated approaches, different smart TVs, streaming devices, cable and satellite, and media server sources, homeowners may not have access to all their entertainment in every location. A whole-home system not only ensures that all sources are available everywhere they’re desired, but they...
Get Your Smart Home Up and Running Without a Hitch

Get Your Smart Home Up and Running Without a Hitch

How Our Deployment Room Optimizes Our Home Automation Projects Are you looking for the best when it comes to your smart home installation? Then don’t settle for cluttered AV racks, delayed timelines, lengthy firmware updates, and glitchy systems that will ruin your smart home experience. Our brand-new deployment room allows us to deliver stellar service and faster, more reliable installations compared to our competitors for our clients from Chicago to Lake Geneva, WI.  In the past, smart home installs have required techs spending lengthy time in the home. Leveraging the power of RACKFRAME panels, pre-wiring is neatly terminated, labeled, and color-coded so when your rack is ready to go, it’s a simple installation process. By then we’re the last people in the home and we know how desperate homeowners are to get things done. With us, there’s no dealing with techs coming in and out of your home to finish your project.  Our deployment room lets us design your rack offsite so we can handle important firmware updates, programming, and testing in our office. If issues arise, we have all the tools at hand to solve them before we even drive over to your home. No more having to wait thirty days for bugs to work themselves out, instead your smart technology works within days, not weeks. Want to learn how our process delivers a glitch-free smart home automation system from the get-go? Check out more details below on our brand-new deployment room and how it transforms the installation process.  SEE MORE: Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin How Our Installation Process Stands Out  Standard installations usually leave a veritable rat’s nest of disorganized wiring in a mechanical room or unused space in the home as the pre-wiring is underway. These wires pile up until pre-wiring is completed and the project site is ready...
Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Chicago’s Lead Home Automation Company Opens Office in Wisconsin

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Is Proud to Serve Lake Geneva In the home technology business, while most integrators are local, some will go well beyond their home geographies to serve their clients. Barrett’s Technology Solutions is no exception, as we have served clients outside of the greater Chicagoland area for many years as we have evolved to best meet their needs. As one of the Midwest’s leading AV technology and home automation companies, we’re thrilled to announce that we have opened a local office to serve customers in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva has always been a great vacation destination for Chicagoans over the years, and we’re proud to have developed deep relationships with homeowners and trade partners there. Read below to learn more about our new Lake Geneva outpost! SEE ALSO: Why Hire a Professional Home Automation Company A Local Base Our Lake Geneva office will allow our team to service our clients with more efficiency and speed. We will be able to keep supplies for service needs locally without requiring a long trip back to our Chicago-area offices. Should a piece of equipment need diagnosing or reprogramming, we can take that equipment back to our local office and minimize time at a client’s home. The office will also provide a base for meetings with clients and trade partners to discuss projects and plans. See Technology in Action Over the next few months, we intend to outfit this location with some select home technology solution demos. This will give Lake Geneva clients and trade partners the ability to see the technology in action, ask questions, and get a better...
How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

How to Improve Your Home Network Performance

Three Ways a Professional Network Installation Boosts Your Home’s Connectivity If it hasn’t become all too clear in these times, we are all very dependent on our data links to the world at large. From online shopping to Zoom video conferences, our home networks have become vital links to staying connected with everything important in our lives. While the effects of the pandemic and Zoom calls will subside over time, there’s no question that reliable connectivity is and will continue to be a necessity. With all the strain current home networks are under, it might be a good time to review your system. Is it keeping up with all the high-resolution video streaming for video conferences and entertainment? Are your security cameras delivering you a quality feed when you want to see something? If not, you might be in need of some upgrades. Keep reading for three ways a professional home network installation can keep your Chicago, IL home connected in the fast lane. 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Wired vs. Wireless Connections It may be a wireless world, but wires provide the infrastructure for most wireless devices to work. Generally, a wired connection is more reliable than a wireless one, as wireless frequencies are subject to interference from other devices or can be affected by walls and other obstructions. Where might you want a wired versus a wireless connection? Wired connections are excellent for high throughput devices like desktop computers, networked drives for backup and media libraries, network video recorders and cameras for video surveillance, and some smart TVs and video streaming devices. What happens...