How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...
Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Strong Home Networking is Essential for Smart Home Automation The most advanced technology in the world isn’t much use if you can’t get it to work properly. If you’ve been frustrated by lagging audio, devices that won’t connect to the internet, or slow buffering when streaming video, the odds are likely that your network isn’t strong enough to support your Illinois smart home. This is especially true in areas like Chicago, where the dense population causes so much network interference. It’s a common issue with an easy solution. Keep reading to learn about the role that home networking plays in smart home success and how you can easily improve the reliability of your automation system. Where Home Networking Fits In Most people don’t think about the network when getting started with smart home automation. They stick with the generic router from the Internet Service Provider and assume it’ll work just fine. But as internet-connected devices such as smart TVs and tablets become more popular, they put more of a strain on the network’s resources.  Standard routers simply don’t provide adequate service for homes, even ones that don’t have full automation systems. Of course, the more smart devices you have set up throughout your home, the more pressure that puts on your home network. Each of these devices needs to communicate with each other seamlessly and instantly in order to create that perfect environment for you. If you were trying to drive ten different cars across the country, you’d need a lot more fuel than you would for one car alone. The same concept applies to smart devices—you need to...