3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

A smart home audio system opens new and exciting ways to enjoy music throughout your Chicago home Whether you’re cleaning your kitchen, enjoying a glass of wine after a long day or entertaining your friends, music makes your home a livelier and more enjoyable place to be. Given all the ways audio can enhance both everyday activities and special occasions, why not make it as easy as possible to listen to your audio of choice anywhere in your home? This is where whole home audio systems come into play. Using a network of speakers connected by sophisticated software, your music can follow you around your home with ease. There are additional benefits as well. Want to know more about whole home audio for your Chicago home? Keep reading. SEE ALSO: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT Switching among multiple home audio sources is often inconvenient. Having multiple audio sources often means you’re also switching between different remotes. Whole home audio systems resolve these issues by streamlining your various audio sources under the control of one device. You’re no longer bound to one room when you use whole home audio. Your central control switch may be in your media room or home theater, but you can connect speakers to that switch from anywhere using a wireless or hard-wired connection. Now your music seamlessly follows you from room to room. For more variety in your audio offerings, we can design your whole home audio system to include multiple zones. With multiple audio zones, you can enjoy different audio in each of those areas. No more fighting among family...
Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Barrett’s Technology Solutions shares which safety gear makes the biggest impact during this vulnerable season! As the heat rises, so does the prevalence of crime. In fact, studies have shown that most varieties of criminal activity peak during the summer — seeing an increase of more than 10 percent. Research cites many reasons that this could occur. Homeowners are away longer for vacations, or they’re opening windows to invite the fresh lake breezes. Some psychologists have mentioned that warmer weather and increased alcohol consumption result in increased crime compared to temperate climates. No matter the root cause, it’s our job at Barrett’s Technology Solutions to prepare your home in Lincoln Park and throughout Chicago for anything. That’s why today, we’re giving you a comprehensive home safety and surveillance system checklist that not only compensates for summer mishaps but also pays off all year. SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Smart Locks Smart locks help protect your property at multiple entry points, such as doorways and gates. Smart locks let familiar people in by using a door code, unique PIN or even biometric (thumbprint) access.. Many residents choose to connect this feature to video doorbells so that they can video chat with the person at the door before unlocking it. This feature protects you by eliminating the real possibility that someone could find that key you’ve hidden under your mat and break in. Do you often find yourself forgetting to lock the door behind you as you leave? Integrated locks help with that: Just one click from a smartphone app secures the door behind you. Sensors...
How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives You More Control of Your Entertainment Spaces. You want your home media room to stand out. Imagine creating an entertainment space, with the help of a certified integrator, that becomes the talk of your Chicago, IL, neighborhood. With Barrett’s Technology Solutions, your dreams can actualize into a cool, polished environment that you’ll be proud to enjoy by yourself or with friends. Picture stepping into a media room uniquely designed for you, pressing one button and seeing your favorite titles appear on the screen. Settle into your favorite chair and sink into a comfortable escape for hours. Sound enticing to you? Here’s how to make your dream a reality. SEE ALSO: Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater Sense of Style Why settle for a generic concept of what a media room “should” look like? Barrett’s Technology Solutions artfully crafts your media room to your exact specifications and preferences to help it reach its full potential. During a one-on-one consultation, let Barrett’s Technology Solutions know what themes, movies, or sports team inspire you and we can design with that in mind. Comfort is just as important as well: what is your preferred mode of seating, for example? Some close-knit families prefer communal setups, with loveseats and sofas, while diehard movie buffs might want some traditional theater seats added into the mix. We’ve never heard a request too unique for us to handle. Surround Sound When building your sonic environment, we take equipment, speaker placement and soundproofing into consideration to create audio that feels dynamic and lifelike. We use only top-quality speakers, like Meridian...
Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Why Home Builders and Designers Need an Integrator for Outdoor Projects

Barrett’s Technology Soltuions helps building professionals in the Chicago area design and install outdoor audio/video systems that will wow clients every time As you probably know by now, today’s discerning homeowners view smart home technology as a must-have feature instead of a nice addition. If you’re an architect, designer or interior decorator and you aren’t including home automation systems in your projects, you’re missing out on a substantial revenue source. With summer approaching, homeowners want to enhance their outdoor spaced with smart technology. It’s easy to see why; outdoor audio and video systems help people relax and have more fun in their yards. But setting up outdoor audio and video requires specialized training, knowledge and a set of skills most electricians or contractors don’t have. That’s why you want an expert technology integrator like Barrett’s by your side for your next project. Today we’ll walk you through all the reasons you should bring us on for any upcoming outdoor audio/video projects you have in Chicago. SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Outdoor A/V Upgrade Guide SAVE TIME AND MONEY No matter how large or complex your outdoor A/V project is, you want to avoid costly last-minute changes. You don’t want to dig up speakers, rewire a TV or move some critical component because some minute detail was overlooked in the planning stages. You can avoid these potential pitfalls by working with us as soon as possible on a project. This way, we work with you to achieve your customers’ vision while minimizing the chance of errors from the get-go. We’re well versed in the technical hurdles involved in outdoor A/V projects,...
3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

Get faster, more reliable performance from your devices while also improving your network security with help from Barrett’s Technology Solutions trusted integrators We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade. There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners. Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System MORE INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES Think about all the devices you and your family have that connect to the internet: desktop and laptop computers, phones, gaming consoles, speakers, TVs, thermostats, security devices, light fixtures and even some appliances. Your network is clearly overloaded and with all these devices fighting for bandwidth and your overall connectivity is likely to drop. If you’re still relying on a single wireless router to cover your entire home and you haven’t looked at the cabling you’re using, you’re going to see long load times and the occasional network crash. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff will...