Last year, Three60 undertook a unique lighting control and audio video project. The task was to install over 150 lighting control devices and a combination of audio/video zones in an 8500 square foot custom log home in beautiful Waiparous, AB.
The largest challenge was managing the square footage of the home, along with the density of materials. Because of the homes overall size and dense wood and concrete construction, careful measures had to be taken to ensure that signals sent from lighting control keypads would be heard in the far reaches of the home. Three60 strategically placed wired Rf repeaters throughout the home, and the result is 1100% overage.
Likewise, a high power Wi-Fi networking solution was installed and configured, utilizing multiple enterprise grade wireless access points to provide full coverage, even on the deck.
The end is near and we have tested all the devices, including 18 motorized shades. Everything is working great. This home is a great example of the advantage the Three60 provides in being able to provide full scale automation in both the electrical and audio/video worlds.
Full gallery to come!
If I could write this blog post title in larger writing, I would. This is the most important part of a new build project. From the get go of any project, it is vital to adequately plan out cable infrastructure drops for the various devices and features you will be using. Wiring a single coaxial cable to a TV is no good anymore, as today's technology continues to evolve. Depending on the functionality you are looking for, that same TV drop might now need extra data cabling, coax, speakers, and maybe even fiber. Three60 will do all the work for you based on your needs, and make suggestions to get the best experience in your new space.
Another important consideration is your network infrastructure, both wired and wireless. That's right, wired networks still have a place in this wonderful wireless world. Just because something can be wireless, doesn't mean it should be (that's a story for another day). In larger homes, a single wireless router just isn't going to cut it for when multiple users start streaming. For this purpose, it is important to plan for at least one centrally located access point to ensure even, strong signal throughout a property. Closets, pantries and offices make great locations for these devices. You will need more than one for proper coverage for anything over 1800 - 2000 square feet, or depending on the materials in your home. Three60 can measure the existing RF energy in your environment and properly space out and deploy proper wireless coverage. Plan to hard wire any non- mobile devices (TV's, desktop computers, printers etc). This will free up valuable wireless airtime for other wireless devices.
Lastly, all these cables are going to form quite a bundle, but it should never be a rats nest hanging in the mechanical room. A professionally installed patch panel or equipment rack will terminate all of these cables neatly for future use, making final installation and future upgrades simple. Check out the pics from a recently completed cabling termination, using a multi-purpose patch panel.
Imagine sitting out in a covered hot tub in the middle of winter, watching your favorite team play on the big screen. That's exactly what one of our customers requested, and we were happy to provide a fully functional solution. A 46" outdoor TV, high quality in-ceiling speakers, control of the LED lighting, and the ability to listen to streaming music or the TV, all controlled from an iPad or iPhone. Take your outdoor entertainment to the next level with Three60!
Today's modern home is packed with features designed to create the ultimate environment for entertaining. Enter the outdoors. There are many elements to consider when entertaining outdoors, one of the most often overlooked being music. Working alongside professional landscape designers, Three60 is able to integrate today's best technologies including Wi-Fi, television and audio, into the outdoors. Let's pause for a second and imagine your ideal outdoor oasis. Stonework, bushes, garden beds, heck maybe even a hot tub or swimming pool. You would never point a pair of massive stadium spotlights at it and call that landscape lighting. The same holds true for audio. So often we see large, beautiful outdoor areas blasted with sound from the deck. This doesn't create a sense of surround, or comfort. Areas close to the speakers are uncomfortably loud, while areas farther away or off angle are quiet.
So, the solution? A strategically placed array of smaller satellite speakers, combined with discreet, underground subwoofers, AKA the SLS landscape audio system from Sonance. This system brings a perfect blend of sound quality, listening comfort, and a general warmth to the outdoor area that you can't get with traditional outdoor speakers. The entire system virtually disappears into the landscape, as audio emanates from all around, creating a enveloping listening environment. In terms of volume at normal listening levels, the system is pleasant and unobtrusive, and due to it's directional design, it's less likely to annoy your neighbors.
There really is something truly special about the first time you experience your favorite music in your favorite space, usually culminating in two words. Blown away.