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Patio Season is Upon Us

It’s that time of year again, get out the umbrella, dust off the chairs and sweep the deck. Yes, the patio season is upon us. This summer, bring the garden to life with one of our amazing outdoor audio systems, which range from a simple single point speaker, to a tastefully planned landscape audio system to cover even the largest of properties. Remember, the goal of these systems is not to annoy your neighbors, but instead to evenly distribute audio throughout a space to create the perfect ambiance. So whether you’re wielding the apron and tongs or manning the cooler, you’ll get just the right level of audio.
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Almost there!

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!

Plan your cabling!

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.

Music Lovers And The Wireless Revolution

It's a well known fact that wireless technology has come a long way in the last few years. At the same rate, the availability of online music services has increased dramatically. How are these items related? Enter Sonos, a wireless music system that brings amazing sound to any room in the home. From spacious, full range audio, to subtle background music, Sonos has you covered.

In a recent home for example, Three60 delivered a 5.1 wireless surround sound system in the basement that didn't include any pre-wiring whatsoever. Consisting of a Playbar, subwoofer and a pair of Play:1 speakers, a soul shaking, heart pounding, adrenaline fueling sound system was created. The Sonos experience didn't stop there. By adding Sonos Play series speakers throughout the home, Three60 implemented a full home audio system, easily managed through a beautiful mobile app for Android, iOS or PC and Mac. Users can play anything on any player, or sync all players together for entertaining.

Sonos offers the largest selection of online streaming services, such as Rdio, Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer, Slacker, Songza and more. All effectively integrated into one, easy to use app.

We are shade certified!

Hooray! We are proud to announce that Three60 has completed Lutron's Sivoia QS wireless and Sivoia QS Shading Systems Solutions Certification (It's a mouthful!). With this, we'll be offering a huge range of wired and wireless shading solutions, incorporating roller blinds, roman shades, draperies, venetian, kirbe and many others!

By incorporating automated or controlled blinds in your project, you get the benefits of energy saving, security, convenience, and elegance.

Just another feather in the cap for Three60, as we continue to expand our complete smart home offerings.

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