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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.

The Deal with Wi-Fi

We are living in a wireless era. People are more connected than ever, and rely on the internet to accomplish just about anything. With this in mind, it's no secret that everyone wants good wireless connectivity to access services like Netflix, Skype, Facebook, YouTube and more. The reality however, is that most home networks are not adequately set up to handle this demand.

The most common problem we run into is the hardware that you get from your service provider. If you have a large home, or run more network intensive services, then the wireless router included in the modem you get from them won't cut it. You can get around this by using better routers, like our standard favorite, the Asus NT-66U. These are typically fine for homes up to about 2000 square feet.

Pushing past that size, it's time to look at some more "hardcore" technology, where the router is separate from the wireless functionality. We frequently install these solutions in new construction. They are designed to scale up with the size and demands of a project, and provide enterprise grade wireless for rock solid performance.

Whetever your project needs are, Three60 can provide a wireless solution that's just right for you!

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