CustomRetailer February 2010 issue


Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution

"I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." —Zig Ziglar As we celebrate our successes of 2009 and welcome in a New Year, one common…

Area 51, the Bermuda Triangle, Wireless Security

Wireless security. Something manufacturers of wireless products and integrators alike should probably pay attention to, right? Because if wireless devices are left unsecured, they become open doors into your client's network. Did you know the Nintendo Wii only supports the Wireless Protected Access (WPA) security protocol? Do yourself a favor and search on YouTube for…

Breaking Out With VLANs

I attended my college class reunion last year (I'm not going to say which year), and when I arrived I found that we were all crammed into a big, crowded lobby. I had a heck of a time finding old friends and when I did, I had to stand really close in order to hear…

Energy Management

The push by utilities to cut power consumption opens up huge opportunities for electronic systems integrators. Here’s how you can use home automation technology to cash in on the hottest trend of the coming decade.

From the Show Floor

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show proved to be a spectacle of sights and sounds. Here is just a small glimpse of what caught our eye. Visit and sister site for much more video coverage.

Tech Backgrounder: CONEQ Equalization

Former installer and current principal of Real Sound Lab USA, Yoshi Asahi, explains his company’s speaker correction approach and its applications for standalone speakers and TVs.

The New 60 Minutes

We're a month into the New Year, and I'm sure it is fresh on everyone's minds to start thinking of ways to open up new revenue streams and create new business opportunities. Let CEDIA help you think of and explore those new opportunities from the comfort of your home or office. Sign-up for CEDIA's new…

You're Getting "Smarter" All the Time

The economic recession and the ensuing federal stimulus package have prompted an onslaught of money-saving devices to take off in a new way: "smart" technology is invading homes and public works projects in the hopes of making our use of fossil fuels more efficient. Of course, the major manufacturers in the custom integration channel have their specific solutions as well.