Technology Integrator September 2013 issue

 

Integrators Speak Out!

Some of CEDIA’s finest talk tech trends, and the future of the industry


Knowing Your Customer and Turning That Knowledge into Opportunity

Integrators are evolving. Over the last few years, integrators have expanded into new solution categories (commercial/pro AV, networking, surveillance and security, etc.) and are very capable of advising their customers on home automation, energy efficiency and control, shading, and other solutions that were not frequently part of the conversation even a few years ago.


Make Way For 4K

Gordon Shackelford is known primarily for his expertise on the video side of CE, but like so many others in the industry, his roots lie with 2-channel audio.


Managing Dynamic Networks

As I’ve written previously, change is inevitable—especially when it comes to the ongoing management of IT networks. New products and technologies, new IP-enabled devices and new delivery methodologies continue to hit the market at an ever-accelerated pace. Let’s review six important areas you need to keep in mind in order to properly manage your client’s…


Reshoring at Peerless-AV Sets An Example for the Industry

Several months ago, Peerless-AV received a call from the White House (yes, that White House). Aides there had been alerted to the company’s activities in bringing all offshore production back from China to the U.S., and wanted details on what was involved. The fact that Peerless-AV is on the White House’s “reshoring” radar is a clear sign that it’s at the very forefront of the movement.


The Professional Installer’s Guide to IP Networking

This is the final segment of this five-part series. We’ve previously discussed the basic components of an IP network and the functions of those components in segments one and two. We then took a closer look at routers and switches in segments three and four. In this installment we’ll discuss wireless networking, with a focus on wireless access points (AP).


Why Windows 8 Bombed, and Why I Bought One Anyway

I bought my first PC In 1987. It was an IBM clone, and I installed Windows version 2 on something new called a hard drive. I unplugged my old typewriter and began doing all my work in the new word processor program. I began learning spreadsheets, and was thrilled that I could create brochures with the new desktop publishing software without having to drive to a typesetter. That first PC changed my office workflow forever. I still depend on the same core programs in Microsoft Office to get things done today.