Sep 17 2014

News - D-Link Announces Affordable Wi-Fi Smart Plug

If you're sold on Home Automation (HA) the cost, while sometimes unpleasant, is just part of what it takes to accomplish the larger goal. For those who aren’t as convinced or have simpler targets, spending a couple hundred dollars to “smart” one plug is a hard sell, which is where an item like the just announced D-Link DSP-W110. For $40 you can get your feet wet, or setup an easy mechanism for rebooting those problematic HD-PVRs Smile.

Full PR after the break.

Sep 14 2014

News - SiliconDust HDHR Prime and MTR700 Tuning Adapter Issue

Every now and again we get an opportunity to see a company doing the right thing for their customers, even when it’s painful for them to do it. It’s unfortunate that this sort of thing often comes as a surprise and we don’t get to see it more often, but when the company is SiliconDust it wasn’t a shock to find out that they made the right/expensive choice to fix a recently discovered issue with Motorola’s MTR700 tuning adapter. The full breakdown is explained in the link below, and even more details available here. Whether this issue affected you personally or not, it’s clear that SiliconDust deserves some kudos.

When you order a SSL cert from a website it is cheap because it is fully automated. If you want to reissue SSL certificates with something non-standard about them to work around a bug nobody was aware of before it requires special handling. Think custom script development, custom signing ceremonies, etc.

Option 1: we do nothing and wait for the MTR700 firmware to roll out.

Option 2: we do the workaround. Calculation: external costs + internal costs divided by the number of customers we expect to hit the problem over the next 3 months = approx $400 per affected customer to do the workaround.

Some days you just want pick up a large stuffed-crust pizza, a tub of ice cream, and go home.

SilconDust Blog

Sep 10 2014

News - CEDIA Nets More HDBaseT Devices

If you're thinking about a HDBaseT installation, the options are expanding rapidly with a whole bunch of new devices coming soon or already out. That Integra AVR & projector look really sweet Smile.

Check out the PDF for the full list.

CEDIA-EXPO 2014– September 10, 2014 The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT technology, joins the home technology market leaders at CEDIA-EXPO 2014, in Denver.  The Alliance will be showcasing several new and existing HDBaseT-enabled products, including displays, projectors, switching, receivers and testing solutions.  HDBaseT technology, powered by Valens, enables all-in-one connectivity between high-definition video sources and remote displays, through a simple 100m/328ft Cat5e/6 cable, including uncompressed ultra-HD video & audio, Ethernet, USB, control signals, and power.

New Products PDF

Sep 08 2014

Review - D-Link Dual Band 750Mbps 802.11AC (DAP-1520) Wireless Extender

D-Link DAP-1520 AC750

Even with a fancy new 802.11AC Wi-Fi router, it is almost impossible to avoid having a few dead spots in a house. Unfortunately, those corners where the wireless does not quite reach reliably also makes a great place to put a bean bag chair for some casual web browsing or over-the-top (OTT) media consumption. Now that this market has matured with a myriad of AC1750 and AC1900 devices, we are also starting to see more devices like the $60 single stream D-Link Wireless AC750 Range Extender (DAP-1520) which promises to fix this problem without a significant cash outlay.

Sep 05 2014

News - Yamaha Announces SRT-1000 Under TV Sound Bar

SRT-1000

I used to have one of Yamaha's "sound processors", and it was a pretty decent substitute for a discrete setup in the right room because of the effort they put into analyzing the room and adjusting the output accordingly. The problem of course was the price, not everyone wants an expensive "sound bar" so the introduction if the SRT-1000 is good news because it addresses that - well partially. The SRT-1000 looks to have the same intelligent sound processing, ten speakers and a built-in subwoofer so it should deliver reasonable sound for TV and movies, but for $500 I'd expect HDMI input and HBR audio support to be included in the mix.

Step Up Your TV to True Surround Sound

Finally, a TV speaker base that brings your shows and movies to life with real surround sound. Employing 10 speakers plus dual built-in subwoofers in a single MDF wood cabinet, the SRT-1000 delivers true 5.1-channel surround sound with exceptional detail and clarity. Set up is a breeze with a single-cable connection to your TV while Bluetooth® lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

Yamaha SRT-1000

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