Bluetooth envy? D-Link audio extender adds performance, enhancement

With all the latest Bluetooth speakers to hit the market, a lot of people are experiencing envy. No matter the kind of home speaker setup, it’s probably not as quick or convenient as streaming audio wirelessly through a mobile tablet or smartphone. The apps for those mobile devices make access to all sorts of music more »


Home networking: Why wired (not wireless) networks ensure the best possible at-home experience

We asked Fritz Werder, vice president and general manager of the renowned OnQ and NuVo product lines at Legrand, to give us a primer on why wireless is not the be-all end-all in today’s home networks. Here’s what he had to say.

5 tips for creating a multi-screen sports haven

So you want to watch NHL, NBA, and NFL sports but they are all on at the same time. When scheduling conundrums for live TV present themselves, there is nothing better than having a multi-screen video wall so that you can watch everything simultaneously. We talked with multi-screen maven Modern Home Systems in San Diego for the skinny on how the average Joe might accomplish such a room in their own home. Here’s what we learned.


The sexiest new home audio speakers for 2014

There are speakers…and then there are speakers. Speakers that are sexy, powerful, sleek, big even. Speakers that throw caution to the wind and risk pissing off your interior designer. Speakers that are towering works of art. Speakers that laugh at the thought of being hidden in a wall. Speakers that might just kick your ass if you don’t give them the proper respect. We love them paired with their shorter, but mighty henchman, the subwoofer.

Slick ELAN g! system helps Brooklyn manager impress indie musicians

Many unlucky stiffs might as well call the office ‘home’, while others can do their work in their pajamas. But for some, socializing plays a huge part in career success, causing the lines between home and office to blur. For this self-made music manager located in Brooklyn, entertaining at home is simply part of the job. It’s more »


Wireless locks: safe or sketchy?

Wireless locks are a popular thing right now, and for good reason. Imagine being stuck in traffic and your dinner guests arrive early…just send them an e-key so they can let themselves in (and hopefully turn on the oven). Want your housekeeper to clean while you are on vacation? No problem, you can open and close doors remotely from anywhere you have Internet access, then come home to a nice clean house. Want to lock out your psycho soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend before she sets the place on fire? No problem.


5 tips to trick out your home theater or media room

  A flat-panel TV and a bowl of popcorn do not a home theater make. Whether you are taking your media-room system up a notch or creating a room dedicated to home theater, there is always room for improvement. Here are some easy ways to instantly make your system, and experience, better. 1) Upgrade Your more »

This Is Cool: Piper All-in-One Security/Automation Device

  While it may look like a compact bookshelf speaker, Blacksumac’s Piper is actually a panoramic security camera with siren, Z-Wave home automation, and environmental sensors (like temperature) all built in to one little package. You can set up rules for Piper for various “If…Then” scenarios. For example, “If motion is detected while I’m on more »

Don’t Let Floors Get You Down, Get a Moneual Robot

For many, the mundane tasks of doing the dishes, laundry, and cleaning make it better to leave the house in order to relax than be plagued by the dust bunnies taunting you from under the couch. Moneual is making it easier than ever to take care of those dust bunnies with its Smart Robot Vacuum more »

Save Money on Heating and Cooling with’s Geo-Services–one of the major players in the smart home arena–just received the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Mark of Excellence Award for Energy-Efficient Product of the Year. The technology uses your location in conjunction with a smart thermostat to make automation a no-brainer, literally. It automatically optimizes for savings when you are away and for more »

Not Ready for Ultra HD? Sharp’s Q+ Series HDTVs Will Display 4K!

After sitting through a bajillion press conferences at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I came away with a bit of a 4K headache. It’s exciting, sure. And yes, the picture quality is mind-blowing on sets from Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, Toshiba, and LG. But what if I’m just not ready to take the 4K more »

Broadcom’s New WiFi Chip for Video Streaming

Broadcom is one of those companies that you never hear about, but are all over the technology you own. Covering everything from video processing to networking, their chips move your data around the house and the world without you ever knowing their name. As such, Broadcom is always getting ready for the next big thing, more »