HDanywhere announce bigger, better 2016 UK Training Tour.

We have announced the dates and locations for our 2016 UK Training Tour, which include the popular CEDIA Tech Forums. The HDanywhere Training Tour sessions allow installers to update and improve their theoretical understanding of HDMI distribution, get hands-on with our latest matrixes, and gain advice on implementation and troubleshooting from our technical experts. To register, please visit hdanywhere.trade/training

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Learning outcomes for the sessions include how to spec, sell and set up a HDanywhere matrix and integrate a system with the HDanywhere control App for iOS and Android as well as third party control systems (Control4, Crestron, Fibaro, Loxone). By the end of each session, you will understand how to implement and troubleshoot a 4K or mixed 4K / 1080p installation environment, and also know how to avoid pitfalls associated with EDID, cabling standards, and CEC.

Easy ways to market your custom installation company will also be covered during the day-long training sessions, but will not be covered at the CEDIA Tech Forum Sessions. Every participant will get information on how they can join the HDanywhere Installer Network, which let’s qualified AV professionals advertise their services to homeowners living within a 50 mile radius completely free of charge and be contacted for potential jobs. Ways in which you can effectively utilise social media and print marketing will also be covered.

All attendees will gain access to a discount off their next HDanywhere matrix purchase for attending. UK Training Tour Sessions hosted at AWE cost £25.00 but all other sessions are free of charge. To register visit hdanywhere.trade/training

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What does a HDMI matrix do?

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 A HDMI matrix, sometimes called a HDMI matrix switcher, is a really useful device for your home especially if you’re a TV addict or home entertainment lover. We often refer to a HDMI matrix as a multiroom HDTV system, because it lets you watch multiple HDMI entertainment devices (for example Apple TV, Sky HD, or Virgin TiVo) on multiple HDTVs simultaneously.

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mHub 4K 4×4 matrix- watch up to 4 entertainment devices on 4 TVs in 4K or 1080p.

A HDMI matrix is a multiroom HDTV system that can make all of your HDMI entertainment devices accessible in every room in your home.

This means you could watch the same DVD player on four  TVs simultaneously, for example, or a different HDMI entertainment device on four different TVS, or any combination in between. A HDMI matrix is handy for individuals or families with a lot of different HDMI entertainment devices, such as a google chromecast, that they don’t want to be confined to using in just 1 room. With a HDMI matrix installed, every TV in the home can access the google chromecast.

Why invest in a HDMI matrix? What benefits will it bring to your home?

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A home that has had a HDMI matrix installed by a professional. Installation company: Cloud 6 Consulting.

Having a HDMI matrix or multiroom HDTV system installed in your home will mean that your TV viewing areas looks as good as they should.

In the above picture, the HDMI matrix is hidden away in the cupboard beneath along with four HDMI entertainment devices. All four of the devices connected to the HDMI matrix are accessible in every room in the home.

With  a matrix installed, there’s no set top boxes obscuring your viewing areas or, for wall mounted TVs, ugly cables that dangle down the walls and connect to a set top box. Also, a HDMI matrix negates the need for you to buy multiples of the same device e.g. a Sky Box for every TV that you want to be able to watch Sky on. With a matrix, you just need one Sky Box and you could watch it on as many TVs as you desire. This can help reduce your monthly subscription fees or save you unplugging your favourite entertainment device and carting around your home into another room.mHub2K1x4

Which HDMI matrix do you need?  

You’ll often find the following terminology used to describe the size of HDMI matrix and its basic functionality:

4×4 HDMI matrix- this lets you watch up to four HDMI entertainment devices on up to four HDTVs in any combination

8×8 HDMI matrix- this lets you watch up to eight HDMI entertainment devices on up to eight HDTVs in any combination

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Amazon Fire TV with 4K- to be able to watch this throughout your home you’d need 4K TVs and a 4K matrix.

4K vs 1080p HDMI matrixes- what’s the difference? 

In 2016, one of the biggest questions we get is “do I need a 4K matrix?” or “what’s the difference between a 4K or 1080p matrix.” The world is kind of in two camps. Most people are still watching HDMI entertainment devices / set top boxes that are Full HD 1080p or even 1080i. There are only very few HDMI entertainment devices or set top boxes that are 4K-ready or have any movies or shows in 4K available.

It is important to remember that in order to watch 4K you need an entertainment device that is 4K e.g. Amazon Fire TV with 4K, nVidia Shield, BT Youview Box, Sony X10 player. PLUS, you’ll need a 4K TV.  You can’t watch 4K on a 1080p TV. If it’s a 1080p TV then the maximum resolution you can enjoy is 1080p.

PLUS with a HDMI matrix installed in your home, then if you wanted to watch a 4K entertainment device on all your TVs, then every TV would have to be 4K. You couldn’t have a mixture of 4K and 1080p TVs. If you did, the matrix would have to send your films / shows out in a resolution of 1080p so that they could be watched by every screen in the home.

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How does a HDMI matrix work?

Regardless of what size of matrix, or whether you choose a 4K-capable or 2K-capable Full HD 1080p one, they tend to work in the same ways and require the same things.

HDanywhere specialise in HDMI over Cat 5e/6 matrixes. These use a single cable, called Cat 5e / 6, to send video and audio from your HDMI entertainment device to your set top box. The Cat 5e / 6 cable runs from the central hub of the HDMI matrix to each room with a TV… so if you wanted to send four devices to four TVs each in a different room, you would require four Cat 5e/6 cables- one to each room.

Then each TV requires a display receiver behind it that the Cat 5e / 6 cable connects to. You then connect the mini TV display receiver to the HDMI port on your TV using an appropriate length of high-speed HDMI cable.

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Left, Category 5 cabling and right HDanywhere Platina HDMI cables.

Why do I need this Cat 5e / 5 cable? Can’t I just use HDMI cables or do it wirelessly? 

Although you can now send music reliably over mediums like Bluetooth and Wifi, this is not yet the case with HDMI video-especially if you’re looking to deliver HDMI video to TVs that are far away from each other in different rooms!

Cat 5e/6 cabling is designed to push HDMI signals to long distances- typically up to 100m, with no loss in video quality and no latency (which can cause a delay in your viewing experience and result in scenarios where the audio and video are not in sync). If you’re really not sold on installing Cat 5e / 6 cabling in your home, then you can always hire a HDanywhere Pro via the HDanywhere Installer network to install the necessary cabling PLUS your HDanywhere system. That way, all that’s left for you to do is enjoy all your devices on every TV.

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How do you control your HDMI or change channel on your set top boxes / entertainment devices? 

All HDanywhere multiroom systems come with two-way IR as standard. Each HDanywhere matrix is supplied with an IR kit that you install with your matrix, so that you can basically use your Sky Box remote, for example, at every TV connected to your HDanywhere HDMI matrix. You can also use your TV remote controls to control things like volume and turning on and off, just as you normally would. Many of our customers are going to be using two-way IR control in tandem with the HDanywhere app, which lets you switch between which set top box you’re watching in any room. Both options (two way IR control and HDanywhere app) are free and easy to set up.

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If you’re looking to control your multiroom system, set top boxes and other smart home devices such as lights, then you might want to look into purchasing a third party control app e.g. SimpleControl, iRule, DemoPad or a universal remote Logitech Harmony, One for All. These options require you to program them.

Professionally-installed systems for whole-home automation and control, like Control4, Crestron, RTI, Loxone, Savant, OnControls and Fibaro, will work seamlessly with a HDanywhere matrix as well as the rest of your home electronics but these are not available for homeowners to purchase. They require detailed programming knowledge and must be installed by a HDanywhere Pro Installer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Add Power launch 4 new products at ISE 2016

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As UK distributor of Just Add Power’s award-winning HDMI over IP range we’re excited to tell you that they will be showing 4 new products at ISE 2016. Show goers can stop by stand 5-R018 to be the first to see:

  1. A 1U rackmount 3G+AVP transmitter with three 3G+AVP Ultra HD over IP Transmitters built in that delivers 4K with HDPC 2.2 support, 1080p or lower resolution content from three HDMI 2.0 or 1.x sources over a local area network using a Layer 3 Gigabit Managed Switch
  2. The new 3G+HIFI Transmitter with local HDMI output for 4K distribution projects that require support for all uncompressed multichannel audio formats up to and including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
  3. A 19” Razor Shelf accessory that can hold up to 13 individual Just Add Power transmitters or receivers vertically. When holding 13 x 3G Ultra HD over IP devices 
  4.  IR Dongle device; an RS232 to IR converter that allows for full IR control of integrated sources and displays in any Just Add Power HDMI over IP install. This most useful addition to the product lineup is compatible with all Just Add Power devices with serial ports, and reduces hardware costs associated with HDMI over IP installs, where previously extra control system hardware would have been necessary to deliver IR control.

See all four new products at ISE 2016 (5-R108)

Email: sales@hdconnectivity.com website: trade.hdconnectivity.com

 

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Learn about HDMI over IP in 30 mins at ISE 2016

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Daniel Adams, who has over 5 years experience supporting HDMI over IP projects all over the UK  through working with Just Add Power, will look at the benefits and limitations of distributing HDMI signals up to and including 4K over a local area network infrastructure. Areas covered include:

  • The growing popularity of HDMI over IP vs traditional HDMI video matrixes. Why are more and more brands coming out with IP-based HDMI distribution products?

  • Differences between IP transmission methods (H.264, JPEG2000 etc.) What do these terms actually mean and how much importance should we give to them when spec’ing product?

  • Good compression vs bad compression. Tell-tale signs of bad compression to look out for!

  • What you should look for in an IP-based HDMI distribution products e.g. dependability, added system features, inter-operability with third party systems.

  • Sending 4K signals over a local area network- 10GB switches vs 1 GB, fibre vs Cat 5e /6.

  • The essential skills needed installers need to integrate a robust HDMI over IP distribution system.

When: Tuesday 9th of February

Where: ISE Residential Solutions Theatre, 5-S120, Amsterdam RAI. 

Time: 11.30-12:00 

Cost: Free to attend. 

Register your interest here.

 

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HDanywhere at ISE 2016 launch app for controlling mHub 2K & 4K matrixes.

On stand 5-R97 at ISE 2016, HDanywhere will showcase their latest offering of HDMI and HDBaseT matrix systems, called mHub. The mHub family is made up of two new 8×8 and 4×4 matrixes: a 4K / HDCP 2.2 4×4 (RRP £2499 inc. VAT) and 8×8 (RRP £6000 inc. VAT), and a 2K Full HD 1080p 4×4 (RRP £999 inc. VAT) and 8×8 (RRP £2499 inc. VAT), all of which are available to order and are shipping now before the show. All of these HDanywhere mHub matrixes can be set up, configured and controlled via the new HDanywhere Control App for IoS and Android devices, which will make its début at ISE 2016. The HDanywhere Control App lets installers offer their clients a simple way to switch between and control popular HDMI source devices at each TV from the comfort of their tablet or phone, and is perfect for homes which don’t require or don’t have the budget for full whole-home automation control.

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The HDanywhere Control app also is useful as it enables installers to set up a HDanywhere mHub matrix, configure rooms and EDID settings. Homeowners can control any mHub matrix mentioned above, switch between HDMI source devices at each display location, and (via payable upgrades) gain control a number of popular HDMI entertainment devices e.g. Apple TV and Amazon fire TV.

The app will be available later in 2016 to download free with every mHub matrix package and will work on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The free version of the app can be downloaded multiple times per client site and allows for source switching functionality. Payable upgrades allow for control of particular source devices. Other control options for mHub  matrixes include two-way IR, two-way RS232, and IP, with major third party control drivers available for Control4, Crestron, Loxone, RTI.

Dillan Pattni, Head of Marketing at HDanywhere, said “the development of an app sees HDanywhere continuing to develop our identity as the matrix company that is consumer-friendly, as we recognise that homeowners are ultimately the end-user of every piece of CI kit installed. Through now having simple control via an app, it’s easier for installers to market and sell our products to homeowners as enhancing their lifestyle and improving their home entertainment experience. Systems like Sonos mean that homeowners are increasingly looking at home tech objects and saying ‘does it have an app?’ Now our installers can offer the app as a control option for HDanywhere systems and popular HDMI source devices, whilst continuing to sell their favourite brand of third party control systems for jobs that require complete source device, matrix, multiroom audio, lighting and heating control. We had huge success stories in 2015 of CIs increasing their visibility to homeowners and receiving work through our HDanywhere Installer Network. For 2016, we expect the launch of the app will mean more and more homeowners contact CIs using our Installer Network seeking to have a HDanywhere system installed by an expert.”

To see the HDanywhere app for the first time and learn more about HDanywhere’s mHub family of HDMI and HDBaseT matrixes, visit stand 5-R97 at ISE Amsterdam and talk to a member of the HDanywhere team. For info on all HDanywhere products visit www.hdanywhere.trade and for sale enquiries contact: sales@hdanywhere.trade

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Christmas 2016 orders, deliveries & opening times.

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Regarding the ordering and delivery of HDanywhere and Just Add Power products from OneAV (formally HD Connectivity):

We will ship ALL orders until 3pm on the 22nd of December 2016, we do not recommend using any next-day delivery methods on these days: 24th, 25th 26th, 27th and 28th.

The business is closed from 24-28th December inclusive. No ordering, customer servicing, shipping or delivery will take place.

  • 23rd Dec – business is closed from 1pm (no deliveries)
  • 24th-28th Dec – business is closed
  • 29th-30th Dec – ordering and delivery as usual
  • 2nd Jan – business is closed
  • 3rd Jan – business as usual

N.B. Due to the high volume of post and parcels sent over the Christmas and New Year, next-day delivery cannot be guaranteed even if next-day delivery option is selected.

 

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What’s the difference between a HDMI Splitter, a HDMI Switch and a HDMI matrix

This is a pretty short and snappy blog from us at HDanywhere but we feel it’s an important one as this question pops up in phone calls and on forums all the time. HDMI Splitters, Switches and Matrices are all classed as “HDMI distribution equipment” but they each do a different thing-  very important to remember!

HDMI Splitter

A HDMI splitter takes one HDMI source device (e.g. a Sky Box) and lets you watch it on more than one TV. So a 1×2 HDMI splitter could let you watch a Sky Box on two TVs at the same time, as shown in the wiring diagram below.

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There are normally two types of HDMI splitters: the first type only need HDMI cables for installation, like in the diagram above. The second type, sometimes called HDMI over Cat splitters, use network cables (commonly called Cat 5e / Cat 6 cables)  to send HDMI signals over longer distances.

A HDMI over Cat splitter is probably better suited to a scenario when you want to watch one HDMI source device, say an Apple TV, on four TVs, each in a different room or on different floors. This is because the Cat 5e or 6 cabling can run over distances from 50m to 100m (check with your manufacturer / in the product manual how long the cable run can be for your chosen model of HDMI splitter.) Below is our HDanywhere mHub 2K 1×4 HDMI over Cat splitter. It can send one source device to five TVs- four of those TVs require a Cat cabling run + a TV receiver (which come supplied with every package). The fifth TV is connected using a HDMI cable.

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HDMI Switch

A HDMI switch lets one TV switch between watching multiple HDMI source devices (e.g. A BluRay player, an Amazon Fire TV stick, a media server and a Sky Box). It’s is many-to-one device that is ideal for purchasing if you’re someone who has more HDMI entertainment devices than you do HDMI ports on your TV, meaning that everytime you want to watch something different you normally find yourself unplugging one device and plugging in another.  Traditionally HDMI splitters come in 4×1 or 8×1 sizes, only require HDMI cabling and do not have any TV receivers.

HDMI matrix

To put it simply a HDMI matrix is a HDMI splitter and a HDMI switcher combined in one box. So, a 4×4 HDMI matrix lets you watch up to four HDMI entertainment devices (which includes games consoles, Apple TVs, Blu Ray players, Sky and TiVo boxes and so on) on up to four HDTVs at the same time and in any desired combination. All TVs could watch the same HDMI entertainment device, each could watch a different device, or they could watch any desired combination of source devices. The scenario for which most people decide to buy or have a matrix professionally installed is because they have lots of HDMI source devices and lots of HDTVs, and want to be able to watch all of their HDMI sources in any room in their home.

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Again you can have pure HDMI matrices sometimes called a HDMI to HDMI matrix- this type only requires HDMI cables to be installed, but will struggle to send HD video over any great distance. That is why traditionally professional custom installaters and AV installers  usually choose to fit a HDMI over Cat 5e / 6 matrix in a home.

If you’re interested in a HDMI Splitter, Switcher or Matrix visit www.hdanywhere.co.uk to browse your options. Plus, you could always browse our Installer Network to find a qualified professional who can fit any of these pieces of video distribution equipment and the relevant cabling in your home.

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NEW: mHub 4K 4×4 and 8×8 HDBaseT-Pro matrices.

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Now, we are pleased to announce that the mHub 4k 4×4 matrix is available to order and shipping today RRP 2499.00 (including receivers and IR kit). Trade customers call 01684 676 348  for trade pricing, or get in touch with your local trade supplier: HD Connectivity, Aerials and Cables, AWE or Unicam AV.

mHub 4K matrix features

Available in 4×4 and 8×8 full-install packages, the new mHub 4K HDBaseT-Pro matrices allow for multizone distribution of 4K resolutions up to and including the consumer broadcast UHD standard (3840 x 2160p) and DCI 4K (4096 x 2160p) @60Hz 4:2:0 to distances of 70m over a single Cat 6 cable, whilst Full HD 1080p is supported to distances up to 100m. As companies like BT, Amazon, nVidia and TiVo have now unveiled their new 4K set top boxes with HDCP 2.2 encryption, the release of HDanywhere’s mHub 4K 4×4 and 8×8 means there is now a competitively-priced system for the residential distribution of these new devices.

Both the mHub 4K 4×4 and 8×8 support the full 5-Play™ HDBaseT feature set, meaning that UHD video, multi-channel audio, two-way IR and RS232 control, PoH, and 10/100 Ethernet are delivered over a single Cat5e / 6 cable to each display location. Atop the typical HDBaseT 5-Play™ feature set, audio extraction is supported via digital coax at the hub (with the extracted audio matching the audio format of the source device) or down-mixed multi channel audio can be achieved via the 3.5mm jack on the chassis.

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Four HDMI loop outs are available on the mHub 4K 4×4 chassis, whilst the 8×8 model has eight additional HDMI loop outs, offering plenty of flexibility for the integration of amps in the rack or mirrored displays for local zone distribution. A global IR port on the central hub allows for the control of integrated AVRs.

 

mHub 4K design.

 

In terms of design, the new mHub 4K 4×4 and 8×8 have a futuristic feel with their lunar grey chassis sporting a vertical dark grey HDanywhere logo, a backlit blue LCD display, and intuitive push-buttons for source switching and system management. The mHub 4K receivers, also in lunar grey, are PoH (requiring no power supply) and feature an RS232 connection as well as 10/100 Ethernet for connection of devices requiring networking. Installation of an mHub 4K matrix is entirely plug and play; once cabling is run, on site setup is both fast and easy. Control options for the mHub 4K 4×4 and 8×8 include two-way IR, two-way RS232, and IP. Third party control drivers will be available to download free of charge from www.hdanywhere.trade

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In the box.

 

Every mHub 4K is sold as a complete install package with the price including one matrix with internal PSU and 19’’ rack ears, HDBaseT-Pro (Class A) PoH display receivers (four or eight depending on your model), and a small matrix remote for source switching. An mHub 4K 4×4 is priced £2499.00 RRP and an mHub 4K 8×8 is priced £6000 RRP.

Trade customers, please call 01684 576 348 and speak with a member of our customer services team for trade pricing. mHub 4K HDBaseT-Pro matrices will be available to purchase from the following UK trade sales partners: HD Connectivity, AWE, Aerials and Cables, and Unicam AV. These systems are not yet available to order but are coming soon.

 

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Tips for finding a professional custom installer

A professionally installed living room that uses a HDanywhere matrix to deliver HDTV to mutliple rooms. Professionally installed by Avicci Ltd. (Leeds). Homeowners can enjoy HD entertainment that looks incredible and compliments the design of their living spaces.

A professionally installed living room that uses a HDanywhere matrix to deliver HDTV to mutliple rooms. Professionally installed by Avicci Ltd. (West Midlands). Homeowners can enjoy HD entertainment that looks incredible and compliments the design of their living spaces.

Having a HDanywhere video distribution system professionally installed should help to guarantee the system’s long-term performance and also take the hassle out of installation, as someone else can run all the Cat 5e/6 cabling for you and get the system working flawlessly with all your various home cinema and media devices. They can also supply and install a suitable method of controlling your HDanywhere system and various smart home electronics components. Going the professional installation vs DIY install route means you should be able to enjoy a fully integrated smart home that’s been thoughtfully designed to meet your needs.

Yet how can you find a professional custom installer that’s best suited to your home and how do you go about hiring someone that you’re sure can meet your expectations. Here’s 5 handy tips!

1. Be clear of what you need and present them with a brief.

 

Finished install by Avicci Ltd (Leeds). In this show home, Control 4 remotes allow for easy control of all entertainment devices and AV equipment.

Finished install by Avicci Ltd (West Midlands). In this show home, Control 4 remotes allow for easy control of all entertainment devices and AV equipment.

A brief doesn’t need to have everything 100% decided– it could simply be “I’m renovating my home and want to be able to watch my SkyBox and Apple TV on four different TVs, which are located in the livingroom, kitchen, playroom, and guest bedroom.” Where possible it’s always useful to provide information on what entertainment devices you have and, if available, the models of the existing TVs that you have.

Be as detailed as possible when talking to an installer but be aware that quality installers should make a pre-site assessment of your home, where they measure the length of cabling they’ll need to install for a HDanywhere system, check out the existing condition of your home electrics, and flag up any potential issues they’ll have to work around or additional gear they’ll need to fit in order to get your home entertainment setup exactly how you want it.

2. Have a budget in mind that is realistic.

Be realistic about your budget, set aside enough that means you can invest in quality equipment and an installer with a well-rounded skill set and relevant experience.

Be realistic about your budget, set aside enough to allow you to invest in quality equipment and an installer with a well-rounded skill set and relevant experience.

Your budget for a professional installation is ultimately dictated by you, but be realistic with what you can expect to get for your money. Some factors that increase a budget for multiroom HD entertainment can be the desire to have a fully 4K-capable setup- this means you’ll need newer HDMI 2.0 or HDMI 1.4 screens with HDCP 2.2, which are more expensive, and you’ll also need a HDanywhere system that can handle 4K and HDCP 2.2 (also a pricier option than a standard system that supports Full HD 1080p).

In order to be flexible with your budget, it can be beneficial to prioritise what is most important within your home setup- is it easy control? Then you’ll want your installer to invest in an adequate third party control system like Control 4, Crestron, RTI or Loxone or some other well known brand. Is it image quality that matters the most to you? If so, then think about some of the pricier TVs and video distribution equipment mentioned above. Make it clear to the installer what part of the end result you will value the most and this should allow them to better tailor the install to your budget.

3. Ask the right questions and get to know your installer.

Cat 5e cabling installation is a service professional custom installers should offer.

When contacting installers have a list of questions, such as “what type of cabling do you recommend we have installed?” and ” what type of equipment do you typically install in smart homes?”

Don’t be afraid to ask installers about themselves and their company- how long have they been installing HDanywhere systems professionally? Do they regularly install HDMI over Cat matrices and HDBaseT systems into people’s homes. If so, how often? Can they explain to you the difference between various pieces of entertainment and video distribution gear? We recommend choosing the installer who you feel most confidently and adequately answers the questions you pose to them. If you’re going to hire an installer, it’s important that you feel 100% confident that they are knowledgeable and able to talk through any concerns you might have.

Also, many installers may try and sell you additional services or recommend brands for you to use. This is normal but if you contacted them about getting a HDanywhere system installed, especially if you found your installer listed on our HDanywhere Installer Network, then they should really install a HDanywhere multiroom HD system as you’ve requested. If they try and sell you an alternative brand ask why, and also ask why they advertise themselves as a HDanywhere installer? If you feel completely unhappy with an installer you’ve hired via the HDanywhere Installer Network, then do let us know and we can look into removing them from our Installer Network pending investigation. We are dedicated to making the HDanywhere Installer Network be home to qualified, knowledgeable smart home professionals and we always appreciate feedback on how we can improve this service.

4. Ask to see examples of their previous work and always check out their website.

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Completed games room that has a HDanywhere video matrix so that the owner can enjoy HD sports entertainment whilst enjoying a game of pool.

Just like interior designers and architects, some of the most telling ways to see if a custom installer is up to scratch is to ask to see examples of their previous work. Custom installers who specialise in high-end and luxury home electronic design tend to have really beautiful websites and invest in hiring professional photographers to take pictures of their completed smart home and home cinema projects.

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A professionally installed kids room that is connected to a HDanywhere video matrix can enjoy watching multiple devices such as PS4, DVD players and Sky Box.

Even if an installer doesn’t have sleek professionally-taken photos, a good selection of images from various projects they’ve done should give you a flavour of what their work is like. Customer testimonies on their website can also be a good indication that they have a great relationship with previous clients and that they are able to meet their customers’ requirements.

5. What about credentials?

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CEDIA is a trade body for Custom Installers. Membership is not compulsary but installers who are members gain access to a huge amount of professional training and can work through CEDIA to keep their skills up to date.

You might be surprised to know that there is no “custom installers degree” or formal qualification that ticks a box to say that you’re a custom installer. Installers get into designing and fitting smart homes through different ways- some used to be satellite and aerial installers, some were initially trained as  electricians, some might come from a programming, networking and IT background. Some may even have engineering and IT degrees. There isn’t really a hard and fast rule as to how to become a custom installer, though realistically a custom installer working today needs a bit of experience in all of the areas mentioned above.

You can always ask your installer as to whether they are a member of CEDIA- the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, which is the international trade organisation for the home technology industry with over 3,500 member companies worldwide. We talked to Chloe Gibb, Senior Marketing Officer at CEDIA, about the benefits of hiring an installer who’s a CEDIA member. Chloe said that,

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Chloe Gibb, Senior Marketing Officer at CEDIA.

“All of CEDIA’s members agree to adhere to a strict set of principles and ethics when they join the organisation and CEDIA checks that its members are properly insured. Their commitment to service and professionalism in all elements of installation and design guarantees that you don’t have to worry about a job being completed to anything but the highest standard. CEDIA offers various certifications that verify the quality of the installers’ skills, credibility and reliability as a home technology professional. Such certifications to look out for include the CEDIA Electronic Systems Technician II (EST2), signifying the technical expertise the professional has in the foundation of the residential systems industry.  CEDIA Certified members are exclusively invited to participate in the Structured Cabling Assessor scheme, whereby they are given the tools required to assess homeowner properties in order to issue a Smart Home Cabling (SHC) certificate.”

 In addition to CEDIA membership and certifications, there is also the The Registered Digital Installer Licencing Body (RDI-LB). The RDI vets every single one of its members to make sure that each tradesman has received the relevant training for the services that they advertise and that any qualifications and certificates have been checked and are up to date. Their membership can cover a mix of things- CCTV, home cinema, Smart energy, fiber and cable TV- you can use their database to search for a range of qualified tradesmen. To find a local member, visit www.cedia.org/find-a-cedia-professional

So how do you ultimately decide?

There are a variety of ways. You can search CEDIA’s database or the RDI’s database. AV Forums also has a database that you search by location. If you are looking for a qualified HDanywhere professional, however, then your best bet is to use our HDanywhere Installer Network to browse our database of custom installers working near to you. We’d always recommend that whatever tool you use to search, even if it’s just a google search, contacting at least two or three installers to get a range of quotations and provide yourself with options. Plus, even in the digital age don’t forget that word of mouth is as powerful a tool as any. If someone you know well recommends a professional custom installer, then this is a pretty powerful testimony as to the installers’ skills and customer care capabilities. AVForums also provides an excellent platform for online referrals or you can post in their “Custom Installation and Installers Forum” to put a job out to tender.

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3G Ultra HD over IP UK launch at EI Live! North 2015

 

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We’re less than a month away from EI Live! North in Manchester. This year at the show HD Connectivity (Stand 89-90) will head the UK-side launch of Just Add Power’s 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers, the newest and most sophisticated generation of HDMI over IP video distribution products, designed to send 4K /2160p content from HDMI 2.0 source devices as well as Full HD 1080p and lower resolution content from HDMI 1.x sources over a standard gigabit network and Cat 5e / 6 cabling infrastructure.

Up and downscales 4K instantly for HDMI 1.4 and earlier displays.

3G’s built-in 4K up/downscaling capabilities allow 4K content with HDCP 2.2 encryption from HDMI 2.0 devices to be downscaled to 1080p and shown on Full HD and earlier displays. Likewise, 1080p content can be upscaled a shown in 2160p on a 4K-capable HDMI 2.0 display without encountering any HDCP or handshaking issues. With no extra hardware needed for handling a mixture of HDMI 2.o and HDMI 1.x devices and no 10 GB or fiber optic cabling required for 2160p distribution, Ultra HD over IP makes 4K distribution easier and more flexible than ever before.

Whether you’re looking to distribute all the newest 4K source devices with HDCP 2.2 encryption to HDMI 2.0 screens or are faced with a project with a mixture of UHD, Full HD and lower resolution HDMI sources needing to be sent to multiple HDMI 2.o and earlier HDMI 1.x screens, 3G can meet your needs. If you’re interested in pricing for the 3G transmitters and receivers, please call 01684 576 348 or for more information on the product, see below. Don’t forget to call by Stand 89-90 to see a live demo at EI Live! North on October 14, 2015 and talk to team members from HD Connectivity about your upcoming projects.

Learn more about the 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters and receivers.

 

 

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