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Connecting an External Device to the Beam Detector

March 8, 2010

I’m sure you’ve heard ’em before. Walk through the entrance of some convenience stores and you’ll hear that distinctive ding-dong chime alerting the store owner that a customer has just walked in. We do have photo-electric entry systems if you need one, but the topic of this blog is how to connect an external device » Read More

Extending the Channel Vision IR Repeating System

February 3, 2010

The Channel Vision CVIR5000 is by far one of the most popular IR repeating system kits that we carry (see it here). It has everything you need to control up to four devices, the IR receiver is plasma-proof, and it can be hole or surface mounted.  The only drawback with the CVIR5000 is that the IR receiver comes with a hardwired 36 inch lead.  » Read More

PC Access Software: What’s the Diff?

January 20, 2010

I recently was asked what the difference is between HAI’s Dealer PC Access software, 1105W,  and the End User version, 1106W, and truthfully, I didn’t quite know. I had heard something about not being able to change zone types with the End User software, and to generally recommended the dealer version to all HAI users  just because » Read More

No Hassle Modulation

June 25, 2009

Security cameras are very popular in today’s automated and connected home. The primary method of distributing the camera image, or any type of composite video signal throughout the home, is through the use of a modulator.  However, there are issues that need to be addressed when modulating signals, especially if you are combining the » Read More

Audio Distribution Wiring

May 18, 2009

I periodically get asked what   type of wiring one needs to install for an audio distribution system.  I then ask a question in return on what type of system do they wish to install, to which the reply is usually “Well, what do you have available?” And so begins a discussion of various products, from the simple attenuator volume » Read More

Making Contact Outputs Wireless

March 24, 2009

Have you been in a situation where you needed a sensor, such as a magnetic window contact or a water leak detector, but running wires between the sensor and the alarm/automation panel was not cost-effective or just downright impossible?  Didn’t you wish you could just send that contact signal magically through the air? Well, you can, and » Read More

NuVo Grand Concerto & Essentia Keypads

March 10, 2009

  Did you know that the NuVo Essentia keypad can be used with the Grand Concerto audio distribution system? If for some reason you don’t want or can’t use the double-gang wide Grand Concerto keypad, you can substitute the single-gang Essentia keypad in its place.  Both keypads are touch control pads, elegant, smooth as glass with » Read More