Project Takeover Turns into a Winner
This clean-up installation transformed an existing home into a tech-heavy haven with 15 TVs, distributed audio, security and other integration.
April 16, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

We’re not sure what was more challenging on this project—that it was a retrofit large-scale install or that the custom electronics pro had to clean up after someone else’s mess to get it perfect for the homeowners?

Judging from the result, it appears as though Frisco, Texas-based Automation Integration managed to overcome both aspects and live up to its name by not only installing tons of A/V, but integrating other important systems and interfaces to help the homeowners manage their daily lives better.

“For this project we had a homeowner who was coming from an existing home with a limited number of standard TVs with no system integration, HD, or whole house audio,” says Automation Integration’s Eric Becker. “We delivered him a complete easy-to-use system that incorporated 15 high-def flat screens including an outdoor unit on his patio, as well as a projector for his media room. We also provided audio throughout the home and property as well as the security system, cameras, and gate control.”

The TVs include mostly Sharp and Samsung unites, with a Pantel weatherproof model also installed. A JVC RS20 projector provides the high-def viewing in the media room, beamed onto a Draper Onyx screen.

All of the TVs in the main areas can access five satellite boxes as well as the surveillance cameras throughout the property, according to Becker. A combination of RTI remote controls, including the company’s U2 weatherproof remote, and touchscreens and keypads within a NetStreams Digilinx system allows for simplified command of all of the integrated electronics.

Audio distributed throughout the residence comes predominantly through several iPort docks for individual room use, along with a global iPod dock, and AM/FM radio can also be accessed within the integration.

“We did not start this project, but rather took it over and were faced with a bad design and poorly laid-out system. We had to adapt on the fly in order to give the homeowners a system that would work the way they wanted,” says Becker, whose company has shown us other handiwork taking over from previous pros’ jobs. “The system ended up so easy to operate that before we could even give a walk through they were up and using it.”

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer, equipment list

Systems Design and Installation
Automation Integration
Frisco, Texas
www.automationintegration.net

Equipment, Qty
RTI T2+ 12
RTI U2 1
RTI T3 1
RTI XP8 2
RTI RM433 3
RTI RP6 2
Samsung BD-P1500 2
Denon AVR-2808 1
Denon AVR-3808 1
Tripplite HTR05-1U 2
Tripplite HTRL15UPS 2
Panamax M5300PM 1
Panamax M4300PM 1
Panamax MIW-POWER-PRO-PFP 15
JVC DLS-RS20 1
Samsung LN32A450 1
Samsung LN32A450 1
Samsung LN52A750 1
Samsung LN40A750 1
Samsung LN19A330 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
Samsung LN40A750 1
Sharp LC26SB24U 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
Samsung LN40A650 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
Samsung LN55A950 1
Pantel 32” 1
Sharp LN32DU24U 1
GE Concord 1
Speco HT7246IHR 9
Speco HTINTB8 1
Speco TN-16-320 1
Microsoft XBOX360 1
Nintendo WII 1
Iport FS21 7
Iport FS22 1
Rockustics OctoRock 2
OnQ Ceiling Access Point 2
Netgear FVS-318 1
Netgear JGS524 1
Axis Communications 241Q 3
DirecTV HR23 5
Parasound ZTUNER 1
NeoPro FallBrook 1
Draper ONYX 1
NetStreams MLA4000 2
NetStreams TheaterLinx 2
NetStreams DoorLinx 2
NetStreams TL380 1
NetStreams TL430 6
NetStreams TL700 1
NetStreams SL250 9
NetStreams SL220 14
NetStreams KL201 9
NetStreams PowerLinx 5
Middle Atlantic ERK4020 2
Ethereal Interconnects


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