TV wall mount

TV wall brackets, what’s available and what’s right for me? part 2

WHICH ROOM WILL THE TV BE WALL MOUNTED IN TO?

Where do plan to place the TV?  In the bedroom? The home theatre room? Living room? Kitchen? Depending on which room it is to be installed into, we could either mount it onto the wall or hang it off the ceiling (great for a bedroom) or to get really fancy, we can have the TV screen retract away when it’s not in use as per our YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/XnMfhpE3Jp8

SUGGESION FOR DIFFERENT TV WALL BRACKETS TO USE

If the TV will be wall mounted, will it be mounted higher than normal for example above a fireplace, will we need to tilt it down? Even if it will be mounted at normal height a tilting bracket is a better option to use anyway as hiding all the cable will be makeTV wall bracketeasier. Another type of bracket we could use is a flat panel bracket, the advantage of using a flat bracket is the screen can sit a lot closer to the wall, but makes hiding the cables harder and if you wanted a power point behind the TV, this will pretty much be impossible to do, but we do not always need a power point behind a TV as the cables can be hidden away.

Is the room an odd shape or the room not square to the screen? This is where a pivoting arm bracket comes into play, the only limitation is on a steel framed house. As the TV will be sitting away from the wall, there will be more weight on the arm and because the frame is not very thick (only a few millimetres), you run the risk of the bracket coming off the wall, we would not recommend wall mounting a TV any larger than a 37” on a pivoting arm bracket for this very reason.

Will the screen be mounted in the corner of the room? Although this is not ideal as there will be a lot of wasted space, we can wall mount a TV in a corner of a room, with a special corner bracket that is specially designed for that job, size doesn’t matter to the bracket but we are limited because of the length of the arm. Pivoting arm brackets are also available as electronic, so no need to pull the screen out yourself, just grab the remote and bracket will move out on its own.

TV wall bracket

WHERE CAN I GET A TV WALL BRACKET FROM?

Now the million dollar question, where can I get a bracket from? Although this is an easy question to answer, any TV retail store will be more than happy to sell you one, but they have a bad habit of charging you your entire savings for a simple bracket. All these examples are form various Australian retail stores, and to compare just go to our wall bracket page for prices.

If you have any questions about wall brackets or looking to wall mount your TV, give us a call, were more than happy to quote a TV bracket for you if you wish to mount it yourself, or if you don’t feel confident we’re more than happy to complete the job for you.

Please note that the screen shots were taken from various Australian major retail outlets.

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TV wall brackets, what’s available and what’s right for me?

WHY WALL MOUNT A TV

Wall mounting a TV, especially large TV is a great solution and is essential for a well presented home theatre system. These days any size TV can be wall mounted as long as all the necessary criteria’s are met. There are many reasons why wall mounting a TV is required and one good reason would be to hide all the ugly cables and leads, from a safety aspect it would be to keep little finger touching the screen and preventing the TV falling forward onto a child an, many children have been killed from this type of accident. One problem is, with so many TV brackets on the market, which one is the best one for you?

THE TYPES OF WALL CONSTRUCTIONS FOR WALL MOUNTING A TV

First off knowing what the construction of the walls are is important, either timer of steel framed, if it’s timber, great, no problems at all, we’re able to use any bracket you’d like, brick is great as well but we’ll have problems running the cables to keep it out of sight. If it’s steel, you’ll be limited to what kind of brackets can used due to the weight of the TV, but if it’s a small TV you’ll be able to get away with almost any bracket.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TV BRACKETS

Picking out the right TV bracket is essential and can be narrowed down by answering the following questions. So what is the TV size? The size of the TV will dictate the size of bracket, of course the price of the bracket as well, although we can fit a large bracket onto a small TV, who wants to see the bracket poking out from either side of the TV? In the past you could say that there were 2 different sizes of brackets but now that TV’s are coming up to the 100” in screen size, there are basically 3 different size brackets to accommodate all the new larger TV sizes.

Please not, these screen shots were taken from various Australian major retail outlets

Click here for part 2

security

Security system – what they can do and who should you trust with installation part 1

There are many manufactures, brand and suppliers these days but what is a good security system and are all the installers giving you all the right information.

We use the NESS system (www.ness.com.au) it’s an Australianmade alarm system from Seven Hills in Sydney. We’ve found that there system is the easiest to use and program with many functions that not everybody will use.

Just to list a few did you know that the NESS system (and other security systems should feature some, if not all of the following) will;

  1. If programmed wired up to do, can call a mobile phone instead of a monitoring station, this will save money as a base station cost is usually $1 per day.
  2. Use a remote control to turn on and off the alarm system from outside the building and if an electric roller doors is installed, we can program the roller door to work off the same remote control as the alarm system is working on.
  3. If there is no phone line into the building, we can connect a GSM unit to communicate with the mobile phone network (we will also need a SIM card with an active account).
  4. If there is C-Bus home automation in the building, we can connect into it and do some lighting functions.
  5. We can connect smoke detector and temperature sensors; then program it to call a mobile phone if either detects smoke or the temperature is out of range, great for a business situation with fridges or cool rooms.
  6. Sites that are connected to the NBN, we can also connect to, as the NESS phone dialler complies with the Australian telecommunication regulation. More info can be seen at http://nesscorporation.com/nbn-info
This is part 1 of this blog, click here of part 2
Or you can head over to our alarm systems page for some more information.
freeview plus

Freeview Plus – What is it?

WHAT IS FREEVIEW PLUS?

So we’re all enjoying Freeview with a new digital TV antenna, and all the benefits it has to offer like a 7 day program guide, setting up timers and multitude of channels (unfortunately some channels we’ll never watch), and just as we’ve mastered this, a new technology is just around the corner, in May 2014 it is set to start, Freeview Plus , oh on not something else I hear you say, so what is it?

Freeview Plus is a hybrid technology which mean it uses a mix if the internet and free-to-air digital TV, technically it uses HbbTV (Hyper broadcast broadband TV) technology. Freeview Plus has some benefits over the current Freeview and of the main benefit at the moment is the ability to catch up on TV show that was missed, as well as all the other features like setup “favorites” and an extended EPG (electronic program guide).

Current “catch up” shows are limited but can be seen here from Freeview here.

HOW TO CONNECT TO FREEVIEW PLUS

For those that already have TV’s connected to the internet, there some channels available to us like “iview”, “SBS on demand” and “Plus 7”, this is all internet TV through a smart TV or a “smart box” connected to a TV, another form of IPTV (internet protocol TV) we featured some time ago was in our blog about NAS systems and streaming DVD and Blu-ray movie that are stored on a hard drive in your home to all the TV’s in the house that are connected to internet, no need for a DVD or Blu-ray player any more.

There are other forms of internet TV that is already here and are all in some kind of set top box form, some we would of heard of and some not, and some of the suppliers are Telstra’s T-box, Apple TV, Google TV and iinet’s Fetch TV, so internet TV has been around for a while but Freeview Plus is a new technology and it will be interesting to see how it will take off and be accepted by everybody.

Will this mean another box, more remote controls? We hate to say but most likely yes, as this is a new technology, some current model smart TV’s may be able to download and use Freeview Plus but the most of us will need a new/another set top box to use Freeview Plus.

HOW TO RECEIVE FREVIEW PLUS

As technology evolves, gone are the days where only an antenna cable is run to the TV, now with the invent of the internet, the TV’s having the ability to connect to the internet and a NAS, and now Freeview Plus, running a data cable to each TV has become the norm not an option, some TV’s do come with wireless built in and that’s great where a data cable cannot be run to, but to ensure the TV receives to full bandwidth of the network a data cable should be run, when there are many devices connected via wireless like laptops, Ipads, Iphones ect ect, this can create congestion in the network and slow the wireless down, so it’s always best to run a dedicated cable to each device if possible and if building a new house, or shop that will use TV’s as a display, this now is a requirement as to stay up to date with technology.

Custom Audio Visual Solutions can install a new digital antenna and data outlet for Freeview Plus. We service Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and the Central Coast.

http://www.freeview.com.au/freeviewplus.aspx

Freeview TV guide can be seen here.

Other source for this blog have come from:

http://www.cnet.com.au/what-is-hbbtv-339347112.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/blog/gadgets-on-the-go/freeviewplus-works-with-nonfreeview-gear-20140310-346jb.html

HDMI lead

HDMI cable, don’t be mislead with expensive cables

For many years, consumers would walk into a retail store to buy a new TV, or a home theatre system, even a Blu-ray player and for many years the sales person would always try to sell the customer the most expensive HDMI cable they can, due to the sales persons ignorance or greed and unfortunately most defiantly due to the customers ignorance, an expensive HDMI cable is only a waste of money. Here we will tell you why.HDMI cable

Let’s start with the fundamentals. Back in the analogue days, cable quality was important as analogue signals were more susceptible to interference from different sources, so a quality cable with good shielding was required and this applies to RCA (yellow, red and white leads) leads as they are analogue. But now everything is going to HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), so only a single cable is needed.

How HDMI works is that it is a digital signal and not an analogue signal, so straight away the signal is a little more resilient and why is this so… Digital is sent in “bits” of data, in “1” and “0” for example “1110010100011010101” ect ect and not a frequency where interference can be introduced into it, so what this means is that regardless of whether it’s a $20 or a $250 lead, you WILL NOT notice a difference in picture quality, the signal will either be there or not. Only cable over a really long length for example over 15 meters, HDMI cableor a cable that is damaged / faulty is when problems can occur with the signal, this is known as the “Bit Error Ratio”. In terms of errors, an acceptable level is 1 error per 1 billion bits of data per second and there is roughly 1.2 billion bits of data sent per second from Blu-ray discs, and there is usually 24 frames per second of picture, and what this means is there a HDMI certified cable should only send an incorrect bit for a single pixel of a single frame of video every second. This is the maximum BER allowed so you will most likely receive less.

HDMIA picture at 1920 x 1080 will be pretty much impossible to detect. BER get worse as the length increase and sharply increase at 15m, after that errors at 23m can be counted at tens of thousands per second, but there is a way around longer HDMI Cable runs also 99% of use will never use a cable longer than 5 meters so we all have nothing to worry about. Errors are also known as sparkles and can be seen in this article from C-Net at http://www.cnet.com/news/why-all-hdmi-cables-are-the-same/ Another easy way to think of this is watching a digital TV station, when the signal is poor you get square boxes on the screen and the sound may stop, if it’s bad enough you will get a “no signal” on the screen, this is a high BER level, again the signal is either there or its not, there is no in-between like an analogue signal was.

There are different cable out on the market and as long as the packaging has “High Speed with Ethernet” written on it or in its advertising, that HDMI lead WILL do HD 1080i, 3D and the new 4K TVs format without any picture loss. There is talk about  HDMI 2.0, currently we are at HDMI 1.4 and sounds like a big leap… Don’t waste your money on this, HDMI 1.4 will still be around for a very long time and only SOME of the very high end TV’s have HDMI 2.0 ports. With HDMI cables, the only difference between all the Chinese made cables (as they all are today) is the quality of the cable construction itself and this is best explained in a C-Net part 2 article under the heading “Is it true all HDMI cables are the same?” from http://www.cnet.com/news/why-all-hdmi-cables-are-the-same-part-2/

So as a conclusion, if the sales person says you have to buy that expensive cable, don’t shop with them again, walk away, you’ve been lied to and then what else have they lied to you about as well… All the pictures above are screen shots of verious Australian retail outlets.

HDMI cable

To the left are HDMI cables we retail, as per the specifications, these cables will perform as well as any expensive cable from any retail outlet.

Sources for this blog was found at the following websites.

PCWorld, Technologys biggest myth

CNET, HDMI cable buying guide

CNET, why all HDMI cables are the same

CNET, why all HDMI cables are the same part 2

Speakers and receivers, which one should you get?

In today’s retail environment, it can be very confusing to pick out a new home theatre system, only because the range is getting bigger and bigger and every sales person will say something different and just about anything to make a sale, so what sales person can you trust these days… It’s only going to get worse. So what system is the best system for you?

This question can be answered in many different ways and of course the biggest influence will be price. Here is a scenario, you walk into a retail store and tell the sales person you have X amount of dollars to spend, “great” he says and walks you straight to the system in your price range and push the product where they know they will make the most commission on, right!

This is the wrong approach, and to compound this, there are many different cables on the market and a salesperson will try to sell the most expensive cables they have saying “you have to have it, it’s the best cable out in the market and will make a difference” so downgrading the equipment will happen to stay in budget. Only to increase their commission with no quality increase, so now your new system will not be as good as it could have been, then buyer’s remorse will kick in.

Do your homework! we highly recommend that you do your homework before going out and looking at home theatre equipment and not to mention TV’s as well, sales people cannot be trusted these day as it’s their job to sell and are forced to try to upsell other items by saying just about anything to make a sale, we’ve seen this all too many times. Buy a home theatre magazine and read up on equipment then go in armed with ammo instead of leaving yourself open to believe anything they have to say is the best thing to do, many retail outlets clam to be the “home theatre experts” and one comes straight into mind, the truth is they only have really great marketing department.

Earlier this year (2014) Sound+image magazine (an Australian magazine) had their annual awards for home theatre equipment, a fair few winners that were announced are systems we supply. And some of these items we will be show casing at the Newcastle Home Show this year. The results can be seen here athttp://www.avhub.com.au/index.php/News/Sound+Image/soundimage-awards-2014.html

When it comes to picking out a home theatre system, price should not be the only factor so leaving yourself flexible is a must. Look at the room size is a good start, this will dictate what speaker and receiver size to look of, of course if a system is being installed into a large room, small speakers are out of the question, and vice versa. Another major factor is “you pay for what you get”, high end speakers and receiver that are certified for a sound format, where one could pay $20,000+ for speakers and a receiver alone will sound totally different and of course much better than a base model system for a few thousand dollars, to find a home theatre system that will sound great, don’t spend less than $5000 is a must. Installation is important as well, there is a bit of maths to consider when installing a system and this is also where you should not go cheap, many installers just rush the job and not sit down to think out the best positions for the speakers, if this is not done right a system can sound unrealistic and bad, not to mention disappointment and buyer’s remorse as everything was promised but not much delivered by the sales person. It’s never as easy as just putting up speakers and away you go, a bit of thought has to go into it. If the sales person says something different, be very weary of them.

Our next blog will be about HDMI cables, read it when it’s available and save some money so your not having to downgrade your new home theatre system, stay in budget with these tips and get the best you can.

4k tv

To buy or not to buy 4K

TVs are getting bigger and better with more features all the time, in the last few years the big thing was 3D, but now the craze is 4K, so should we all jump on band wagon and buy one? Is it worth it right now and are there any benefits to 4K over 1080 – which is what we are currently using.

First off lets discuss what 4K is for those that do not know; current TVs are 1080 which means 1920 x 1080 pixels and 4K means 3840 x 2160 pixels, so basically 4K is 4 times as many pixels. This sounds great, doesn’t it? Well… Currently I’m afraid not and here is why.

Let’s start with the thing that will effect 4K and that’s content, what content can we find that is 4K, also are there any Blu-ray player on the market that can display true 4K or native 4K, and we’re not talking about upscaling. At the moment finding a 4K Blu-ray will be very unlikely but there are rumours that a true 4K Blu-ray play will be on the market at the end of 2014, currently there are standard Blu-ray players that can upscale to 4K but this is not true 4K, and what is the difference between true 4K and upscaling? Upscaling or 4K compatible or similar is actually play a lower resolution disc, let’s say 1080, and the Blu-ray player or the TV is to make up the rest of the pixels to make a 4K image, it has to guess all the missing pixels, it is guessing what the pixels should be from the other pixels around it to make a 4K image, and it’s not always 100% correct.

As for Freeview TV, TV signals are only being broadcasted in 1080i for HD channels and 576p for SD channals, the “i” stands for interlace and “p” stands for progressive, at the moment it’s not important to know what where mean but if you’re looking for more information, go to http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/1080i-and-1080p-are-the-same-resolution/ and the best we can get out of Freeview or Foxtel at the moment would be 1080i and 3D, when they are broadcasting it of course, but that’s another blog.

As 4K TVs are still a new technology, of course it’s quite expensive and in our option, hold off for at least the next 12 months, but if you have the dollars and want the best of the best then by all means purchase a 4K TV, just understand that at the moment there is no benefit for anyone, just stick with 1080 HD TV’s for now, even PS4 and Xbox one will not produce 4K games.

Now, from time to time there is an exception to the rule, the only time we would recommend a 4K TV is if you purchase a screen size over 70”, you will want to consider a 4K TV, anything under 70” you’ll be wasting your money as there is no benefit to watch 4K on a small screen, and the reason why…  Good quality TV’s are not cheap and you’ll only buy a new TV once every 5 to 10 years, so if you intend to buy a larger TV now, set yourself up and get that 4K TV. As screen sizes go up, a 1080 pixel TVs will get more noticeable, it is just like sitting in the first row at the movie theatres, physically seeing all the little pixels because you’re too close to the screen, to keep all the fine details of the movie or show, as it should be this is when 4K should be used, but of course right now there is no benefit, so if you can hold off on that big purchase, do so.

If more information is required, go to http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/4k-tv-dont-believe-the-hype-20140313-34n9j.html

sound proof room

Home theatre sound proofing

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when allowing for a home theatre room or what a lot of architects are calling it is a media room. There is very little to no thought about the sound waves that affect the theatre room or other room in the house and how soundproofing and acoustically treating the theatre room can reduce the effects and improve sound quality to simulate real world audio situations in the movie.

Just as a church or a concert hall have different acoustic properties, so does your home theatre room. Both soundproofing and acoustic treatments are different things but still, both are important to know about and what levels of effects are possible to achieve. Just a quick note, if you ask a gyprock installer, odds are they’ll know little to nothing about acoustic treatments, so further homework is required, this blog is a great start.

We’ll sound proof wallsstart with soundproofing (what most people would know and heard about), in its most basic form, it can be a matter of purchasing sound proof insulation, it is denser than regular insulation, then gyprock straight on top. It will work, but overall the result will be insignificant, for adequate sound proofing more work is required. There is special soundproofing gyprock you can purchase in different thicknesses, and within that, there are varying levels of soundproofing gyprock solutions, more importantly, different fixings are required and techniques in regards to installing it all. For a decent soundproof room, a double wall design is necessary with an air space between, like soundproof glass in high-end motels room or an inner-city apartment building. This level of work will eliminate nearly all sound waves, especially bass sound from travelling along timber framework that vibrates the walls, that’s how sound moves into the next room. More information about products can be seen at https://www.usgboral.com/en_au/solutions/plasterboard-systems/cinemazone-sound-reducing-system.html or http://www.gyprock.com.au/Pages/solutions/homes/noise.aspx or http://www.soundprooffoam.com/Guide_to_Soundproofing_a_Killer_Home_Theater.html this is an American site but give examples of sound proofing products used.

Now secondly, acoustic treatment in roomacoustic treatment is the next level up and is something not many people know about but more importantly is required for quality sound. This is where the difference audio quality will be noticed in the room. What happens in a normal room is sound wave bounce off all the wall, like in a large church (same in theory but nowhere near as bad in practice). If you clap your hands in the room and pay close enough attention you can hear a slight echo, that’s the sound waves bouncing off all the walls and then get to the ear; it can sound unnatural, and be amplified with hard surfaces like a timber or tile floor. With acoustic treatment you can clap your hands and the echo will dramatically decrease, the sound will be much clearer, and when done right, the entire room will have a different sound to it. To achieve a great sounding home theatre room, different types of acoustic diffusers and acoustic absorbers along with some bass traps need to be installed, so what is all that you say. Well, acoustic diffusers are just that, to diffuse the sound waves, to scatter the sound waves in more different angles than a flat wall, something with lots of different shapes. An acoustic absorber will absorb the sound waves like soundproof insulation, and a bass trap is a device that grabs the bass sound that is jumping about the room and absorbs it. With home theatre systems moving from 5.1 to 7.1 and 7.2, acoustic treatment in our opinion is extremely beneficial to produce a sound effect that is more realistic and will “blow your mind”. With saying all of that there are specialist companies that install acoustic treatment solutions and one manufacturer is Primacoustic, more information and a list of installation company can be found at http://www.primacoustic.com/ is an American website but is full of useful ideas and demonstrates the effects of sound waves in a room.

For those that want even more information, we have found this great YouTube video interview at www.youtube.com/watch?v=raAyF5ksbkk this interview will go deeper then what we have here about acoustic treatment. We have just scratched the surface, the video, as well as the website links, will also show you ways to do it yourself which we would highly recommend as the bare minimum.

One last note with soundproofing and acoustic treatment, please be aware that when going ahead with this, for best results a qualified installer should be used. There are low frequencies, high frequencies and “standing waves”, many other things to take into account as well that a professional will know about, they will do all the maths to deliver the best results, every room will be different and different treatment are required to achieve the perfect room. Also, you don’t want all the hard work you’ve done destroyed when the electrician installs the lights, power points, switches and the air conditioning guy puts in the ducts. If that is not done right you can hear the wind blowing around from within the ducts as well as the sound from the theatre room escaping to different rooms of the house (this is going to the extremes now), in regards to soundproofing this may sound like no big deal, but the tiniest of hole can ruin an entire installation. So it is imperative that all trades working in the theatre room knows what they can and can’t do and more importantly what extra precautions each party have to take.

So in conclusion, for a home theatre room that will “ROCK”, sound proofing the room first, this will allow the volume to be turned up to an enjoyable level. Then install acoustic treatment materials, this will enable you to enjoy the experience as well as appreciate your home theatre system much more then as if the treatment was not done. The result will be a home theatre room that will be an envy of all you family and friends.

TV antenna

Domestic FM Radio & TV Antenna systems

COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC ANTENNA SYSTEM

TV antenna systems are different for both commercial and domestic situations, so in this blog, we’ll be only looking into the domestic system. Although a lot of this information will also apply to a commercial TV antenna systems for clubs, pubs, apartments and units, we will talk about a small system in a house.

DO I REALLY NEED A NEW DIGITAL TV ANTENNA?

TV AntennasIn the last few year with the transition from the old analogue system to the new digital system, there has been a big fuss about “digital antennas” and how important it is that everybody has to change their existing TV antennas over to a new digital TV antenna to receive digital signals. Whenever the subject comes up, all that is heard is that it is necessary to change the antenna over to a new “digital” antenna, but is that really the case. There are only a few reasons to change your TV antenna over, and the main reason would be if the picture on the TV is breaking up (pixelating or freezing). Of course, if your TV antenna is about to fall apart then that’s another adequate reason, but who can honestly say they look at their antenna? We’ll get to some more reasons a little later on.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF TV ANTENNAS

Has anyone ever looked around at different antennas installed? Have you ever noticed that each house has a different antenna, so why do they all look different? Nearly every house has something different on its roof. It all goes back to the analogue days, where we had a mix of TV stations on VHF as well as UHF, and your location in relation to the TV tower dictated how much TV reception was received so hence different TV antennas were used. So as a legacy of the good old days, a lot of houses still have the original antenna on the roof, not to mention the very tall masts to pick up TV stations from Sydney before all the channels were available in Newcastle. Today with only digital TV available, none of this is necessary anymore, but do you need to change your antenna over to a new digital antenna?

There are two different thought reasonings to this question; the first being is if the TV has a picture, why should I change the antenna over? You would think it’s not required and 99% of the time you would be right. This reasoning is valid but floored at the same time, for example, we have seen VHF antennas still picking up digital UHF reception. Every TV antenna will pick something up, but it all comes down to the amount of TV reception, the quality of the TV reception and the “digital errors” in the reception that the antenna is picking up. Also, all TVs have a threshold where the TV needs a minimum amount of reception to produce a picture on the screen, if it falls below the threshold or there are too many “digital errors”, that is when the TV will start to pixelate or even start saying “no signal”. As a result, nobody will know how much reception any antenna is picking up until a qualified antenna technician connects a signal meter to analyses the signal. But as a given rule – if there is a VHF antenna on the roof and regardless of the reception it is picking up, that antenna will need to come off, it’s not compatible with the new digital signals, and it’s not required for the Newcastle and Hunter areas.

DO I REALLY NEED A NEW DIGITAL TV ANTENNA

Without getting too technical and from a technicians point of view, every old analogue TV antenna will need to come off and be replaced with a single UHF TV antenna for many reasons. The main reason is compatibility with the digital TV signal. Radio Frequency signals can do funny things including interfering with each other so to eliminate any external interference in any signals; only one antenna should be on the roof to minimise this effect. If another antenna is still connected it can still pick up other signal and it does not have to be RF signals to create problems, other problems can come from things like rust on any of the connections and even a connection done poorly will create problems too. Trees, hills and other building can be a problem too, this can be a matter of just relocating your antenna to a different part of the roof, or possibly having to raise the antenna higher on a mast to get over the problem, or even just point the antenna to a different tower. One thing that is easily overlooked is the coaxial cable and the splitter. If the cable is over 15 years old, there is no doubt that it will need to be replaced, but also the coaxial cable that is attached to the antenna will need to be replaced much earlier as the sun plays a significant effect on its effectiveness over time. All the coaxial cable we use are all UV treated, but even this will only extend the life for a period of time, if any installer tells you that their cable will last forever, thank them for their service and kindly ask them to leave, no cable will last forever when exposed to the sun.

ANTENNA PROBLEMS THAT ARE OUT OF OUR CONTROL

Other problems can come from things that are out of your control, which is the transmitter tower. In the middle of 2013, we come to a home in the Charlestown area, previous to us arriving they had another antenna company there that could not find the problem. The antenna was pointing directly to the tower, and we could see the tower directly, the TV was still pixelating, the installation looked good except there was a lot of digital errors coming up. After talking to the television station’s technical engineers, we found out the errors on our meter was coming from the transmitting tower. After the transmitter was replaced the customer was receiving the channel correctly as if there were no problem at all, we also found out that we were the only antenna company in Newcastle to have called the station to see if there are any problems.

DIGITAL TV WITH A SATELLITE DISH

For views that cannot pick up TV reception with a TV antenna, we have a solution for you. We can install a satellite dish to pick up TV station, (like Foxtel) but this service is only available to views that are outside the digital broadcast area (there are no monthly fees like Foxtel).

COWBOY TV ANTENNA INSTALLERS ARE EVERYWHERE

As a conclusion, you can see that TV antenna problems can develop from anywhere at any time, and multiple problems occurring at any one time is very common as well. Because the industry is not very well regulated, there are a lot of companies that are running around that are ill equipped to handle many of the digital TV antenna problems we encounter that we have listed here. So, as a result, we’ve seen many installations completed poorly. So if you want quality service, and the job is done right the first time, we are the only company you will need to call.

More information can be found at in our TV antenna section.

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NAS systems for the home

NAS systems are becoming more and more popular forDLNA use in homes and are notDLNA limited to a business environment any longer. As the price of hard drives is coming down and storage space is going up, there are many benefits of incorporating a NAS system set up at home.

With the increase of several computers being used at home at any one time and not to forget things like TV’s, Blu-ray players, internet connection, home theatre systems as well as multi-room audio systems adding a NAS is just a natural progression. A NAS device is the perfect solution for data sharing and internet access within the home.

Gone are the days where you stored all your files, music, movies and even photos on a computer, thumb drive or disc. If the computer gets a dangerous virus, and all the data is on the computer, and you did not back up your files (as we all usually don’t), you can say goodbye to everything. With a NAS device that is setup correctly, each person with a computer connected to the network will have access to the NAS with their own folder setup that only they can see, and these files can be password protected as well.

It is also possible to play DVD’s and Blu-rays that are stored on a NAS directly to any TV that is connected to the network as well, so there is no need for a Blu-ray player anymore. Playing multiple movies to the different television’s at the same time is also possible from a NAS device.

If all the files are on a NAS it doesn’t matter about a new computer being added, just access all the files as normal as you won’t lose anything and nothing needs to be transferred over to the new computer only the software to run the files like MS-Word, Outlook etc.

from a network to all the devices on a networkNAS systems can start from a few hundred dollars and go up to a few thousand, so it all depends on how much storage is required – will dictate how many hard drives you need for the storage required.

If you are building a new house or renovating now is the best time to future proof your home. A NAS can be installed at any time in your home but if you are renovating or planning to build a new home it works out cheaper to do the work at this time as it is easier for the installer to run the cabling that is required.

Installing cables is best for overall speed to all devices and although wireless is an option, it is not recommended as there are limitations in regards to the amount of bandwidth that will be available to each device. A wireless connection can easily degrade over distance and especially if your router is an older model, so you should only run wireless if there are no other options. Realistically wireless should only be used for emails and general web browsing.

We’ve found this short video to illustrate the purpose of a NAS – the video is only 3.5 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzAjpS1cFe0