Things can get pretty confusing when you try to understand the different options you have when setting up an internet service for the first time. the technical information is further confused by the different providers jargon and branding efforts. This post will discuss the basic types of technology available. But if you live in Minnesota, we may be able to help you cut through the clutter and confusion faster. At Connected Home we work with all the providers of the varying technologies and can help you pick the best option for you based on your location, and needs. without all the sales hype you get from the providers.
What kind of Internet access do you really have? Broadband? High Speed? Wireless? Satellite? Fibre? There are so many different names for selling Internet access, but most of them don’t tell you how you are connecting to the Internet. Now is a good time to find out and see just what they mean for you.
Yes it all started here with dial up access via your phone.
Dial-upThis is where it all started. You would take your home or office phone handset, and put it into a cradle called a modulator/demodulator, or modem as we know them today.
the telephone lines still play an important role in one major type of internet access, DSL.
When you connect to the Internet, you might connect through a regular modem, through a local-area networkconnection in your office, through a cable modem or through a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection. DSL is a very high-speed connection that uses the same wires as a regular telephone line.
Cable (Coaxial Cable)
The second major type of technology is Cable.
When Internet access made the jump from dial-up, cable was the first new medium to be used. The cable used is the same as the cable that you may have for cable TV. One of those round cables, with a solid copper wire core inside of a thick plastic like insulator. Around the insulator there is usually a foil shield with a braided aluminum jacket around that. All of that is inside the outer plastic jacket of the cable.
Through the use of a cable modem you can have a broadband Internet connection that is designed to operate over cable TV lines. Cable Internet works by using TV channel space for data transmission, with certain channels used for downstream transmission, and other channels for upstream transmission. Because the coaxial cableused by cable TV provides much greater bandwidth than telephone lines, a cable modem can be used to achieve extremely fast access. Cable providers typically implement a cap to limit capacity and accommodate more customers. Cable speeds range from 512 Kbps to 20 Mbps.
The final major option for many is...
Internet over Satellite(IoS) allows a user to access the Internet via a satellite that orbits the earth. A satellite is placed at a static point above the earth's surface, in a fixed position. Because of the enormous distances signals must travel from the earth up to the satellite and back again, IoS is slightly slower than high-speed terrestrial connections over copper or fiber optic cables. Typical Internet over satellite connection speeds (standard IP services) average around 492 up to 512 Kbps.
The orbiting satellite transmits (and receives) its information to a location on Earth called the Network Operations Center orNOC (pronounced "knock"). The NOC itself is connected to the Internet (or private network), so all communication made from a satellite dish to the orbiting satellite will flow through the NOC before it reached the Internet.
All three services vary in availability depending on where you live. Each has advantages and disadvantages including variations in month cost. The best way for you to get straight answers on which is the best choice for you is to contact the Connected Home. We are authrorized representative for all the services, which frees us up to answer your questions honestly and to provide you with your best option of internet service providers.
Home theater systems bring Hollywood into your home. But before you start the process of setting up your own in house theater you want to do some basic research.
To start with you want to deal with the audio...
A surround sound system turns a television into a home theater. Without it, you can never approach the audio experience intended by modern-day filmmakers (or even some filmmakers from the 1950s). Sure, your HDTV can probably fake surround, but it's not going to sound like the real thing.
So why did we start with Audio?
It is amazing when you think about all the sophisticated display technology that goes into a modern flat-screen TV. And then you get two tinny, 10-watt speakers to go with it. That's fine for TV sitcoms, but it won't cut it for movie effects and soundtracks.
There are a lot of resources you can look to including this website by About Tech: Basics and EssentialsHome theater is an exciting entertainment option provides the consumer with exciting viewing and listening experience. The following home theater basics and essentials section is a good starting point on how to understand and set up your own home theater.
But if you are really serious about Home Theater we recommend you contact us. We are your Twin cities Based Experts on Home Theater
The Connected Home is proud to offer custom home theater installation. Take your family’s movie and TV show experience to the next level. Whether you want to install surround sound in your living room or transform your basement into a theater with stadium seating, we can design and install a system to meet your needs.
Contact the Connected Home today to get your home theater project started.
Last year, The Connected Home's President Chris Goodwin was interviewed on WCCO TV. Here is a quick synopsis of his comments discussing four ways to save on your cable bill.
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At the Connected Home, we help people pick out their best options for TV and other internet services. for many people the answer is Satellite TV. Which frequently raises the question of just what is Satellite TV? And how does it work?
Conceptually, satellite TV is a lot like broadcast TV. It's a wireless system for delivering television programming directly to a viewer's house. Both broadcast television and satellite stations transmit programming via a radio signal.
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There are Five Main Components to a Satellite to Home TV transmission...
So just how high are these Satellites?
Satellite TV works by broadcasting video and audio signals fromgeostationary satellitesto satellite dishes on the Earth’s surface.
Back in the late 1950's and 60's satellites were science fiction come to life. Today, the globe is surrounded by thousands of them, doing everyday service for millions if not billions of humans around the world. While the technology has grown to be an every day reality, the skill to properly connect your home to the world via satellite tv still requires a sophisticated level of skill and expertize.
At The Connected Home we treat each new install with skill, knowledge and attention to detail
In an effort to save money this summer, I tried painting the exterior of our home by myself. How hard can it be? Well, when I stood back and surveyed my work, it was completely uneven and mismatched. Some jobs, I learned, require a professional.
If you are considering exploring todays internet of things and want a professional to assist you, consider calling us. The Connected Home can assist you in choosing appropriate vendors for your needs. We have relationships with:
In the near future the connected home will mean more to every day Americans. It is really just beginning to build steam.
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Adoption of the new technologies will take time, but the future is not far off when much of what is being talked about will be here.
If you want to be part of that future, be sure to contact us to discuss the options that will best help you prepare for the new world tha tis evolving around us.
Perhaps the most important early aspect of the connected home is your ability to significantly improve your home security via smart phone monitoring. We can help you bundle your security system via your internet connection.
When considering Satellite TV, one of the biggest obstacles is the issue of satellite tv installation itself. The cost of the equipment, how to properly aim the satellite dish properly, and the cables and routing necessary. These are real issues, as proper installation is essential for optimal reception.
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Next step...Once set up and connected you will need to fine tune the dish to get the highest possible Signal Strength.
Or Better Yet, Get Professional Installation
For the vast majority of people, the simple answer is to get professional installation. But even here their are risks. The large satellite companies are always hiring new installers. And while that is great for the economy, you may well end up with a rookie doing your installation. In the Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota area your best option is to contact The Connected Home to arrange your Satellite TV installation and service.