Transforming the existing multi-room audio system into a more modern, user-friendly solution.
The audio system needed to perform better via Wi-Fi technology with its audio streaming functions. In addition, the client wanted all TV screens connected to multiple satellite systems and movies stored centrally on a media server with Blu-ray capability. Another request was easy to access to the security cameras from within the property and from anywhere in the world.
This was not an installation that could be operated using the standard manufacturer’s remote controls, so it was paramount to integrate all the components under one control system using wireless technology. Apart from the 23 zones of audio and 15 zones of video distribution, one special area was dedicated to a cinematic experience with a large, 3D LED screen and 5.1 surround sound.
Involved from the early stages of the project, we teamed up with the client’s builders and architect from the Sierra Blanca Property group. The tubing network was designed around all of the different cabling networks facilitating a large amount of data passing through the house. Managed switches ensure that the audio system, movie streaming, internet access, online CCTV access, and control system could operate seamlessly.
The Control4® user interface is the same throughout the entire home be it televisions or iOS devices. All control devices are consistent in the way they operate the video sources, music library, stream content over the network, or monitor the security camera installation from anywhere in the house or anywhere in the world.
My first concern was how well the wireless, multi-room audio system would work in a property of this size. Thanks to the cable network, it works well both for my own music library and for streaming online content – it is great for internet radio stations.
I am an avid user of the internet as part of my business, so I have a lot of traffic flowing around the house. It all works smoothly, which must be down to the separation of networks for control, security cameras, media, and internet.
Most impressive is the Control4® control system which I wasn’t sure I was going to like; the whole family now uses it as it is so simple! The security cameras are also something I use a lot and like to check from wherever I am. I can even view them on my iPad if needed.
Our favourite part though is the TV room where we have a surround sound system in the ceilings and walls. The kids can watch films in 3D at full volume, which they love.