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How to Avoid the Most Common Crestron Support Problems

 

Proper Installation and Maintenance Ensure You Have a Reliable Smart Home

How to Avoid the Most Common Crestron Support Problems

Even when working with the top home automation brands, you may encounter problems with your brand new smart technology. As one of the top Crestron dealers in South Florida, we often receive calls from homeowners trying to fix existing systems that are hard to manage or break down regularly.

Realizing that there are a lot of people dealing with poorly programmed systems, we’ve ramped up the Crestron support services we offer. Though we’re available 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day to help you with your smart home issues, we know the goal is to get it right from the start.

How can you make sure that you avoid some common smart technology headaches in your Miami home? Below we highlight three steps you can take to limit the number of service calls down the line. If you’re in need of immediate help, you can also click the button below for a one-on-one meeting.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

CREATE RELIABLE AND THOROUGH DOCUMENTATION

A professional smart home company should take the time to design a system built for success. This includes having the right wiring, equipment placement, and wired or wireless connections. The only way to ensure a properly designed system is to have the documentation to back it up. The company should present and review this documentation with you.

Documentation isn’t just important during installation. Whenever there’s need for maintenance or troubleshooting, these documents make it easy to find the problem and know the precise model and number of any hardware that needs replacement.

DEVELOPING THE RIGHT PROGRAMMING FRAMEWORK

No home automation system allows for as much programming flexibility as Crestron. While this is its biggest strength, it can also be its biggest problem if you’re working with the wrong programmer.

With many programmers charging by the hour for each subsystem (like lighting or entertainment), there’s a tendency to overcomplicate smart home installations. Make sure your installer is only including the technology that you need.

The other critical component of Crestron programming is its control platform. Each system will have a unique interface. You should work with your dealer to find images and labeling that make the most sense to you — so it’s effortless for you to manage your smart home.

SEE MORE: A Look Inside Crestron: The Customizable System

KEEPING YOUR SYSTEM UP TO DATE

Do you know if all the firmware and hardware is up to date on your Crestron system? A vital component of any Crestron support is coordinating with the homeowner to have these updates installed as soon as they’re available.

Those updates provide access to Crestron’s latest features, which we would never want our clients to miss out on. More importantly, they are vital to patching up any possible security flaws within your smart home automation system.

Finally, as part of our support services, we’ll also let you know when new hardware is available. Find out when there are new speakers, receivers, or thermostats that you might enjoy. We’ll keep you in the loop, and provide a home visit to professionally install any upgrades.

If you’re ever in need of Crestron support services or a brand-new installation for your home, you can reach out to Audio One by calling 954-THEATER or by filling out the form below.

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AUGMENT YOUR SMART HOME WITH MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENTS

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Adding smart technology to your home is a fantastic way to improve it. While many homeowners tend to start with extra security, or by beefing up the entertainment features of their property, there are plenty of practical ways you can incorporate technology that may not have the same wow factor, but that enhance your home design and help to make life easier. A great example is motorized shades – they can increase your privacy, and improve your lifestyle, with simple controls letting you adjust them from anywhere.

ENHANCE YOUR SPACE

You can use automated blinds to wake up to beautiful sunshine, giving you the perfect start to the day. However too much sun can be damaging and costly to your property. Not only can it cause fabrics to fade, or damage treasured photographs, but by letting in too much heat you may need to turn up the A/C, raising utility bills. Using motorized shades you can lower them quickly and simply at the touch of a button, helping to preserve your home and save money.

When you combine these window treatments with automated lighting, it’s easy to create the perfect setting for any occasion. Whether it’s a romantic night in with your partner, or you’ve invited your friends around for the big game, the ideal lighting setting is just a button-press away.

ENSURE THE PERFECT HOME THEATER

If you’ve gone to the trouble of setting up an epic private home theater, the last thing you want is excess light from the sun creeping in to ruin the effect, giving your screen a washed-out look. Motorized window treatments blocks out the sunlight and lets you to be completely immersed in the awesome sounds and picture quality of your system.

INCREASE YOUR PRIVACY

Whether you’re taking a mid-afternoon nap in bed, or even when you’re out of the house, you don’t want the outside world to be looking into your home. Increase your privacy with automated shades in your home, letting you control what the world can and cannot see no matter where you are, with controls on your remote, tablet or smartphone.

Are you ready to jump into the exciting world of motorized window treatments, and to see how they can make life simpler for you? Contact Audio One to get started on your installation today and add an Altex window shades system to your Vaughan, Toronto home.

HOW TO AVOID COMMON LANDSCAPE LIGHTING MISTAKES

Adding landscape lighting to your home can really enhance your outdoor space, and make your property safer too. But those that choose the DIY method tend to encounter the same issues and problems that can make your system a lot less efficient. Learning what these mistakes are will help when you speak to a professional installer, as you can be confident you’re working with a reliable contractor who’ll create a system that’s built to last, and simple to use too.

Poor wire connections

Using the wrong wire types, or choosing cables that aren’t designed for outdoor use at all, can make hard work of installing your system. You need to cut and splice them to make sure they’re waterproof, and you can’t be sure they’re safe from the elements, leading to potential corrosion. That’s why we partner with Coastal Source in Vaughan, Toronto. Their wires are specifically designed for use outdoors, and with their ‘Plug-n-Play’ connectors, they link together with a simple twist, creating a tight connection that keeps them safe in the long term.

No control solution

It’s easy to get distracted by the look of your outdoor lighting, and not consider how you’re going to manage it. If you leave the lights on all the time, you’re wasting energy and, especially during the day, not even enjoying the benefit. By adding some automated controls using smart home lighting, you can ensure your system is only switched on when suitable. This may sound complex, but it’s simply the use of motion sensors and schedules, so your lights turn on according to a timer, or when you’re walking past them, perfect for pathway lights.

Flat lighting design

Landscape lighting isn’t as simple as adding a few fixtures in different places. If you don’t think the design though, you can end up with a space that looks flat and dull. You don’t need a huge range of different lights to help alleviate this – it can be managed through your control system. By having the option to change the colour temperature or intensity your outdoor lighting, you can create contrast and shadow that add depth to your space, making it much more inviting.

If you want to make sure your landscape lighting investment is worth the cost, make sure you employ a professional who can help you avoid these common mistakes. Whether you’re looking for outdoor lighting in Vaughan or further afield, get in touch with Audio One for a customised solution that’s tailored to bring out your home’s best features.

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Transform your outdoor space

Your home doesn’t end at your door – more and more families are integrating their outdoor spaces into their smart home systems. A beautiful home is more than just the interior design, but also how you make the most of your terrace, pool deck or garden. The experts at Audio One can help you transform your backyard into a full entertainment space, and help you highlight the landscaping throughout your entire property.

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Defy the elements

Heavy storms, insecticides, acidic rain, weed whackers and resident wildlife can all take a toll on an outdoor landscape lighting system. That’s why we work with Coastal Source, for our landscape lighting, as their systems are built to defy the elements. Engineered by lighting experts with more than 50 years of industry experience, Coastal Source lighting, due to their patented waterproof plug and play connectors, all brass fixtures and custom designed LED lamps will stand the test of time no matter the climate you live in. Plus, when installed by a certified dealer like ourselves at Audio One, you’ll get a lifetime warranty against defects from Coastal Source, for complete peace of mind.

Illuminate the night

Outdoor lighting systems enhance your home’s aesthetics, highlighting key features of your garden and your property as well as adding security, safety and visibility to your property at night.

There are a variety of different lights available for different needs:

  • Bullet lights are used to illuminate a particular spot, or they can highlight a wider spread. They can be used to showcase a single tree, or as softer lighting for a bigger area.
  • Path lights give subtle lighting to help illuminate any pathways. Specialty surface-mounted step lights are similar, offering low-level illumination along walls, steps and any other vertical surfaces, not only looking fantastic but keeping your home safe too.
  • Nose lights offer low-profile lighting for fences and walls, perfect if you want to keep your system subtle.
  • Tiki torches offer a stylish way to enhance your outdoor entertainment space, with a unique look. They’re fully sealed light with the ability to be lite up as a torch, so they’re an elegant soft light that can add the element of a flame when entertaining.
  • Wash lights offer uniform lighting, best for highlighting the sides of your home or small shrubberies.
  • Well lights are compact fittings that light tall objects from a low profile, helping to give an impression of size.

 

 

 

 

Unleash the sound outdoors

Bring your home audio system into your outdoor space with Coastal Source’s bollard speakers.  Giving you superior outdoor audio for those garden parties and cookouts, the Coastal Source bollards are unlike any outdoor speaker in that they are unmatched sonically and can blend into your landscape or look just at home on a deck or stone surface. Want your speakers to be completely hidden? Consider disguised rock speakers, which can help take your outdoor entertainment to a new level and completely disappear into your landscape.

Outdoor living spaces are as much a part of the home as the kitchen or bedroom, and technology has developed to reflect that. The experts at Audio One can help you create the perfect space to entertain your guests, relax with the kids or to simply relax after a long day at the office with outdoor lighting and sound in Vaughan.

 

THE BEST USES FOR YOUR PRIVATE HOME THEATER

When deciding whether a new purchase is worthy of your investment, it’s important to think about how much you’ll use it. Everyone has that pair of shoes buried at the back of the closet that they wore once or that kitchen gadget that sounded great in the infomercial but is now gathering dust. The same is true of bigger purchases for your home, especially private home theaters. If you love movies, then the decision is a no-brainer, but no matter what your viewing habits, here at Audio One we can help you make the most of your home theater in your Vaughan, Toronto home.

 

Host the ultimate movie marathon

 

Invite your friends and family, break out the popcorn maker and settle in to enjoy a fantastic movie marathon. Whether it’s a Halloween scare-a-thon, a girly night of rom-coms or an epic Star Wars geek-out, the comfortable seating, immersive audio and crisp, vibrant images of a home theater mean you’ll not want to leave the room for hours.

 

Stream the latest boxsets

 

Home theaters are where you can give those amazing TV boxsets the big screen treatment, so it doesn’t just have to be about movies. We make sure your private home theater has a reliable Wi-Fi connection, meaning you can stream to your heart’s content without fear of lagging or buffering.

 

Keep up with the latest sports action

 

Whether you’re following the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays or the Raptors, watching the latest sports on a 120” screen puts you right at the heart of the action. You could even install multiple screens, or ensure you choose a projector with split-screen technology, to let you follow multiple games at once. With smart controls, making sure you’ve got the right source component and channel selected is a piece of cake, so you’ll never miss a key moment.

 

Create the perfect gaming den

 

Console gaming has become so much more sophisticated, and with the latest releases available in epic 4K quality, a private home theater offers the ideal setup. We make it easy to hook up your favorite games console, letting you enjoy amazing titles on a massive screen. The more immersive visuals and sound even give you an advantage as you get a better sense of the surroundings, so your online opponents will be left cursing your victory. Parents needn’t worry about kids gaming too long either – smart controls let you shut off the theatre from anywhere in the house when it’s time for some fresh air.

 

We can set up a custom home theater system for your Toronto home. Get in touch with Audio One today to set up a consultation, and to find out about our professional home theater installation service.

home theatre (1)The best uses for your private home theater

When deciding whether a new purchase is worthy of your investment, it’s important to think about how much you’ll use it. Everyone has that pair of shoes buried at the back of the closet that they wore once, or that kitchen gadget that sounded great in the infomercial but is now gathering dust. The same is true of bigger purchases for your home, especially private home theaters. If you love movies, then the decision is a no-brainer, but no matter what your viewing habits, here at Audio One we can help you make the most of your home theater in your Vaughan, Toronto home.

Host the ultimate movie marathon

Invite your friends and family, break out the popcorn maker and settle in to enjoy a fantastic movie marathon. Whether it’s a Halloween scare-a-thon, a girly night of rom-coms or an epic Star Wars geek-out, the comfortable seating, immersive audio and crisp, vibrant images of a home theater mean you’ll not want to leave the room for hours.

Stream the latest boxsets

Home theaters are where you can give those amazing TV boxsets the big screen treatment, so it doesn’t just have to be about movies. We make sure your private home theater has a reliable Wi-Fi connection, meaning you can stream to your heart’s content without fear of lagging or buffering.

Keep up with the latest sports action

Whether you’re following the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays or the Raptors, watching the latest sports on a 120” screen puts you right at the heart of the action. You could even install multiple screens, or ensure you choose a projector with split-screen technology, to let you follow multiple games at once. With smart controls, making sure you’ve got the right source component and channel selected is a piece of cake, so you’ll never miss a key moment.

Create the perfect gaming den

Console gaming has become so much more sophisticated, and with the latest releases available in epic 4K quality, a private home theater offers the ideal setup. We make it easy to hook up your favorite games console, letting you enjoy amazing titles on a massive screen. The more immersive visuals and sound even give you an advantage as you get a better sense of the surroundings, so your online opponents will be left cursing your victory. Parents needn’t worry about kids gaming too long either – smart controls let you shut off the theater from anywhere in the house when it’s time for some fresh air.

We can setup a custom home theater system for your Toronto home. Get in touch with Audio One today to set up a consultation, and to find out about our professional home theater installation service.

 

INTEGRATE MUSIC INTO YOUR HOME WITH SMART AUDIO

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Whether it’s the morning commute, you’re at the gym or you’re in the office, you take music with you wherever you go. So why would you neglect your home audio system, when instead you could integrate music throughout your property? From the moment you enter your home, with the smart home installation you can ensure you enjoy fantastic audio, with the option to add different playlists for different rooms or to have a dedicated listening room with high fidelity, studio-quality sound.

 

Set the scene for family dinner

 

Picture it: it’s getting late on a Sunday afternoon and your relatives are starting to arrive for a big family dinner. They’re welcomed in the living room with a gentle soundtrack to match the half-lowered shades and soft lighting. They then filter into your dining room, with gentle jazz and low lights for the adults, and a separate area with brighter lights and funkier music for the kids. Afterwards, everyone congregates in the kitchen for drinks with a more upbeat tune. With a whole-home audio system, you can set the perfect mood in every room with just the touch of a button.

 

Create a full soundscape in your listening room

 

Once the family has left, you can retire to your dedicated listening room for a nightcap. Fully textured sound fills the room, making you feel like you’re actually in the studio with your favourite artists. And with the addition of a drop-down screen, your room becomes a private home theater with cinematic surround sound, immersing you in epic movies. All it takes is a few simple commands on your smartphone, tablet or remote control.

 

Are you ready to experience the benefits of whole-home audio? Contact Audio One to get started on your home automation installation in Vaughan.