Technology Fail 1. Reliance on WiFi
Most of our clients devices will connect via WiFi, however we advise against relying on WiFi to feed such systems as the alarm system, streaming audio and Apple TV for reliability reasons. We make sufficient allowance for hard-wire to ensure the reliability of your systems.
Technology Fail 2. App Roulette
Relying on the apps that come with the TV, home theatre receiver and Apple TV to provide control is an exercise in frustration for you. We strongly suggest either a single handheld remote, such as RTI or single app to control everything from one place.
Technology Fail 3. Supplier Resources
Small AV companies or electricians often don’t have the resources to provide samples for you to select from or time to attend site coordination meetings. Choose a company who has the capacity to ensure your job runs smoothly. Ask to be introduced to your project manager and the head technician.
Technology Fail 4. Wall Acne
A music keypad next to the thermostat next to the light switch beside the alarm keypad – not a good look! Specify a control system that cleans up the wall and provides an easy to use solution, such as Vantage Equinox.
Technology Fail 5. Beta Testers
Make sure you are not inadvertently a test site for unproven technology! Beware of the phrase “this is the latest…” Ask for references from other clients who have the same combination of technologies up and running.
Technology Fail 6. Cost Overruns
A thorough needs analysis with you and your family at the beginning of the project will ensure everyone is happy at the end of the project . The words “I thought” from either you or your AV Integrator are red flags the job was not scoped correctly.
Technology Fail 7. Cowboy Installs
AV equipment should be in racks, wall mounted equipment should be in cans, the AV Integrator Company should be a member of a professional trade association such as CEDIA or BICSI. If there are cables dangling anywhere you are dealing with someone from the “get in get out” camp. You should be looking to engage the “do it right the first time camp”. It may appear to cost a little more, but it will save you a headache, and further costs in the end.