A local restauranteur who we have worked with on several other eateries was opening a new restaurant space and needed an audio system to provide audio for two indoor dining areas, a bar area, and an outdoor patio. The space also needed wiring to support the POS system that handles all transactions, and finally, it needed a reliable network.
We recently completed a large residential outdoor project that was broken down into several phases due to the scope of the overall project. In this phase of work, our job was to extend the capabilities of the house and pool area out to a boat dock so that it could have security, network, and audio, just like the rest of the property.
Crestron is a brand that you may not know readily by name, but one you have likely encountered somewhere without realizing it. They provide electronic controls systems, from lights to sound to temperature controls for luxury homes, digital screens and speakers for conference rooms, and digital signs and retail displays. Crestron’s success comes from their commitment to network security, which is how they’ve won over some high profile clients.
So why use fiber optics? In our office, we have several reasons that we might choose them over other wiring options. I’ll lay out a few of them below.
When it comes to accessing in-network resources when you’re outside of your network, there are two options. You can either use port forwarding, or you can use a virtual private network, or VPN. While both options will allow you to access the resources you need – servers, network-attached storage devices, or even your router configuration – one is superior to the other.
While a good router might be strong enough to cover 3,000 square feet of house, you would have to place it smack dab in the middle of your home to achieve that reach. If your router is based in a home office in a far corner of the house, it’s going to need some help pushing that signal into every room. Here, we look at two options for extending household wireless coverage.