Monthly Archives: February 2016

Power in-wall speakers with an HDMI audio extractor and cheap amplifier

2-channel-amp

Remember those in-wall speakers we mounted a while back? Well, now we’re going to need to power those things, and all we have for the source audio is the HDMI output coming from our HDMI matrix. So, we need two

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 27

Unconventional Insteon automation – a smarter litter box

litter-box

Last year (on April 1, actually), I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about automating your toilet. I got a lot of interesting and funny feedback on the post, but most interesting was an actual, practical application for the post. Reader Steve

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 23

A better HDMI matrix for whole-house video distribution

hdmi-splitter

A few months back, I wrote about my whole-house media distribution system based on an HDMI matrix in my basement. The problem I found with that matrix is that the HDMI output signal went through an additional conversion process to

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 19

Fun facts about insulation

attic-insulation-blown

There are three different types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. When discussing insulation in my posts about installing a wall safe or installing in-wall speakers, I thought back to Mr. Roman in my high school physics class and

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 15

Installing in-wall speakers

speakers-front-wall

We’ve already covered installing ceiling speakers in these pages, so I won’t go into great detail on the process of physically installing in-wall speakers – it’s a virtually identical process to installing them in the ceiling. However, if you’re installing

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 11

Amazon Echo integration with the ISY994i is here!

alexa-thermostat

I didn’t have many nice things to say about the terrible Insteon hub, but let’s go the other way and gush about how great the ISY994i integration is with the Amazon Echo. Before we jump into it, let’s talk about

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 7

Insteon Hub Pro is indeed a piece of crap

insteon-hub-missing-device

Reader Matt Chroust was right in his guest-post I called Insteon HomeKit – Not Quite Ready For Prime Time – I was just wrong on giving it that title. The Insteon Hub Pro HomeKit-Enabled 2243-222 is such a big fat

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 3
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