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Home automation tips for new construction projects

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A few months back, reader Billy wrote: We’re building a new house, and what better way to get in when you have all the walls open to begin with. I was wondering if you had any recommendations? Maybe you could

Posted by Matt Chiste
November 15

Leverage the space between floors for wiring

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I’ve written about wiring ethernet between floors before, but during my latest round of home improvements I came across something I hadn’t really thought much about before: there’s usually a ton of space between floors in a house. This space

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 12

Extend HDMI range to 300+ feet with Ethernet cable

If you take anything away from this post, know two things: Over short distances, all HDMI cables are the same. Over longer distances (10+ feet) the signal may cut out depending on the quality of the cable, but you should

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 19

Make your own ethernet cable

Ethernet cable is traditionally used to connect networked computers, but it’s actually a great type of cable to have in your arsenal for other purposes. Before we get ahead of ourselves on some non-traditional ways they can be used, let’s

Posted by Matt Chiste
October 16

Wiring ethernet between floors

Now that we’ve determined ethernet offers much better download speeds than wifi, how do we make it happen? There’s a great article on Instructables (via LifeHacker) covering some high-level topics, and I encourage you to check that out. I’ll try

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 27

Use wired ethernet instead of Wi-Fi when possible

LifeHacker, one of my personal favorite blogs, recently ran a poll on how many of their readers use a wired network in their house as opposed to wireless only. A surprising minority were exclusively wireless, with most people reporting at

Posted by Matt Chiste
July 24
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