Structured Cabling System

Structured Cabling Explained

By | Residential Solutions, Structured Cabling |

In this day and age, most homeowners have wireless networks set up in their homes that they use to access the internet. Therefore, many people wrongfully assume that everyone out there utilizes wireless networks to create telecommunication connections. But this is not actually true, especially when it comes to the business world.

There are many businesses that need to have structured cabling systems in place.

Structured cabling is a comprehensive system of cables and hardware that allow for a business to establish a telecommunications infrastructure within their commercial property. It can be used to set up a phone system, a data network for internal and external communications, or both. There are many small and large organizations that count on structured cabling to meet all of their communication needs.

There are lots of advantages businesses enjoy when they use structured cabling.

It can offer businesses redundancy as well as the flexibility that they need in order to accommodate any changes that take place within a company. Additionally, the potential for downtime and the likelihood of human error affecting a network are both dramatically decreased when structured cabling is used. Structured cabling also allows for all connections to be made in an organized fashion that will look aesthetically pleasing once everything is set up.

When you have structured cabling installed properly and antenna testing done right, you can keep data flowing within your company seamlessly, regardless of whether you operate out of one building or have several locations. You can also keep the information you pass around safe and secure. You just need to make sure you work with a company that’s capable of installing structured cabling for you. Otherwise, you could run into problems using this type of infrastructure.

Shore Home Solutions can help you get your structured cabling system up and running. To find out more about how structured cabling works or to arrange to have a free consultation, call us at 410-878-2448 today!

Wall mounted OLED TV

LED vs OLED TVs

By | Custom Home Entertainment, LED vs OLED TVs, Residential Solutions |

For years now, those looking to purchase a new TV for their home have been forced to choose between LED and plasma TVs. But with plasma TVs recently bowing out of the equation, most of the TVs on the market today fall into the LED category. There is one exception, though—the OLED TVs that just started shipping to customers a few years ago.

Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs, better known as OLED TVs, might sound like they’re similar to LED TVs. But the truth is that they couldn’t be any more different. Rather than being illuminated by an LED backlight like LCD TVs, all of the pixels used within OLED TVs illuminate themselves, which usually results in a better picture for those watching them.

LED TVs do typically win out when it comes to brightness, even though both LEDs and OLEDs are plenty bright no matter how light or dark a room might be. However, OLED TVs have proven to be far superior in many other areas. For example, the black level of an OLED TV is better overall than that of an LED TV. OLED also beats LED is categories like contrast ratio, viewing angle, and uniformity. And while you could call several categories, like resolution and refresh rate, a tie, OLED is clearly presenting LED with the most competition it’s received over the last decade. It shouldn’t be long before OLED TVs become a staple in many American households.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the power of OLED, Shore Home Solutions can show you some of the OLED TVs we’ve installed in homes in the past. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for a free consultation!

Why You Should Upgrade to a Commercial Grade Wireless Network

By | Residential Solutions, Wireless Network |

When setting up a wireless network, most people opt to run out to the store to purchase a router. And while this used to be an acceptable way to create a wireless network, the truth is that you should go with a commercial grade wireless network these days to keep all of your devices connected. There are many benefits to going with a high-end wireless network from manufacturers like Luxul and Ruckus. Let’s take a look at some of them.

It will allow you to connect more devices

Even if you only have a few people living in your home or working in your business, there’s a good chance that you have quite a few devices that will need to be connected. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers, there are often dozens of devices in a single household. The average router won’t be able to handle all of them at once, but a commercial grade wireless network will have no problem connecting all of them.

It will deliver the speed you are looking for

In addition to keeping all of your devices connected, a commercial grade wireless network will also provide you with the speed you need to search the Web, watch videos online, and more. It’s one thing to simply connect your device, but it’s another to allow everyone in your home or small business to use their devices at the same time without suffering from lag. With a commercial grade wireless network, that won’t be a problem at all.

It will keep your network secure

Outside of providing you with connectivity and speed, a commercial grade wireless network also needs to protect your valuable information. Wireless options from Luxul and Ruckus will protect you and prevent breaches. You won’t have to worry about security issues when you have a commercial grade wireless networks installed by professionals.

Does a commercial grade wireless network sound like the right choice for you? Shore Home Solutions can help you install one. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to set up a consultation!

Dolby Atmos vs. 7.2 Channel Systems

Dolby Atmos vs. 7.2 Channel Systems

By | Residential Solutions, Sound Systems, Surround Sound |

A great surround sound system can go a long way in enhancing your home’s entertainment capabilities. With many different options to choose from, Dolby remains a high quality choice. Their Atmos system has a lot to offer, but how does it compare to the 7.2 channel systems?

Atmos

The Dolby Atmos system offers a superior and highly realistic sound experience. With the old channels, sound can only be heard from predetermined locations defined by the speaker setup, not how you would hear it in real life. But the Atmos system functions independently of channels, existing as individual entities called audio objects. This is a cinematic audio format which will fill the room unlike any other system.

7.2 Channel System

Because the Atmos is such an advanced system, you will need to upgrade your software, receivers, and speakers. Height speakers especially are important for creating the right sound. Also, some home theater equipment doesn’t support the Atmos system, and springing for equipment that does could be a big hit to your wallet. Overall, you need a lot of space both in your entertainment room and your budget to maximize the benefits of using the Atmos. The 7.2 channel system will have more compatible equipment for less money, but it won’t have the same cinematic sound quality.

If you’re looking for a custom and budget-friendly home entertainment option, Shore Home Solutions can help! We sell, service, and install a wide range of products that are sure to fit your needs. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

Important Facts about Surveillance Cameras

By | Business Solutions, Residential Solutions |

Surveillance cameras have been around since 1942 when the first one, invented by Walter Burch, was installed at a rocket launch site in Peenemunde, Germany. It wasn’t long after that that banks installed them to help prevent and solve crime. Since then, the growth of the surveillance industry has been fast and furious, and they are now used in all government buildings and offices, as well as in high traffic areas in cities.

For businesses, including retail stores, and restaurants, surveillance cameras are necessary. Most shoppers and diners know that there is surveillance nowadays, and so crime prevention has been much better. But surveillance also helps in solving crimes by providing images of robberies, assaults, traffic accidents, and murders.

Surveillance cameras are also used in public places like airports, and train and bus stations. It is said that in the UK, for every 14 persons, there is 1 surveillance camera. Cameras are monitored in special monitoring stations 24/7 so there are images in real time of potential crimes.

Many times, surveillance cameras are used in industrial complexes, in places where it is not safe to enter, or entry is forbidden, like nuclear plants and chemical plants. In some of these environments thermographic cameras are also used to monitor the temperatures in these high-risk areas. Residential areas also use residential intercom installation and home security systems to make their homes safer.

Unfortunately, criminals also use surveillance cameras to track the comings and goings of people in businesses, restaurants, convenience stores, and residential areas. So those businesses, homeowners, and industries have to do their utmost to stay several steps ahead of potential crime such as commercial video surveillance system replacement.

Surveillance is here to stay. Those who cry “invasion of privacy” will have to make their peace with this truth. The world’s emotional and political climates have forced this fact upon us. For businesses, due diligence is absolutely necessary for the prevention of crime.