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5 Things to Know About Outdoor Audio Video

Man and young girl sit on a patio at nighttime watching an outdoor TV.

For the Best Backyard Experience, Don’t Miss These Outdoor AV Tips

Why waste a beautiful day indoors? With weatherproof outdoor audio and video, you can take entertainment to the patio, hammock, or pool to make the most of lovely Iowa weather (while we have it!).  

But before you press “Purchase” on your online shopping cart or head to the nearest big-box store, there are many things to consider before installing outdoor audio video. If you want the highest-quality experience, you’ll want to invest in the best hardware and have it installed professionally for optimal performance.

As a home technology integrator based in the Des Moines, IA, area, we’re experts in all things related to outdoor entertainment. Look out for the following factors in your outdoor AV installation!

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How Different Businesses Can Use a Commercial Automation System


Enhance the Experience for Your Staff & Customers

If you’re a business owner in Des Moines, ask yourself: how is your current technology serving you? If you own a retail space or restaurant, is audio evenly distributed across the building? Is it easy to control? Or is the sound system so old that you can’t stream music?

Commercial technology encompasses far more than audio and video. When you own a commercial automation system like Crestron, you can control lighting, security, HVAC, and conferencing solutions all from one interface. All businesses can benefit from commercial automation, from office buildings to hospitality spaces.

Is your business’s technology up to par? Continue reading to see how a Crestron automation system can help your specific Iowa business.

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Control4 or Crestron? Which System to Use for Home Automation


A Look at Two High-End Home Automation Systems

If you’re interested in bringing home automation to your Iowa residence, you may have come across two of the biggest brands in the industry: Control4 and Crestron.

Control4 and Crestron are luxury control systems that can integrate all your home’s technologies, from smart lighting to the hot tub. Unlike DIY plug-and-play devices, Control4 and Crestron are sophisticated enough to automate equipment from different manufacturers and group them together.

But if you must pick between the two, which is best? We’re a smart home installer based in the Davenport, IA area, and we partner with both Control4 and Crestron. In this article, we’ll compare each system to help you make the right choice.

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Smart Conferencing Systems for the Hybrid Workspace


Discover a New Way to Work

We love retro décor, retro movies, and music. But retro office technology? Not so much.

The modern workplace is an all-new experience. Some of your staff may work remotely while others are in the office. More than ever, you’ll find teams are communicating with clients, customers, and other branches virtually.

In this new hybrid landscape, many businesses are struggling to figure out how to bridge the gap between in-person and virtual collaboration. Should everyone join a virtual meeting from their personal laptop? But then again, doesn’t that negate the purpose of returning to the office? It’s confusing for everyone!

Luckily, technology solutions like Crestron Flex and Biamp make it easier than ever to switch between in-house and virtual collaboration. Read on to see how it could benefit your Iowa City, IA business!

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