WiFi 6: The Next Best Thing for Networking

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What is WiFi 6 and how will it effect us? WiFi 6 came to fruition late 2019 and it’s about time we explained what this will do and what products we will use to bring ahead this huge change.   So what exactly is wifi 6?   Well it is the next generation of WiFi it will still keep you connected to the internet wirelessly, the same as it always has, but now there are added technologies that make your connection as efficient as possible around your whole home. WiFi 6 has taken strides to give you the best available speeds with… Read More »

Artcoustic awards Cyberhomes Installation of the month for May

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A big thank you to Artcoustic for honouring us with May’s installation of the month.   We always take pride in what we do, and this was no exception. We were given the task to install a full home cinema setup that did not interfere with the decor and aesthetics of the room at hand. This meant the equipment installed had to be carefully considered and installed with the goal of being discreet. This home cinema room encountered several challenges such as no space above the ceiling to accommodate a motorised projector lift. We mitigated this by trying to find… Read More »

Impact of Coronavirus on Cyberhomes

Stay Home Protect The NHS Save Lives

  Cyberhomes are actively following the latest advice from HM Government and Public Health England in order protect the health and safety of both our employees and our customers. Until further notice, the Cyberhomes offices in Thame are closed and office-based staff are working from home. Everyone still has access to their email and telephones have been redirected accordingly. Following the latest advice from Michael Gove on 24 March, we are also significantly reducing our on-site activity. As per the guidance; when a site is empty, our engineers are continuing to work on site and adhering to social distancing and… Read More »

Short-Throw Opens The Door to More Home Cinema Rooms

Sony VPL-VZ10000 short-throw projector in custom furniture

With Coronavirus taking hold across the UK and more of us having to stay at home to self-isolate, having a home cinema room or big-screen media room has never been more appealing to help while away the hours and days confined to the house. Has anyone finished Netflix yet? 😊 Until recently, having a cinema projector in your media room or living room required a reasonable sized room and either a ceiling-mounted projector permanently in view, or the space above the ceiling to accommodate a motorised projector lift. However, a new technology, ‘short-throw’ projectors gives greater flexibility about where projectors… Read More »

ISE 2020 Highlights

ISE 2020

Hot on the heels of last month’s CES show in Vegas, was the annual ISE show for technology integrators in Amsterdam. We take our annual look at some of the highlights from a smart home and home cinema point of view. Meridian DSP750 We’ve completed a number of high-specification home cinema rooms using Meridian’s unique active DSP speaker technology (see case studies coming later in the year). This was the first opportunity to see and hear their new top-of-the range DSP750 in-wall speaker for premium cinema rooms where there’s no compromise on power on performance. Five drive-units are powered by… Read More »

Savant Partners with Netgear to Improve the Connected Home

Savant Netgear partnership

Ensuring your home network, both wired and Wi-Fi is robust, reliable and fast is essential in a successful smart home. So many devices now need to talk to each other, to the control system or back to servers on the internet. Home automation specialists, and Cyberhomes favourites, Savant have announced a new partnership with leading network infrastructure manufacturer Netgear. This close working relationship will enable both companies to improve efficiency for any job size while creating new opportunities by offering superior networking capabilities along with exclusive, co-engineered solutions for the custom installation market. The last 12 to 18 months has… Read More »

CES Roundup 2020

CES 2020

It’s that time of year again when we take our annual look at some of the announcements made at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas to see how they might impact on the smart home and home cinema rooms of the future. LG ThinQ Smart Door We have smart door locks already, but LG are looking at taking this concept a leap forward. Biometric face and palm scanners ensure the smart door only unlocks for authorised people. However clever compartments allow couriers to drop off deliveries without the main door needing to be opened; there’s even a refrigerated… Read More »

2019 Review of the Cyberhomes Year

Cyberhomes 2019 review of the year

  Well another year is almost over; so we thought we’d take the opportunity to look back at our blog posts for the past 12 months and, where relevant, add any updates. January Oxfordshire Cinema Room Ready for Christmas We previewed the work in progress on this manor house in Oxfordshire that we were upgrading the managed Wi-Fi network and a major overhaul of the media room that included some design challenges. Well the room was duly completed, and we published the full project details later in the year. Home cinema install: Storm’s brewing Leading consumer magazine Home Cinema Choice… Read More »

Christmas Dinner gadgets

Smart Christmas Lunch

  With less than two weeks to Christmas here’s a quick look at some of the gadgets that are available to help with the all-important Christmas Dinner. While it might not be possible to integrate most of them into you home automation and control system; nonetheless they will help save you previous time on this busy day. Anova Precision® Cooker or Anova Precision® Cooker Pro The Anova Precision Cooker® range are sous vide cookers (ie water bath) that make it easy to achieve restaurant-quality cooking results at home. Built-in Wi-Fi means you can follow the step-by-step recipes in the Anova… Read More »

Is Now the Right Time to be Considering 8K?

Are we ready for 8K Ultra HD?

Only a few years ago the buzz in AV was 4K ‘ultra HD’ resolution for televisions and home cinema projectors. This came along when many people were still upgrading from standard definition (SD) to the first generation of high definition (HD), 1080p. At the time content was sparse, but now there are hundreds of movies available on the UltraHD Blu-ray disc format and both Netflix and Amazon are streaming a wide selection of 4K movies and TV shows. In recent months we’ve seen some manufacturers, notably Samsung, launch TVs that have 8K resolution (FUHD=Full Ultra High Definition), that’s 7680 x… Read More »