Some systems may require or desire additional programming
at our hourly rate.
For example: The IR (infrared) codes for your
remote may not be in any accessible databases and we
may need to program your system manually, or you may
want the doorbell to play a certain tune when
pressed and have the living room TV pause the
current program and switch to a hidden camera view
of the front door for 30 seconds and then resume the
previous program. You also may want one of the
LED lights on the keypad in your office to turn from
blue to yellow if someone triggers the motion sensor
in the garage or opens the side door of the house
between 12 and 5 am, etc....
Most package prices assume that you already have a
compatible receiver, speakers and a TV or some type of
TV, satellite and cable TV stations require an
additional tuner or cable box if your TV does not have
an internal tuner (most TV's do, most projectors do
Subscriptions to services such as Cable TV, XM
radio, Tivo, Satelite TV, internet service, online
hosting for internet cameras, remote system access, etc.
are not included in package pricing.
require speakers in order to
work. They are an audio distribution device with a
built in amplifier that your speakers will connect
Some light switches may not have a neutral wire or
ground routed to the switch and will require rewiring by
an electrician if you desire to put a controlled switch
or dimmer in that location.
Some components may not have discrete On and Off
codes (the same IR code is used to turn the device on
and off). In order to avoid problems that may
arise from the
system not knowing if a component is on or off may
require the installation of a wireless outlet switch
that can use power sensing and be programmed to know if
a device is on or off.
For example: The XM radio is currently playing in
the living room and someone in a bedroom decides
they would like to listen to XM... the second room
sends a signal to turn on the XM radio but actually
turns it off.
A home network and internet access may be desired
to get the full potential out of your particular system.
For example: Wireless components that use WiFi
protocol cannot be used without a wireless router,
and the cover art for your MP3's and the movies in
your DVD changer cannot be pulled up without
Network cable may need to be routed to the
A newer wireless router with better range may be
needed, as well as additional Wi-Fi access points
depending on the size of the house and the construction
material (concrete walls, and the steel mesh in stucco
tend to block signals.... as do certain electronic
Running of speaker wire through the walls may be
New cables and wires may be needed or desired.
A receiver with the ability to up or down convert
video signals may be desired to eliminate the number of
wires sent to a video monitor (more important if you
don't want the audio/video components mounted near the
monitor). Receiver's with multiple inputs are also
desired for connectivity of multiple components (ex: DVD
changer, single DVD player for rental movies, iPod
Video, Cable TV, XM radio, VCR, Xbox or Playstation,
Surge protectors are always recommended and power
filtering may be desired for better audio and video
Uninterruptible power supplies are nice for areas
where the power often flickers in storms if you are
using controller that will need to reboot if the power