Author: Kelly Sargent

Are modern technologies and EMFs harmful?

Electromagnetic Fields Explained

Many of us have heard the old words of warning; don’t stand near the microwave, or don’t put your phone near your ear – but how many of us actually take note? And is there really a danger? If so, what can we do to protect ourselves from devices we’ve come to rely on in our day-to-day lives?

RYVE is an Audio Visual and IT Company that is conscious of the effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and strives to balance modern day living with safety.

A RYVE team member recently met with Engineer and Environmental Remediation Consultant, Cyril Bourke, who is an expert when it comes to problems around the home involving electromagnetic fields, radio fields, microwaves and disturbances. Cyril explains how these fields can affect the body, and what we as individuals, and as a company, can do to limit our exposure – scroll to the bottom of this article to watch the full video (47 minutes), or click the button below for a shorter version (just under 5 minutes)Short Interview – Are EMF’s Dangerous?

What is EMF?

EMF stands for electromagnetic field(also EMF or EM field);  a physical field produced by electrically charged objects, these fields can be natural or man-made.

Natural electromagnetic fields are present everywhere in our environment, but are invisible to the human eye. They are the electric fields produced by the local build-up of electric charges in the atmosphere, often associated with thunderstorms. There are also natural magnetic fields; the Earth’s magnetic field causes a compass needle to orient in a North-South direction and is used by birds and fish for navigation.

Manmade electromagnetic fields come from any electrically charged device, including all technology- and as technology has progressed into our daily lives, our exposure to EMF has been increasing.

There has been public concern over our health and EMF for quite some time, often expressed in the media and by many different organisations. The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests, “Everyone is exposed to a complex mix of weak electric and magnetic fields, both at home and at work … Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at the levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects.”

Yet while the WHO claims the level of this exposure is safe, many other organisations suggest the level is not in fact good for us. Cyril Bourke an Environmental Remediation Consultants that says, “Uncontrolled exposure to electromagnetic fields, radio fields and magnetic fields are not healthy for us.” The debate continues, although more and more people and business are becoming concerned about EMF.

How do EMF’s affect us?

Cyril says the electromagnetic fields evident around the house from our modern electrical devices are harmful. Devices such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even our electricity supply has an effect on our body and general wellbeing.

Studies suggest these devices can have an impact on sleep quality, chronic fatigue and many other ‘mystery illnesses’ that people suffer from. Cyril cites studies that show even at low levels, genes (our DNA) stop expressing; the mitochondria changes, meaning  the DNA of our cells start changing. Devices we use for modern day living can interfere with the natural electrical fields of our bodies, and as a result they start failing. Cyril says many modern day behaviours with technology, affects the natural fields of our bodies, like sleeping with our smartphones right next to our beds, makes for trouble sleeping. When our body has too much exposure to EMF, our bodies can actually stop producing melatonin – a hormone produced while we snooze that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. Watch the full interview with Cyril on EMF safety to learn more.

What can be done to reduce exposure to EMF’s?

Before you start throwing out your smartphone, smart TV and smart fridge – there are simple things we can do to make an impact on our surroundings. As a society, we have become somewhat reliant on modern technology to run our homes and businesses, so it’s definitely not a case of getting rid of these devices, but being aware on how we use them in order to limit our exposure to EMF.

Cyril suggests the way people use technology can be vastly improved. A common example is many homes keep their Wi-Fi on 24 hours a day, whereas switching it off between 11pm and 7am can make a significant impact. In fact,Cyril believes something as simple as flicking off the power switch to your Wi-Fi could have a vast impact on energy levels for everyone sleeping in the house.

Other healthier habits include:

  • Filters
  • Limiting Wi-Fi
  • Limiting Bluetooth
  • ‘Shielding’ your house – using coated copper in walls
  • Using special paints to shield walls of homes – particularly sleeping zones
  • Using hardwired technology – running cables through your house over using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wherever possible.

How can we help?

At RYVE, we pride ourselves on being an environmentally conscious company. After learning from Cyril and discovering the possible effects on EMF on the body, we would like to assist customers with ways to live and operate in a healthy home and business environment.

To help reduce exposure to EMF’s RYVE has the following suggestions

  • For existing Wi-Fi customers using our managed cloud service, we are offering complimentary scheduling in your home or business for your Wi-Fi to be switched off/on at a time of your choosing, every night. Contact us for more information.
  • We now sell a range of filters and other EMF protection products available through our online store to help reduce your exposure to EMF’s. We will be updating the range all the time.
  • As always we will continue offering our customers the option to hardwire their homes in combination with Wi-Fi for new builds
  • We encourage people to get their houses and businesses checked with Cyril should they have any further concerns, email your location t oadmin@healthexpressworld.com and you will be connected with your nearest consultant.
  • We encourage people to learn more about EMF from Health Express World.

As a progressive company, we take a healthy approach to electromagnetic fields very seriously, and look forward to supporting our clients in enjoying a safe digital environment. Watch the full video.

To learn more about EMF, view the video below and discover:

  • Are mobile phones more damaging than Wi-Fi?
  • How EMF affect different people
  • What can we do today to minimise EMF around the house?
  • Should you listen to your mother and not stand near a microwave?
RYVE and Cyril Bourke Electromagnetic Fields interview full

For Further information on Cyril Bourke visit his website – Health Express World or stay connected or connect via their Facebook Page.


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Five reasons why you want a smart home

Our team at RYVE have assisted in completing many smart home designs and installations; and from our experience, clients want smart homes because:

1. Efficiency 
With one touch of a button or a mobile phone application, you can have control over numerous gadgets or systems. With the help of the smart device (mobile or tablet), you are able to operate your heating and cooling, as well turn on and turn off lights with a single click from anywhere in your house. This is not just efficient, but also helps to save on utility bills.

2. Security
Small crimes are becoming common in this era, and everyone wants to make their home (and the people within it) secure. Smart homes will allow you to make your home safe through alarms and CCTV, often allowing you to monitor the security very easily through your smartphone.

3. Comfort
Smart homes make your life comfortable; you do not have to move all over the house to perform various tasks, particularly great if you have a big house!

4. Peace of mind
A smart home is also a major way to give peace of mind; you
can utilize the smart device to check the doors, windows, water spill sensors and ensure you’ve locked your house! Rest assured, you can also check that your garage door is properly shut through an application. You do not have to worry about whether or not you locked up correctly, just log onto your smart device and check.

5. Customisation
Smart homes allow you to have appliances and technologies to work however you would like to have them.  Enjoy the heating turning on an hour before you get out of bed in the morning, have the shades drawn automatically at a certain time, or adjust the brightness of lighting whenever you want.

If these sound like great reasons to invest in a smart home, contact the RYVE team today for a quote, we are able to help you with a customised design to suit your best lifestyle. For more information check out our smart home page, download our pre-wire
checklist or give the team a call today.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years RYVE have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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Six Tips for assembling a Home Theatre on a budget

Many consumers are confused on how to get started in home theatre and how much to spend. Contrary to popular belief, those on a budget can still afford a modest system that will make for a great home cinema experience.

There are inexpensive and mid-range product options that provide great value and performance, while some very expensive options only deliver a small increase in performance and may not always be the best value for your room.

Our experienced team at RYVE have put together six tips that will help those on a budget secure a home theatre system:

1. Have a think about what you want in your home theatre system.

Acquiring a home theatre system is exciting, and it’s essential to know you don’t need all the bells and whistles to create the home cinema experience. It’s possible that a TV with a sophisticated sound system will provide an immersive viewing and listening experience. Things you should consider is, how big do you want the screen? Is a projector necessary? Will you spend more time listening to music, playing video games, watching TV or watching movies? Do you need the internet to connect to your home theatre system for streaming?

2. To upgrade or start from scratch?

It may be, that some of the equipment you have could be used better and be included in your home theatre set up. Take a look at what you already have and consider if you what you want to keep—at least for now. Some items you may have that could become part of your new home theatre system. These could be items such as a DVD or Blu ray player, game consoles, equipment rack, seating and display device (TV or projector).

3. Package deal or Soundbar may do!

Given the room or space you have to work with, it’s possible a sound bar or a package deal may work well to create your home cinema experience. A sound bar is a device that produces a full surround-like field from a single speaker cabinet, which can be placed above or below a TV. A package deal (depending on the one you choose) can come with mountable speakers, and a wireless subwoofer, this may be all you need. These are affordable options.

4.What about the accessories?

When you purchase the necessary equipment for a home theatre system (think projector or TV, Blu-ray, speakers, subwoofer etc) these items are not your final purchase- as you still need the cables, the universal remote control, mounting brackets and more to get it all set up and working. Accessories can be expensive, too. Often it’s hard to know exactly what you need, type of brackets, length of cables, etc.

Our Technicians carry a broad range of accessories to suit a variety of installations, so if we are doing your install, most likely we will have everything you will need right there with us. This means no need to guess and pre-purchase accessories only to find out later they were incorrect.

5. Buy second hand or refurbished products.

At RYVE we sell new and second hand, quality equipment on our eBay store. Buying second hand or refurbished products can save you money, if you’re concerned about the quality, know that in electronics, ‘refurbished’ means for the consumer, not new but tested to factory standards.

6. Saving money is good; adding value is better.

Following the above tips will make it possible to install a home theatre on a budget; although adding value to your home by introducing a proper home cinema could increase the homes’ value.
In some homes, It could be viewed as an investment, rather than a cost. The critical thing is not to buy the cheapest, but don’t overpay for a minor increase in performance. Be comfortable with your purchase, an excellent way to start is to buy a good TV and expand from there.

Should you want further help on how to purchase or install a home theatre on a budget, browse our great value online store, or contact us today to discuss your situation. At RYVE we specialise in making custom solutions for your audiovisual and technology
needs.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years RYVE have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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What you need to know before purchasing a Home Theatre system

Shopping for a Home Theatre system can be very exciting; although it’s not too rare to hear consumers who have overpaid for equipment, and are unsure how to install everything correctly in the space they have. If you’re considering a new home theatre, our team at Ryve
advise to take the following into consideration before you purchase:

Research
When considering investing in anything, it always pay s to do your research on the product of service. Check out the products online, view comparative reviews, and Better yet, do your research so you are well informed and can make good decisions.

Be Aware
It’s important that when you are buying a product, you should consider all expenses related to that product, including needed accessories and delivery fees. If you opt to purchase from our online store, we offer free delivery to those based in Melbourne on some items. Just give us a call to confirm.

Read the fine print
Read all ads very carefully! An important way to prepare is to learn how to interpret the different types of ads that clutter your browser or google searches. Ensure you read everything on the ad, including the fine print.

Understand return policies
When excitedly purchasing your new home theatre equipment and products, it’s worth ensuring you understand the return policies if there are any. This is critical if you are buying items as a gift. Understanding the return policy could save you time and money; some businesses don’t return items that have been opened, regardless if it’s defective or not. Some retailers are strict, others are not. At Ryve we pride ourselves on having happy customers, and so do whatever is reasonably necessary to get win/win outcomes. If you are unsure what or where the return policy is, just ask.

When you’re in the market of buying a home theatre, before you purchase, ensure you consider the above points. Should you want help with a purchase, feel free to browse our online store of home theatre packages or singular items, and get in touch for more information or a custom tailored solution.

The Ryve team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years Ryve have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.

The Ryve team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years Ryve have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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Smart home devices: What do they do?

So, you’re aware of the term ‘smart home’ and are wanting to make your “dumb’ house smarter? The question is, why? What does a smart home actually do for you?

Essentially a smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating. This can also be called ‘home automation’.

Essentially it provides homeowners security, comfort, convenience and energy efficiency by allowing them to control their environment by using your phone or tablet. As part of the internet of things (IoT), smart home systems and devices operate together, automating actions based on the controller’s preferences.

Examples of smart home technologies

Nearly every aspect of life where technology has entered
the domestic space (lightbulbs, dishwashers and so on) has seen the introduction of a smart home alternative:

  • Smart TVs connect to the internet to stream content through applications, such as on-demand video and music. Some smart TVs also include voice or gesture recognition.
  • Smart lighting systems can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed.
  • Smart thermostats come with integrated Wi-Fi, allowing homeowners to schedule and remotely control home temperatures. These devices also learn homeowners’ behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency, and that’s
    smart. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters and other updates.
  • Using smart locks and garage-door openers, users can grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
  • With smart security cameras, homeowners can monitor their homes when they are away. Motion sensors are able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behaviour is detected.
  • Pet care can be automated with connected feeders. Houseplants and lawns can be watered by way of connected timers.
  • Kitchen appliances of all sorts (including smart coffee makers that can brew you a fresh cup as soon as your alarm goes off!), and smart refrigerators (keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand) are becoming very popular. Then there’s slow cookers and toasters; and, in the laundry room, washing machines and dryers ect.
  • Household system monitors may, for example, sense an electric surge and turn off appliances or sense water failures or freezing pipes and turn off the water so there isn’t a flood or damage to your home.

The above are just some examples of some smart home appliances, and from this list you can imagine the comfort and convenience of living in a smart home. Contact the Ryve team today to explore how we may help you live in a smart home, or check out our smart homepage for more information.

The Ryve team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. Since 2002, Ryve have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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The best digital antenna on the market

If you have a television, you’ll need an antenna to watch it and a quality antenna can determine whether you enjoy perfect picture and audio, or you’re left frustrated and shaking the TV.

How do you know which is the best antenna to buy on the market?
Hills and Fracarro are two brands we sell and install here at RYVE Audio Visual, and both are highly regarded for their reliability and performance.

Everyone in metropolitan Melbourne can receive excellent broadcast quality TV services, so long as they have a quality antenna installed correctly. If you don’t have good TV reception, it could because of a cheap or poor quality antenna on your roof. It’s also possible that it’s been incorrectly installed, or badly maintained.

When choosing an antenna it’s important to determine the signal strength and coverage for the area, our team can determine this very quickly for you.

Other things to consider:

– Locale
In Victoria, the frequencies used are within, VHF Band III for VHF channels 6 to 12 and UHF Band IV & V for UHF channels 28 to 51. Antennas are always location specific.

– Interference
Another factor to consider is the ability for the antenna to minimise the reception of unwanted signals. This could be from poor weather or even other radio interference.

At RYVE we only use the highest quality products on the market for all our equipment needs. For antennas, we choose to use Hills and Fracarro antennas. Both Hills and Fracarro are known for their quality and reliability, purchase a Hills or Fracarro antenna from our online store today.

The Benefits of Hills
Hills is a major manufacturer and supplier of antennas. They’ve been in business for over 50 years, and also operate in New Zealand. They aim to provide equipment that provides for low energy consumption.
Their range of antennas includes UHF, VHF, and combined antennas. They also provide all the necessary accessories for installation.

The Benefits of Fraccarro
Fracarro is a high-quality Italian manufacturer and supplier of antennas and RF equipment, and a brand renowned for its innovation and technology. Fracarro antennas do well in Australian weather conditions. The RYVE team have been using Fracarro as a supplier of antennas for over 15 years. Although made in Italy, Fracarro antennas are tuned to receive Australian frequencies and are leaders in delivering top quality reception. Along with our Australian Made Hills antennas, either make a perfect fit for our Aussie conditions.

Should you want further help or information about Hills or Fracarro antennas, contact the RYVE team today for a chat. Alternatively, purchase a Hills or Fracarro antenna from our online store  or call for free delivery across Melbourne.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years RYVE have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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Issues with your WiFi? Try this

One of our most common queries from clients is, “Why is my WiFi so slow?” There could be many reasons why your internet is not working or running slowly. Depending on where you are located across Melbourne, and whether you have the NBN or not, this can affect the quality of your internet speed and service. The location of your Modem & size of your home is also another factor.

No matter your location, the RYVE team can ensure you have the best internet possible for your location; in the meantime, if you’re experiencing slow or no internet connection;  try these handy tips:

  1. How’s the power?

If you can’t connect to the Internet at all, the first thing you should do is take a look at your router’s LED status indicators. If there are no lights at all, the router is probably unplugged, or there’s no power to the device. Disconnect the power cord and reconnect it after a minute or two. Make sure that the Power switch is in the On position. If the router still isn’t powering up, you may have a failed power adapter, a faulty power strip, or a fried router. Check out our routers online, and if you’re based in Melbourne, take up our offer of discounted installation.

  1. Restart your devices.

Start afresh – sometimes technology has hiccups, and often a reboot will do the trick. Reboot your computer and phone and then check your internet connection. Sometimes they stop talking to one another, and a reboot should fix this.

  1. Have the NBN?

You poor bugger, pending your location you could be stuck with slow internet speeds with the NBN- this is the Australian Government’s short-sighted attempt to bring Australia’s internet into the 21st century. Our RYVE offices are predicted to go from 100mbps to 25MBPS (at the time of writing, we don’t have the NBN as yet), but there is an answer! You can opt to ditch the cable and use a wireless connection, for as little as $69 per month, you can have a good wireless connection of at least 70mbps – This is not available in all area’s, so contact our team today to discover what’s possible in your area.

  1. Contact your service provider.

If you have tried all of the above, contact your service provider to check they’re up and running, and if not, why not? They may be on an outage, or there may be a connection issue.

Worse case, have you paid your bill?

While WiFi issues are widespread and our team are well equipped to sort out any problems you may have, to ensure a quick diagnosis – check the above steps, then contact the RYVE team today.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years RYVE have been installing home theatre systems, CCTV, home security, lighting, networking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennas, pre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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What is a Home Theatre and what can it do for me?

Essentially the term “Home Theatre” is commonly defined as an audio and video equipment set up in your home that provides the movie theatre experience. Although in truth, often a good Home Theatre setup may provide a more impressive experience than many multiplex cinema screens.

The term ‘Home Theatre’ can vary widely, and often many consumers think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place. However, contrary to popular belief, with some planning, assembling your Home Theatre can be easy, resulting in a setup that is functional, and provides a great experience.

A custom Home Theatre can be done on a budget or cost tens of thousands of dollars with a high end large screen TV or video projector, Blu-Ray Disc/Ultra HD Blu-ray player(s), a media server, cable/satellite, separate amplifiers for each channel controlled by a master preamp or controller, in-wall speakers, and a couple of subwoofers; the works! If you want all the bells and whistles, a custom home theatre designed to your specific space (and if your budget allows!) is a great way to go.

More often than not, home theatres do not necessarily consist of an expensive custom installation, nor cost a lot of money. Something as simple as a 32 to 55-inch TV, combined with at least a DVD player and soundbar, or a Blu-ray Disc player connected with a stereo or home theatre receiver, speakers, and a subwoofer creates a decent and modest home cinema experience.
Recently upgrading to a large screen TVs, and/or Blu-ray Disc player does not require a big wallet – even a growing number of video projectors are becoming reasonably-priced home theatre options. If you have a little more cash, a 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD or OLED TV might be options to consider.
Something that should be considered in a home theatre setup is internet streaming. Although most TVs and Blu-ray Disc players stream TV shows and movies from the internet, it’s best to ensure you have direct streaming, to get the most out of services such as Apple tv, Netflix and Stan.

By installing a home theatre, you can use it as a hub to expand your TV viewing and music listening throughout the house, either by physical or wireless connectivity.

Controlling the system is often where people get confused, but it doesn’t have to be complex. By using a good universal remote control system, a smartphone, or even the voice control features of Alexa and Google Assistant, you can easily control your home theatre system. Whatever type of system you choose, as long as it provides the entertainment options you want, then it is your “Home Theatre”.

Contact the RYVE team today to chat about your home theatre needs, and we strongly recommend avoiding any ‘spoiler alerts’ of shows and movies to friends and family, we can guarantee this is rarely appreciated.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years RYVE have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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What is a smart home?

What does a smart home do for you?

Often when people think of a ‘smart home’, they think of a ‘connected home’, ‘smart house’, ‘intelligent house’ or possibly, the ‘internet of things’. The term ‘smart home’ refers to a home that uses the latest technologies to control or automate devices around the house.  Essentially a network is created within the house, and the devices talk to a central control system using that network.

Smart homes have a lot of thought put into the design of the build, particularly during the early stages of development. The process of designing the cabling for a new home to make it a smart home is called ‘pre-wiring’. The pre-build design process ensures the right pre-wiring is laid down during the build, to support the optimal use of technologies that will be used in the house.

It is possible to make an existing house a ‘smart home’, although different (and mostly wireless) technologies need to be used.  For the optimal use of technology, it is best to ensure your house is pre-wired during the build.

Why would you want a smart home?
There are practical reasons why people are opting to invest in smart homes:

Security– Using sensors and communication technologies, homes can be constantly monitored from your mobile device.

Convenience– Smart homes can help to simplify complex tasks, or to automate them completely; like the climate, lighting and temperature. Smart homes can control when to turn things on and off, to suit your lifestyle and energy needs, making energy use most efficient.

Smart homes – How do they work?

We’ve mentioned most smart homes work by ensuring pre-wiring is done during the build, but if you want to make an existing building smart, it’s possible to do ‘smart wiring’ to a house, to allow different parts of the house to communicate with a central control system.

This central control system can be operated by your mobile device. Timers, switches and sensors are used to determine when and how different automated systems should work, and different ‘scenes’ and events can be created to set different controls for different scenarios. This flexibility and control is why they’re considered ‘smart’ homes.

For example, when you come home, a sensor can detect that you’ve arrived and switch on certain lights, deactivate various security measures, and warm up the living room. When you’re going to bed, it may activate security sensors, draw all the curtains and turn off lights and appliances.

As you can imagine, this can make for comfortable living. Designing your smart home is specific to your lifestyle and needs, and your daily routine. You may want the heater to turn on one hour before waking, or an hour before you arrive home, and you can control this at any time from your mobile or tablet.

So every smart home is different pending your needs, what matters is the extent of how the technologies and controls improve your home and how easily this is done for you.

Technology is meant to enable and empower us, not add to frustrations or be obtrusive to daily living. It’s important the aspects of your smart home are designed and set up in a way for you to enjoy maximum control and ease of their operation.

How much does a smart home cost?

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to smart homes, pending the state of your house (existing house or pre-build?) and your current lifestyle needs (do you need security alarms?) can we then start to assess a cost of a smart home. Call the RYVE team today to get a custom quote, or check out our smart home wiring page for more information. Our team can advise you on what kind of system will best suit your needs, and they can also help to ensure that it’s installed in the most efficient and cost effective way.

The RYVE team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. Since 2002, Ryve have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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How to DYI antenna installation – DON’T do it!

Installing a television antenna (a digital antenna) on a roof can not only be dangerous, but it also requires technical knowledge the average homeowner or regular electrician is unlikely to possess.

It’s worth knowing that many electricians are not trained in antenna installation or repairs. Electricians are trained in electrical wiring and lighting; and although some may be able to assist with your antenna, they are not directly trained in this area.

Reasons why you should get a professional antenna installation technician:

1. Rooftop Safety
TV antenna professionals are fully trained in safely installing antenna equipment on a variety of rooftops and high places and during a range of weather conditions.

2. Specialist Knowledge
Professional installers have specialist and detailed knowledge about how antennas work, ensuring you receive the best quality audio and picture possible.

3. Not Licensed
Unless you have the correct certifications, you won’t have the proper licensing to install the antenna, which leaves you open to experience issues with reception quality, affecting picture and audio. It’s worth noting many electricians don’t carry the proper licensing to complete antenna installations or repairs. Often Electricians don’t have a cabling license; they have an electrical license which means they can do electrical cabling. Electrical cabling covers power points and lighting. Antenna cabling is neither of these; It is coaxial; hence it’s essential to get a professional to install your antenna.
Our AV and antenna field technicians can complete all cabling requirements for antenna install or repair, and high-quality antennas can be purchased on our online shop.

4. Missing Tools and Additional TV outlets
Many digital antenna systems have specific connections and fittings; hence it’s unlikely the average homeowner (or electrician) has the tools necessary to complete the job correctly. Further, many people require more than one television to run from a single television antenna. A professional TV antenna installer can easily install other outlets, so every TV in your home produces a great picture with clear sound, whereas some electricians and most homeowners, don’t have the knowledge, tools or expertise to complete this both correctly and safely, if at all.

5. Save Money, Time and Effort
A professional TV antenna installer using high-quality equipment can ensure your antenna lasts its entire lifespan and warranty. A professionally installed high-quality antenna should last 15 or more years (unless your home is close to the sea, salt erosion does affect even the best antennas). A professional antenna installation or repair guarantees the job is done right, the first time, without hassle.

Get the best value and lifespan from your antenna by investing in a high-quality antenna and professional installation. Enjoy top quality picture and audio from your TV. For a professional, high-quality antenna installation job, talk to the Ryve team today.

The Ryve team are audiovisual and antenna installation and repair professionals who service all of Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria. For over 15 years Ryve have been installing home theatre systems, CCTVhome securitylightingnetworking and internet, Wi-Fi, antennaspre-wiring of homes and installation of audio/visual equipment. In recent years the team have become leading experts in home automation and pre-wire across Melbourne and southeastern suburbs including Ringwood, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Box Hill and more. Contact us today to help you with all your audio visual and antenna needs.


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