Using HomeNet

As the years progress you can change the furniture around without having to worry too much about access points. Similarly, the use of rooms may change as children grow up, leave home and maybe Granny comes to stay.

A cable is not directional. Any room may 'feed' the patch media cabinet with a signal just as easily (and simultaneously) as 'receiving' a signal from the patch media cabinet. For example, a CD player in the living room can easily feed its outputs to the patch media cabinet where it can then be passed up to the bedroom. At the same time, the amplifier in the living room may get an audio input from the satellite receiver in the central location. It offers the ultimate flexibility.

Some customers using HomeNet like to achieve the ‘minimalist’ look in their houses. HomeNet will enable you to hide satellite, cable, digital, Sky receivers, DVDs and video players completely out of sight, which is useful if you are thinking of having a large LCD or plasma television screen mounted on the wall and that’s all you want to see.

In this case, we supply an Infra-Red (IR) detector. You use the television remote in exactly the same way, except that the signal is picked up by the IR detector, which is just slightly smaller than a golf ball.

The IR detector is connected via a patch lead to the HomeNet faceplate and the signal passes through the cable, through the patch media cabinet and thence to the Sky box, DVD or VCR as appropriate, wherever it is located, usually in a different room or cupboard. The Sky box then changes channel or whatever and sends the new signals back down the same cable, but in adjacent wires, to the television screen.

Similarly, you can control a music centre in the same way but just having speakers with a small amplifier in the room. You can combine it with wireless (i.e. wire free) technology so that there are no wires between the emitter at the HomeNet outlet and the speakers, achieving the ultimate in flexibility.

Television signals can be sent via your home network to all of the faceplates installed in your home. Both video and DVD signals can be sent through the same network, allowing you to enjoy pre-recorded programming or movies from one centrally located source in any of the equipped rooms, such as your kitchen or bedroom.

Although a TV set is of course required in each room to view television channels, only one VCR or DVD per residence is required in the integrated system, cutting down duplicate spending on the same type of equipment and the clutter of more units and their associated remote paraphernalia. Device management is as straightforward as with any of the other aspects of your lifestyle network - one directly linked remote panel on the wall in each room, receiving information from the universal hand-held remote control, which can activate any of the required functions on your television, VCR or DVD player from your current location.

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