Home Automation

Lighting Control  Home Audio  Distributed Video  Media Servers  Climate Control

Home Automation and Control has quickly become a standard in many new and remodeled homes.Home Automation Systems are no longer an item only available to the ultra rich. Yes there are very high end integration systems available on the market still, however as the popularity has grown so has the available options. Today Brew City PC can offer customized solutions that incorporate the same level of control and functionality at much more affordable prices.

Complete Home Automation Solution

Our complete home automation systems, powered by Compass Control, allow you to integrate Whole Home Audio Systems, Distributed Video Systems, Lighting Control, Shade Control, Climate Controls, Security Systems & Cameras, and more into a single controller. Where as many of the high end automation platforms require using their over-priced proprietary touch screen controllers, Compass Control utilizes Apple’s brilliant iOS devices such as the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. This greatly decreases the cost of the touchscreen controllers, but definitely not the functionality. In fact by using Apple devices you can get even more benefit because the device is not limited to simply controlling your home, you can load other apps as well, even check your email or Facetime a family member. Typically we flush mount install wall docks for your controller devices throughout your home. The devices can stay docked and charging in the wall dock, or you can pull them out for everyday use controlling your homes many systems.

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With Compass Control we break your home up by rooms or zones that allow you to be able to control each zone individually or all zones. Then by connecting the controller to your various devices (TV’s, Cable Box, Media Server, Thermostats, Etc.) and integrated systems such as Audio / Video distribution systems, or Lutron lighting systems you can create a different experience in every room in your home.

Please take a moment and watch the short demo video on Compass Control and be sure to download the free Compass Control app available for free in the Apple App Store.

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Intelligent Lighting by Lutron

If anyone knows lighting control its Lutron, and with their intelligent control system RadioRa2 they have proved it to the masses. Lutron’s RadioRa2 system allows you to wirelessly control all your lighting and shades by scene. Lets say after dinner your family likes to relax in the family room and watch a favorite show. With a single press of the scene button on your wall switch you can dim your kitchen lights, lower the shades throughout the house, turn on the fireplace and set your family room lighting to 50%. Scenes such as this are and much more are all possible. Additionally with RadioRa2 being a wireless system it can be integrated into existing homes, as well as new construction.

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With convenience also comes cost savings. The Lutron RadioRa2 system allows you to dim any or all of your connected light fixtures to save on power. Even minimally dimming your lighting 20% can reduce your lighting energy consumption 20% overall. Additionally it extends the life of your bulbs.

Also at no cost Lutron includes the Lutron app which allows you control your RadioRa2 controlled components by your Apple or Android mobile devices.

We encourage you to watch the demo video below or download the RadioRa2 Brochure on the right for more information, and please contact us for details on how we can incorporate Lutron RadioRa2 into your home.

Whole Home Audio Solutions

Whole home audio, just as it sounds, allows you to distribute music throughout your entire home. You have ultimate control of the jukebox, play a variety of different music in individual rooms, or the same throughout all the zones in your home. Brew City PC offers a variety of solutions, both wired and wireless to fit any budget. Please check out a few of our offerings below that we can incorporate in your home, then contact us for more information.

SONOS: The ULTIMATE Wireless HiFi System

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Sonos is a simple yet powerful audio distribution system. Sonos delivers not only incredible sound but a simple way to synchronize and organize all of your music. Sonos allows you to play any song, in any room, all from the palm of your hand.The Sonos Multi-Room Music System lets you play all the music you want, all over your house and control it all from the palm of your hand. With wireless ZonePlayers in the rooms of your choice and any Sonos Controller in hand, you can add music to every part of your life and every room in your house.Sonos Connections
It’s the first wireless multi-room music system of its kind and it’s going to change the way you listen to music at home, host parties, and update your listening library. With a Sonos Controller in hand, your entire music library, Internet radio and online music services are at your fingertips. And with Sonos ZonePlayers in every room you want music, you can simply find a seat, a song, and touch play.

 

CasaTunes: Music by the Roomful

Unlike the SONOS system above CasaTunes is a hybrid whole home audio solution that can be wired, wireless or both. CasaTunes is the ideal solution for homes with as few as 3 wired rooms, or as many as 24 rooms. If your home is not wired for speakers, you can use CasaTunes’ built-in wireless capability to add as many as 10 wireless speakers and devices, including AirPlay® speakers, AirPlay enabled AV Receivers, AppleTV® and Apple AirPort Express® devices.
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You can expand your existing wired system and add additional rooms by using a combination of both, wired and wireless speakers, and thanks to CasaTunes’ continuous synchronization, your wired and wireless speakers will be perfectly synchronized.

CasaTunes allows you to listen to a growing collection of talk and music services, including:

  • Windows and iTunes disc based music
  • Playing music residing on Universal Plug and Play/Digital Living Network Alliance (uPnP/DLNA) media servers
  • Support for over 100,000 worldwide radio stations, including the BBC, CBC, JAZZRADIO.com®, SHOUTcast®, SKY.FM®, SomaFM and TuneIn®
  • Support for popular premium music services including Grooveshark®, last.fm®, MOG, SiriusXM®, Slacker, Spotify®, Pandora®, and more.

All CasaTunes multi-room music servers include disc storage for your music. The disc storage capacity varies by system, ranging from 320 GB or capacity for 60,000 compressed songs2 on 3-room systems, and 1 TB or 200,000 compressed song capacity on other systems.

Copying your existing music collection to the music server allows you to playback your music at the same quality the music was originally ripped to, and provides the benefit that your music is always available, even if your Internet connection isn’t!

Distributed Video

Distributed video allows a single video source, like a satellite receiver or Blu-ray player, to be shared between multiple TVs that are connected to a video switch. This can provide some pretty amazing advantages. The biggest of which is minimizing the amount of sources you would need for every TV in your house. For example, if you have six TVs in your home and would like to watch satellite on all six of them, you will need to have six different satellite receivers, each one requiring a separate monthly fee. And how many times would you actually need to watch all six receivers at the exact same time anyway? It would be very seldom, if ever at all. Distributed video let’s you use just two or three satellite receivers for all of the TVs in your house, saving you on that monthly equipment cost.

Another great advantage distributed video provides is the ability to hide all of the gear for your TVs. No one wants to spend thousands of dollars on a Plasma or LED TV to hang up on the wall but have a tangle of wires running down the wall and into the cabinet below where all the gear lives. Distributed video let’s you hide all of that equipment in the storage closet on the other side of the house or in the basement.

Brew City PC uses video switching devices by Key Digital along with controls by Compass Control to allow you to control your video distribution from any Apple iOS device. Additionally you can start watching a show or movie in your living room, and then finish it up in your bedroom if its getting late. Inviting the guys over for the big game? With a distributed video system by Brew City PC just a few swipes of your finger and you can have the game on every TV in your home.

Media Server Solutions

With the expanding capabilities of home wired and wireless networks media servers are becoming extremely popular. While there are so many options in regards to media servers, primarily they all provide the same fundamental functions. The main premise behind the media server is to take all your movies, home videos, and often times music libraries and put them onto a single machine. The media server then organizes all of your content, and then is able to distribute it through your home network to TV’s, projectors and audio receivers.

One immediate feature that many like is the super fast access to watching a movie in their collection. No more searching for DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s or watching previews before your movie starts. It is as simple as taking a seat, browsing your entire movie collection on screen, and clicking play.

We can offer a number of different media server solutions for you home from the very high end, to the surprisingly very affordable. If you are considering a media server, have questions on how they work, or would like a demonstration please contact us.

PLEX Media Server

The Plex Media server is the perfect solution for any homeowner that is not setup with Home Automation controls, but wants to simplify their life by organizing all of their personal media, making it beautiful and streaming it to all of your devices such as: ROKU, Google Chromecast, Google TV, LG & Samsung TV’s, Any Computer, and Any Mobile device. Also due to it being DLNA compliant it can also stream to your XBOX, Playstation or WDTV without loading any special Plex app.

Plex gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. Plex enriches your media library by adding descriptions, plot summaries, posters and album covers. Recently added content is presented front and center so you can instantly see what’s new. Plex also knows which movies and shows you’re watching, so you can easily pick up where you left off or play the next episode.PlexScreen

The Plex server is without a doubt the most cost effective way to incorporate all this great functionality into your home. What Brew City PC offers is that we meet with you to learn exactly what media you have in your collection, and custom build a dedicated computer system to handle it all currently with room to expand in the future. The most common question we typically get next is, “How Do I Get All My DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s Into The Server?” We offer three solutions in this case, the first being we include with your server the software / tools to import the DVD’s yourself with one on one training explain the procedure. The second option is that we can deliver your server with your entire DVD collection pre-loaded into the server for an additional cost. The third option, and most common is a combination of the first two. We will deliver your system pre-loaded and teach you how to import new movies to your collection moving forward.

If you would like more information on our PLEX media server solutions please contact us, we are glad to discuss in detail how we can make it work in your home.

 

Kaleidescape Cinema One: The Ultimate Movie Player

Cinema One is simply the best movie player you can buy. It combines pristine picture quality with high-fidelity sound to transform your living room into the ultimate home theater. Unlike streaming services, Cinema One lets you enjoy all of your movies in true bit-for-bit Blu-ray and DVD quality—whether imported from CD, DVD, or Blu-ray, or downloaded from the Kaleidescape Store. It stores up to 600 DVD or 100 Blu-ray quality movies and automatically catalogs your library in an award-winning user interface. What’s more, you can simply download Blu-ray quality movies right from the Kaleidescape Store—the only store that offers movie downloads with the same audio/video fidelity as Blu-ray discs.kaleidescape-blu-ray-movie-server
When you press Play, the lights go down, the masking is set, and the audio track and subtitles are all perfectly optimized for the absolute best cinema experience. Only the Kaleidescape System communicates seamlessly with your home automation system. The Cinema One also can be controlled by any Apple iOS with the intuitive Kaleidescape app.
If you ever fill your Cinema One you can simply purchase another one and join them up for more storage. The optional DV700 Disc Vault uses its rotating carousel to copy the contents of Blu-ray discs to Cinema One. You no longer have to load a Blu-ray disc to play the movie—the presence of the disc in the vault enables the copy on Cinema One to be played instantly. What’s more, the disc vault makes it easy to automatically import large numbers of DVDs and CDs.

Make no qualms about it, the Kaleidescape Cinema One is the ultimate in media servers. If you would like more information on customizing a Kaleidescape unit for your home theatre please contact us, we are glad to discuss in detail how we can incorporate one in to your home.

Climate Control Solutions

Climate control believe it or not is a very exciting technology today. Homeowners are looking to gain control of their thermostats remotely by way of their smartphone or tablet. Additionally by upgrading to a “Smart” thermostat you can save significantly on your utility bills. We offer two different smart thermostats to control your homes HVAC system. For homes without an existing automation system we highly recommend the Nest line of thermostats. Those homes with existing automation systems need a ZWave or ZigBee compatible thermostat to integrate. We offer ZWave thermostats from Honeywell. Please see below for more information.

If you would like more information on our advanced Climate Control solutions please contact us, we are glad to discuss in detail how we can make it work in your home.

Nest: Meet the Next Generation Thermostat

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and the Nest Thermostat can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.

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Programming thermostats is complicated and irritating – but an un-programmed thermostat can waste 20% of your heating and cooling bill. So the Nest Thermostat programs itself. Just turn it up and turn it down. The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own.Nest_Thermostat_iPhone

Use the Nest app to connect to your thermostat from a smartphone. Getting in early? Change the temperature miles from home.