We started offering ABUS whole house audio at the beginning of 2005. ABUS is a licensed technology that must be followed to the exact specifications as the licensee. ABUS is an analog line level system on Cat5 with keypads in each room that are true amplifiers with speaker level output using minimal speaker lengths to a pair of speakers per keypad and a hub pushing the line level audio/IR and 24 Volts to each amp/keypad. Contrary to those whom never heard it assume ABUS is background audio is furthest from the truth.
Residential CCTV is growing by leaps and bounds. While the economy is making many people uncertain in their business life, there is a growing trend towards providing greater security and diligence over one’s domain(s).
While security cameras used to be optional for businesses, they’ve become standard to protect assets and verify alarms. Insurance companies now demand cameras have backup recording software with a minimum of a week capability to historically review events.
Intercom systems have been used in homes for years. But today’s variety can weave in other technologies to make them an even handier device to have around.
A popular choice today is a front-door intercom that can tie into a home’s telephone system. The concept is straightforward: A visitor hits the call button on the intercom and the phones ring, but in a distinctive tone so that you can discern it from an ordinary incoming telephone call. You can speak with the guest through the phone handset or the built-in mic on the base station.
The phones themselves can function like intercoms, too. You can place private intercom calls to another phone station within your house or page every station at once.
The need for a video surveillance system goes far beyond simple security. These days, video surveillance can also give you piece of mind by allowing you to monitor your home, keep an eye on your kids and monitor the inventory in your small business. Imagine the reassurance of being able to remotely access real-time or archived footage of your residence or business. And maybe you’ll catch a neighborhood cat up to no good.
But with all of these capabilities come many choices and options, and determining which system is the right one for you may seem tricky.
If you want to set up communication lines and be ready for anything that comes along this century, you need a system that will allow you to integrate, connect, route and modernize telephone, TV, Internet and all future data lines. We can’t guarantee that our cable and telephone wiring systems will take care of everything (no one knows what’s coming), but if you install the stuff we show here, you should be set for the next 25 years or so.
You can install the system yourself using tools and materials found at a well-supplied home center. The key to this system is to feed two telephone and two coaxial cables from each wall jack to the central communication center so you can easily link any electronic components in the future. That means buying a lot of cable, but don’t worry—cable is relatively cheap. Phone connections are made by linking different phone ports with “patch cords.” Video cable links are made by connecting cables with cable splitters.