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Music Streamers for One Room or Whole House Music

If you or your clients are tired of bluetooth speakers or the high cost or lack of flexibility with other music systems, check out our music streamers.  While Bluetooth ties you to your speaker, a music streamer plays music on its own and is simply controlled by an iOs or Android app.

Play music from online sources like TuneIn or Spotify, from local music libaries on a NAS, or from an iTunes library.  Or use your favourite music client on a computer to send music to the streamer using DLNA.

Each streamer in the home or office can play its own stream, or multiple units can be virtually linked to play the same music for whole house audio.

There are several varieties.  The M5 Audiocast connects to your network via WiFi and has a line output to connect to a set of amlified speakers or a stereo system input.  The M30 adds a line input of its own so it can broadcast to other units.  It also has a SPDIF digital output and wired Ethernet connection in addition to Wifi.

The AMP160 has a class D 80W x 2 amplifier built in so it can directly power passive speakers.  Run speaker wiring outdoors and it makes a great amplified music source for the backyard or pool.  Or use the line output from the M5 or M30 to connect to a larger or existing amp.

There is also a plug-in for Fibaro HomeCenter 2 that creates a virtual device in Homecenter to allow control on screen or from scenes/schedules.

We’ve been testing these music streamers and they’re priced right, work well and provide great flexibility.

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Fibaro Home Center Training

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fibaro Home Center training. To those who missed it due to conflicting schedules or who are out of province, please email us if you’re interested in the next training event or an upcoming webinar version.

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Dealer Training Page Added

Custom installers and wholesale customers of www.aartechpro.ca may now find upcoming education and training sessions here:

https://www.aartechpro.ca/page/education

Please contact your sales rep or email us if you’re interested in registering for any training sessions.

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Elk C1M1 Dual Path Cellular and IP Alarm Communicator

Elk has launched their new dual path alarm communicator for Elk M1 systems.  The C1M1 will automatically determine whether to use IP or cellular communications when both are available and will automatically fall back in case one cannot communicate.  It can also be set to use one or the other exclusively by the installer.  IP communication does NOT require a static IP or port forwarding set up making it perfect for maintenance free installs.

Pro installers can find the GSM (for Canada) version here:  https://www.aartechpro.ca/elk-c1m14gsm

Installers can update and program Elk M1 systems remotely using the C1M1 over both cellular and IP in addition to using it for professional alarm monitoring.  Cellular communication requires a Telguard account.  IP monitoring requires a monitoring station with a Surguard receiver which most have available.

The C1M1 can be used by the end user to check status, arm and disarm the panel using the free ElkLink iOs and Android apps.  The apps also show recent activity.   End users can also set up email or SMS alerts on alarm arming, disarming and alarm activation.  Both eKeypad and Droid M1 both support the C1M1.

The C1M1 is used instead of, and cannot be used at the same time as, an M1XEP.  While it cannot send email/SMS using ElkRP rules, it is compatible with the ISY994 Elk module.  It can also be used to integrate with other 3rd party systems.

Elk M1 installers finally have a robust, dual path communicator with automatic fail over, making one of the best alarm and automation systems, even more robust and accessible.

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August Locks Perfect For Condo Automation

Condo owners looking to automate their front door lock are often faced with a challenge because the condo corporation won’t allow door hardware to be changed out for a Zwave or other style of automated lock.  This makes the August Door Lock a perfect option because it doesn’t require changing door hardware.  The August lock attaches to the existing deadbolt hardware on the inside of the door so no-one will know there’s any change from the outside.

By adding the August lock, homeowners can use their iPhone or Android phone to unlock the door via Bluetooth.  Plus they can give virtual electronic keys to friends, babysitters or maintenance people to allow temporary or scheduled access.   The new August lock is also HomeKit enabled

Add a WIFI adapter and the August lock can be controlled and access granted using an Internet connection for more versatility.

For newly constructed condos or retrofit where allowed, adding an August video doorbell also enables Internet access (so the WIFI adapter isn’t needed), and also allows the homeowner to answer the door or get notifications when someone arrives using their smart device inside or over the Internet.

Both devices are an excellent option for new high rise, condo and retrofit installs.  In fact builders and rental property owners should consider adding the August doorbell as a standard or upgrade feature, which then leads to an opportunity to add the lock any time.  Either way it’s a great gateway product for adding additional smart automation in the home.

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DoorBird IP Video Intercom Perfect For Integration

We’re excited to have a new product to announce!  DoorBird IP Video intercoms go beyond offering the ability to remotely answer the door from an Android or iOs phone or tablet.  Yes, customers can answer the door from inside the house and outside using an Internet connection with free iOs and Android apps much like with Ring.  We love Ring by the way!

Check out what has us excited about Doorbird:

  • Surface and heavy duty flush mount options.  High quality German engineered.
  • Very high quality image and great night vision
  • WIFI and Ethernet connectivity
  • Relay output for triggering a chime, door strike, garage door or gate!
  • DC powered or PoE powered – can run everything off one CAT5e or CAT6 cable!
  • High quality image with custom codex requiring only 500Kb Internet upload vs 1.0 to 1.5 required by other players
  • ONVIF support allowing integration with on site NVR or CMS/VMS software
  • API for local LAN integratoin including MJPEG stream support for touch screens and GUI integration
  • SIP support
  • Control4 drivers available

 

Stock just arrived and will be online on Friday.  We expect the first batch will sell pretty quickly.

 

doorbird-models

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Integrating Cameras with Leviton HAI, Homeseer, Vera via MJPEG

Many times the homeowner is looking for reasonably priced security cameras that can integrate with their touch screen or apps from Leviton HAI, Vera, Homeseer, etc and these often require an MJPEG feed for this simple attachment vs. ONVIF for high resolution recording.

We have options from Foscam that are incredibly well priced as well as Acti at the ‘corporate’ level that play well with these integrations.   If you’re interested, touch base with us and we’d be happy to show you the way!

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New Uniview 4K NVR and Cameras

We are now stocking several new Uniview NVRs featuring amazing 4K resolution, dual independent HDMI outputs and hot swap RAID1/RAID5 bays.

The new NVR308-16EP has 16 built in PoE ports and 4 HDD bays.

The NVR308-32R and NVR308-64R are rack mountable units with 8 HDD bays supporting hot swap, RAID1 and RAID5 that can record up to 32 or 64 cameras respectively.

In addition to these new NVRs we have a new 4K PTZ with Starlight low light technology as well as some new 4 megapixel turrent and bullet cameras to round out the offering.

Uniview continues to impress with excellent build quality, great prices and a broad selection.  Not to mention industry leading features and performance.

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HDMI over CAT5E or CAT6 Extenders

Running HDMI over longer cable runs, through walls or in bars, restaurants or commercial establishments can be problematic at best.   The solution is to use an HDMI over CAT5E or CAT6 extender.  Traditionally these extenders required two CAT5E runs per display but newer extenders can run HDMI at to 40, 50 or 100 meters over a single cable.

New HDMI extenders:

HDMI over CAT5E or CAT6 to 40 Meters
HDMI over CAT6 with IR feedback to source, up to 50 MetersHDMI over CAT6 with HDBaseT support, and point to multi-point support

The last kit can be used as a standard point to point solution, but it also supports point to multi-point transmission.  Start with the sender and receiver, and a 10/100 or Gigabit Ethernet switch.  Connect the source to the transmitter and connect the transmitter the switch.  Then connect the receiver to another switch port.  Keep adding receivers as needed, up to 250 receivers.  This is a nice simple way to distribute HDMI to multiple displays over single CAT5E or CAT6 cable runs!  Perfect for restaurants, bars, electronic signage and more.

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Leviton Security and Automation Open House Sept 24th

Aartech Canada invites you to a Leviton Security & Automation Open House at its Oshawa location September 24.  Open house hours are 12p-4p.  This event would be of interest to security and CE/AV installers, as well as the electrical trade.

Food and drinks will be provided and Leviton staff will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate the company’s security and automation lines.  Leviton Security & Automation includes Omni security & automation systems, the new Lumina RF Gateway, Bitwise AV controllers, Vizia RF+, and Hi-Fi2 multi-zone audio systems to name a few.  Leviton S&A products provide automation, lighting controls, security, AV and boardroom controls for residential and commercial applications.

In business since 2002, Aartech Canada is a family owned and operated security and automation products distributor, serving clients across Canada.

For additional information, and to RSVP, contact Tammy Cain, tcain@aartech.ca or 1-877-760-3105 ext 226.

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