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Become a Wireless Network Guru in few simple steps

Posted by Arthur de Jager on Oct 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How to get the most out of your Wireless Networks
By Arthur de Jager, CEO of Niveo Professional

The (non-)sense of heat maps

We regularly receive requests to, based on a blue print of a building, to create a heatmap. Although the customer is always right, we should not give poor advise. So, we advise on suggested temporary placement of a few AP's, followed by a site survey.

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Topics: Wireless,, Networking, Access Point, wireless network

How Secure are Your AV-Installations?

Posted by Arthur de Jager on Aug 29, 2017 1:54:00 PM
By Arthur de Jager, CEO of Niveo Professional

Less than one month after the WannaCry ransom-ware attack, many companies and institutions were hit by Petya. The Petya attack spread very rapidly affecting many companies in a very short time-frame(1). It nearly paralyzed operations of one of Europe's largest container terminal and has seriously disrupted the operations of companies like TNT Express(2).

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Topics: AV Integration,, AV over IP, AV Security, Ransom Ware Attack, Data Security, Audio Visual Security

What Value are you Bringing to your Custom Installs?

Posted by Arthur de Jager on Aug 23, 2017 11:07:00 AM
By Arthur de Jager, CEO of Niveo Professional

Building speakers in garages...

Our industry is filled with fantastic stories of Custom Installers having started their business by building fully customized speakers from their garages. Just because what the mass market manufacturers produced wasn't good enough. These pioneers of our industry added real value to their passionately created audio installations. I have never seen a industry with so much passion and I am proud to be working in that industry.

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Topics: AV over IP, Cedia, Networking, IoT

Category Cables and their non-Category applications

Posted by Ralph Parrett on Apr 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

100-Ohm twisted pair cabling has come a long way since the first launch of the 568 standard. Categories 1, 2, 4, and 5 are obsolete. Category 3 hangs on by a ripcord and Category 5e has already lost its market lead to Category 6. Category 6A is moving out of data centers and demand is increasing for even higher performing cables. Category 7 is officially skipped in the US market and Category 8 is in the ratification process.

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Topics: UTP, twisted pair, cat 6, cat 6a, cat 7, cat 8, PoE, cat 5e, HDBaseT, STP, FTP

Classroom AV Provides Tech Savvy Learning Environments

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Apr 12, 2016 6:43:27 PM

AV Technology in the classroom is no longer a phenomenon. Just visit your own child's school and classroom, and you notice how technology is playing a key role in K-12 education today. According to the U.S. Department of Education, computers are in 97 percent of classrooms every day, and the adoption of new easy-to-use technologies by teachers is growing.

Its not just K-12. Classroom technology is a perfect fit for higher education, training facilities and more.

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Topics: AV, classroom AV, learning, K-12, higher education, classroom technology

AV Capture, Streaming and Sharing for ProAV

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Mar 11, 2016 7:00:00 AM

With the convergence of AV and Networking continuing to trend upward, installation of networked AV capture and streaming technology is another opportunity for professional AV integrators to take advantage of.

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Topics: Remote Workforce, AV, HD Video Conferencing, remote learning, av capture, streaming, lecture capture, distance learning, lecture recording, sharing, on-demand

What's the Best Way to Make Money in AV in 2016?

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Feb 9, 2016 10:20:22 AM

Huddle rooms are one of the hottest trends in the AV industry today. Wainhouse Research estimates the potential for huddle rooms to be between 30 and 50 million rooms. As a professional integrator, you can provide great benefit to your customers by educating them on the flexibility and cost effectiveness of huddle rooms.

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Topics: Wireless,, BYOD, video conferencing, remote working, Remote Workforce, AV, HD Video Conferencing, Huddle Room, huddle rooms

7 Myths or Misconceptions about Fiber

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Jan 29, 2016 3:46:00 PM

By Robert D'Addario

"Fiber is coming." This assertion seems like the battle cry for the better part of the last two decades. Why pay attention now? Every year it seems some technology company figures out how to bleed that last bit of extra bandwidth out of twisted pair category cable, so why can't they keep doing that forever? Why invest in the training, skill set and frustration of dealing with fiber?

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Topics: AV Integration,, AV over IP, bandwidth, Ultra HD, Digital Data, Fiber optics

The Future of Fiber Optics

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Jun 16, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Fiber optics has been heralded as the future of communications technology. It can distribute Internet data at record speeds, over 100 kilometers, compared to regular ethernet cables that transmit data only within 100 meters. Plus, fiber optic cables are as thin as a human hair and are known for their fault-tolerance capabilities. With rapid advances in technology and increasing worldwide market demand, fiber is shining bright in the communication spotlight, and fueling future trends for the technology. 

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Topics: Digital Data, Fiber Optics and Telecommunications, Fiber Optics and Server Farms, The Future of Fiber Optics, Fiber optics

Networked Digital Audio Might Already be at an Arena or Stadium Near You

Posted by Becky McWilliams, VP of Marketing on Jun 8, 2015 2:43:46 PM

The effects of technology are everywhere. Along with all the benefits it brings us come specific challenges. How these challenges are addressed is what makes technology evolve. A recent change in live audio is the shift towards networked digital audio. You won’t actually hear the change since it doesn’t affect the final output. What will change is how sound makes its way to the amplifiers and speakers. With networked audio, “analog-to-digital conversion [takes] place at the stage box, with the audio signal staying digital until it hits an amplifier on the way to a speaker.” For live event producers, networked digital audio brings new waves in integrating sound with other digital elements. It also brings challenges in terms of design and installation. 

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Topics: bandwidth, networked audio systems, LAN sharing, audio, AV, network digital audio, big event audio video