Corporate and Residential Showcase Video

AVctrl has recently been working with Spectrum AV to program a corporate board room project and a high-end residential project using ELAN g! and KNX. The corporate project uses ELAN g! to control everything via iPads in the board room and three meeting rooms. The last blog was about the residential project in Dublin. SpectrumContinue reading “Corporate and Residential Showcase Video”

Recent ELAN & KNX Project

I have just finished programming a cool job in Dublin 4. Spectrum AV have had a high end residential project which covers just about everything you would want in a home automation system – multi-room music and HD video distribution, dedicated home cinema, IP CCTV and KNX lighting, heating and curtain control. KNX also integrates gates,Continue reading “Recent ELAN & KNX Project”

ELAN g! and Heatmiser

I have just returned to a system which was installed about 18 months ago and consisted of ELAN g!, home cinema, CCTV and KNX lighting. Just a service call – upgraded ELAN g! to latest version and added a few new scenes and buttons to the lighting interfaces. So far, so good. As part ofContinue reading “ELAN g! and Heatmiser”

Why you need a “smart remote”

I love technology and I do my best to make sure my clients get the most out of it. However maybe it’s just an age thing but I want my technology easy to use. Good custom installers used to say to have a look at the coffee table; a remote for your TV, home cinemaContinue reading “Why you need a “smart remote””

Don’t you just love the iPad…

The family was on holiday recently in London, so we did the real tourist thing and went to “see” The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. The mounted police took no prisoners and could really move people on – you had to see the funny side! But as there where sooo many people thereContinue reading “Don’t you just love the iPad…”


I am a big fan of VortexBox and just in case you haven’t come across it before it is a free (yes FREE), open source ISO which will turn any unused computer into an easy to use music server and player. Installation is simple and once loaded it will automatically rip CDs, tag the files,Continue reading “VortexBox”