The Challenge

Case StudyOn the south coast of England sits a stunning newly remodeled home in the town of Hove. When homeowners of this luxury British hideaway contracted family-run business, Just Add Popcorn, to install a simple, easy-to-use home automation system, a key request was ensuring that the equipment disappeared into the existing décor. ‘We specialize in seamlessly integrating technology into our clients’ homes,” said Stuart Burgess, director of Just Add Popcorn. ‘Once we confirmed all of this homeowner’s needs, we immediately recommended URC’s Total Control® solution.”

The Solution

As is customary for home renovation projects, Stuart and his team were presented with the perfect opportunity to install a cabling infrastructure that would deliver support for current and future needs. “Since the homeowner insisted he did not want to have any equipment on view apart from the TVs and speakers,” Burgess explained. “We set about designing the system with the garage being the location for the A/V racks. From this location we ran the relevant cabling to each room making sure where possible we installed more cabling than needed so the homeowner could upgrade and add additional equipment in the future.’

Case StudyAll URC Total Control equipment and a selection of KEF in-ceiling speakers were supplied by UK distributor AWE Europe. With the speakers installed in seven areas around the property, powered by three URC amplifiers, it was important to deliver a system designed to help the client enjoy exceptional sound regardless of his location. Besides his newfound ability to stream music directly from the Internet and his personal music collection stored on an iMac, the homeowner enjoys access to Freeview HD, four Sky HD boxes and Apple TV. His lounge also boasts a full 5.1 in-ceiling speaker system to deliver powerful and dramatic sound for films-perfect for watching his favorite movies or sports.

Case StudyOutside, the homeowner and guests alike can watch TV or listen to music in the summer house and access the internet whilst relaxing in the garden. “The URC Total Control system proved to be exactly the right choice for the client, as it combines feature-rich control of every A/V element of the property,” Stuart noted. “Eight TV screens around the house, a host of Wi-Fi hotspots, extensive multi-room audio and a wide selection of inputs makes for an incredible amount of programming. This is one of the reasons why we specified URC, as ease of installation and programming has always been a huge benefit of the Total Control system.”

The Appeal of a Relaxed Lifestyle

The homeowner’s ability to control his audio, video, lighting, security and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) from one of three existing TRC-1280 Total Control remotes or any of his iDevices lends to a more harmonious way of living free of remote clutter. “It’s just great stuff all around,” said the homeowner. “I wanted a home system that hid almost all the equipment that would enhance my lifestyle and I got just that.” Plus, thanks to Total Control’s offsite programming feature, any member of Just Add Popcorn’s team can update and maintain the system from virtually anywhere, quickly and easily. “The simplicity of programming is a benefit that shouldn’t be underplayed,” Stuart concluded. “It’s able to handle advanced macros with ease, with us even being able to check the system’s status and edit remotely, offsite, should anything happen.”

The Total Control solution has won Stuart and his team accolades from their happy client, “The service was excellent! I’ve had no problems with the work done or the equipment provided.”

The URC Gear

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MRX-10 Advanced System Network Controller
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MRX-1 Network Base Station
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MFS-POE8 MAC Filtering Network Switch for POE
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SNP-1 Streaming Network Players
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DMS-1200 Multi-Zone Network Amplifier
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DMS-100 Network Single-Zone Amplifiers
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TRC-1280 Wi-Fi Remotes
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iOS Total Control MobileTM App

Total Control

Other Gear

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DF Base 1 3D Single-Zone Audio and Video Media Players
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Kef In-Ceiling Speakers (various sizes)
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Kef HTB2SE Subwoofer
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Polk Home Theater Speakers
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Niveo 24 Port Network Switch
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Niveo NNAS-D5 Five Bay SATA II Mini-NAS Subsystem
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Niveo NWER3P Access Point
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Onkyo TXNR818B Network A/V Receiver
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Panasonic Flat Screen TVs (various sizes)
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Wall A/V racks
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Sky 1TB HD Set-Top Boxes
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Apple TV Aerial, Satellite and DAB Distribution