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Which Control System Approach Is Best?: Single vs. Multiple Apps

Here at Livewire we get asked all the time which approach is best for controlling home technology; “one app to rule them all” or multiple apps? We decided to create a simple article highlighting the pros & cons of each category to help our clients decide for themselves which one works best for their home.…

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Voice Activated Showdown: Alexa vs. Google Home

Here at Livewire we get asked all the time which voice assistant does the best job controlling home technology. We decided to create a simple article highlighting the pros & cons of each major platform to help our clients decide for themselves which one works best for their home. Since Amazon’s Echo cylindrical smart speaker…

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Livewire Top 10 List: Tech Frustrations and Troubleshooting Steps

Problem: Help! My TV is showing picture but no sound. Resolution: Try turning everything off and back on again with your remote. You can schedule service at getlivewire.com or call (804) 937-9001 anytime. InVision customers can submit support requests from the app. Learn more about InVision. InVision Express Tip: From your app, select “Reset TV”…

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Profiting From The Backlash

“We’ve been there and done that,” said Mr. Big, recounting his experience installing a full high-end control system in his last house. “Not doing it again. Nothing ever worked and it cost an arm and a leg every time we needed a service call.” I’m sure you’ve never had this conversation at your company, but…

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Who Are The Best Home Technology Companies in Richmond?

We often get asked at Livewire who are some of the other companies in Richmond who they should consider when planning a home technology installation. We actively encourage our customers to evaluate providers and choose wisely after getting their design & budget laid out. Our process of producing solid engineering documents makes comparing prices easy,…

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How Much Does a Smart Home Cost?

We get asked this question all the time at Livewire and we’re always amazed at how many of our industry colleagues shy away from the question lest they scare away potential customers. The truth is the truth and solid information about the total cost of ownership associated with a solid home technology system is paramount…

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Top Home Technology Trends to Watch from the CEDIA Expo

The 2019 CEDIA Expo was a whirlwind of fun and excitement! Lots of shiny new home technology to see and test out and lots of time spent bonding and learning as a team. The CEDIA Expo is THE expo for home technology professionals. It attracts over 20,000 professionals in the industry to come learn and…

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The Future of Listening: Three New Must Have Sonos Speakers

Your home audio experience is about to get better. Sonos has just released three new speakers, expanding its footprint and capabilities inside AND outside of the home: Sonos Move, Sonos One SL, and Sonos Port. Here’s a look at these three, innovative new products from our friends at Sonos. Go Anywhere, Do Anything with Sonos…

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Bring The Natural World Closer With Your Smart Home

As a species, we’re happier and healthier when we have access to nature. Sunshine, fresh air, and relaxing nature sounds create positive biological changes in our bodies. The concept is called “biophilia”, and was developed by author Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 book titled Biophilia. Wilson describes biophilia as the innate desire for human…

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