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Learning From Lego

Does your team know what ‘good and done’ looks like? Over the holiday break I got a chance to spend some quality time with my family. The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day lacked (mercifully) many scheduled activities. We ate, drank, built puzzles, played games, and generally enjoyed each other’s company. One of my missions

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Product Review: Alarm.com VC727P 1080p Mini-Bullet Camera

Our friends at Alarm.com sent me a VC727P 1080p Mini-Bullet Camera to try out. The security camera is squarely focused on the company’s business customers with features like smart object detection (distinguishing amongst people, cars, and animals), onboard recording, and activity analytics (occupancy, foot traffic, etc.). Would the VC727P 1080p Mini-Bullet Camera stand out from the

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How do I know which HDMI cable to buy?

At Livewire, we’ve assisted hundredes families in Richmond and Central Virginia with cutting-edge audio-video and smart technology solutions. Our expertise ranges from crafting custom home theater projects to establishing comprehensive A/V systems for both homes and businesses. In the realm of A/V, a frequently asked question from our clients is, “How do I know which HDMI

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Product Review: Beale Street Outdoor Audio System

I love music. Everywhere I go, there’s usually a soundtrack playing in the background. This is especially true when I’m spending time at home outdoors. I have speakers everywhere. My backyard, deck, and patio are all routinely bathed in killer outdoor audio sound. The only bummer comes when I hang out in the front yard. It’s

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What are the signs it’s time to replace my smoke alarm?

Have you ever wondered if your smoke alarm is doing its job, quietly keeping your home safe? Like any reliable home technology, smoke alarms have their lifespan, and recognizing the signs it’s time to replace them is the key to maintaining a secure home. At Livewire, we’ve had countless conversations with households in the Richmond and

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Product Review: SVS 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer

The SVS 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer is amazing, and once you’ve heard it, you can’t go backwards. It feels like the never-ending battle between form and function flares up in places where great sound has the most to gain. I humbly submit the plight of the subwoofer. Long reviled by significant others and designers alike, the subwoofer

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Should I pre-wire my smart home?

Whether building a new home from scratch or remodeling your old house, here’s how pre-wiring your home for speakers and networking is a smart move that can save you time, money, and hassle in the long run.   What is pre-wiring? Pre-wiring is the process of running speaker wires, networking cables, Cat6 Ethernet cables, and other

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Product Review: Bluesound Node X Music Streamer Packs a Punch

For those looking to add a little oomph to their old stereo rigs without having to get rid of otherwise perfectly good gear, Bluesound created its latest music streamer, the Node X, to mark 10 years of its multiroom high resolution audio streaming platform. The little box packs a punch, with an ESS Sabre HiFi DAC and

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How Does a Smart Home Work?

Smart home automation is no longer something you’ll only see in sci-fi movies set in a far-off future. While we still quite haven’t figured out how to install KITT from Knight Rider into your refrigerator – you can just have about every aspect of your home linked up to your network. You’ve no doubt seen ads

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