Let’s Get Connected

Today we are connected in so many ways that it’s hard to remember what it was like before the Internet or the mobile phone. These technologies have transformed the way we live and have created many innovations that we can’t (as much as we hate to admit it) live without. The need for a fast, reliable, and properly engineered home network is critical to fully enjoying the features and benefits of this technology age. RMS has the solutions to allow you to maximize the capabilities of your Internet and all your connected devices.

Today, a high speed Internet connection can provide your home with almost unlimited entertainment.  Music, television shows, movies, and even video games can be easily accessed through a properly designed and managed home network.  You wouldn’t consider equipping your home with an antiquated electrical system, plumbing that won’t support your needs, or a climate-control system that won’t keep you comfortable. A home network has become a very important sub-system that needs proper design and implementation to ensure your family can enjoy all the “Cloud” has to offer.

Cable boxes, DVDs, and CDs will be things of the past in the very near future thanks to the “Cloud.”  We’re hearing a lot about the “Cloud,” but what exactly is it? The concept is quite simple:  the “Cloud” is how high-speed Internet provides this content to our homes, on-demand.  In addition to entertainment options, the “Cloud” offers a secure location for backing-up your personal digital content, and the ability to access it anywhere.  The “Cloud” provides vast access to media material and its uses are almost limitless. New innovations are constantly being developed.

Online media services such as Apple’s iTunes, Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and YouTube enrich many of our lives. Interactive, online game services, such as XBox Live and Steam, are popular family experiences connecting players around the globe. Communication services, like Skype, have given us the ability to easily, and economically, connect with family and friends on another block or even another continent. Through Facebook and Twitter, we can keep in touch with childhood friends and keep tabs on a son or daughter away at college.

To fully utilize these services, and many more, a reliable wired and wireless home network is required.  In addition to allowing easy access to these online services, RMS is able to integrate your home’s other sub-systems, including lighting, HVAC, and home security onto a comprehensive, secure, home network.  RMS has the knowledge and experience to design, engineer, and implement a network tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Once a customized home network is established, using it couldn’t be easier!  A home computer, iPad, or even an iPhone can access and control all the systems on a properly constructed and integrated home network.  Imagine using your iPhone to turn up the heat in your home as your plane touches down on the runway, ensuring a cozy and warm homecoming.  Or, turning the lights on in your foyer as you pull into your driveway on a dark night. RMS can design a reliable infrastructure to channel this amazing technology.

Managing all those systems and gadgets can be frustrating and consume a lot of precious time when you’re trying to figure out a problem. To make things worse, the only person you could rely on has now gone off to college! We are proud to have very experienced technicians that can solve problems quickly as well as answer any questions. As part of our commitment to our clients, we take extra steps in setting up your network to provide monitoring capabilities that alerts us of potential problems, even before you know they are happening! In many cases, problems are solved remotely right over the Internet.

RMS has built its reputation on fast, reliable service. We want you to know that your investment with us is in capable hands.  Let RMS design a system to provide you with the best experience possible. We’ll provide you with the sensible solutions you deserve. Let’s get connected!

Feb 22, 2011 / Features

Now Available: Sonos Wireless Dock

Dock anywhere. Play everywhere. Charge anytime. That’s why the Sonos Wireless Dock is the perfect accessory for your Sonos system.

Now you can wirelessly play all the music that’s stored or playing on an iPod® or iPhone® in all the rooms where you have Sonos. And because it’s wireless, you can dock and charge wherever it’s most convenient and still enjoy the music all over the house. Best of all, the Sonos Wireless Dock delivers the highest fidelity audio quality by playing the digital music stored on your iPod or iPhone without ever converting it to analog like most conventional docks.

If you have any questions regarding the Sonos wireless dock or are interested in purchasing one, please feel free to contact RMS today.

Oct 31, 2010 / Blog / New Products

Product Spotlight: Sonos

With more and more clients requesting the ability to access online music services such as Pandora and Rhapsody, RMS has researched several products that deliver these services intuitively and at a good value.  One of these has become the go-to product for RMS clients who want a standalone music system which offers streaming music content as well as their local music collection in a simple, easy-to-use interface.  That product is Sonos.

Music in your house.

When it comes to playing music, we believe all rooms should be created equal. That’s why you can put Sonos in absolutely any room where you want music. With Sonos, no room is off-limits and you can add music wirelessly to practically any number of rooms: the bedroom, the backyard, even the bathroom.

Music in your hands.

Sonos puts the control of all your music and all your rooms right where it should be — in your hands. With the touch of a finger you can find and play a world of music, whether it’s streaming direct from the Internet or stored on your computer. Tune in to your favorite radio station or browse through your entire music library. You can play the same song in every room or choose different songs for different rooms. It’s up to you. And so is which Controller you use — the dedicated Sonos Controller 200, Sonos Controller for iPhone™, Sonos Controller for Mac or PC, or a combination of all four.

SonosNet: Wireless that works like magic

The key to designing a music system that plays music all over the house is having a wireless network that works all over the house. That’s why Sonos created a wireless mesh network called SonosNet to deliver the range and performance required of a multi-room music system. When you need to stream music wirelessly, the network you use really matters. When a network is overloaded or stretched to its limits, you hear echoes and delays from room to room, and your Internet speed can be sluggish. Not so with Sonos.

Sonos chose a mesh network because a traditional network with a central hub relaying all the traffic didn’t provide the house-wide coverage we wanted. What’s more, access point networks were plagued by performance issues. SonosNet changes all that — providing the extensive range and superior performance you need to enjoy music in every room without requiring a massive wiring remodel.

Key Products of a Sonos system

  • Controllers
    • Sonos Controller 200 (CR200): The Sonos Controller 200 is a wireless, handheld Controller with a 3.5” full-color VGA display and ultra-responsive touch screen. Pick it up or touch the screen and it’s instantly on, ready to play your music. You can quickly find and play all your music and control all your ZonePlayers with the touch of a finger. And dedicated Mute, Volume and Zones buttons get you to the functions you use most. The Sonos Controller 200 provides instant access to your personal music library stored on your computer, plus thousands of Internet radio stations and the most popular online music services. And, it comes with a Charging Cradle so it’s always ready to go and easy to find.
    • Sonos Controller for Mac or PC: The Sonos Controller for Mac or PC is free software that’s included with every ZonePlayer. It offers almost all of the functionality as the handheld Sonos Controllers, and allows you to control your entire system from any desktop or laptop computer in your house.
    • Sonos Controller for iPhone: The Sonos Controller for iPhone is a free application that turns your iPhone (or iPod touch) into a full-fledged Sonos Controller. Plus, it fits in your pocket so you can carry it with you all over the house.
  • ZonePlayers
    • ZonePlayer (S5): A high-performance wireless music system with 5 speakers powered by 5 dedicated digital amplifiers for crystal-clear, room-filling sound. Just plug it in wherever you want music.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 120 (ZP120): The ZP120 has a built-in 55W per channel digital amplifier. Just add speakers to bring superior audio quality to any room.
    • Sonos ZonePlayer 90 (ZP90): The ZP90 connects directly to your home theater receiver, stereo system and more, so you can instantly add music to the audio equipment you already own.
  • Sonos ZoneBridge
    • The ZoneBridge™ is a wireless product that can be used instead of a ZonePlayer to set up your wireless Sonos system. If your house doesn’t have Ethernet wiring or your router is in a room where you don’t want music, connect the ZoneBridge to your router to instantly activate the SonosNet wireless mesh network. The ZoneBridge can also be used as a wireless extender to increase the range of your system and expand the Controller’s wireless coverage.

Instant access to endless music.

Sonos plays it all. Music from your personal library stored on your computer. More than 25,000 free Internet radio stations, shows and podcasts. And music services that let you stream and download their vast collections of songs from the Internet to the rooms of your choice.

Sonos gives you the freedom to listen to whatever you want, wherever you want. Play a classical album from your music library in the kitchen and the living room. Wake up to a local radio station in your bedroom or use an online music service to create a custom radio station to play all over the house. Whatever you’re into, rock or rap, interviews or instrumentals, Sonos gives you instant and endless music gratification.

If you would like more information on Sonos or if you are interested in purchasing a Sonos system for your home, please feel free to contact RMS.

Apr 20, 2010 / Features

Now Available: Crestron XPanel control for Apple Macintosh

Mac Users Can Now Enjoy Remote “Virtual Touchpanel” Control of Crestron Systems


Now available, Crestron XPanel for Mac® enables system managers and end users to access and control Crestron systems from any connected Mac computer or laptop. XPanel for Mac transforms an iMac® or MacBook® into a virtual touchpanel, and is a great complement to other Apple® products that are integrated with Crestron, including the iPhone®, iPod® and iPod touch®.


XPanel for Mac

“XPanel was built on the industry’s first IP-based control technology, which Crestron developed more than 10 years ago,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “Originally designed for PCs, we are now pleased to offer the same capabilities to Mac users, particularly in schools and residences where Macs are in frequent use.”

XPanel for Mac replicates the Crestron touchpanel experience on a computer screen, so a client can remotely check to see if lights were left on and turn them off, or arm/disarm the security system from any location. System managers can take control of a classroom and help an instructor get a presentation up and running quickly, without physically going to the room. With XPanel for Mac, the screen graphics are designed with the Mac user in mind, making remote access simple and intuitive.

For more information on XPanel for MAC or if you are interested in having XPanel for MAC added to your Crestron system, please contact Residential Media Systems Ltd. now.

Jan 29, 2010 / New Products

Lancaster Residence 1

A finished basement quickly turned into much more, once the homeowner saw what technologies were available. The local Lancaster PA residents decided they wanted much more than just a home theater in their basement but with two children, they knew they would need a system that also fit their daily needs.

A Crestron Digital Media system provides the backbone for the various televisions around the house. The Crestron DM system gives each user access to the various video sources at every television location. The children can watch recorded High-Definition television shows from the Comcast HD-DVR, while Mom and Dad watch a movie on the Kalaidescape system. Apple TV and Boxee are additional sources which can be viewed at every television location and provide access to streaming HD video content.

Crestron was also used for the whole-house audio system with architectural speakers located in the Family Room, Kitchen, Sunroom, Office, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, and the Outside Deck and Patio. The family can listen to a variety of audio sources including; iTunes, Pandora, Rhapsody, and the family’s local music collection. A Crestron TPS-6X wireless touch panel gives control of the entire system and can be carried throughout the home. Easy access is also available on the owners Apple iPhones and iTouches. This control even extends to the Lutron Lighting and HVAC systems via the Crestron control iPhone app.

The Family Room features a Pioneer 50” HD Plasma display concealed behind a Seura Mirror and Frame so when the system is off, there isn’t an unsightly TV taking away from the décor. Flanking the Plasma are ARTCoustics DF100-75 speakers providing the front stage of sound and are easily mistaken for framed artwork. In-wall speakers to the right and left provide surround sound, while blending seamlessly in with the walls. An RTI T2+ remote control offers simple, one-touch control for the entire system.

The basement Theater system provides High-Definition viewing for the entire family. A Draper 96” screen is flanked by KEF Q-Series speakers and powered Subwoofer. A Pioneer D-ILA digital High-Definition projector provides beautiful life-like images from a variety of different sources. A Kaleidescape DVD server allows access to all of the family movies from an easy on-screen interface. AppleTV allows access to HD movies and TV shows on demand. A Boxee server also provides on-demand video, and access to online video services such as Hulu and YouTube. The entire system is controlled by an RTI T2-C remote control. The remote also allows control of the Lutron Lighting and Shading as well as the Color Kinetic LED system allowing the user to change the color of accent lighting in the space to set just the right “mood”.

This family truly understands what it means to allow home automation and Audio/Video to work for their lifestyle.

Jan 14, 2010 / Features