2000-2001 (David Carroll Associates as a subcontract with The Media Room, Inc)
The Media Room, Inc., headed by Jack Leahy is involved in residential media systems. In January of 2000 Jack came to me regarding a new, high profile project he had for an important silicon valley executive's home. Jack wanted my expertise in rack and cross connect systems to design and install the head end control room and backboard where all building wiring terminates. The job quickly expanded to include a whole house control system and we ended up working on it for almost two years. Although it was the first whole house residential system I had worked on, it had all of the elements of a commercial A/V job and was highly integrated.
The home control system consists of three distinct control systems working together in a highly integrated manner.
User Interface Controls
Customer: The Media Room, Inc.
|Head End room. The main backboard is located on the back wall (to the right), where all field wiring terminates. Racks are on the left and are connected to the backboard through the raised floor. The vertical blue things are custom 10" x 6" Wiremold chases with removable covers, forming six "bays" where cross connect blocks and auxiliary interfaces are located.|
|AXLINK buss terminations. All Axlink wires were home run, allowing individual disconnect. We used Phoenix Contact din-rail mounted terminal blocks with pluggable contact blocks for test and maintenaince.|
|Speaker level cross connect bay.|
|Baseband Audio and Video cross connect bay.|
|MATV/Satellite distribution backboard.|
|Climate Control backboard: centrally located communicating thermostats. The entire climate control backboard was prefabricated off site.|
|Climate Control backboard:Lower section showing din-rail terminations.|
|Infrared (IR) control head end system, including monitoring, power distribution, signal combining, protocol converter, etc. This is what allows the 15 hand held Pronto wireless remotes to communicate with the AMX system and thus control lights and sound.|
|Assembling the master bedroom Plasma Lift cabinet: Two back to back Sony plasmas, shoehorned into an extremely tight space with no access other than through the top.|
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