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Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Three Reasons You Should Get A New Video Intercom System With A New Dog

A new puppy is an exciting addition to the family. When you have a new dog, you need to get him acclimated to a new schedule, including feeding times, walk times, and time alone. If you want to make training your puppy a little bit easier, consider getting an intercom system. Here is how installing a voice activated and video intercom system can help both you and your new dog.

Puppies will need voice reassurance

New puppies tend to get anxious being in a new place by themselves. If there are not other dogs around especially, your puppy may become anxious. There can be physical ramifications for a puppy being anxious, including a dog refusing to eat and drink or howling until a person has returned. Both of these behaviors can have negative effects for you and your dog. If you are able to use the intercom, both in home and away to talk to your dog, you can reassure them that everything is ok and gain their acceptance towards them not being able to see you physically, but not acting anxious during the separation.

You can detect bad habits

It takes some pet owners moving a sofa to find out that their animal has been relieving themselves in the house. Other pet owners do not notice bite and scratch marks on table corners or chair legs until they are noticeably scratched up a few months down the line. Once a dog has developed and kept a bad habit, it can be difficult and time-consuming to retrain them. It can also be cost prohibitive to replace destroyed items. By installing a video intercom and tuning into the room your dog is roaming around in, you can find out a lot about their habits and if they need any behavioral redirection before the issue has gotten out of hand.

You can monitor activity levels

The sleeping and exercise habits of a dog can tell a lot about their health. Dogs tend to sleep more than humans, with 12 to 14 hours being normal for most, and puppies needing around 18 hours. The only way you truly know just how much sleep your puppy is getting and how much exercise your dog is receiving during the day is by monitoring them throughout the day. With a video intercom that you can monitor from your computer or tablet, you can spy on your puppy in-home to see if they spend their days lounging around on couches, or if they like to run up and down the steps. If your dog beings to exhibit sleep and play behavior that is irregular for them, you will notice quickly and can take them to the vet for intervention early on.

For intercom systems, contact a company such as Alpine Electronics and Communications​.

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Understanding The Basics Of Rigid-Flex Circuit Boards

As a product manufacturer, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve the design and functionality of your product. If you’re considering redevelopment of a product line, one of the changes you should consider is replacing the rigid circuit boards with rigid-flex printed circuit boards instead. If you’re not familiar with these boards, here’s a look at the basics you should know.

What Exactly Are Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?

Rigid-flex circuit boards are a blend of rigid and flex circuitry. This gives them the best of both designs, with features from both types of boards working together to create a functional unit. Most of the rigid-flex board designs feature several layers of flexible substrates that are attached to rigid circuit boards.

What Are the Benefits of Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?

The combination of the circuit board designs produces a product with many benefits. Here are a few of the benefits that you might get from investing in this type of circuit board.

  • Versatility – The flexible circuitry gives you the freedom to shape the product in virtually any design without sacrificing the precision of the printed circuit board.
  • Stability – With so many different layers all working together, these boards have a strong foundation that builds on the structural stability of the rigid circuit board. At the same time, the flexible circuit board provides just enough flexibility and movement that the board isn’t as likely to snap in high-pressure placements.
  • Security – When you have a stable circuit board that you can put into just about any application, you’ll have the confidence that your board can maintain the connections necessary for the product to function. This ensures lasting stability and security of the connections for the board to respond and communicate properly.

Where Can You Use Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?

You can use rigid-flex circuit boards in many different applications, from commercial products to industrial equipment. You can use them in small electronics, manufacturing equipment and even aircraft. Many consumer products, hand-held devices and even medical tools use rigid-flex printed circuit boards in their design. With so many possible applications, you’re sure to be able to use these boards in any design that you’re working on.

Now that you understand the basics of rigid flex circuit boards, you’ll be able to evaluate them objectively to determine if they are right for you. With several advantages to using boards like these, you may find that they are an ideal choice for your new products.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Four Tips To Help You Get Start With A Small Business Telephone System

If you have a small business, having the right technology is important to success. Telephone and communications are an important part of this. You may need to have more than a single line for your business, as well as incorporate features like forwarding and voicemail. Here are some tips to help you start setting up a telephone system for your small business: 

1. Choosing The Type Of System To Use For Your Business

There are many different types of telephone systems to choose from. You can have a traditional T1 telephone line, or you may choose to have a VoIP system for your business. Each of these has different benefits, but the telephone system, routing and other features inside your business will be the same. 

2. Routing Solutions For The Different Lines Of Your Business

Routing for your business is handled by a PBX box, which is a type of telephone server. The service can route calls to the secretary, intercom or other features of your system. For a basic system, you may only need to have a single router. If you have a larger business with more extensions, you may need a larger PBX solution and switches for your telephone system.

3. Integrating Other Communications Solutions Into Your Telephone Systems

An important aspect to consider when you want to install a telephone system is the other types of communications you want to integrate into the system. An analog system may limit the features you can have, but can be more affordable. If you have a digital system, you will have more options for the type of communications you can have integrated into your telephone systems.

4. Leaving Room For Expansion Of Telephone Systems As Your Business Grows

You may also want to start small and expand your telephone system as your business grows. With newer modular systems, you will easily be able to expand services to your system, but these systems may not be ideal for some businesses, such as a call center with very large systems. For larger systems, you will have better performance with servers and switches that are designed to handle the communications traffic of your business.

These are some tips to help you get started with choosing a telephone system for your business. If you need modern communication for your business, contact a professional telephone service (such as Livewire Communications) to get help setting up the communications of your business. 

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Understanding Your ISP: Internet Speeds

Choosing your internet service provider (ISP) can be a very overwhelming experience. From the litany of bundles and deals that you will be shown, to the rather arcane nature of the internet itself, it can be very hard to determine what is a good deal and what is not. To help you get the most bang for your buck, here is a brief overview of how internet speeds actually work. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to pick a plan that is perfect for you.


First and foremost, you are probably interested in the speed of the internet connection. Some households might only want to browse their email and watch Netflix, while others might want to frequently upload and download videos. The first group will probably want a slower, cheaper connection, while the second would likely opt for a much faster, more expensive connection.

Mbps vs MBps

Now, every internet plan will likely list maximum or average speed, but it is usually listed in Mbps. If you have ever taken a look at your downloads, then you have probably noticed that your download speed is generally somewhere between 1 and 10 megabytes per second. Now this might be a little confusing, because internet plans tend to start around 10 Mbps and go up to around 100. Where does this huge disparity between advertisement and reality come from?

As it turns out, the advertisements are usually pretty accurate. The problem is that they actually refer to a different unit than you are likely familiar with. While internet plans will tell you how many bits you will get per second, files are usually classified by how many bytes they contain. 1 byte actually consists of 8 bits. Therefore, a 40 Mbps plan will give you a real download speed of 5 megabytes per second. For reference, a 5 gigabyte file will take around 16-17 minutes to download at 40 Mbps. At 20 Mbps, it will take twice as long, and at 80 Mbps, it would take half the time.

A Trick for Telling the Difference

You can tell the difference between the abbreviations for megabits and megabytes at a glance pretty easily if you pay attention to the capitalization. As a general rule of thumb, if two units describe the same thing, but have different sizes, the larger will be capitalized when abbreviated, while the smaller will be lowercase.

Thus, the B in bytes is capitalized, while the b in bits is not. M is always capitalized in these contexts because it stands for mega, or million.

For more information, contact a service like Solarus.

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Mobile VOIP Is Ready When You Are

You’ve been an avid user of voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, on your laptop for years. With VOIP, you’ve been able to make international audio and video calls without having to pay a traditional phone carrier. That’s because VOIP technology uses the Internet to connect you with the other party. You selected an Internet browser that provided VOIP technology for no additional cost.  

Now that VOIP technology has made its way to the mobile market, you’re thinking of expanding your usage from just your laptop to your cell phone. This could come in handy during a trip you’re planning, as you won’t face long distance charges. But MVOIP (short for mobile VOIP) remains a new market, and you don’t want to take the plunge until you’re sure it won’t backfire and cause you headaches. You’ll be glad to know that MVOIP is further along than you may think. 

Multiple Devices 

Even if your mobile phone isn’t always on, you don’t have to worry about losing access to your contacts or missing calls. MVOIP is downloaded as an app that not only works on your phone, but can also be synced to your laptop or tablet. This comes in handy during those times you need your mobile phone for something else, such as taking pictures. If you can’t take a call, retrieve the message later from any one of your devices.


So what if your family and friends haven’t made the switch to MVOIP yet or rely on a different mobile app than the one you downloaded? Don’t fret. You can still make MVOIP calls. However, you can expect to incur a fee per minute for communicating with these folks. At the end of the day, you’re likely to find that any costs that are added for talking to out-of-network friends are still far less than what you would pay a carrier for a traditional mobile phone plan.

Future of MVOIP

You don’t want to get used to using MVOIP if the technology fails to catch on and becomes obsolete at some point in the future. After all, mobile VOIP has not experienced the same popularity as traditional VOIP, and there’s no guarantee that it will. However, researchers predict that MVOIP will find its way to more than 1 billion users by 2017. So the technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon.


The biggest obstacle you may find in moving into MVOIP is selecting a provider. Not only are there providers dedicated exclusively to providing various VOIP services, but traditional mobile carriers who are losing revenue to Internet calls are similarly offering VOIP services for mobile these days. 

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