Consumer Electronics Installer Blog

  • Welcome to Microsoft’s CE Installer blog!

    Our team believes that Microsoft technologies can enable consumer electronic installers to be more successful. We plan to use this blog to help us develop a better relationship with the installer community by sharing solutions and new information. ...
  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 (aka UR1)

    The Windows Homer Server team has announced a new minor release that adds new functionality and improvements including: Windows Home Server Connector Software Windows Home Server Data Backup Remote Access Home Computer Backups...
  • Even More Extenders for Windows Media Center

    In addition to the new Extenders from Linksys, D-Link and Niveus Media, CE professionals will soon have even more options available for their installs from HP and Samsung. Availability and price point details are also available in the press release at...
  • A smarter bed and better night's rest coming to a home near you

    Leggett & Platt recently showed the StarryNight sleep technology bed at CES. This next generation bed boasts features like an iPod docking station, dual zone temperature control ranging from 68 to 117 F, and optional stereo/video components to make...
  • Commercial MCE support a common request

    While at CES working the Microsoft booth, I had the opportunity to speak with many of the people attending the show. Of the requests I received, the most popular one pertinent to the CE community was support from Microsoft for commercial MCE installations...
  • Monitoring Media Center PCs

    One of the top concerns we hear from installers is reliability in home entertainment components. A great way to ensure Media Center PC reliability is to deploy the system so that it can only be used for entertainment purposes and it isn't being used for...
  • Free WebGuide add-in for Windows Home Server now available

    There is now a new, free WebGuide add-in for Windows Home Server that allows users to stream music, photos and videos outside of their homes. The add-in and more information is available at http://www.asciiexpress.com/webguide/homeserver.aspx . ...
  • EH's Best Homes of the Year Awards 2008 Contest

    Electronic House Magazine’s Best Homes of the Year Awards 2008 contest is now underway. Entry is free, but the 2/4/08 deadline is quickly approaching. Categories include: · Best Home Theater (various price ranges) · Best Family/Media Room...
  • CES Interviews with Exceptional Innovation, Inteset, Niveus and S1 Digital

    At CES 2008, the folks at Channel 10 caught up with four companies who are doing great things with Windows Media Center. Everything from custom built servers, to cutting edge cooling systems, to full home automation. Exceptional Innovation showcases Life...
  • Niveus Media announces Niveus Media Center Companion and offers free download of software

    Niveus Media just released Niveus Media Center Companion, new software for Windows Media Center owners that turns any laptop, desktop, or tablet PC into a super remote control for Windows Media Center. According to the press release Niveus Media...
  • CEDIA Electronic Lifestyle Awards 2008

    The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association announced its annual CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles ® Awards competition, the most prestigious contest in the residential electronic systems industry. This year’s version has a revised Theme Theater...
  • 2008 Innovative Housing Technology Awards (IHTA)

    The eighth year of the Innovative Housing Technology Awards has been kicked off by TecHome Builder Magazine . The awards aim to recognize and promote best tech advancements and building practices in the housing industry. This is another opportunity for...
  • 2008 Ultimate Install Contest Announced!

    The 2008 Ultimate Install Contest was kicked off today. For the second year in a row, we are challenging integrators to find new and creative ways to use Windows Media Center as the entertainment backbone of their installations. The winner will be announced...
  • The NextGen Digital Lifestyles Home Videos

    It is interesting to think how close to the Jetsons we have really come. As an installer you deal with the future of home entertainment and home control integration, but at CES 2008 The NextGen Digital Lifestyles Home really showed some of what is possible...
  • Introduction to WebGuide for Installers

    Using Windows Media Center as the entertainment backbone of an installation will allow your customers to enjoy their personal media, audio, and video from anywhere in their home. WebGuide takes this a step further by allowing clients to access the same...
  • Windows Media Center & Digital Cable Setup video

    A new Digital Cable Setup video is available that gives step by step instructions on how to setup digital TV in Windows Media Center on a Windows Vista Digital Cable compatible PC. The video walks you through the steps to activate CableCARD™, configure...
  • 25 Million Home Theater PCs by 2013?

    According to a report released by ABI Research, the number of PCs running home theaters could grow to 25 million worldwide by 2013. Microsoft Vista and the Windows Media Center application are helping drive growth in the HTPC market. With the introduction...
  • New Okoro OMS-ZX 100 Windows Media Center

    Take a look at the OMS-ZX 100 Windows Media Center PCs from Okoro Media: From the Okoro web site : ZX100 Digital Entertainment System Intel Core™2 Extreme Quad Core Processor QX6850 3.0GHz 3 Gigabytes of Memory NVIDIA...
  • 2007 Ultimate Install Contest Winner Article - Imperium Smart Systems

    Residential Systems Magazine just published a great article on the winner of our first Ultimate Install Contest. The article gives a full overview (including pictures) of the winning 12 zone Windows Media Center based system from Imperium Smart Systems...
  • EHX Spring 2008 - Channel 10 Interviews

    Larry Larsen from Channel 10 caught up with several companies doing great work with Windows Media Center at EHX Spring 2008 in Orlando. Representatives from Autonomic Controls, Superna, Cutting Edge PC’s, and Cannon PC’s showcased several products that...
  • HP MediaSmart Update – Extender for Windows Media Center

    HP recently released a firmware update for their SL4278N and SL4778N MediaSmart TVs that enables the display to connect easily to a Windows Media Center PC and view HD content in any room in a client's home. This is the first Extender for Windows Media...
  • Tips and Tricks

    As we come accross various tips and tricks that can help you as an installer deliver an awesome Media Center experience to your client, we'll post these here. We encourage you to send email to cei@microsoft.com if you have a good T&T you'ld like to...
  • Installing & Configuring WebGuide

    In the last WebGuide installment , we gave an overview of the rich feature set that allows users to remotely access content. This installment covers the installation process, including how to configure WebGuide so users can access their Windows Media...
  • Windows Media Center experience throughout the house with rack-mounted Extenders

    There are several ways to provide your customers with the Windows Media Center experience. This post covers one of those design strategies simply referred to as centralized Extenders. Like all designs, this approach has certain advantages and disadvantages...
  • CE Pro Remote Guide

    Are you looking to revamp your remote control offering or find new ways to reduce complexity for your customers? CE Pro just published an article and slideshow that walks through many of the latest remote control options on the market. Most of the...