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Friday, February 24, 2017

KEEPING YOUR HOME THEATER INVESTMENT SAFE AND SECURE


Putting together a home theater that suits your particular needs takes time and represents a significant investment. But whether you opt in for a professional installation service to do it all for you, like California’s #1 Custom Installation/Smart Home Integrators for the past 16 years, Just One Touch), or decide to set up the various components on your own, keeping them secure is sensible and necessary. And by making sure your home theater is safe, you're also ensuring the safety of your home (which is where the home theater “lives" after all). Here are a few suggestions:
Tethering
Many home theater's have computers or hard drives working as servers to stream content through the home network. Often there will be what is called a security slot on the computer/hard drive (or laptop). This allows for a security cable to be inserted that can then tether the device to an immovable object so it can't be taken. While such a security slot can not be found on the majority of the components that make up a home theater, there are security kits that can add locking capabilities to the devices (requiring an invasive gluing of a plate to the device first). 

Out Of Sight
Making the components of a home theater less obvious is another way to insure their safety; a 4K Blu-Ray player can be placed inside a cabinet, or an AV Receiver can be inside a shelf, rather than having the two exposed to sight. In these cases, this can make controlling them through an IR (infrared) control more difficult. The solution: kits that will extend the IR signal so that the devices "see" the IR signal coming from the remote. Mounting a TV onto the wall, while the opposite of hiding it, will also make it less attractive for being removed because of how its been mounted.

Security Systems and Cameras
There are portable and non-invasive home security systems that work through the WiFI home network, and which enable monitoring of the home theater, along with other areas of the home. At its simplest, a WiFi-enabled camera can be set up to monitor the home theater area and viewed remotely when the person is not at home. Other systems allow for automated reports and messages to be sent when the camera detects motion. Used singly, or in combination with WiFi-enabled home security systems, the home theater can be protected at a minimum cost compared to what the cost was for assembling the various components. And the safety of other areas of the home can now be protected as well.

The idea behind home theater security is not just to protect what has taken you so much time to put together, but to insure the piece of mind of your home as well. So the choice whether to do this or not is yours.


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