posted on Tuesday, 9th October 2012 by Steve May
In a bold initiative to help installers design and implement robust IP networks, Habitech is launching Habitech ProNet, a platform of complementary networking products and training. The home automation and entertainment distributor says that with IP's predominance as a home networking protocol, the CI industry needs a "generic rather than piecemeal approach" to the technology.
Habitech MD Jonathan Pengilley says he's "tremendously excited by Habitech ProNet. It allows us to establish authority in a key future technology and underscores our approach to the industry, which today and in the future will be one of total commitment to the needs of our customers."
The aim, says Pengilley, is to provide the UK CI business with the ability to roll-out reliable and secure IP networks. Rather than focus on a single product or brand, Habitech ProNet will embrace an "inclusive multi-brand path that can more effectively deliver 'the big picture' of IP networking." With genuine "joined-up knowhow" installers will be able to tackle residential and commercial IP projects with confidence.
The timing couldn't be better. Earlier this year CEDIA published a white paper, Esc of 2016, that predicted a significant shift for CI towards becoming an IP focussed business.
Habitech ProNet will offer Draytek IPv6-ready routers alongside the Ruckus wireless infrastructure range: "Both new brands are world-leading in their technology and reputation," it says "but are affordable, easy-to-install, and from Habitech's experience in the field, complement each other beautifully. Further brands will follow."
Starting October 16, a series of training days will introduce IP networks, explaining how they work and how to get the best results. Practical demonstrations will feature Control4 with Ruckus, Draytek, NuVo, Yamaha and Stream servers. The two-day courses will take place at the Habitech HQ, Alton on October 16-17, November 6-7 and December 4-5. An additional event, at the Habitech Showroom North West Design Centre, Manchester, will happen on November 20-21.
Day one will cover the basic configuration and setup of Draytek Routers and Ruckus Newtorks, as well as offering a "gentle introduction" to VLANs and how to integrate an IP network with a custom installation. Day two brings in advanced router configuration, and will introduce remote access and support and conclude with an advanced wireless networking overview.
Those interested in attending should contact their Habitech business development manager or call Habitech direct on 01420 540054.
Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics
industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.
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