How to Create the Perfect Modern Summer House

Summer houses are a wonderful way to appreciate your garden from a different angle. They’re incredibly versatile, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine and surrounding fauna and flora from a sheltered area.

If you’re looking to improve your summer home experience, why not consider installing an outdoor cinema, a lounge area for listening to music or create the perfect serene space for an outdoor office?

You can find all the tech you’ll need at a competitive price here, at JL Audio Visual. We supply summer house essentials such as signal boosters, cinematic services, home security systems and much more!

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Signal Booster for Your Summer House

If you’re looking to utilise your summer house’s space and convert it into a garden office, then you may want to consider a signal booster.

Here at JL Audio Visual, we can easily source and install outdoor Wi-Fi systems for you and your home, such as signal boosters. Signal boosters will allow you to access the Wi-Fi in areas that the network finds difficult to reach alone.

Surround Sound for a Summer House

Nothing feels more like summer than relaxing with friends and family after a BBQ; why not make the evening more enjoyable and add into the mix some great quality surround sound?

Share your favourite music during your garden parties or create a serene and atmospheric space to spend your alone time as you unwind. Here at JL Audio, we offer in-wall speakers, in-ceiling speakers, media server integration and much more!

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Summer House Games Room and Cinema

Whether you have kids running around or you fancy yourself as a bit of a gamer, converting your summer house into a gaming room is a great way to save interior space while also giving you a more authentic and focused gaming session.

The space can be especially useful if you’re looking for a cinematic effect, too! You can easily include a comfy seating area, top of the market surround sound, impeccable visuals and boosted Wi-Fi for the ultimate experience!

Here at JL Audio Visual, we can offer installation for all of these technological advances at a competitive price.

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Security Systems for a Summer House

If you’re looking to enhance your summer house experience, then you will want to protect your posessions.

Security cameras are a great investment that not only obtain evidence if the worst happens, but also act as a deterrent in the first place, which bodes well for both your home and summer house!

Experience your outdoor living spaces in a different way. Find out how you can transform your outdoor space and summer house, so you can enjoy your garden all year round. Get your quote today by contacting a member of our team!

Where to Position CCTV Cameras at Home

Keeping your property safe and secure is a top priority. There can be nothing worse than feeling unsafe or insufficiently protected in your own home.

For many, the installation of CCTV cameras outside, and sometimes inside, their house is an excellent way to deter potential invaders and provide their family with the comforting knowledge that steps have been taken to ensure their safety.

With many years’ experience in CCTV installation, we know how important it is to get home security right. Knowing the best places to position your cameras will be crucial for an effective CCTV setup.

Poor positioning can mean that your cameras will not pick up movement outside of your house or that the picture will be corrupted. If your camera’s view is blocked, any footage will become useless.

Our quick guide outlines some of the best places to position your CCTV cameras for optimal home security and peace of mind!

Number of Cameras

Before having your cameras installed, it will be helpful to think about how many you will require for your security needs. When you have identified the areas that are most at risk, you will be able to figure out the minimum number of CCTV cameras needed. 

When you have settled upon the areas that need protecting, it is a case of finding the best position for your security camera for optimal clarity within that section. 

Main Points of Entry

Securing the doors and windows in your house is essential when endeavouring to achieve the best home security. Outside CCTV cameras will need to be installed high enough above entryways to ensure that intruders cannot disturb or damage the camera feed.

Lower-floor windows that don’t face the street are also particularly vulnerable to potential intruders, so CCTV cameras that include these areas in their scope can prove invaluable.

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Garage Protection

Garages or outhouses that are separate constructions from your home are especially vulnerable. Burglars assume that they are less likely to be protected because you will be in your house, oblivious to anything happening outside.

A camera should be placed high above your garage door to catch any intruders or deter them from breaking in. 

Back Door

Many people neglect to protect their back door because they feel that it is protected by the garden or outside fences. This is not true, as thieves will still invade your home through this entrance. Again, a camera placed above a person’s reach will be your best bet to prevent things from being thrown at it, resulting in damage. 

Covering Large Outside Area

Using wide-angle lenses to monitor your whole garden, driveway or neighbouring streets may also be a good idea if you are particularly worried. These cameras have a larger scope and can be placed high for a more complete view. 

Two different types of cameras attached to a wall

Discrete Cameras

Using a combination of discrete and obviously-placed cameras across all of these locations will also be something to consider. The obvious presence of CCTV will deter some intruders, but in the event that your cameras are destroyed, more stealthily-placed or disguised cameras can provide backup.

Lighting

When deciding on the exact position of your camera, you should be conscious of potential lighting issues. Excessively bright daylight or overpowering street lamps can wash out the footage, preventing the cameras from being effective.

Installation

Correct installation will also be key in ensuring your camera’s effectivity. Without being installed correctly, your camera’s picture quality may be poor, or you may receive no picture at all. Having a professional install your home security system will be your best bet when it comes to making sure everything is set up safely and properly. 

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For more information about how we could help with home security and CCTV installation solutions, please get in touch. Find out how we could help today!

How to Improve Your TV’s Sound Quality

Picture this: you’ve just settled down for a cosy night in with a movie — the picture looks great, the snacks are top-notch… but the audio leaves something to be desired. For the best home cinema experience, good quality audio is a key component.

Whether it’s just for daily use or an immersive at-home cinema experience, you deserve to have your TV working at its best!

There could be a multitude of reasons why your audio is not up to scratch. Here, we take a look at some of the best ways to improve your TV’s sound quality.

External Speakers

Most modern TVs are slim and leave little room for speakers that can deliver the best sound. Internal TV speakers are often built into the bottom of the screen, which means sound is directed down rather than out into the room. The effect is that television dialogue can become muffled and big, explosive scenes are prevented from packing their intended punch. External speakers can help with this issue.

Connecting your TV to external speakers via a cable or the HDMI Audio Return Channel can help you bypass the internal speakers and achieve the sound quality that you are looking for.

There are plenty of external speakers and sound systems on the market for you to choose from. What will work best for you will depend on the kind of sound you are trying to achieve.

Soundbars

A soundbar is a form of external speaker that might be worth investing in if you want to improve your TV’s sound quality.

This slim device will sit under your TV or can be mounted on the wall and will effectively project sound into the room with virtual surround sound without the need for multiple speakers.

They are a simple and cheaper option for people looking for an upgrade from their sub-par internal speakers.

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Surround Sound

This option is going to be more expensive than other desktop or soundbar speakers, but if you’re looking for the best quality sound, it might be something worth considering.

Most TVs will have the multichannel mix option, giving you access to five different audio channels that correspond to different speakers around the room. This will allow you to achieve an all-encompassing sound that surrounds you. A subwoofer channel may also be required to achieve the low, rumbling frequencies that help fully immerse you in a movie.

For those looking to enhance their home cinema experience to epic proportions, a set of surround sound speakers will be your best bet.

Recycle Old Speakers

If you’ve got old computer speakers gathering dust, now might be the perfect time to give them some new life. 

If you’re not quite ready to break the bank with a full surround sound system, then old unused speakers can do the job. Plugging them into your TV will help give your audio the boost it needs while you consider other, more expensive options.

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Optimal Speaker Positioning

Having the best quality speakers won’t mean anything unless you’ve got them pointed in the right direction. Work out where to position your surround sound speakers based on where you will be sitting in the room. For soundbars and other smaller speakers, make sure they face out into the room and are unobstructed.

Setting Adjustments

If you’ve got the latest top-quality speakers and are still experiencing audio problems, then your issues may lie with your television settings. 

Adjusting the sound settings in your TV menu can be helpful when trying to achieve better quality dialogue or superior sound in general. Playing around with the sound modes, compression and equalisation settings should help improve sound quality. You may have to try a few different setting combinations depending on what you are trying to achieve from your TV audio. 

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JL Audio Visual have years of experience in quality audio system installation. If you are considering your options for home cinema sound solutions, we can help. 

For more guidance or further information about our services, please refer to our website or get in touch today.

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5 Appliances That Can Interfere With Your Home Wi-Fi Signal

Nowadays, we rely on our Wi-Fi more than ever. From working at home to streaming entertainment, the reliance we place on broadband means we need it to be reliable as often as possible.

Struggling with bad connectivity is a major frustration. Even if you have the best broadband package, it’s possible to experience poor connectivity for a wide range of reasons. One such cause of poor connectivity is the appliances in the home, which can cause interference. Here, we look through some of the most common causes of interference and how you can avoid losing your signal.

How Do Home Appliances Impact Your Wi-Fi Signal?

Wi-Fi in this instance refers to the connection from your device to your Wi-Fi router and not your broadband speed. Here, the connection works similarly to how we tune in to the radio, utilising frequencies to pass data between devices.

However, many home appliances also use radio waves for a range of purposes, or simply produce such frequencies as a result of their activity. When these frequencies collide, their data can be lost, which causes the signal to slow or drop altogether.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common culprits when it comes to Wi-Fi interference.

Microwaves

One of the most common causes of Wi-Fi interference in the home is the microwave. This is common because both Wi-Fi routers and microwaves use the same frequency. While microwaves are often leak-proof, the reality is that they often emit some of their rays, which can cause interference to nearby Wi-Fi signals.

If your microwave causes significant internet drops while active, it might be because it’s leaking quite a lot of emissions. If it’s an old appliance, consider replacing it with a new one. Alternatively, move any vital components, such as the Wi-Fi router, away from the area, so it doesn’t cause widespread interference.

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TVs

Generally, modern TVs shouldn’t be impacting your home Wi-Fi strength, beyond using the internet for their functions (such as watching Netflix), which can cause slower speeds for other devices. However, TVs can impact your Wi-Fi signal if the router is placed near to your system.

This point applies to a range of metallic and electrical devices – Wi-Fi signals can struggle to pass through things like your TV. If your router is placed behind your television and you’re noticing connectivity issues, consider changing your router’s location. 

Baby Monitors

One of the most famous Wi-Fi disruptors is the humble baby monitor. Many of these monitors use frequencies that can be the same as Wi-Fi routers, which can cause some serious disruption for both your internet connection and the monitors themselves.

Thankfully, many steps have been taken in recent years, and now, the majority of baby monitors can operate at different frequencies. You can also use baby monitors that work over Wi-Fi, although this might take up some of your broadband.

Lights

Don’t worry, turning your living room light on won’t impact your Wi-Fi. The biggest culprit here is LED Christmas lights or anything similar. In this instance, the wires can generate a small amount of electromagnetic radiation which can cause interference.

The simple fix here is to keep lights away from the router and, if possible, out of the path between your main devices and the router.

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Fridges

The problem with fridges is something of a combination between that caused by lights, microwaves and TVs. Both what the refrigerator is made of and how it operates can adversely impact your Wi-Fi signal.

Unfortunately, this is an issue that is hard to fix, as the fridge is a significant appliance in the home! The best option is to reposition your router to minimise its interference.

How to Improve Your Home Wi-Fi Signal

As mentioned in this article, if you don’t want to change the devices and routers you’re currently using, the best way to improve your signal is by optimally positioning your router. Ideally, you should place your router in a central location in a high place, such as on a bookshelf, and away from other electronics. For your essential devices, you can also look at creating a wired connection with an ethernet cable, to ensure there’s no interference.

If you live in a large property and your signal struggles to reach every room, consider a network booster. Our professional team can supply and install the perfect solution for your property, ensuring a great connection in every space!