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Some Useful Products You May Need

During the course of our projects we have reason to install / replace / upgrade components.

As we run into these situations we try to keep track of things you may find useful.

This page is expressly for that purpose.

One of our installations uses the Sonos distributed sound components. These are easy to install and control from a single computer or phone.
This is a link for the amplifier module. They really sound pretty decent.




Mounting a Big Screen TV?

This will handle up to 70″

I’ve used several of these.  They are HEAVY, well made and versatile.  This mount makes it easy to get access to the back of the TV if you need to change connections or add something.  One person can move it out and back or swivel it easily.  We have two of these.  One for a 52″ TV and the other for a 65″.

I highly recommend these.

Don’t need anything quite that heavy duty?

This is a great, affordable option. I’ve installed quite a few of these.

It’s good for up to 70″ TVs as well.

Mounting something REALLY Big?

This is good up to 90″ and has the articulating arm design.

It supports up to 176 lbs

Battery Backups

We only use APC battery backups.

They are very simply the best product, especially in Texas.

In case no one has told you, Texas gets a LOT of lightning.  Lightning is a completely different animal from electrical surges.

See the surge protector listings below.

This model comes in 3 variations depending on how big a computer or how many peripherals you need to connect.


If you only need to keep your network up

(router, switch, broadband modem, etc.

This is the perfect choice. Affordable and compact.

On the other hand…

If you have a large server to protect, you need something on a different scale.

This is the monster you want for a server.


Surge Protectors

The more joules the better.

here are only 3 brands we consider remotely acceptable in Texas.
APC, Panamax and Tripp Lite

Regardless of the brand, joules matter. Lightning is a fact of life here in the Lone Star State. I could tell you horror stories about data loss and lightning damage and I have the photos to prove it.

But I digress…

Surge protectors should be considered mandatory. It’s CHEAP insurance.
The job of a surge protector is to “throw itself on the grenade” during a surge and protect your valuable electronics.
EVERYTHING you have that is worth more than $50 should be connected to a surge protector.

Network protection by APC.

You NEED one of these at the point where your broadband puts a signal out on an ethernet cable.  This keeps a lightning spike from going right down your network cables and laying waste to every computer, switch and printer you own.

The highest Joules rating

At over 4,000 joules this is the one you want.
This is the high end of the range for protection. It is available in different configurations (number of connections) and will offer the best protection.

Save a few $$ by going to the next model down.

At 3020 joules, this still offers very good protection at a decent price.


If you want the Cadillac of surge protection

You buy Panamax

They include 5 million dollars of protection for your equipment.

Beat that.


To protect your home theater system…

This is the best you can buy.

3 models to choose from



For your computer equipment

6 outlets plus charging station



8 outlets

No charging stations


Surge Protection by Tripp Lite

Rack full of equipment?

This is great protection


Heavy duty surge protection in a variety of configurations.

3330 joules rating

2, 4. 6, 8 outlets