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Industry Information

What is Structured Wiring?

Structured wiring is a method of providing the communications infrastructure for your home in a well-organized, easy to understand and thorough way. It provides a general solution to your present and future needs.

Some people run a coax here, and a Cat 5 there, trying to guess their future needs. The structured approach is to run a full bundle of wire to every significant room. The full structured bundle consists of two 4-pair Cat 5 cables and two coax cables (usually quad shield RG-6), and optionally, two multi-mode optical fibers. This is the configuration that has become the overwhelmingly preferred standard.

Uniformity and Appearance are Key Values

Structured cabling systems provide the extra capacity and flexibility for your home in the future. Panel organization and appearance make it easy for the homeowner to understand and maintain the system. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Services

Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) 

Terra-Link Technologies provides consulting services that are perfect for small businesses that aren't yet large enough to afford a full-time computer technician on staff. Don't try to get by with reading journals, and missing out on all the great advice and tips that we can provide to keep your computers running smoothly. Hiring us to maintain your systems, and help you implement new technologies, is just like having your own IT staff!

After we take a full inventory of your systems, we will put together a customized solution that will increase your productivity.  You will be surprised at how many business functions that can be automated to make your business more streamlined.

Home Users

We can teach you the basics of how to use your computer and where to go to find what you are looking for. Advanced users will learn advanced power tips as well as methods to teach yourself how to solve a software problem faster and better than before.

By learning about what you already have as far as computing power, we can help you take advantage of technologies such as broadband, print sharing, using multiple accounts, and automating your computer maintenance schedule.  

Terra-Link will also teach you how to solve software problems more quickly, and provide your family with a more trouble free computing experience.

Home Automation

Using a computer network to automate the many technology systems within your home is a very new and exciting trend. Many industry experts and commentators refer to the technology as the "connected home" or the "smart home". 

A smart home or building is a home or building, usually a new one, that is equipped with special structured wiring to enable occupants to remotely control or program an array of automated home electronic devices by entering a single command. For example, a homeowner on vacation can use a Touchtone phone to arm a home security system, control temperature gauges, switch appliances on or off, control lighting, program a home theater or entertainment system, and perform many other tasks.

The field of home automation is expanding rapidly as electronic technologies converge. The home network encompasses communications, entertainment, security, convenience, and information systems.

A technology known as Powerline Carrier Systems (PCS) is used to send coded signals along a home's existing electric wiring to programmable switches, or outlets. These signals convey commands that correspond to "addresses" or locations of specific devices, and that control how and when those devices operate. A PCS transmitter, for instance, can send a signal along a home's wiring, and a receiver plugged into any electric outlet in the home could receive that signal and operate the appliance to which it is attached.

One common protocol(set of rules) for PCS is known as X10, a signaling technique for remotely controlling any device plugged into an electrical power line. X10 signals, which involve short radio frequency (RF) bursts that represent digital information, enable communication between transmitters and receivers.

Home Theater

What Is Home Theater and What Does It Do for Me?

Home theater refers to a setup of audio and video equipment in your home that tries to duplicate the movie theater experience.

The application of this definition can vary widely, however. Many consumers are intimidated by the term "Home Theater" as they think this means a lot of money, equipment, and cables running all over the place. 

In the final analysis, the application of home theater is intended to provide the consumer with an entertainment option that is suitable for watching television and movies at home with a little extra excitement than you normally get just watching a plain-old TV by itself.

By borrowing from both the image and sound technology of the movie theater and adapting it to the home environment, the consumer can actually approximate the movie theater experience at home, based on the options he/she chooses. 

Point of Sale Systems

POS is an acronym for Point of Sale. POS software enables an efficient and automated recording of the data that comprises a business transaction when the sale of goods or services to the customer occurs.

POS software often feeds data to other software modules to create a more comprehensive and useful array of software tools, including merchandizing, forecasting, accounting and inventory-control. Some POS software packages feature these functions fully integrated.

The First POS software

The earliest POS software was text-based, keyboard-driven and was written for use in restaurants to replace the electronic cash register, the ECR, an invention that was itself only two years old. In 1979 Gene Mosher's Old Canal Cafe in Syracuse, New York was using POS software written by Mosher that ran on an Apple to take customer orders at the restaurant's front entrance and print them in the restaurant's kitchen. In that novel context customers would often proceed to their tables to find their food waiting for them! This software included real time labor and food cost reports.

In 1985 Mosher introduced the first touch screen-driven, color graphic, POS interface. This software ran on the Atari ST, the world's first consumer-level color graphic computer. By the end of the 20th century Mosher's promotion of his unpatented software paradigm had resulted in its worldwide adoption by cash register manufacturers and other POS software developers as the de facto standard for point of sale software systems.

Upgrades- Repairs- Sales

In computing, an upgrade is the process of replacing the components of an older system, with more recent hardware or software, in order to bring the system up to date. Let us take a good look at your existing computer assets to see whether or not an upgrade actually makes sense for your situation.  Trust Terra-Link to save you money, even if it means we won't make "the big sale" of the week.  We want to make sure our customers have the technology that is right for them, that it is professionally installed,  and above all it must be affordable.

Web Page Design

Web design is the design or designing of a Web page, Website or Web application. The term generally refers to the graphical side of Web development using images, CSS and XHTML. At Terra-Link we use various web development technologies to generate the types of web pages that are now standard in the marketplace.  Existing web site templates are available for review, or we can create a custom look or theme for your business or organization.  We will make sure that your site is developed keeping in mind the unique qualities of your product or business.  Call us for a complete listing of the various web design and hosting packages that we have available.

A Brief History of Web Design

When the Internet was first invented, Web design consisted of a basic markup language that included some formatting options, and the unique ability to link pages together using hyperlinks. It was this feature that characterized the Web among other communication methods, and characterized Web design among other design methods. Because of this unique behavior of the World Wide Web, and the unique behavior it encouraged in users, Web design would prove to be unlike any other form of design before or since, with the possible exception of interactive CD-ROM design.

As the Web and Web design progressed, the markup language used to make it, known as HTML, became more complex and flexible. Things like tables, which could be used to display tabular information, were soon subverted for use as invisible layout devices. With the advent of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), table based layout is increasingly regarded as outdated. Database integration technologies such as server-side scripting (see PHP, ASP.NET, ASP, JSP, and Cold Fusion) and design standards like CSS further changed and enhanced the way the Web was made.

The introduction of Macromedia Flash into an already interactivity-ready scene has further changed the face of the Web, giving new power to designers and media creators, and offering new interactivity features to users.

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