Well connected: guides to a high-tech home

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The term "high-tech home" will, inevitably, have a different definition, depending on who you are speaking to. Some will imagine futuristic architecture, while others will think of touchscreen smart mirrors that tell you the weather while you're shaving. Here, at CNET Australia, a high-tech home is something much more attainable, and anchored in the present.

All this week, we'll be looking at the ways you can upgrade your home with consumer electronics. From smart adapters for saving power to apps that control your home entertainment, and the equipment you can install that will elevate your living room to the status of home theatre.

  • Smart home showcase: Walker House

    Smart home showcase: Walker House photo gallery

    This four-bedroom home in Bayview Heights, overlooking Morrisons Bay, in Sydney's north west, is a stunning example of what you can do when you mix architectural excellence with smart home technology ... and a few bucks in the bank.

  • It's just a fling: throwing media around your home

    It's just a fling: throwing media around your home feature

    Want to know how to get your media about the house? There are quite a few options available, so long as you've already got a network in place.

  • Save power with smart-sensing power boards and timers

    Save power with smart-sensing power boards and timers diy

    With power bills on the rise and ever more tech gadgets entering the home, it can pay to be power conscious.

  • Unified Remote: one app to control your media-centre PC

    Unified Remote: one app to control your media-centre PC feature

    Home entertainment means a lot more than listening to CDs and watching free-to-air TV these days. If your home theatre includes a media-centre PC, then Unified Remote is an app you should be aware of.

  • When will analog TV be turned off in my area?

    When will analog TV be turned off in my area? news

    The day is slowly approaching when analog free-to-air terrestrial TV broadcasts will become a faint memory, like Betamax and Bakelite. The question is: when will the TV stations in your home town switch off their analog transmissions and become digital only?

  • Kevin McCloud puts technology into Grand Designs

    Kevin McCloud puts technology into Grand Designs pulse

    Kevin McCloud, host of TV's Grand Designs, talks to CNET Australia about technology's place in good architecture and interior design.

  • Whatever happened to digital photo frames?

    Whatever happened to digital photo frames? pulse

    Digital photo frames had so much promise back in the day. Now, they're relegated to the dust bin of tech history. What went wrong?

  • A phone at the centre of my high-tech home

    A phone at the centre of my high-tech home pulse

    I have a dream of a future, where a single phone powers my home life, connects me to my favourite things, spends my money and identifies me to the world.

  • Picture brightens on auto-tinting smart windows

    Picture brightens on auto-tinting smart windows news

    Big building companies are backing smart-glass start-ups Soladigm and Sage Electrochromics to get auto-tinting glass out of the labs and into buildings.

  • 8 great high-end stereo loudspeakers

    8 great high-end stereo loudspeakers Buyers Guide

    Many of us are content with the speakers built into our TVs and the headphones bundled with our mobile phones, but for those with an ear for sound, only the best will do and money is no object.

  • Best home cinema projectors

    Best home cinema projectors Buyers Guide

    A great projector is central to a real home cinema experience, but buying one isn't like choosing a new TV or computer monitor. We take you through what you need to know to select the best unit for you, plus collect our favourites into one handy buying guide.

  • Best home-theatre receivers

    Best home-theatre receivers Buyers Guide

    More than just an amplifier, a home-theatre receiver is the core of a home-entertainment system.

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    Belkin ScreenCast AV4

    Belkin ScreenCast AV4 Review

    If a tangle of TV wires bothers you more than a radio shock jock spouting obscenities, then this HD wireless transmitter and receiver package comes with our recommendation.

  • Best NAS

    Best NAS Buyers Guide

    So, you're not ready for rack-mount storage yet, but you need more than just an external hard drive to serve a few clients. It's time to look at Network Attached Storage (NAS).



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