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Smart Home Essentials

Schedule Schedule
Starts 10/17/2022
Ends 10/19/2022

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Smart Home Essentials
17th to 19th October 2022 
This training package is designed for electrical contractors and aerial or security systems installers who are looking to develop additional skills and expand their business in the home automation industry. The package covers domestic digital infrastructure installation and testing best practices and basic design principles of audio, video, and RF systems, as well as best practices in equipment placement and rack building. This is an ideal starting point for those who wish to progress into other aspects of home automation or pursue formal industry certification.
See further details below for the three courses included within this training package:
Day 1 - Cables, Connectivity, Testing & Verification
The first half of this workshop will show attendees the various cables and connectors used in integrated residential systems and demonstrate how to build a future-ready wiring environment. Attendees will learn how to terminate, test, and certify the wiring installation. 
With a wide range of technologies, equipment and signal types in play, it’s normal to expect a few hiccups during installation time, but it is imperative that smart home installers know how to test, locate problems, and rectify faults in an efficient manner. The second half of this course prepares installers for these situations and teaches a wide variety of test techniques and troubleshooting methodologies. This is an interactive workshop with practical exercises using a range of tools, test and certification equipment, giving attendees the vital hands-on experience required to advance their skill set and industry knowledge.
Topics covered include:
  • Recognising the various cables and connectors
  • How various cables and connectors are used
  • Recommended connector termination methods
  • Practical exercises with various cables and connectors
  • The basics of structured cabling systems
  • Using patch panels and wall-plate modules
  • Basic testing methods for structured cabling
  • Identifying the correct test equipment for a range of electrical and data related systems
  • Using a data cable qualification tool to test data infrastructure
  • Processes for finding, fixing, and verifying various smart home systems
  • Common stages of the test and commissioning phase in a smart home project
Day 2 - Audio, Video, and RF Systems
For many installers audio and video represent a large percentage of each project. RF systems can be used to deliver a wide range of content into the home including broadcast TV, satellite TV and radio. This course brings together these fascinating topics to deliver the ideal grounding for installers of up-to-date home entertainment.
Aimed at new AV technicians and experienced installers from other electronic industries, this session contains the vital technical information, basic design principles and the installation practices required. Topics covered include design and installation practices for highest fidelity, the basics of home cinema setup and calibration basics.
Topics covered include:
  • Display functions and technologies
  • Interlaced vs. progressive pictures
  • Video scaling
  • Dynamic range considerations
  • Loudspeaker varieties
  • Sound processing and amplification
  • The RF spectrum
  • Frequency and wavelength relationships
  • RF system components
  • RF distribution methods
  • Basic RF system design
Day 3 - Rack Building and Wiring Fundamentals
This course will provide attendees with the clear, structural methodology required for rack building from planning through to future servicing. The course will explore the best practices, the importance of wiring choices and standardisations which can be applied to projects of all sizes. Attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding into the different types of racks, and how to apply the correct knowledge for overcoming issues with equipment placement, wiring, connectivity, and rack build as a whole.
Topics covered include:
  • Rack elevations, kit spacing and ventilation. (best practices for loading and kit spacing including ventilation of racks)
  • Cable tray, rear rack strip and lacing bars.
  • Tails, rear panels and hardwiring.
  • Cable and signal paths.
  • Service loops and cable lay.
  • Cable ties - tightness, flush cut, spacing and flow.
  • Lacing pre-made cables.
Also included within this training package is a copy of the CEDIA Cabling & Infrastructure Technician Textbook.
Course Location
CEDIA Training - Unit 2 Phoenix Park, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 8EP.
Course Pricing
CEDIA Member - £485 + VAT
Standard pricing - £675 + VAT
(Single course days can also be purchased individually - see Event Calendar for individual day registration. For more details on training, please call Emma McMylor on 01480 213744.)

Meet the Instructor


Geoff Meads

Presto Web Design

A 25 year veteran of the AV business, Geoff runs Presto, a web design and online marketing agency that specialize in the Hi-Fi, home cinema and residential technology markets (http://www.prestoav.com). Presto opened for business in 2009 and is now an award-winning web design company with an array of web and social media clients from across the home technology sector. He leads complex marketing and web build projects on a daily basis and is also a professional teacher covering a wide range of industry topics. Geoff is lead instructor for CEDIA EMEA training in the UK and lead technical judge for the CEDIA Awards. He is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA) and holds CEDIAs highest training certification, the CEDIA Certified Instructor (CCI). He specializes in audio, video, IP networking, business, marketing and engineering skills. He has taught literally hundreds of AV professionals in numerous technical subjects across six continents.

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