This educational pathway supports technicians and industry professionals with a desire to continue the journey of professional certification in the field of systems integration.
The topic of network design, installation, and configuration is broad and complex. Networking has become the primary communication system for the integration of technologies. This module provides an introduction to the fundamental components and principles involved in network communication.
In this course you will learn to:
There are two primary models used to describe communications within a network — the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, which breaks down the various stages of communication within a network using seven layers of communication processes, and the TCP/IP model, which is similar, but uses only four layers. While either can be used to describe an IP network, this module employs the full seven-layer model since it can also be used to describe other networks such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, and Z-Wave. Developing a full understanding of the OSI model will be useful when working with other networks in the future.
A home network commonly requires a number of hardware devices to be present to support data transmissions between connected equipment. This module provides an overview of common types of network hardware available and the role each plays. Familiarity with the common network communication protocols and features available in different types of network hardware enables proper installation and configuration of network devices.
Proper configuration is necessary to connect devices to the internet. This module provides instruction on the basic connection and configuration of common network devices. Typical configurations include designation of static and dynamic IP addresses,
creation of an IP addressing plan, and implementation of best practices for SSIDs and guest networks.
Distributed audio, also known as multi-room, multi-zone, or whole-home audio, enables one or more audio sources to be distributed to many rooms around the home. This module provides an overview of distributed audio sources and system topologies, along with technical design requirements for optimal performance and safe installation.
There are four common distributed audio system technology platforms: multi-zone low impedance systems, constant voltage systems, audio over point-to-point twisted pair cabling, or audio over a wired or wireless network. This module provides details on these platforms, the benefits and limitations of each, and how selecting a platform will affect the necessary infrastructure cabling to support the system.
When designing distributed audio systems, it is extremely important to be well versed in applicable electrical theory as well as the physics of sound pressure waves. This module provides knowledge that is essential to different aspects of design and installation,
from troubleshooting complicated system problems to something as simple as proper planning of a speaker cable run.
This module will consider the likely sources of video content for home dictribution and the challenges that each represent. It will then discuss the differeing display types and factors that determine their choice.
There are three main formats for video distribution, RF, HDMI (inc. HDBaseT) and AV over IP. Here will will compare and contrast these methods and how they operate.
Having considered the three distribution methods in the previous module this section will develop that understanding by considering the cabling infrastructure required and suitable testing procedures.
The ability to enable multiple devices to work together for ease of control and improved functionality is the primary goal of the systems integration industry. This module provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of device-to-device (D2D) communication. The ability to identify common communication protocols is necessary to understanding the right questions to ask a client to successfully integrate their space.
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User interfaces (UIs) range from remote controls to mobile devices to voice assistants. This module provides an introduction to the key concepts involved when working with user interfaces. Knowledge of the various types and functions of UIs enables design and implementation of a system that meet a client's real needs.
Systems programming is a complex and challenging discipline, but for many integration professionals, mastery of the fundamental skills leads to a highly rewarding career. This module provides instruction on basic programming concepts including command types, macros, Boolean logic, and conditional statements. Programming of control systems involves knowledge of multiple disciplines, including communications, protocols, and user interface (UI) design. It also requires an ability to think logically through various steps to reach a final outcome.
Lighting in modern homes has evolved from a handful of overhead fixtures that provide general illumination in a space to multiple lights in a room installed to meet specific needs and make a space more usable. The addition of lighting control in a home takes aesthetics and functionality to a new level. Integration and automation of lighting systems is a popular and profitable offering for many technology professionals. This module provides an overview of lighting hardware as well as information regarding common lighting control technologies.
Many clients are interested in the benefits of managing and reducing energy usage. Managing energy consumption is often a multi-pronged approach, where the energy usage must first be monitored, and then decisions can be made regarding control and management. This module provides a look at the key components necessary to support the goal of reducing energy usage and costs.
Explaining the concept of a home cinema and media space will go a long way to pleasing the client. This module provides an introduction to the key concepts of home cinema and media spaces, as well as some basics on audio system components.
There are several things to consider when designing home cinemas and media spaces, including speaker placement, screen size, seating location, and room shape and size. This module provides the foundational knowledge needed to begin properly designing these spaces. A number of the items introduced may be further examined in more advanced CEDIA courses.
Acoustics is an important, but complex area of cinema design. This module provides fundamental knowledge about how the overall environment of an entertainment space can affect the listening experience. Expertise in the area of acoustics requires extensive study and experience, but awareness of the effects of common construction methods and the correct usage of room treatments will support successful outcomes for those getting started in this challenging discipline.
Before completing a project, every function must be tested and verified for proper operation. This module provides details on the verification process as well as the recommended steps to troubleshoot any items that don't perform as expected.
Performing a basic setup of all audio and video devices is the minimum requirement for all projects. This module provides an introduction to the fundamental steps required to complete a basic configuration for all entertainment systems. A skilled technician can complete these requirements efficiently and ensure a quality experience for every client.
Obtaining final client signoff for substantial completion is a critical step as the project closes and transitions from the installation team to the service team. This module provides instruction on the process and recommended practices for client orientation and final system handoff, as well as the transition to ongoing support. This final step of the process is critical to client satisfaction and a smooth and efficient ongoing service process.
Project management & processes are skills required to deliver a custom installation proejct. The job role requires not only a technical understanding of the installed ssytems but also the business and project processes required to bring the job to a conclusion with a satisfied customer and pofit for the business.