Modern Challenges – Video Distribution in the Home

This past month in our house, some of us were watching The World Cup, others of us were watching Love Island and some of us just catching up on Zoella’s latest videos on Youtube. Whether we like it or not, we all want to be watching and streaming different content throughout the house.

options for video distribution in the home

Managing the tech

The last thing we want is to be tripping over each others cables and devices  piled high next to each TV within our home.

We may all have differing TV-watching tastes, but we’d rather have one system to control all the TVs and content . Let’s face it, different remote controllers and equipment , masses of different wiring not only clutters the house but the mind also.

There is a simple way to simplify video distribution in the home, have one platform and barely notice its physical presence within the home.

Video Distribution in the Home

What are my video distribution options?

There are two methods to distribute video in the home:

  1. Video over an IP system (Just Add Power)
  2. Video over a CAT-6/7 cable using a video matrix (Wyrestorm)

Both systems allow you to have all your video sources (Sky and Virgin receivers, Apple TVs, Bluray players) installed in a discrete central location (usually under the stairs, in a loft space or a unused cupboard) and then view and control these video sources on all the TVs around the house. The amount of video sources and TVs you have connected is completely down to you.

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‘Just Add Power’

Just Add Power is a video over IP system which gives you a lot of choice – it is easy to adapt to any size of project, and even add to it as time goes by. In short it takes a video signal and converts it into a signal that can distributed via your data network i.e router.

You just need a Just Add Power transmitter for each video source and a Just Add Power receiver for each TV. They all then
connect to a data switch (an extension of your router) , and then you are free to watch and stream your chosen programme on your chosen TV.

All the devices (sky boxes, DVD players etc) can be stored in a central hub, so all you need to do turn the television on and watch.


Wyrestorm provides a slightly different option by sending video signals over CAT6 cable to give a high quality video transmission around the entire home.  You just need a Wyrestorm receiver for each TV and then a Wyrestorm video matrix installed in a central location connected to all your video devices. You’re then free to watch whatever you want, where you want.

We at Element 29 can help you choose the right video distribution system for your needs but both options  make sure that video is delivered into your  home seamlessly, complete with wires and equipment hidden away behind walls and in cupboards – a truly integrated solution.

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