Brent Saltzman


Interested in all things technology with a passion for analog, design, audio, and anything that sparks creativity and imagination.


  1. Make your Doorbell smart for about $27

    I recently became a first time homeowner and like most people I've been allured by the Ring Video Doorbell. Despite the steep price, I have thoroughly considered purchasing one and after plenty of homework I decided that the Ring Doorbell wasn't for me. There are 3 main reasons why I…

    on Home Automation, SmartHome, Home Assistant

  2. The biggest problem with the Hue Dimmer Switch and how to fix it!

    The Phillips Hue Dimmer Switch is probably the best accessory for your Phillips Hue Lighting. It lets anyone adjust the lighting in the room (including recalling scenes) without having to use the app. It's super convenient, especially in bedrooms. There's one major flaw though... As nice as it is that…

    on Home Automation, SmartHome, Phillips Hue, DIY

  3. Helping people around the world with their computer's microphone

    Happy New Year! In a previous position at work I maintained a blog where I posted topics, tips, and tricks surrounding the use of the system I managed. One of these tips was how to properly adjust a microphone input level within Windows XP, Windows 7, and OS X. I…


  4. Controlling Belkin Wemo lighting with a Logitech Harmony IR Remote

    Recently I've found myself dabbling in some basic home automation for lighting and control. I've had pretty decent success with the Belkin Wemo line of products and more recently I've enjoyed using their light bulbs on their Wemo Link platform. Here's my problem: I have these Wemo controlled LED light…

    on Code, Scripting, Home Automation, HTPC

  5. Controlling Polycom cameras with microphones

    At work I maintain classrooms outfitted with equipment for video conferencing for mainly distance education. These rooms can be quite complex with multiple cameras, video monitors, and audio and video routing that would make you dizzy. One of the challenges we face is maintaining a free flowing educational environment for…

    on Audio, AV, Biamp, Work, Video Conferencing

  6. Using PowerShell to update XML files on remote computers

    Someday you might need to update XML configuration files for an application on a remote computer or many remote computers. In my case I had to do this, stop, and start a system service on 87 computers. Here's how I did this using PowerShell: The great thing about this script…


  7. Sound Thinking (Biamp): The Coolness of AEC

    "The Coolness of AEC", Justin O'Conner from Biamp: AEC’s benefits can be difficult to quantify. “Improved communication: $3” does not appear on a financial statement. Yes it is expensive and when it's all setup and running the client will ask where the additional expense went as everything sounds…

    on Audio, AV

  8. Getting the number of signatures from iPetitions (in XML)

    iPetitions is a free service that allows anyone to create an online petition and distribute a link for people to virtually sign it. To date their website claims they have collected over 25 million signatures collectively across their petitions. At work there was a need to take the number of…

    on Code, Digital Singage