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  1. eddy.trochez

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    Goodbye and good luck!
    9 Points
  2. NextGenAV

    2018 Thoughts for Control4

    I'm just kidding 😈
    8 Points
  3. knowitall

    Sonos CEO Steps Down

    He must have read this forum
    7 Points
  4. jfh

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I just finished a very nice conversation with someone from C4 corporate that reached out to me after reading comments here. It is clear that there are corporate lurkers here that are interested in the end user and how best to strike a balance between the needs of the dealers and those of those non-dealers who have an interest in exercising control over their systems (and presumably the technical ability to do so). I won't share any specifics other than to say that I'm confident my concerns (and those of many others) have not only been heard, but are clearly understood. I suspect there are some little things that can be done that will move the ball a long way and that it won't take years to see improvements that will address some of the issues. It does appear the decision to dedicate resource to this is relatively recent, but I see it as a major step in the right direction. I'm going to give C4 the benefit of the doubt for now and see what happens. It's clear that they don't see this as an issue that only bothers a bunch of DIY fanatics, but understand that changes could be beneficial to dealers and the growth of C4. Perhaps we can revisit the topic in 6 months and actually see some change in the current status quo. To those lurking from C4, thanks for paying attention even though most of us don't realize you are here.
    7 Points
  5. cdegaeta

    Updating HC500 to OS 2.9 ?

    It is clear from the first post OP has no Control4 training and should not be using Composer Pro. Discussion closed and user has been banned.
    7 Points
  6. RyanE

    No Control in Control4

    Anyone with Pro who obtained it by being a Control4 developer should not be programming end users systems. I think all those who offer their remote services on here are actual Control4 dealers. RyanE
    7 Points
  7. seth_j

    Ring Events Driver for Control4 🔔

    For Immediate Release For More Information: Kevin Luther, BlackWire Designs & Technology LLC kevin@blackwiredesigns.com 1.623.455.6455 Distributor Offers Missing Integration Between Ring and Control4 Systems PHOENIX, ARIZONA — Friday, December 30, 2016 — BlackWire is pleased to introduce the Ring Events Driver for Control4 home automation systems. With this driver integrators will be able to use push button and motion events from the Ring Doorbell or Ring Pro Doorbell and integrate them into their Control4 projects. The direct integration with Ring allows the driver to be much faster than other solutions that rely on 3rd party services like IFTTT and more reliable than doorbell sensing hardware that can be overly sensitive to power fluctuations and other external conditions. Using these events dealers can program additional actions and events to take place through the Control4 system. For example if the Ring Doorbell senses motion the Control4 system could activate a lighting scene or begin playing a playlist to emulate someone is in the house. The doorbell press event can be used to play a custom ringtone through the home audio system or activate outdoor lighting to provide a greater level of security. “We’re committed to developing and delivering the tools our dealers need to be successful in today’s changing market,” said Kevin Luther, President at BlackWire. “BlackWire is the only distributor out there offering after hours and weekend support for their dealers and investing in software solutions so dealers don’t have to figure out how things work on the job site. We make the success of the project our job.” Luther says motion event support for Ring Stick Up Cameras is coming soon and direct video support may be developed soon with further collaboration with Ring. The driver is now available to dealers on BlackWire’s online store (www.blackwiredesigns.com) and can be bundled for free with any Ring Doorbell purchased from BlackWire. ### About BlackWire Designs BlackWire Designs and Technology LLC is a one of a kind distributor for the Custom Installation industry based in Phoenix, Arizona that provides exceptional sales and systems support to dealer across the world. BlackWire uses integrated software to ensure dealers get the proper support they need, when they need it — including after hours. Ring Events Driver for Control4 BlackWire Designs is pleased to announce the Ring Events Driver for Control4 systems. With this driver, Control4 dealers will be able to program events based on the doorbell press and motion detection features built into the Ring Doorbell and the Ring Pro Doorbell. Features - Ability to use button pressed events as triggers for custom programming in Control4 - Ability to use motion detection events as triggers for custom programming in Control4 - Fast notification time (about the same as the Ring app) - Simple to install and easy to program FAQ Does this driver support video? No, it does not. Just events like motion detecting and button pushes. Does this driver support video? Nope. Not yet but we are working closely with Ring to make this happen in the future. This driver will give you integration options with the product that didn't exist yesterday which is pretty great. What are some good examples of how this driver could be used? When the button event is detected, you can play a custom MP3 chime through the home's speakers. You also have the ability to turn on a light when motion is detected at your front door. Will Ring Stick Up Cameras work with this driver? We've been working on the doorbell, but we don't see any reason these won't be supported in the near future. Sold! How do I buy this awesome driver?!? 🤑 If you're a BlackWire Dealer check out our post on Control4 Dealer Forums or head on over to our website. Important Links Ring Events Control4 Driver Ring Doorbells and Accessories
    6 Points
  8. rayk32

    LG TV IP Driver - Released

    Oh man, this driver is awesome! I purchased a 55UH8500 last night on sale from Best Buy and mounted it in place of my failed Samsung. Matthew Lowe was extra responsive as usual and was able to get the driver installed. I may be compelled to replace all of my TV's with LG just because of the driver. Great job Annex4!
    6 Points
  9. RyanE

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    Ultimately, the reason Control4 does not offer ComposerPro to end users is that Control4 doesn't offer ComposerPro to end users. Policy is policy. If that ever *were* to change, I have no doubt that *many* (not all) users on this forum would have no problems maintaining their own systems. ComposerHE is where it's at for now, and fortunately, it lets you do pretty much everything except "install-type" functionality. I don't think it's necessary to argue back and forth for another 5 pages, as this same argument comes up about 2x a year, and always ends the same way. Have a good one. RyanE
    5 Points
  10. panamagixxer

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I have been a user in SLC since 2007 and have gone through maybe 5 different companies as installers and continued maintenance - man, the housing crash was brutal to many, but really brutal to AV people in the valley (the reason for so many companies). Anyway, I love the system, have continued to upgrade and am pleased. Will be building a new home in a year and will install a moderate size C4 option. My only advice, the system works as good as the company who installed it or maintains it - a good network solution is the most valuable piece of the install (man network issues can just cause unusual behavior). Also, my opinion only, don't upgrade your software unless you have to. Meaning, you are way behind, or a new feature is needed. In my experience, an upgrade just to have the latest xxx.xxx.xx version can introduce unneeded hassle or bugs. Just my 2 cents. I am currently dealing with my remotes randomly losing reception, shows hourglass for 5 - 20 seconds (no response on remote), then all becomes good. My AV guy moved zigbee off the main controller to a centrally located 250, seemed to fix it for a week, now its happening again, but less frequently. This all happened about 3 upgrades ago, this summer. I know first world problem, even with that tiny issue, I love C4 and look forward to new options in the future.
    5 Points
  11. Cyknight

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    ? Such as? You can do it CHEAPER, sure. But value is an opinion. As others mentioned, if you want to switch back and forth between multiple apps, lose and or don't care about a lot of interoperability, you can piece things together. Not to mention having to spend your own time to figure it out and do it (not an issue for some, but it is too many) First 2 projects of 2017? Old clients that moved, did what you propose here, and found it lacking. Now we'll be retrofitting C4.
    5 Points
  12. Matt Lowe

    LG TV IP Driver - Released

    Just another shout out to any one that wants this awesome driver. We have several sites running this driver and they can't stop programming things the tv to do. we have our show room running with tvs hardwired and wireless internet, web os 2.0 and 3.0 and they all work great even having them all turn on and off together is neat to see the whole floor turn on by itself. with out having to run a bunch of ir cables EVERYWHERE. pm me and ill get you set up asap.
    5 Points
  13. knowitall

    In-Wall Subwoofer(s)

    I'd buy her $1500-2000 worth of jewelry and keep your sub
    5 Points
  14. ILoveC4

    Adding TV action to Room Off

    Here's what I'd do. "Lose" the TiVo remote. Just take it out of the picture. She'll forget it ever existed in about 3 days. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 Points
  15. Cyknight

    Remote Wattbox Control / OvrC Pro 100

    No but you can do it looking a lot nicer now using experience buttons That's what I'd setup these days for any device that needs rebooting. Well, I'd try and make sure I'd fix and or replace the device that needs rebooting if possible of course.
    4 Points
  16. msgreenf

    Amcrest Driver Relased

    Greenfield Solutions is proud to release our first driver for Amcrest Cameras https://www.houselogix.com/shop/amcrest-camera-pack his is a driver pack to integrate Amcrest cameras with control4. The driver pack includes 2 version of the driver, one for PTZ cameras and one for fixed cameras. The driver supports motion detection, if enabled on the camera, to trigger events on the Control4 system. o Support for MJPEG and H.264 video feeds o Supports Basic authentication o Loads basic driver meta data into control4 Composer Pro o Allows automated reboots of the camera o Home is set to preset1 o Supports jumping to 6 presets o Supports motion detection events if enabled on the camera o allows you to configure the camera as a motion sensor
    4 Points
  17. sonic30101

    2018 Thoughts for Control4

    Clear project of all errors right? lol
    4 Points
  18. NextGenAV

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    People don't seem to get it ... there would be NO CONTROL4 DEALERS. The reason we do this job is to make a living, if products and programming software is offered to the mass market then margins will collapse and it will not be worth our while installing and programming systems. I'm not a charity and I don't want to drop-ship Control4 to a customer and then be expected to support someone because they can't get a driver to work. How many professional Harmony Remote dealers are out there installing there products ... none? And if a professional AV installer suggests Harmony as your control system ... show him the door! Installing and programming Control4 isn't difficult, in fact it is easy ... but, it is easy because of time spent being able to quickly identify and resolve problems. I've seen new C4 installers pour over a problem for hours and I have looked at the projects and within a couple of minutes spotted and resolved the problem ... how? 100+ installations completed, not doing 5 days training! I see the scenario mentioned above about a consumer having Pro and if they got into trouble, call in a dealer! 'I tried to take out my appendix doctor because I bought a scalpel online, but something went wrong ... help!' Very early on I did give a copy of Pro to a guy who was a Senior Network Analyst, he cocked up the system so bad I had to upload the backup I made after I had finished the initial setup. None of the lights worked and his wife was close to killing the guy. I'm sure some people on here would be perfectly capable of updating and modifying there own system, but some people who bought Pro and did the training wouldn't. Just as a lot of the people that do the Control4 training and pass the course are completely incapable of setting up a system once they are sat in a home with a bunch of boxes and a blank project file. Is there an example of a home automation system where a consumer can have all the benefits of a dealer? Access to software, tech support etc ... I'm struggling to think of one.
    4 Points
  19. chopedogg88

    Updating HC500 to OS 2.9 ?

    Well in that case then you ought to be able to figure it out all by yourself and not need to post on the forums right? Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
    4 Points
  20. Hey all, just wanted to share this with you. Seems to be one of those things that works great for some, and barely works for others. I'm definitely in the "barely works" category. Since a bunch of my customers keep requesting them, I can't just turn a blind eye to it. Nor am I a big fan of the USB-IR adapter. So after weeks of working on this, I think I figured out a way to resolve this and wanted to share my results with everyone. This has been tested on both Fire TV Stick and Fire TV box. The main issue seems to be (or at least from what I've noticed) is if the Fire TV falls asleep, the Control4 IP driver can no longer communicate with it. So I then went on the journey of trying to figure out a way to keep this awake since Amazon for some reason does not provide any options to keep it awake. Could have went the Control4 route and setup a timer to hit the "up" button on the driver ever hour, but that could cause some unwanted distractions during viewing (and it's not a very elegant solution) Also looked into sideloading an Android app (like KeepAwake or RedEye) on to the Fire TV to keep it awake, however this seemed to produce mixed results and even appeared to add a performance hit to the Fire TV Stick. I was about to give up until I stumbled upon this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/fireTV/comments/4jc22o/nonroot_prevent_sleep_on_fireos5/ I can proudly say after settings the sleep_timeout value to 0, both the test Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Box have stayed awake and responds to Control4's command every time we pickup the remote. Now after that whole intro, some instructions on how to get this done. 1. Disconnect the Control4 Fire TV driver during this process. If it's occupying the ADB session, you can't perform the following tasks so this is key. 2. Install ADB - https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools.html#download (You really only need the platform tools that provides the ADB executable) 3. Find the IP address of your Fire TV, run adb from a command prompt/terminal as followed (without quotes) "adb connect fire_tv_ip_address" 4. If you received an error, check your network connections and check to make sure you have the proper IP of your Fire TV (and it's awake). You can also try turning ADB Debugging OFF then back ON to clear the sessions (this is done from the Fire TV). If no error was received, enter in "adb devices". It should show the IP of your Fire TV and after that "device". If it says "offline" after the IP, make sure Control4 is disconnected from the Fire TV and also try turning ADB Debugging OFF then back ON from the Fire TV. 5. Now type in "adb shell" and it will then provide you shell access to the Fire TV and change the prompt on the screen. 6. Type in "settings put secure sleep_timeout 0" and hit enter. Then type in "settings get secure sleep_timeout" and confirm the value returned in 0. If it doesn't return that value or gives you an error, make sure you are typing the command in properly. 7. Type "exit" or "quit" (can't remember offhand) to end the shell session, the prompt should change back to your normal command prompt/terminal prompt. Then type in "adb disconnect" to kill the ADB session. 8. Add the IP address back in to the Control4 Amazon Fire TV IP driver. Just remember, don't add quotes to any command when typing them in to a command prompt/terminal. I hope this helps those out that have continued to have control issues with Fire TV.
    3 Points
  21. ARC can be very flaky. I never rely on it as part of a system's design. Sent from my Note-4 using Tapatalk
    3 Points
  22. RyanE

    DriverWorks BUTTON_LINK

    Don't make me come over there. RyanE
    3 Points
  23. Adidaswood

    Remote Wattbox Control / OvrC Pro 100

    I agree with SMHarman, I don't think OVRC is needed either. Here's why. I'm repeating him on purpose because I've done all the same things and I think it is solid. Wattboxes have C4 drivers and if you have 4sight you can set up buttons and macros just as SMHarman said. I also have my Wattbox reboot my controller if it isn't reachable. You can set it to only attempt it a couple times and you can also set the number of timeouts before it happens. This stops you from rebooting continuously in case of a larger issue. if you really need, you can have VPN which would put you on your network and allow you to log into the watt boxes directly if the need comes up. I'm guessing there are a few outside cases, but overall if you can't overcome your issue with this setup. Its probably outside remote scenarios anyway. You'll likely need to be on site to fix things.
    3 Points
  24. funnyfarm299

    Disney Movies Anywhere Roku Mini Channel

    See KB #1421 for directions on creating custom Roku drivers.
    3 Points
  25. eddy.trochez

    2018 Thoughts for Control4

    Hysterical!
    3 Points
  26. Elvis

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    Amen, brother. If it weren't for @StroTek LLC, @AK1 and @Matt Lowe and all the excellent advice I've gotten here, I would have sold it all. In my case, though, it's my own fault. (long story) But I know for a fact, if you don't happen to have someone like the dealers on this forum in your town, it can be a battle. I, too, have had Control4 corporate reach out to me and if that hadn't happened I'd be out of this game.
    3 Points
  27. Matt Lowe

    New user

    you can change your wifi password and from my.control4.com you can disallow remote access to your system. you can even change your dealer to another one. I am with Walts TV feel free to use us as a place holder that will 100% cut him off he will have no way of accessing the system unless physical in the home. i am sorry that you are going through this dealers like this ruin it for all of us.
    3 Points
  28. RyanE

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    A few points, which really don't change the argument, but shed a *small* amount of light: * Control4 created HE after listening to end users. Control4 does listen to end users, and does monitor this forum. I'm not saying this will cause Control4 to offer ComposerPro, but Control4 does provide more than other companies in this regard, because of this type of conversation. I'm not opposed to the conversation, except that they tend to get rancorous after a while. * Dealers are Control4's life-blood. You may or may not like Control4's dealer model, but dealers are what makes Control4 go. Granting a 'blanket' fully open ComposerPro ability to end users (with the ability to change *any* Control4 system, not just your own) is likely to *never* happen. I also don't expect Control4 would sell Control4 hardware outside the dealer model, which would be the next thing end users would ask for... * The 'pro-sumer' market for Control4 is quite small. Engineering to lock ComposerPro down to a single system (which would include an entirely new authentication / licensing model, and considerable changes to disallow within the app) IMHO is likely cost-prohibitive, and requiring training would likely be cost-prohibitive for the end users. You're not likely to pay $5k to get ComposerPro access. Argue all you want, I'm sure I'm an idiot who knows nothing. RyanE P.S. I'm not speaking officially for Control4 at all in this thread (or most others, for that matter).
    3 Points
  29. DIEHARD

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    But that was your risk and choice to use the person you did... not the person who made the tub. Besides for them you now still have to use the "dealer" to fix the issue. They lost nothing. Your one bad choice vs the hundreds of good ones that could come from a more open system doesn't feel valid as an example but is still a great example as it shows you had the ability and made your own choice! Even if it was the wrong one.
    3 Points
  30. koxkp

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    That was kind of my point, if even all 300 users on here begged and received Pro because they want to tinker. The remaining millions might be content with the dealer model and not worried about it. Seems insignificant as a whole, but a big deal to the folks on here.
    3 Points
  31. prabeau

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I knew what I was buying into. Did my research and got what I wanted ! "If you buy a house at the end of a runway dont start bitching about noise"
    3 Points
  32. eddy.trochez

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    Nobody has mentioned the fact that Control4 is the only company that offers a consumer version of their software. Those that have RTI, URC, Savant, etc., they can't do anything at all to their systems without their dealer. Control4 gives their customers 100% control over the automation of their system. But no, that's not enough. Everybody has to have it all.
    3 Points
  33. For those following along (and for those that purchased the beta units)... I have the code for the appliance finished now. I just need to clean up the base image so the installation on the units I send out is clean and write up some basic documentation to go along with the hardware and then I'll get them sent out and on their way to you all. I have all the hardware in my office, ready to accept the firmware once I have it all cleaned up and ready to go. I'm headed to CES this week, so I won't be able to finish this up until next week... but we're almost to the finish line. Happy new year!
    3 Points
  34. Matt Lowe

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    sounds like you need Composer HE and help from another dealer if you are not happy with them. with the above you can have the ifttt driver dropped in your system and you can program everything yourself. see this thread here why it is so important to have dealer training, all he wanted to do was play music to a stereo amp.
    3 Points
  35. JimG

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    Okay. I've been stalking this forum off and on for ~5 years ... ever since I purchased Control4 for the new house I was building. But this topic jarred me enough to register so I could weigh in on this subject. First, I love my Control4 system and I'm a committed customer (or maybe I should just simply be committed?). But I absolutely HATE being tethered to dealers to perform tasks that I am more than capable of. In my opinion, I should be able to buy Control4 hardware products from multiple sources (including Amazon) and should be able to download Composer Pro for use on my licensed system. I am willing to assume responsibility for my system. I'm delighted to have a dealer network available for high-end consulting and to charge accordingly (and also to save my behind if I screw up). But why do I need to pay a dealer $90 to add a single device into my network? Why should I pay $300 to configure 6 wireless outlets ($50 each - not including hardware!)? Why should it cost $350 to swap a receiver? My wife (a gadget gal) got a new Google Home from the kids for Christmas and she's been busy integrating it into our home calendar and other things. As for me, I would personally LOVE to integrate it into my Control4 system. That functionality would be wonderful. I've read the available documentation and think this is certainly within my capabilities. But I can't see hiring a dealer to undertake this. I could never afford it! Frankly, I think if Control4 fails to change their business model and give greater "control" to their customers we WILL see the Amazon/Google's of the world either buy them out or make them irrelevant. Personally, I hoping for the buyout. I'd hate to think my past investment in hardware and customized dealer consulting services would be wasted
    3 Points
  36. alanchow

    Chowmain - Oppo Bluray Player Driver

    Decided to give it a big update to include all the good ideas people are pouring in. Update Added digital optical and digital coax Added Extended OSD to actions Added mini drivers with icons Added Extended OSD to customisable commands
    3 Points
  37. jfh

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I don't think my original dealer is bad as much as I think they focus on new work over supporting existing customers. Because I use third party drivers they consider my system "complex" and will only send one particular installer to me. I happen to like working with him, but his value to me is doing the physical install work. I get almost no value add on the software side. If I have any problem, C4 support won't get involved unless a dealer is physically onsite even when all they do is hand the phone to me to talk to support. That hadn't been needed often, but when it takes a month to schedule someone onsite to cover something that takes me a few minutes on the phone is very frustrating. If I have a question, I'm lucky if I get an acknowledgement in 48 hours, much less an answer. Getting sales info can take a week or so, getting technical questions answered is weeks unless I call which I don't like to do (and sometimes it's days for a return call). They were originally upset when I had a remote dealer found here install some drivers and do some config for me (it was a couple hours work for which my dealer wanted to charge me $500 research time for plus the actual time to install. That was the first time I became upset about the whole "I can't license Pro" issue) and I used to hear "we don't know what the other dealer did, so I don't know if we can support you" as an excuse for why something couldn't get done. I understand it's somewhat of a Catch-22 for a dealer - you can't afford to pay someone to sit around waiting for support calls when he could be out wiring new jobs, but the answer to "when can you do x for me?" can't always be "in a few weeks", especially if it's just Composer work. When I encounter an issue or want to try a new driver, I want to address it now, not in a month. And when I have to wait a month to get charged hours at silly rates for Composer work I could easily do myself, it infuriates me ... To minimize my frustration, I now use multiple dealers, which is probably less than ideal for all, and direct new hardware purchases to those that are responsive to other support needs.
    3 Points
  38. NextGenAV

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    You seem to have some really bad installers in the US, you wouldn't get away with that in the UK. Maybe I should move over the pond? If I can't get to a client within 48 hrs then I do it at the weekend or evening. I also have a schedule where I check in on a clients systems remotely about once a month.
    3 Points
  39. therockhr

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    There is nothing magical about composer pro. if I had access to the same kb articles as the dealers I would never need training or have a need to call a dealer. Ever. Not being conceded as there are plenty of people like myself who could do the same.
    3 Points
  40. msgreenf

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    WAF is key Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
    3 Points
  41. RyanE

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I'm obviously a bit biased (as I'm a Control4 employee), but speaking as someone who has been in the Home Automation industry for nearly 20 years (and has done AMX, DIY, and Control4), I've heard many, many times that 'full home' automation was going to be overrun by large company X or Y. 20 years ago, that was Microsoft or Sony, now it's Apple and Google. They're certainly big players, and will have automation functionality (as they should), and there are small players that do a lot of 'IoT' functionality, but creating what Control4 has created, a comprehensive system that allows you to use nearly any (controllable) device with nearly any other device, and that isn't a 'walled garden' that only lets some devices play is difficult. While I'd never say it's impossible for Google or Apple or someone I've never heard of will come out of the blue and take over the market, I still feel that Control4 is in the right place at the right time, and has the right strategy. I've not seen anything that beats the ease of use (and 'Wife Acceptance Factor') that Control4 has when properly setup. Control4 *does* continually try and provide better value to the homeowner on both products and services, and will continue. To the original poster, good luck with whatever your Home Automation system turns out to be. Hope you find something that works for you. Control4 is not for everybody, and that's OK. RyanE
    3 Points
  42. Anzir

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    As an end-user, my experience has been very good over my limited time with Control4. Two months in and I find myself using its capabilities 75% of the time I am at home, and we haven't added any lighting yet. I researched cheaper options for a year (including Vera, etc) before I decided on Control4. Very happy.
    3 Points
  43. AK1

    C4 Install money saving ideas/tips?

    Tell us about your technical skill set. Can you take care of your network setup, for example? This will determine how DIY you can go. One approach is to get a local dealer to install a basic system with little or no setup, perhaps control of 1 x TV room, but sized appropriately to support your entire house. Then go "remote" and source the rest of the equipment yourself. It's going to require a decent amount of your time and effort. Some homeowners prefer to work on their own systems progressively and have the technical skillsets to do so, particularly networking.
    3 Points
  44. ILoveC4

    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I see lots of less expensive and easier ways to accomplish individual things, but nothing that ties it all together in a slick interface. That and good handheld remotes are the hardest parts to do elsewhere. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 Points
  45. Matt Lowe

    New Sony AndroidTV Questions

    Contents General notes and warnings Control Method Setup Driver properties Driver actions Driver programming Change log General notes and warnings For Network control, this driver supports two APIs, Web and Simple. Web API control is the default and it is encouraged to use this method as it enables low power consumption when the TV is the OFF state. The Web API also offers a more complete list of Device Specific commands that can accessed from Programming. When using Web API as the control method, Wake on LAN is used to power on the TV. If your TV is having an issue with turning on consistently due to the network blocking the Wake on LAN packet, you then may want to use the Simple IP control method. To change the Network control method use the Network API Property which can be found on the driver’s Advanced Properties tab. When Simple IP control is enabled in the TV menu, the TV will use a standby state that keeps the network port alive and therefore consume more power when the TV is OFF. Set Channel: Channels must be scanned or added in the TV menu before they can be tuned by the TV. For example, if I channel 5.4 is selected and the TV does not have 5.4 as a valid channel, it will not change to that channel. You must add that channel in the TV menu. This requirement is applicable for all control methods. For the WebAPI Network protocol, there is another aspect that should be understood. When selecting a channel, the driver must sent a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) that correlates to the channel being selected. The URIs for all of the channels that have been scanned/added in the TV menu are found by sending a query to the TV. The driver will handle this query automatically and store the results in a channel URI map, so that it is not necessary to query the TV every time a channel selection occurs. If a selected channel is not found during a channel selection, the driver will re-query the TV and build a new map. Please note that this query takes approximately 10 seconds. To avoid this delay, execute the Build Channel URI Map on the driver’s Action tab. Serial Control Limitation: When using serial control, Play, Pause, Stop, RW, FW, Skip FW, and Skip RW are not functional. There are no serial codes for these commands. The Channel Guide is not accessible. Also navigation arrows may not function in all apps. Direct Selection of App Proxies: Direct Selection of all app proxies (Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu and Google Play) is only supported with the Web API Network control. When using the Simple API Network, Serial and IR control, these sources should be hidden in Navigator. The only exception is that Netflix and Google Play can be directly selected using IR control. Control Method This driver supports Network, Serial and IR control. When more than one control binding is made, the driver will automatically select the active control binding in this priority order: 1. Network 2. Serial 3. IR Network control This device supports SDDP. For IP control using SDDP, this driver must be added to the project from the Discovered tab on the Items pane in Composer Pro. There is no need to set the hardware to a static address when using SDDP. Important Notes: 1. BRAVIA series TVs do not broadcast SDDP information in the OFF state. The TV must be ON to be discovered and identified by SDDP. 2. SDDP can only be used with the Web API. If using the Simple API is desired, then the driver must be identified with a static IP address. Serial/RS-232 control 9600 baud / 8 data bits / 1 stop bits / no parity / no flow control Use a null modem cable to connect to your controller Setup For Network Control verify the following: - Please DO NOT change 'Remote Start' to 'Off'. - Please DO NOT change 'Remote device/Renderer' to 'Off'. - Wired network connection is recommended. Network Control: Simple IP Control If you choose to use Simple IP to control the TV, the only setting that needs to be turned on is Simple IP control. This can be set in the menu: Home/ Setting/ Network/ Home Network/ IP Control. Turn Simple IP to ON. Note: This will force the TV to keep its network port awake and will consume more energy. Network Control: Web API Control There are multiple settings that you must verify and set when using this control method. 1. Confirm that 'Remote device/Renderer' is 'On'. - Home/ Settings/ Network/ Home Network/ Remote device/Renderer - Default value is 'On'. 2. Set 'Authentication' to 'Normal and Pre-Shared Key'. - Home/ Settings/ Network/ Home Network/ IP control/ Authentication 3. Set 'Pre-Shared Key' to arbitrary string. - Home/ Settings/ Network/ Home Network/ IP control/ Pre-Shared Key - The value you put in this area will need to be put in the driver under the property called “Pre Shared Key”. For example “1234”. An empty string is prohibited. Note: It is NOT necessary to set 'Simple IP Control' to 'On' when using this control method. Serial Control Turn on the serial control in the following menu: Home/ Settings/RS232C control Set to “Via serial port” In Composer bind the serial connection to a Control4 controller. The physical connection is a null modem cable. IR Control In Composer bind the IR connection to a Control4 controller. Place the IR emitter on the TV in the correct spot to gain control of the TV. Driver properties Pre Shared Key: This is used for the Web API control method. Set 'Pre-Shared Key' in Properties tab in ComposerPro to the same string as 'Pre-Shared Key' in the TV. When the Simple IP control method is used this property will not show in composer. Command Delay Milliseconds: The Command Delay Milliseconds value is simply the time elapsed between each command that is sent to the TV. Power On Delay Seconds: Used to establish the amount of time that will elapse during the power-on sequence before the driver continues to issue commands. Power Off Delay Seconds: Used to establish the amount of time that will elapse during the power-off sequence before the driver continues to issue commands. Volume Ramp Delay Milliseconds: The Volume Ramp Delay Milliseconds value is simply the time elapsed between each volume command that is sent to the TV. Network Keep Alive Interval Seconds: When using the Network Control Method, the "Network Keep Alive Interval Seconds" value determines how often the driver will send a keep-alive query to the receiver. This query is useful in testing and maintaining a network connection. Network API: When using IP/network to control the TV you have two protocols to choose from Web or Simple. When you change the property to simple other properties not needed for simple will be hidden. Subnet Mask and MAC Address: These two properties will populate when the “Network API” property is set to Web and the pre shared key is entered and correct. These properties will stop showing when the control method is set to Simple. Driver actions Build App URI Map: Queries the TV for a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) listing of all available apps. This information is stored in an app URI map that will be persisted by the driver. App URIs are used by the Web Run App Device Specific Command. Note that is not required to execute this Action. The driver will automatically query the TV if a URI is not found during Web Run App command. Build Channel URI Map: Queries the TV for a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) listing of all available channels. This information is stored in a channel URI map that will be persisted by the driver. Channel URIs are used by the direct channel tuning function. Note that is not required to execute this Action. The driver will automatically query the TV if a URI is not found during a direct tuning attempt. However, this query takes approximately 10 seconds, so building the map with this Action during installation can avoid this delay for the end user. Driver programming Device-Specific Commands From programming you have access to a list of device specific commands. These lists are separated by the control method you have chosen. For example, if you are controlling the TV with serial and you try to use a Web API command it will not work. Simple IP Commands- Device commands available when using Simple API network control. Serial Commands- Device commands available when using Serial control. Web IP Commands-Device commands available when using Web API network control. Web Run App-Direct selection of an App. Web Set Scene Setting-Sets scene of the input source.
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