Jump to content


Control4 Dealer
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


alanchow last won the day on February 10

alanchow had the most liked content!

About alanchow

  • Rank
    Driverworks Nut
  • Birthday August 31

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Interests
    Software Development, Consumer Electronics, Hobbyist Electronics, Home Automation, Energy Management, Retro Video games, Automotive, Action Movies

Recent Profile Visitors

5,021 profile views
  1. Kaleidescape Intermission Mode

    Intermission on our driver is set via the variable. True enables it and false disables it. Same goes for OSD Screensaver and Child mode.
  2. Chowmain - Microsoft Cortana

    I just tested this on iOS and it worked. Kind of cool how they have a widget for it. makes it super quick to launch and use.
  3. Our drivers never do that. Anyway as mentioned it is designed to work that way.
  4. That is intentional. The mini drivers do not have any logic in them what so ever. As such we revert back to the main driver after the app has launched.
  5. Hey Cortana... did you know you are now integrated to Control4. Cortana is a virtual assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Mixed Reality, and soon Amazon Alexa With integration to Control4 Home owners can now control their homes verbally to tell their thermostats to go to a specific setpoint, dim their lights to a specific level, select a channel on their TV's, turn the whole house off or even broadcast text to speech announcements throughout their home. This integration is extremely interesting as a large portion of people own a PC with Windows 10 so most study rooms can now have voice control over your Control4 system. On top of this the Xbox One is an extremely popular gaming console which can also use Cortana for voice control. This can be a great conversation starter for voice control with existing customers who already own Windows 10 PC's and Xbox One devices. https://www.chowmainsoft.com/microsoft-cortana
  6. We do offer refunds. Just get your dealer to submit the request to driverCentral. Send me your dealer's email contact details and i'll send through a copy.
  7. I should really sleep less than i do as i'm way too far behind on my work. Anyway i have now moved my IRUSB / shield from my work test bench to the main tv in my home so i'll know about problems alot quicker now that my family has to use it. I actually quite like the fact that Kodi can run in the background and it will come to the foreground upon selection of movie / tv episode from navigator. Makes for a nice solution.
  8. C4 driver for nVidia Shield

    Hi all, Thanks for your feedback and support. I have implemented some changes and have released a beta copy of our Kodi Full driver which improves the experience for people using IRUSB on the Shield or similar devices.
  9. Hi all, Thanks for your feedback and support. I have implemented some changes and have released a beta copy of our driver which improves the experience for people using IRUSB on the Shield or similar devices.
  10. Ok so after quite a bit of feedback from everyone i have modified the driver to include the following. Replacement of JSON-RPC based transport controls with IRUSB based controls if IRUSB is installed (this enables navigation of other apps whilst kodi is running). Ability for Kodi to hide in the background and be called to the foreground upon media selection from navigator - enables you to use other apps like netflix, youtube, etc and also browse movies, tv shows, etc via navigator. IRUSB mini drivers are now implemented in the driver. This means you can now launch the android apps from navigator without using another driver The driver is currently in beta so please PM me with your email address if you want to be part of this beta. Looking at releasing this in the next week or so.
  11. Thanks for the report. Kodi shouldn't ever be on in the background. We have designed it in a way where you have to quit kodi in order for the normal IRUSB behavior to work. I will add in some logic to force Kodi to restart if you room off the system so that you can browse whilst in an off state.
  12. Add in a fake switch so you can use both drivers. Thats pretty much it. Don't know how much more i can elaborate on it. Again i stress that I haven't tested this but if you want to test please use the 7 day trial out before purchase.
  13. webhooks are outbound. you want inbound which is via pushover. IFTTT->Pushover->Control4
  14. Split unit AC

    Our Sensibo driver is now available.
  15. Chowmain - Sensibo HVAC Controller driver Sensibo makes your existing air conditioner smart and connected! Sensibo is an external device that you pair your remote controlled air conditioner with. Sensibo will work with the majority of infra-red based HVAC systems whether it is a mini split, window AC, ductless, portable, heat pump and even central air conditioners. The Chowmain driver for Sensibo communicates to Sensibo via the Sensibo Cloud API which enables full two way control and feedback over room temperature, humidity, setpoints, hvac mode, fan speeds and swing. As the product is extremely affordable it assists in lowering the price of Control4 for entry level systems such as MDU systems when bundled with the Control4 CA-1 or EA-1 controllers. Also since it is Wifi based/USB powered you can easily retrofit them into existing jobs. Keep stock them in the back of your van and upsell them on customer visits. The product can be purchased off the shelf from retailers such as Harvey Norman, Good Guys, Bing Lee Electrics for $159 AUD or can be purchase online from Amazon or directly from the Sensibo website. Features No static IP address required. Automatic configuration of available modes based on HVAC system capabilities. Control over o HVAC mode Fan mode Setpoint Swing Feedback from Room Temperature Humidity Preset functionality Scheduling functionality FAQ Why is this product exciting? In Australia and New Zealand (and other countries) HVAC integration has been hard because HVAC companies do not utilise the honeywell based wiring that most smart thermostats like Nest, Control4 and Honeywell use. Split Systems have been extremely hard as traditionally they only offer IR based remote controls. In the past we have integrated these systems by learning every combination of IR code however this is extremely time consuming. Now with the Sensibo installers can now easily integrate HVAC systems into Control4. Sensibo is extremely affordable unlike other solutions so the cost of integration is extremely low. On top of that it communicates via wifi so dealers can now revisit old customers with compatible HVAC systems to upgrade their home automation system and integrate their HVAC systems without additional wiring. This really changes the HVAC game. What HVAC systems can i use this driver with? Sensibo is compatible with a range of infra-red HVAC systems. Please see the Sensibo website to check if the HVAC system you want to integrate is compatible. https://sensibo.com/ Can i control fan direction with this? Yes our driver allows for swing control. This is accessible under the Extras Tab. Can i do schedule the HVAC system using this? Yes our driver has built in presets and scheduling. Where can i purchase this module? Sensibo is available from various retailers off the shelf (eg Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, Good Guys, etc) or can be purchased online from Amazon or directly via the Sensibo website https://sensibo.com/ How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Chowmain Website Installation Guide How do I buy the driver? This driver can be purchased from our distributor driverCentral. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? We have two support desks. One in Australia and one in the US. Click on the link below for details. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 7 day trial.