alanchow

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  1. You only need to have multiple players if you plan on simultaneous streams. If you don't then hit existing Mac mini will be fine by itself. Our driver has the capability of switching users. having said that rokus are cheap so you can dedicate a roku per tv and so if that way.
  2. RGB LED advice

    For those who haven't seen our new two way Yeelight driver here it is. Yeelight hardware starts from $18 on Amazon for a white wifi dimmable bulb. the one I have in the video is the $25 RGBW dimmable bulb. Look you can change Color temperature as well!
  3. RGB LED advice

    Yeelight will let you cut t (there is scissor marks on it for where you should do it) but you can't extend it. 2 meters is the max you will get from a single strip. Though having said that it is extremely cheap for a full wifi controlled dimmable RGBW strip so just buy more if you need more.
  4. Chowmain - Yeelight Wifi RGB LED Lighting driver for Control4 Yeelight manufactures a range of affordable Wifi controlled LED lighting products. The range consists of dimmable RGB, White and strip based LED lighting. These products do not need a hub like other wireless lighting products and integrate directly into Control4 with Chowmain’s Yeelight driver. This two way driver allows do dim the light, change the color of the light, change the color temperature of the light and more. Features Two way control/feedback. Instant feedback if LED controlled from another application. Automatic Discovery of Yeelight Self Healing on change of IP Address Automatically hide RGB and/or Color Temperature’s from Navigator on model detection. Change RGB color via navigator Change Brightness via navigator Change Color temperature via navigator Program color flows from Composer Advanced Lighting Scene Support FAQ Why is this better than other RGB solutions? This is an extremely affordable solution (starting from $20) which does not require an additional hub to operate. We have full control over pretty much every function including color, temperature, brightness and even color flows. We have instantaneous two way feedback. If the customer uses the original application Control4 gets the change immediately. Where can I purchase this product from? Yeelight can be purchased from Amazon and other online retailers in both 220v and 110v formats. Yeelight Website What hardware does this support? This supports the wifi range of Yeelight products. At the time of writing this includes the RGB bulb, Mono Bulb, Desk Lamp and RGB strip based LED lighting. 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.
  5. Plex on Mac mini server

    If you are using the mac mini as a Plex Client as well (using Plex Media Player or Plex Home Theater) then yes you will need to connect HDMI. Our documentation only goes through the setup process for the driver. It does not go through the setup procedure for Plex. Please refer to the Plex.tv website for information on what Plex is, how it works and how to install it.
  6. Chowmain - Android Driver for Control4

    There is nothing wrong with the driver itself. LANmote doesn't support any Android version above 5. At this stage there is no other alternative for newer android versions. If you find any let me know.
  7. Chowmain - Android Driver The Chowmain Google Android driver is designed to primarily control Google Android Set Top Boxes. This allows you to utilise the Control4 SR-250 remote to navigate the Android operating system and control applications as you would with a normal infra red remote control. It also has the ability to mimic onscreen navigator functionality by using the Control4 application. Note that the Control4 navigator application was not designed to be used via navigational buttons and as such mouse cursor keys will need to be used. This driver also gives the ability to launch applications on first start and through any of the coloured buttons. Note that this driver requires a 3rd party application be installed and configured on a rooted android device. Features One way IP Based communicationsTransport Controls Playback Control Audio End-Point assignment for volume up/down/mute funcitonality Video End-Point assignment Launch applications from coloured buttons, on command or via programming tab SMS stype text entry via numberpad Mouse navigation emulation via number pad Frequently Asked Questions Why would i want to use an android set top box? You can use cheap Android Set Top boxes as media players using apps like XBMC, Plex, Netflix. What cool things can i do with this? You can use this set top box as an onscreen navigator. You can also play games to an certain extent (though it is advised that you utilise a bluetooth controller or an air mouse for a better gaming experience).This driver will also work on a google android tablet. Great for launching intercom, control4, skype and other useful apps on the tablet based upon doorbell presses and other events at your home. How do i use it just for launching appliations on my tablet? Simple. Just set up the driver but not connect any of the AV connections. All programming commands will still work. Why do you only support OS 2.6 and above? OS 2.6 offers a superior security encryption algorithm and a new and improved driver format. We have decided to only utilise this new format to ensure that the integrity of this driver is not compremised and that we can provide the best dealer/user experience available. How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Chowmain Website Download Installation Guide How do I buy the driver? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 48 hour trial. This is activated once you add the driver to the project. No additional steps are necessary.
  8. @Cyknight is correct. I was employed by RecluseAV and developed their drivers for them. When I left I could not take the drivers I developed as they owned the intellectual property. we developed competing drivers for some of the drivers I had an interest in. Recluse still sold and maintained the drivers for 3 years after I left before they discontinued the driver business. These drivers still operate. the same goes with HouseLogix drivers. Your system will not break if you stick to the drivers you purchased on HouseLogix. In fact if you upgrade you will notice no difference what so ever as we have not added any additional functionality. In short if it ain't broke don't fix it. Lastly i want to remind everyone that we migrated because we needed a distributor who is committed to supporting our drivers. some of you may argue that we should have started our own marketplace but our core focus is on developing drivers. i do not want to hire additional staff and spend the next 6 months developing a marketplace which I need to then spend hours of my day everyday maintaining. Our focus is on developing drivers. We have 4 drhvers coming out in the next few weeks for Control4 so watch out for our announcements.
  9. Those ones will only control Daikin HVAC systems that use the Skyfi app (ducted and cassette systems) or the Dmobile app (split systems). You may have better luck with IntesisBox. In specific the universal model. If your unit is not in the database for the universal model then contact Intesis and they may be able to add your make/model in. www.chowmainsoft.com/intesisbox-control4 https://www.intesisbox.com/en/wifi/gateways/
  10. if you hold the buttons down it will achieve this until you let go at 8x speed otherwise it'll do the small step fwd / back.
  11. Chowmain - Kodi Full (XBMC) Driver for Control4 This driver is developed for the Kodi Entertainment Center (formerly known as XBMC). Kodi Entertainment Center is a software based media player that can be installed on Windows, MAC, Linux, Raspberry Pi and Android based platforms. Kodi offers a beautiful simple interface that enriches your playback experience. The Chowmain Kodi Lite driver enables us to integrate the Kodi Entertainment Center into the Control4 home automation system with seamless control and feedback. This is the most feature packed media player on Control4 to date providing the user with an enriched movie playback experience. See below for more details Features IP based communications Library browsing and searching from any Control4 user interface including touchscreens, android application, ios application, PC and remote controls for Movies, TV shows, Music, Video FIles, Audio Files, Video Add-Ons, Audio Add-Ons, Pictures, Youtube and VEVOProgramatic playback of Movies, TV Episode or Video File.Transport controls Numerical buttons act as jump to percentage during video playback or SMS style quick navigation when in navigational modes. Number 0 in navigation mode will jump to the end of the list. Number 1 in navigation mode will jump to the start of the list.Support for PVR (Guide, Record, DVR, Channel Up, Channel Down buttons) Automatic Room On (like the music bridge) on playback detection and automatic Room Off on screen saver activate. If the driver detects music it will only turn on your receiver (audio endpoint). If it detects video it will also turn on your projector/tv (video endpoint).2 way feedback via the JSON API for play, pause, stop, screen saver active/deactive, Detected File Type, Video Aspect Ratio, Video Resolution, Video/Music/TV/Radio currently playing, Memory usage, CPU usage, CPU Frequency, System Total Space, System Uptime, System Temperature, Client Platform, Client Version & Client NameAssignable buttons for non intuitive buttons Wake-on Lan functionality and Shutdown functionality can keep your Kodi setup power efficient. Can still select a movie from navigator and have it turn on the machine and play the movie upon start up. Power off options Ability to send custom messages to Kodi Entertainment Center via Kodi Notifications (similar to Control4 Announcements via Navigator). Audio End-Point assignment for line level volume up/down/mute functionality Video End-Point assignment Support for Android boxes (if XBMC app is closed it will launch upon ON command, also if XBMC exited by user you can navigate and control Android applications).Ability to play any URL via Control4 programming. This is useful for commercial systems.Frequently Asked Questions Why is this driver called KODI Full? Initially we wanted to make the best KODI driver around however as we kept working on it our aspirations just kept getting higher and higher. As such the development efforts and timeframe has expanded exponentially. To get the driver to market quickly we decided to make two drivers. KODI Lite and KODI Full. Kodi Lite is still one of the best media player drivers on the market with exceptional features. Kodi Full however is THE best media player driver on the market with full library navigation, live meta data, cover art and more. They are both priced accordingly. Some people won't want all the features available in KODI Full so we've made KODI Lite which is priced to suit. Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? This driver is the only driver in Control4 which will allow you to browse TV shows, video files, photos, youtube, VEVO and more. No other driver has this functionality.Now with Android support you can purchase Android Set Top Boxes for under $200 that will provide you with the full XBMC experience and Android experience. Play games, surf the web and use XBMC.Create the perfect cinema experience by dimming the lights down when a movie starts, ramp it back up when the movie ends or if the user pauses or stops the movie. Also automatically set the cinema to different modes based upon the movie aspect ratio.Setup logic to change your LED lightings colour dependant on the movie name. If you're watching something set in the ocean set it to blue. If you're watching something set in the jungle set it to green or if you're watching something set in the desert set it to orange. It can be very disruptive while watching a movie to have navigator pop up and tell me that someone is at my front door or perhaps i have a new email or something. This driver provides the ability to send Kodi announcements. Like a Control4 Announcement this will pop up a custom message however in this case it will not interrupt the current Kodi activity. It will just pop up in the bottom right hand corner for a few seconds and then hide away.This driver provides two way feedback on what media you're consuming and what the state of the media player is. It will tell you when the movie is playing, paused, stopped or if it is a movie, episode, song or unknown media type. This information is useful for customising your lighting and environment to suit your customer's requirements. The driver has the ability to automatically turn rooms on and off. Using this functionality you can essentially turn on your tv and receiver upon airplay or UPnP photos, video or music playback. If you leave the room for too long or fall asleep at the tv the driver will automatically turn the room off (all av devices off) upon detection of screensaver activation. Some projectors have the option of clearing out the black bars (masking) in movies. This driver reports back the aspect ratio of the video it is currently playing as a variable. Using this information we can automate these projection masking modes and as such make the user experience nicer. This driver has feedback on CPU usage, Memory usage and CPU temperature. This information is extremely important for maintaining the health of the hardware platform it is on. Using this information we can automate shutdowns so that no damage can occur on the device.Browse and search your music and video librarys directly from a Control4 user interface.What hardware will this work on?? This will work on any hardware that KODI supports (Windows, OSX, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Android) running XBMC version 12 (Frodo) & 13 (Gotham) and KODI version 14 (Helix), KODI version 15 (Isengard). Currently we prefer some of the higher end Android boxes and Intel NUC's as it is a more cleaner solution than the others. Why do you only support OS 2.7 and above? This driver utilizes SDK functionality only available in Control4 OS 2.7 and above. Do you offer showroom discounts? We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes. See link below for T&C's and signup procedure. Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. http://www.chowmain.co.nz/kodi-xbmc-full-driver-for-control4 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvR_ZY2N5LtWdLO5C9lMM8Pe-xM5wzl9- How do I buy the driver? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 48 hour trial. This is activated once you add the driver to the project. No additional steps are necessary.
  12. Actually they are developed on OS 2.9.0. You will need a T3 touchscreen to use it though
  13. Believe me we were too. Hence why we chose carefully as to where we were going. Just remember this isn't effecting just us. Its effecting every 3rd party developer on Houselogix. Some are staying but the majority are going to either Blackwire or driverCentral. I'm glad that we've finished migrating our drivers. It took alot of resources so we couldn't really work on anything new. I am proud to say though that we are releasing a few new drivers next month. So keep your eyes posted.
  14. Gary I'm glad that you enjoy our drivers but we want to focus on developing drivers. Not running a marketplace. The amount of work required to develop, maintain and run a marketplace would mean that we would need to change our focus and as such lose focus on what our goals are as a company which is focusing solely on developing new functionality for control systems. There is a reason why we have triple the number of drivers that the closest 3rd party developer has on Houselogix. Trust me we chose driverCentral carefully. It not something that we took lightly. It was very clear that we had to migrate from Houselogix so we spent the past half a year in discussions with various marketplaces, talking to our shareholders and meeting about our direction. We spent a massive part of the last two months changing the licencing code in 159 drivers and testing them, documenting them. At the end driverCentral was our primary choice because it is its own entity. It is not tied into a seperate business. As a company driverCentral has no worth without the 3rd parties and as such should someone want to buy it they would do so to take over the marketplace and not purchase the company for its talent much like what happened to Extra Vegetables and Houselogix. As i keep mentioning Gary. You do not need to re-install the drivers. You can keep the drivers as is running forever. Your existing system will continue to operate as is. I honestly do not know what else i could possibly say to make you feel better.
  15. Thanks for the feedback. Yep we take this very seriously. We had too many complaints from dealers about the lack of support so we had to act. It was hurting our business to stay on Houselogix so we had to act. As we build more drivers and expand we want to ensure that we maintain if not provide better support and training to our dealers. Knowledgable dealers means less headaches when it comes down to installation at customer homes. Everyone wins.
  16. First of all let me say that even if you DID NOT migrate your drivers to driverCentral you still would need a dealer to come in and physically change over your controller and reset every single licence on houselogix that you have paid for which will still cost you (unless you have some sort of service contract). There is nothing stopping you from doing this going forward. Upgrading to the driverCentral will take maybe 15 minutes more time and ensures that you have upto date versions as we maintain the drivers. They don't need to reprogram the entire system. Just update the existing drivers by righting clicking and clicking on update. In regards to our decision. We made the best business decision possible that has the best outcome to everyone. Support is a major requirement for dealers and we listened and implemented what we thought would be the best course of action to ensure that dealers get the support they need to complete jobs. Migration of marketplace regardless of developer is the same. So all 3rd party manufacturers who have migrated to Blackwire and driverCentral all have the same problems. All of the developers are migrating the licences across to ensure that previous customers have an upgrade path rather than being locked to the Houselogix marketplace. This isn't limited to Chowmain. Aproximately 70% of Houselogix 3rd party developed drivers are migrating to either driverCentral or Blackwire. The only difference in our offers is that we happen to also have a second helpdesk to provide aproximately 16 hours of support each day (mon-fri). Note though the houselogix marketplace will continue to run and all licences will continue to operate without any issues.
  17. All of our drivers are designed to work if it loses connectivity to the houselogix servers so it won't be effected by any unforeseen events. so all existing drivers will continue to work. No need to upgrade.
  18. Houselogix will continue to run. Existing driver purchases will continue to work. Some 3rd party manufacturers have left or are leaving due to the discontinuation of technical support.
  19. device image updater tool

    You can find all Control4 dealer downloads from the Control4 website once you login. Heres the direct link. Use your dealer login to login and then you'll be able to download all the tools. https://dealer.control4.com/dealer/support/software-updates
  20. I just want to add that without the support of paying customers we honestly can't do this as a business so it would be silly for us to not support those who support us:) So we do everything we can do to make those who have bought licences off of us happy.
  21. Chowmain - Sky+HD / SkyQ / Sky Q Mini for Control4 Sky is a British satellite broadcast service provider. Chowmain has developed an IP based driver that provides control over UK based Sky set top boxes. This IP driver eliminates the need to attach infra red emitters to the set top box and is compatible with the Sky+ HD, Sky Q and Sky Q mini boxes. On top of IP control the driver also provides automatic channel media list updates for Control4. This ensures that the channel listing on Control4's user interface is always upto date with the latest channels for that particular region. Features No more IR buds 3-10 times faster than IR control Channel selection from navigator Automatic Channel list update - Always have upto date channels on your Control4 navigator. Never be effected by channel number changes or when Sky adds or removes a channel again. Select your region and have all the Sky channels automatically import periodically for your area. Select your period (Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly) or you can also manually update via programming action (tie it to a custom button or experience button). FAQ Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver?? No more IR buds means no more IR bleeding and accidentally bud knocks. Speed up control over your customer's sky set top box. Your customer's sky media list will always be upto date with all the channels for their particular region. What hardware will this work on? This will work on any Control4 controller running OS 2.6 or later and with the following sky boxes. Sky+ HD Sky Q Sky Q Silver Sky Q Mini Why do you only support OS 2.6 and above? OS 2.6 offers a superior security encryption algorithm and a new and improved driver format. We have decided to only utilise this new format to ensure that the integrity of this driver is not compremised and that we can provide the best dealer/user experience available. 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 is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Download Driver / Purchase Licence Who do i contact for technical support? This driver is developed by Chowmain software & apps and is distributed and supported by Houselogix, Inc. Support Do you provide trial licences? All Chowmain drivers for Control4 come with a 48 hour trial. This is activated once you add the driver to the project. No additional steps are necessary.
  22. Yep it is not manditory for you to migrate. You can just do nothing and it'll work forever even if houselogix were to shut shop (which they arn't). We are committed to supporting those who have purchased off of us hence why we are offering migration for those who want to update their drivers to the latest versions.
  23. We now offer 16 hours of technical support a day across two helpdesks (one in the US and one in Australia). https://www.chowmainsoft.com/support/
  24. We are working on migration of all licences purchased from Houselogix to driverCentral. Your dealer will need to install the driverCentral cloud driver and manually update the driver you have purchased on houselogix to the driverCentral version). After that its all automatic. When we issue an update the cloud driver will detect that you are running an older version and update it to the latest. At this stage apart from migration to the new marketplace there are no new functionality so it is safe to keep using the houselogix versions. We will be releasing 3 or 4 new drivers to coincide with CEDIA Expo though so keep your eyes peeled on the forums or our social media.