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  1. Lifx driver from Houselogix

    The houselogix team now develop firmware for SnapAV. Many of the team have gone to develop OvrC and other SnapAV products. drivers unfortunately are not really part of the SnapAV business which is why most of the 3rd party developers have left houselogix.
  2. IR reliability

    There are methods of discovering hidden IR codes. Not many dealers know how to do this nowadays but any dealer who did any type of AV integration back in the early to mid 2000's will be able to figure out the IR code set for you if you provide them with the device and one ir code.
  3. Sending Hex Codes to SendToSerial()

    you are sending the serial commands back to the proxy. You need to send the serial command to the serial port
  4. Thanks guys for the feedback.
  5. 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.
  6. it doesn't happen on my shield at home (only pops up once). Having said that it doesn't effect functionality if it pops up twice. Just means the JSON-RPC port has connected again. Since we changed to using IRUSB for android devices navigation and transport controls won't be effected by it.
  7. Popcorn Hour Rockbox

    I have never heard of Rockboxes before but if it can install apps from Playstore then the Videostorm IRUSB hardware will work with it. Our Kodi Full driver has IRUSB support so Android STB's is one of our supported platforms.
  8. Automatic Car Monitor for Presence

    i haven't used it but it will be compatible with our IFTTT driver using the ignition turned on in area and ignition turned off in area https://ifttt.com/automatic_pro chowmainsoft.com/ifttt
  9. Update Sky Channels driver will now utilise the Sky Q box for channel meta data if the IP address of Sky Q is entered in the driver. If the Sky Q box is not responsive then it will revert back to the Sky web service for data based on the selected Region.
  10. It is a shame. It is as one of our most popular drivers so there definitely was demand for the player though obviously not enough keep that side of the business going.
  11. The update will be out next week and will be issued via an auto update. Note that you may need to add in the Sky Q IP address via the drivers properties which can be done via Composer HE.
  12. Bond Ceiling Fan Controller

    As an alternative check out multi-x. They have a free driver for it. https://www.matterlink.sg/multi-x.html
  13. I have made a new version which now uses the Sky Q box as a source for the channel information. it still uses the Sky website for the channel artwork and now playing data. If anyone wants to beta test this please PM me.
  14. I have made a new version which now uses the Sky Q box as a source for the channel information. it still uses the Sky website for the channel artwork and now playing data. If anyone wants to beta test this please PM me.
  15. Thanks for the feedback. The sky web service we were using was discontinued. As such we worked yesterday on finding a new solution. Sounds like the solution we implemented has limited channels. We will look into this and provide an updated fix asap.
  16. Thanks for the feedback guys. The sky web service we were using was discontinued. As such we worked yesterday on finding a new solution. Sounds like the solution we implemented has limited channels. We will look into this and provide an updated fix asap.
  17. Thanks guys. Sky changed the tv.sky.com endpoint to point to something else entirely. As such we have worked hard and figured out a new method of obtaining this data. tbe driver has been updated and pushed out to all sites. it should be working now. also all dealers should download the latest copy so that they don’t install an older copy of the driver.
  18. IFTTT (an abbreviation of "If This Then That") is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called "recipes", which are triggered based on changes to other web services and products. IFTTT integration into Control4 allows Control4 to control any of the products or services integrated into IFTTT and have those products also control Control4. This expands the integration of Control4 to support numerous functions that it natively does not do. We have listed a few examples of what integration can bring to Control4 below and have also stepped through programming some of the ones we feel are useful to a lot of people. Note that this is a small list of things we liked. There are a lot of other things you can do currently (with lots more coming in future to IFTTT) so we suggest you check out the channels on the IFTTT website. We are keen to hear about what cool things you have done with the driver. Let us know via twitter, email or forum post. FAQ What can i use this driver for? These are some examples of what you can achieve with IFTTT integration to Control4 via the Chowmain IFTTT maker driver. Outbound Examples (Control4 > IFTTT) Control4 can send SMS’s via your Android phone (IF app must be downloaded to the phone) Control4 can call your phone number and say a message (for security alarms, smoke alarms and other emergencies). Control4 can save data about the events in your home in google docs or dropbox. Control4 can save data about the events in your home to IFTTT’s daily or weekly email digest. Control4 can send emails out without 4sight or 3rd party driver Control4 can send push notifications out without 4sight or 3rd party driver (using pushalot, pushbullet or pushover) Control4 can send Skype messages Control4 can send Google Glass notifications (with Message, Image URL and URL fields). Control4 can send notifications to your Android wear device (requires IF app installed). Control4 can send your BMW (Connected Drive Compatible) a message on your car’s front screen display (120 characters limited) Control4 can find lost items (needs tags) or phones (call your phone). Control4 can send your Tesla (EVE enabled) a message (with subject, message and message type fields) on your car’s dashboard Control4 can turn on or off your GE Smart Appliance and more. Control4 can tell your Android phone to turn on/off Bluetooth or wifi (might be useful when you’re leaving or coming back home). Tell the world via Facebook what your home is upto (might not be a good idea). When batteries are low on your Control4 sensors add a reminder to your IOS reminders app. Inbound Examples (IFTTT > Control4) Amazon Alexa (Amazon Echo, Tap, etc) can send commands to Control4 via voice recognition to do things like turn lights on, play music, house off and more. Assissant.ai can send commands to Control4 via voice recognition Control4 can read out stock prices or notify you when they raise or lower (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements Driver) Control4 can pause your music and videos when you answer your phone (android only) Control4 can read out tweets when someone mentions you on twitter (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements Driver) Control4 can detect if a specific person has entered or left a room/zone using beacons. iOS Location and Android Location (via the IF app) can tell Control4 when you are approaching or leaving home. Send a warning to Control4 when something has been picked up or moved (needs wireless tag) Your BMW (Connected Drive Compatible) can tell Control4 when it is entering or exiting an area. Your EVE enabled Tesla car can tell Control4 when it has arrived home, is leaving home or on the way home. Your Automatic, Zubie or Dash enabled car can tell Conrol4 when you have turned the car on or off within a certain area. Your GE, LG and Samsung Smart appliances can tell Control4 when it has been turned on, off, if for example an oven timer is done, if there is a leak in the dishwasher, if the filter eeds cleaning, if the dryer cycle has finished, if the fridge door has been left open for too long, Your Nest Protect smoke alarm can send Control4 smoke emergency, warning and carbon monoxide emergencies Your Netatmo Welcome can tell Control4 when a specific person, known person or even an unknown person has been seen or arrives home (facial recognition) Your Roost Smart Battery can tell Control4 (via the announcement agent) when its battery is low (Great for smoke alarms). Control Control4 via SMS or phone call to IFTTT. Have Control4 read out your meetings (including subject, body & location) on outlook 365 calendar or Google calendar 15 minutes before the meeting (requires Chowmain Advanced Announcements driver) If the temperature (via weather forecast/conditions) changes in your area tell Control4 to do something. Your Android phone can tell Control4 when it has connected or disconnected to/from a specific Wifi network. Change the colours of your RGB LED’s to your teams colour using the ESPN channel when the game starts. Any other cool things about this driver? This driver actually replaces alof of functionality that is native to Control4 but requires a subscription and also implements products and services that alot of other 3rd party paid drivers integrate. As such in certain cases its actually cheaper to utilise this one driver for integration over multiple services/products. Once the driver is installed all the programming can be done via Composer Home Edition. Perfect for Enthusiasts. How does it work? Control4 will send IFTTT triggers to IFTTT based on programming done by the Control4 dealer. IFTTT will send commands back to Control4 via a 3rd party service called pushover. When Control4 receives these commands the dealer needs to program Control4 actions to correspond to the command sent. Please read the installation PDF for specific details. How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Chowmain Website 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.
  19. Chowmain - Oppo Bluray Player Driver

    Weird. Our support desk escalates tickets to us when they can’t resolve it and I haven’t received any for oppo As mentioned our driver does support resolution feedback but not Feedback for HDR state.
  20. Chowmain - Oppo Bluray (ALL MODELS) Oppo Bluray players provide an unmatched A/V experience to home theater enthusiasts. Drawing from over a decade’s worth of experience in advanced imaging processing technology and high fidelity audio performance, the Oppo Bluray players are the ideal source to complete the ultimate home theater and sound room. The Chowmain Oppo Bluray driver for Control4 provides the most advanced 2 way feedback and control over your Oppo bluray player for Control4. Create the perfect automated media experience for your customer by providing automated control over projection modes, room lighting, automated audio device startup and/or video device startup and more with our easy to use solution. Features Full two way feedback. Automatically turn on the room based on the type of disc in the player. Eg it will turn on the receiver only if it detects an audio disc however if it detects a video disc it will also turn on the TV. Automatically turn off the room when you press the physical power off button Custom defined buttons for non intuitive buttons Play, Pause, Stop feedback Disk Tray Open, Close, Empty and Loading feedback Disc Type (Bluray, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, CDDA, HDCD, VCD, SVCD, DATA) detection feedback Audio Type (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM, MPEG Audio, CD Audio) detection feedback In Home Menu & Menu Menu feedback Source Resolution feedback Output Resolution feedback Repeat (Chapter, Title, All, Off) Actions Random Actions Shuffle Actions Set HDMI output resolution Actions Set HDR Actions Set Output TV Signal Actions OSD Position Actions Time Information Display Actions FAQ What hardware will this work on? This driver will work for the following models. It may also work with future models. BDP-83 BDP-93 BDP-95 BDP-103 BDP-103D BDP-105 BDP-105D BDT-101CI UDP-203 Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? Automatically start up the receiver when the user puts in an audio disc. Automatically start up the tv/projector and receiver when the user puts in a video disc. Automatically dim lights when the movie starts playing. Automatically raise the lights when the movie pauses or stops. Automatically turn the whole AV system off when the user presses the physical power off button on the unit. Program different projection modes.based on resolution feedback. Change receiver settings when different audio types is detected. Utilise the awesome built in DAC for audiophiles. Control the volume of the Oppo directly with two way feedback. 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.
  21. Did anyone else read this with in the style of George Takei's voice?
  22. Haiku Light?

    Our Big Ass Fans driver will work with the lights as well though only for dimming. https://www.chowmainsoft.com/big-ass-fanslights-haiku-driver
  23. Yeah Control4 withdrew it as well for the same reasons. It doesn't work with the new FireTV firmware.
  24. 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.
  25. You either need to use the Houselogix fire tv driver or purchase a videostorm IR USB dongle and use the built in IRUSB functionality. The IRUSB is more rock solid, a quicker solution and will not break with future firmware updates. Given what we know the firetv IP control may break shortly if Amazon updates the firmware of older firetv devices to match the firetv 4k firmware.
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