alanchow

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  1. It's available worldwide....
  2. IF you haven't purchased one yet check out the escea fireplace. It's ip controllable with temperature control, fanspeed and feedback. http://www.chowmain.co.nz/escea
  3. Tronsmart Draco AW80 octacore android box i actually replaced my HTPC with this the other day to minimise clutter.
  4. I asked Houselogix to look up Advance Electronics Winnipeg (advance.mb.ca) and out of the two registered accounts they own only one has ever submittted a single ticket (Trevor did) and that was not in relation to Plex (it was for Wemo). Tickets are used for tracking and in the end will not help you. Basically our helpdesk will need to work with your dealer to determine what the problem is and will require your dealer to provide them with detailed information about the problem and logs capturing the problem for diagnosis. Get your dealer to submit this information via the open support ticket feature on their website. https://www.houselogix.com/shop/plex-full#openModal
  5. Chowmain - Plex Full Plex is a centralized home media playback system with a powerful central server (Plex Media Server) that streams its media to many Plex player Apps which can reside on a number of devices from Roku, Amazon Fire TV, HTPC’s, mobile devices and even Smart TV’s. The Server is available on many platforms like Windows, OS X, and many flavors of Linux, as well as many NAS devices. The Chowmain Plex Full driver is one of the only Control4 drivers to have full library integration including Movies, TV Shows, Music and photo browsing/searching/playback and can be used to control Plex on various platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Sony Android TV’s (FY15 up), Dedicated HTPC’s running Plex Home Theater or Plex Media Player. This complete solution provides the consumer will seamless playback of content from any Control4 interface including SR-250/SR-260, Onscreen Navigator, Touchscreens, IPhone/Android based Navigators and more. This driver will only work on Control4 OS 2.7 and above. Features Ability to browse/search/playback Movies, TV Episodes, Music & Photos from any Plex client/server with cover art including local or remote servers. Ability to browse content by recently added, recently aired, recently viewed and more. Ability to resume movies or tv episodes from where you have left off. Ability to program any event in Control4 to trigger playback. Eg keypad on the wall, security system disarm, motion sensor trigger. Ability to automatically turn the room on upon playback. This is good for dedicated Plex systems where you might want to send playback of content from your mobile device or tablet to your TV. Two way feedback for client state (Play, Pause, Stop, Playing Video, Playing Music, Playing Photo, In Navigation) Can be setup for any Plex Client including Plex Home Theater, Plex Media Player, Plex for Roku, Plex for Amazon Fire TV and Plex for /Android TV's. Ability to launch Plex on Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. Upon media playback the driver will launch Plex on the device, wait for it to startup and then start playback. Support for Sky Now TV and Telstra TV boxes (Roku rebadged boxes). Ability to return to the Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Sony TV drivers upon exiting Plex. Makes the experience seamless. Ability to return to onscreen navigator on playback ended. This is great if you want to hide Plex’s interface and use Control4 only. Ability to switch users. This allows for content restriction based upon username/passcode. Limit children to G rated content only. This also allows multiple family members to resume playback from different spots. Frequently Asked Questions I'm confused which Plex driver should i be using? A while ago we created the Plex Home Theater driver and Plex Media Player driver. These drivers utilised the older Control4 media player interface which could only handle movie integration. Back in August 2015 we released Kodi Full. This driver utilised a new method to display content on Control4’s devices. We decided that we would improve on our Plex driver’s by doing something similar and have named it to match our Kodi Full driver. Plex Home Theater is still an excellent driver and may do everything that you want. Plex Full however is superior to Plex Home Theater and the development time period reflects that. Do i need to the Plex Media Server driver as well? No additional drivers are required to operate Plex Full. Please read the installation PDF to get an understanding on how the driver works and how to set it up. Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? Browse/search/playback movies, tv shows, music, photos from Plex.on any Control4 user interface including touchscreens, onscreens, smart phones, tablets and remote controls. Resume content that you have started watching from where you left off from a different Plex client. Complete your media playing solution by pairing our driver with a Roku or an Amazon Fire TV. Both devices can utilise streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu. With our driver installed the customer will now be able to browse/search/playback any of his own personal content on the system. 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. 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 video, photo, song or if it is in navigation. This information is useful for customising your lighting and environment to suit your customer's requirements. Start a movie on your tablet and then cast it to your theater to have your theater automatically turn on. Fall asleep at the TV? The driver will automatically turn the room off once the movie has finished after a period of time. Setup a button on your onwall keypad to start playback of you or your family’s favourite movie. One touch playback. Great for kids. Limit the content your children can watch to G or PG-13 rated content by using User/Pin codes. What hardware will this work on? This driver has been tested on Roku (including Telstra TV and Sky Now TV variants), Amazon Fire TV, Sony FY15 Android TV’s, Plex Home Theater (OSX/Windows), Plex Media Player (OSX/Windows). If you choose to use it on any other platform you do so at your own risk. It should work however you will find the problem is launching into the application on the platform of choice. It is recommended that prior to purchasing this driver you utilise the free 48 hour trial period for testing. NOTE: Amazon Fire TV OS 5 and above currently has a bug which do not allow multiple ADB connections simulataneously. If you chose to utilize the the Fire TV with OS 5.0 and above then you cannot add in the official Control4 Amazon Fire TV driver. This is due to a single connection limitation for ADB. You can however utilize the Houselogix Amazon Fire TV driver as it will launch Plex for us. Why do you only support OS 2.7 and above? We utilise methods exposed only to the Control4 OS 2.7 Driverworks software development kit. It will not work with any lower versions of OS. I want to try this driver out before buying it? 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. 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. Do you have any videos of it in action? Yes we do. See link below for a video we made previewing the driver. Preview video
  6. No the b25 uses a different protocol which has not yet been deciphered. Only the s20 works with our driver.
  7. Samsung is not on our list of supported devices as it does not provide the ability to direct launch via API. The only smart tv we support for our Plex Full driver is the Sony Android range of TV's. In regards to finding the client find local client is used if you have not signed into Plex.TV on your plex media server (older plex media servers did not require registration). If you have signed your Plex Media Server into Plex.tv then you should be using Find Remote Client. Again i need to stress that Samsung is not supported as we cannot launch Plex. As such it makes for a terrible solution. If you want to keep your Samsung TV i highly recommend you add something like a Roku in. The driver requires one instance per client. Just click on find local client or find remote client several times as it will cycle through the clients. Do this until you find the client you are looking for.
  8. You probably mean This is actually a typo. Copied and pasted the paragraph from our Kodi Full documentation. It an provide two way feedback about the player state only (eg if it is playing, paused or stopped). Will remote it from documentation when i get back to office in 9 days.
  9. I can chase it up with Houselogix but you need to provide me with more details (like who your dealer is). Usually a dealer would open a support ticket via the drivers product page and receive a ticket number when he submits. Eg https://www.houselogix.com/shop/plex-full#openModal Once we have got in contact with your dealer we can go through some troubleshooting steps with them to determine where the problem lies.
  10. he's not doing plex transcoding.. he's doing direct play on a dune
  11. Plex will not stream to Dune. You most likely mean that you use our plex media server driver to import the plex library into Control4 in which case yes that will continue to work. QNAP has Plex Media Server as one of their apps which is easily installable within their dashboard. They also have what they call surveillance station which allows recording of various IP cameras. Since you are not transcoding via Plex this should be fine. QNAP has built in RSYNC functionality. You can create a task to sync up another folder on the local network. Another cool trick is you can set it up to update and mirror a folder. I have two QNAPs and do a daily backup of the family photos on the first QNAP to the second QNAP as an extra precaution. You can also setup the QNAP as a time machine backup destination as well for your Mac backup. Another cool trick you can do is one touch copy to the front usb. You setup to either backup the usb to a folder on the nas or folder on the nas to the usb. It will also do cloud based backups as well to services like Amazon S3.
  12. All of our licences are site licences. You can use it as many times as you want in the one project.
  13. Plex requires a relatively powerful server (i3 and upwards NAS, PC) and clients. Kodi does not require a server as the client does everything. For a single player setup Kodi would be the better solution. There are quite alot of devices which you can install Kodi on. If you want the best experience (in my opinion) go for an intel nuc i3/i5 with openelec.
  14. In my opinion the easiest solution for media is definitely Kaleidescape but it is also the most expensive. I would definitely recommend it as a solution for those who are not tech savvy and want a solution that works and offers the best experience. http://www.chowmain.co.nz/kaleidescape Personally for me though i love Kodi.
  15. Now that Alexa in the UK has IFTTT support you can integrate it (and more) via our extremely popular IFTTT driver. http://ce-pro.eu/2016/12/amazon-echo-gains-ifttt-support-uk/ http://www.chowmain.co.nz/ifttt
  16. You need to set the driver's debug property to log. Then grab the file from \\ipofdirector\log\
  17. 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.
  18. Plex does not play ISO files. Kodi does however play ISOs. Note Kodi doesn't do BD menu's.
  19. Can you get me a copy of the driver's debug logs capturing this problem.. I don't have access to a BDP-10X player so can't test this out.
  20. Our Advanced Announcements driver will do it but not on iOS. Works on Android though but not on Chrome browsers.
  21. We don't recommend Apple tv's as clients purely due to the fact that you cannot launch Plex programmatically. It makes for a poor experience. My advice is get a roku.
  22. I'll have a look into it.
  23. Chowmain - Experience Buttons Suite The Chowmain Experience Buttons Suite of drivers is designed to add additional functionality into Control4 for various Pulse buttons, On/Off type buttons and Radio Buttons. These buttons can be added to the watch, listen, security, comfort and services menu in Control4's navigator across all user interface devices. Think of them as custom buttons with an icon and feedback as to their current state. On/Off Based buttons Features Ability to be placed in the following menus. Watch Listen Comfort Security Services (only available on T3 touchscreens/EA Controllers) 14 different buttons to choose from On/Off 1 On/Off 2 On/Off 3 On/Off 4 Holiday Mode 1 Holiday Mode 2 Holiday Mode 3 Holiday Mode 4 Nurse Call Party Mode 1 Party Mode 2 Romance Tech Support Checkbox Favorites Events On Off Actions Turn On Turn Off Variables Activated Clicking on a button will toggle the state from On/Off or vice versa and fire an event. Radio Button Features Ability to be placed in the following menus. Watch Listen Comfort Security Services (only available on T3 touchscreens/EA Controllers) Add multiple instances of the driver and group together to create radio buttons in navigator Only one radio button can be selected at any time (just like real radio buttons). Events Selected Not Selected Actions Select Radio Button Variables Checked FAQ Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? Favorites buttons can be added to Watch/Listen and programmed to start playback of your favorite TV/Radio Channel, Movie or Playlist eg CNN, BBC, Fox FM, Alan's Playlist. Holiday Mode buttons can be used to trigger holiday mode programming whilst the home owners are away. Use the tech support button to send you, the dealer, an email notifying you that the owner requires assistance. Use the nurse call button for aged care based functionality to call the carer. The On/Off buttons and checkbox buttons can be used for various programming including boolean variable manipulation, turning automated tasks on/off and more. Radio buttons can be used to change the state of a number variable. This is useful for mode selection in the home for modes that have more than 2 options. If a mode has two options only please utilise any of the other On/Off based Experience Buttons. Why do you only support OS 2.9 and above? Experience Buttons requires new functionality only available in OS 2.9 and above. It will not work for older versions of OS. Can you add XYZ button to the Experience Button Suite? If its a good idea and generic enough where other dealers will use it then yes. You will need to provide us with an on and off PNG based image at 300x300. If you have obtained or modified any images sourced from someone else please provide any relevant licencing information that we need to abide by. 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. Guest Services Example Watch Example Listen Example
  24. The pre amp should be hidden as it serves no purpose in navigator
  25. Hi guys, Its rare that i'm excited about a driver (i build them everyday) but this driver here adds so much to Control4 especially to those of you who have Composer Home Edition. This driver is pretty much ready for release. I'm just putting the final touches on the documentation so once thats complete it'll be ready for everyone to use. The IFTTT maker driver is a bi-directional driver which adds communications from Control4 to IFTTT to control any service or product on IFTTT and vice versa. You can replace quite a few outbound services by having Control4 send emails, push notifications, SMS's and more to IFTTT (it pretty much replaces the majority of the functionality of our Notification Suite and Control4's 4sight). It also does the same thing as many other 3rd party inbound services like Geofencing drivers, Amazon Alexa drivers, various Calandar drivers and more. Here are some examples of what you can achieve but at the end of the day its really upto your imagination. Lastly a big thanks to Mitch for helping me out with brainstorming with me and testing the driver. Without him the driver wouldn't be as fast and responsive as it is today. 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 needs 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.