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  1. New chowmain driver. Quick and cheap available from EV. http://www.c4forums.com/topic/14531-chowmain-generic-tcp-command-driver/
  2. Please see the How to use variables section of our Generic TCP Command driver for usage information. Note that you will have problems automating ip address changes. Your best bet is to create a string variable in composer and use that to set the ip addresses for each. the generic tcp command driver will then grab the variable from that.
  3. Our driver can inject any variable into any part of the URL. If you can get the IP address into a variable then you can append it by using the PARAM{deviceid,variableid} syntax that we use across all of our drivers. Having said that its probably easier for you to just do an IP reservation on your router for the IP addresses.
  4. Hi, Yes that is correct. Our driver brings Kaleidescapes movie library to any Control4 user interface. John Sciacca did a great review of the driver on Residential Systems which you can read up here. http://www.residentialsystems.com/blogentry/1192 Control4's MyMovies database will only work with specific media players. All content must be stored on NAS drives and non DRM based. Media player integration includes Dune, Popbox, Popcorn Hour, Netgear EVA 8000/9000/9100 and also our Kodi Lite driver. Also note that the itunes driver is also standaalone meaning it will not integrate with Control4's MyMovies. Hope that answers your questions.
  5. Chowmain - Advantage Air MyAir Driver Advantage Air is an Australian based HVAC manufacturer based in Perth, Western Australia that sells HVAC systems in Australia and South Africa. MyAir is Advantage Air’s premium reverse cycle air conditioning system with 10 zones and individual room airflow control. Chowmain’s MyAir driver for Control4 will work with all models of MyAir by providing two way control and feedback. Features Two way IP control Control of upto all 4 AC units attached to MyAir Room temperature feedback, HVAC mode, Setpoint and Fan control Fresh Air control Timer functionality (Turn on/off AC after x minutes – upto 12 hours). Built in Scheduling Built in Presets Control of each zone attached to AC units Set as MyZone Zone can be turned on/off Zone temperature feedback (if sensor available in zone) Zones can have airflow control (for those without temperature sensors) Zones can have setpoint control (for those with temperature sensors) FAQ Why is this product exciting? We have had alot of requests for this driver from Australian Control4 dealers. Advantage Air is a major HVAC manufacturer in Australia whoses products are heavily utilised in both Western Australia, Queensland and South Africa. Integration of their MyAir product allows for a wider range of HVAC solutions for Australian Control4 consumers and dealers. What HVAC systems can i use this driver with? MyAir controls Samsung, Daikin, Fujitsu, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Carrier and Midea air-conditioners. MyAir’s touchscreen controls both the air-conditioning unit and air management system, so there’s no need for 2 control panels. Talk to your Advantage Air representative today about 3rd party integration solutions. Where can i purchase Advantage Air? Advantage Air is sold in both Australia and South Africa. For more information please visit the Advantage Air website Advantage Air Website My Advantage Air system has multiple AC's connected to it. Does your driver support multi AC's? Yes our driver will support upto 4 AC's which are connected to the MyAir system. This is the current maximum. Can i control individual zones with this driver? Yes our driver automatically imports in all zones associated with the each AC and will allow you to either control the setpoint or control the airflow percentage. One zone should be set as MyZone so that the HVAC system has a reference point. Can i do schedule the HVAC system using this? Yes our driver has built in presets and scheduling. The driver can also utilise the built in timer to turn on and off MyAir. 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.
  6. IFTTT Do Button

    Cool. Do you have one?
  7. Chowmain - Advantage Air MyAir Driver

    Looks like an IR based HVAC system. Our IntesisBox driver should work with it. You may need to send your remote to Intesis if they haven't integrated it yet.
  8. IFTTT Do Button

    heh we can make a coffee maker button. Do you have an IFTTT compatible coffee maker?
  9. 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.
  10. We're doing a sale on our popular advanced announcements text to speech driver that we developed and have been upgrading since 2014! MASSIVE 50% off until the end of August. Chowmain - Advanced Announcements Driver The Control4 Home Automation system has the ability to play audio announcements through the audio outputs on its controllers and speaker points. These announcements can play back any file encoded in a wav format. Traditionally these announcements have been used for doorbells and pre-recorded messages. Chowmain’s Advanced Announcements driver expands the announcement agent by providing integration with web based text to speech engines. This gives you futuristic dynamically generated voice notifications over your Control4 system without any additional hardware. We recently updated our driver to now support voice recording via a built in HTML5 web server. You can now browse the page using your firefox or chrome browser on windows, linux, mac or android operating systems and record your voice and send it to Control4 Features Ability to record voice via a compatible web browser and playback through Control4 straight away. Dynamic text to speech generation Ability to speak the time Ability to speak the date Ability to inject variables Currently supports 3 text to speech engines with multiple languages, voices, speed and pitch SpeechUtil.com VoiceRSS.org iSpeech.org Play Online File command. This helps get around the 10mb Control4 announcement agent restriction by downloading files only on demand only and also allow integrators to implement online or local text to speech services not included in this driver. Frequently Asked Questions Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? Reading out the time and date to the blind eg “the time currently is 10:00am”. Notifying you about how many times your phone has rung whilst you were out. eg “Whilst you were out you received 3 phone calls”. Notifying you about how many times your doorbell has been pressed whilst you were out. eg “Whilst you were out your doorbell was pressed twice”. Notifying you about the weather forecast for the day eg “The weather forecast for today is late showers with a minimum of 5 and maximum of 13 degrees”. Notifying you about the current energy usage. eg “Your house is currently using 4.5 kilowatts hours”. Page a person throughout your home or office using the built in PA system functionality. Are there any other cool things we can do with this driver? This driver has the ability to use any variable from within a Control4 system. That means any 3rd party driver variable can be spoken in your announcement. From energy consumption to weather information the uses are endless. This driver will be useful for the blind. Getting notifications on their environment will greatly assist with their daily lives. What do the voices sound like? There are so many voices that it is hard to post samples of them all. We recommend you visit the engine websites to give it a try (SpeechUtil.com, VoiceRSS.org, iSpeech.org) prior to installation. Here is one we geneated earlier. Voice RSS Sample What hardware will this work on? This will work on any Control4 controller running oS 2.6 or later. Note that the audio output of the controller needs to be connected up to an amplification device such as a receiver.
  11. IFTTT Do Button

    We actually wrote a whole guide on how to integrate white goods into Control4 using IFTTT
  12. New press release from control4 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170831006021/en/Samsung-Integrates-Control4-SDDP-Technology-2017-4K
  13. Appears we have a broken link on our website for some reason. Its now fixed.
  14. I'm not sure what email address you are sending to but driverCentral's helpdesk operates via phone, ticket submission and live chat from 8:30 to 4:30 mountain time (they're open for another 20 minutes). They've always been really responsive and if they can't resolve it they escalate it to me.
  15. Note that all houselogix licences were migrated to driverCentral. driverCentral is based in Denver which is Mountain Time. Its 5:30 in the morning now so they're not going to be in the office for another 3 hours. Only they can handle your licencing request. I assume you have sent them the licence key so they can check it out for you. Perhaps also send them the mac address as well so they can check their database.
  16. Thanks for the feedback:)
  17. Chowmain - chunk.io

    Yep that is correct. We developed our own image hosting service specially for our drivers so that we don't have to rely on 3rd parties anymore. Free to use indefinately. Your dealer will need to upgrade you to the driverCentral version (all licences have been migrated from Houselogix to driverCentral).
  18. Chowmain - Advanced Custom Buttons Driver / App Control4’s custom button agent allows you to add in additional buttons to your navigator screen. This makes it simple to add functionality that is not native or intuitive to Control4’s user interface. There are some issues with using the custom button agent. Mainly because it gives no feedback as to what the state is or if the action has been completed successfully. Chowmain has developed the Advanced Custom Buttons driver/app for Control4’s 5”, 7”, HTML5 web browsers and MyHome navigator user interfaces to provide a solution to this problem. Note the Onscreen Navigator is currently not supported. Features Maximum of 12 Custom Buttons Programmable labels for each button - If empty the button will disappear. Great for multi-state buttons or modes. Virtual LED feedback - On/Off LED feedback gives the user an indication as to what the state is of the device they are controlling or the state of the system or actions. Graphics that match Control4’s UI - Designed to mimic Control4’s lighting scene buttons the button design blends in with Control4 seamlessly. Web UI via inbuilt HTML5 based webserver in driver.Works with Android Wear with third party app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appfour.wearbrowser&hl=en) Works with Apple Watch with third party app (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/home-remote-home-automation/id926193671?mt=8) Frequently Asked Questions Can you give us some examples of how we could use this driver? * This driver is great for scenarios where you need feedback for your custom button. For example a button for holiday mode or automation mode where you need to know the state of a varible. Are there any other cool things we can do with this driver? * As this driver allows for dynamic labelling you can essentially expand this to an infinite amount of buttons by using one or two buttons to cycle through different pages. This will relabel and repurpose buttons for different uses. * The driver has a built in webserver which mimics the 4store application with dynamic labelling, led feedback and control. The app utilises AJAX to communicate to the driver and polls it every 3 seconds for its state. As such you can run the application on any web browser that supports HTML5 and even fire off commands from other applications or scripts to trigger the button (eg <http://192.168.0.250:51816/PressButton.html?button=0>) What hardware will this work on? This driver/app will work on Control4 5 inch, 7 inch and MyHome PC navigators. Note you will need to install the driver first before downloading the app. Note this will not work on the onscreen navigator. How do I find out more information about the driver? Please see the links below for more information about the driver. Download Product Information Sheet 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 Download App 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. IFTTT driverCentral update

    I should update the driver output. The error was from before we got a special API call from the pushover guys. Now it pretty much means invalid username or password. Basically if the username and password doesn't dissapear you've typed it in wrong.
  20. 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.
  21. My house is using it primarily for Google home integration. I probably use it once or twice a day to turn lights on and off but thats about it to be honest. Its been running fine on OS 2.10 and driverCentral for the past few months. I can try to not use it for a few days to see if i can replicate the issue. The only other thing i can think of is that someone is using your pushover details on another control4 system (maybe your dealer has a test setup with your details in it). The driver is designed to kill the old pushover Control4 user and create a new one when you enter in the username and password. A token is created that is specific to that instance of the driver and older tokens are invalidated. Thats the only other logical explaination that i have for the issue.
  22. Its all under the hood in the pushover and old chunk.io driver (which we've renamed chowmain image host).
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