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  1. One of the new devices the "Echo Plus" does reportedly contain a "Smart Home Hub" and contains a zigbee radio in it From their page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075RWFCHB Alexa can control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, locks, garage doors, sprinklers, and more. Set up devices from Philips Hue, GE, Kwikset, and others without the need for a separate hub. Just ask Alexa to discover your connected devices. Right now they are a compliment, they have the budget, user base, and desire to be tightly integrated to the home. I don't think they are a competitor yet, but I think of the whole list of c4 killers above - Amazon has the most potential. If nothing else they have the largest ecosystem of all the other platforms. All the other platforms boast about being the smarthome platform of the future. Amazon is quietly doing it in a non-threatening way.
  2. 2.10 + Slingbox, IR?

    That's too bad I knew the 250/800 left it out, but that had not heard anything about the EA's. Wonder if the same functionality could not be accomplished via IP commands. When that Slingbox driver came out IR was king. Since then IP has picked up steam. @cytexone ? Good idea on the hdmi encoder, I'll have to ponder that one.
  3. 2.10 + Slingbox, IR?

    I have 1 HC-300 left in my project, and I have a Slingbox (functionality from CytexOne if I recall) that is occasionally used. If I dust off some of my old knowledge - the HC-300 had some sort of IR receiver, where you could aim IR remotes at it, and either "learn" IR commands. The Slingbox used this feature. If 2.10 requires all HC-300's get removed from the project - do any of the newer boxes allow IR input? What is the new official way of handling this? Can the slingbox be used in 2.10?
  4. Pandora Plays 1 song and stops.

    Seems to be resolved. I had the DNS changed to and, and the problem seems resolved. Thank you for the tip.... never would have thought of that.
  5. Pandora Plays 1 song and stops.

    I will also say that Pandora plays fine through my Amazon Echo using the same Pandora account.
  6. Have an HC-800 on 2.9.1 and am having an issue where Pandora only plays 1 song, then stops. It's been hooked up for a while and has worked as expected in the plays until I tell it to stop). Today It just would play 1 song to the completion and stop. Trues this with a keypad button as normal, and then also with the MyHome app. Same result. Has anyone dealt with Pandora playing only 1 song and stopping before?
  7. EA1 with an HC800

    Thank you very much for the reply!
  8. EA1 with an HC800

    Anyone know if you can have an 800 as the primary controller, and move the zigbee over to the EA1? My 800 is in the corner of the house, and was pondering picking up an EA1 and locating it in a more central location for better zigbee coverage.
  9. EA1 with an HC800

    According to the spec sheet: "While the EA-1 can control one room of a larger Control4 system, it cannot be the primary controller in a multi-controller system" https://www.control4.com/docs/product/ea-1/data-sheet/english/latest/ea-1-data-sheet-rev-b.pdf Never tried it myself, so I can say that it does or does not work.
  10. For Sale: HC800

    $110 on the 800
  11. Three way wiring

    I thonk people get confused with C4 and three way switches. C4 really just simulates a three way switch. It really a regular switch/dimmer on one side and a keypad that remotely controls that switch on the other.
  12. Has this become the SPAM forum

    Seems like posts using the Chinese character set could be an easy filter.
  13. Look for something called an HDFury2 They have newer models, but I have a few of these which allow me to hook newer HDMI sources into my Older Sony Component Matrix (circa 2009). Here is 1 for sale on ebay (not me selling but I've usually paid $150ish on ebay before). To me it appears to be a component out version with BNC adapters attached, but I could be wrong. http://www.ebay.com/itm/HDFury2-HDMI-to-Component-Video-1080p-Converter-Decrypter-/162283071819?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368 The HDFury2 unit is the same, they have different models bundled with different cables which plug into it to allow HDMI into different outputs. I personally have never had an issue with any HDCP content being displayed through it. BlueRay, DVD, etc, all plays just fine. I've never tried any of the cheaper options which are out there, but I can say this one works great.
  14. Import Media List/Playlist

    I gave up on it. I have a Synology box that contains all my music, and I use MediaMonkey to manage all the music. I had a Media Monkey script which I have used for years to export all the active playlists and the I'd use Control4 to import all the music/playlists. For $20 I purchased Twonky, and had the DNLA driver installed into my Control4 system. The Control4 DLNA driver reads all the music/playlists from my Twonky server. The Twonky server imports all the playlists in M3U format. Any time the playlist is exported, Twonky gets the update, and Control4's only knowledge of the music is Twonky. I wish Control4's media worked better than it does, but I'm happy to say I am happy to not have to update music in Control4 any longer.
  15. Roku is in the streaming business. They will keep up with changes to different streaming services to make sure their products still work. Control4 has a free driver that works great with Roku.