BraydonH

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  1. I like AirPlay quite a bit. This allows you to stream any music wirelessly from your iOS devices to the Control4 system. This includes any apps such as amazon music, spotify or youtube. Control4 has Shairbridge (airplay) built in. But even though it has more features and is technically included as no additional hardware cost I strongly recommend getting an Apple AirPort express and using a no control driver. ShairBridge has been too hit and miss in my experience and using apple airports is rock solid. Hardwire them to the network. Google Chromecast Audio. - Same thing as AirPlay, just for Android devices. I like chromecast slightly better than airplay, but that's probably because I like Android slightly better than IOS Sonos - You can save favorite internet radio stations and channels and recall them with Control4. Sonos has great sources to listen to but the integration is very weak. Heos - They released new drivers last week, This actually is starting to look like it can trump Sonos now that their integration is lack luster. If I had to choose between a Sonos Connect or Heos Link I would likely choose Denon at this point (as far as C4 integration goes) Heos also has a Amazon Music Module. This would also be a great way to get Sirius integrated. Built in Tune-in/TIDAL/Deezer/Pandora within Control4. Thats pretty much it. No one really using CDs or even saved files on a NAS anymore, its all streaming content basically.
  2. Yea pretty sure I did. You didn't answer any questions. Just told him to sell the express on ebay... Did you read the thread?
  3. This is pretty simple. Get a no control driver with a nice Airplay icon. Control4 will select the airplay source and turn on the amps/gear. You have to choose music on your phone and start air playing. With alexa you could ask it to turn on Airplay, which will set the Control4 up. But you will still need to manually select a song on your phone and start streaming it. There is no way to get it to make your phone automatically start streaming something. The shairbridge driver / wmb is about the best airplay integration you can get. You will never get metadata feedback on an airport express.
  4. I never static ip anything. Always DHCP Reservations.
  5. Is that color picker an App? Doesnt look like it, it appears to be running on Android. Just wondering why I have never seen that interface before. Hue doesnt have anything like that.
  6. I mean really for smart soundbars I only know of 3 Denon Heos Home Cinema Sonos PlayBar Sony ht-xt3. ht-rt5 ht-nt3 ht-st9 ht-nt5 ht-ct790
  7. Panasonic 800/900 series. Cannot be beat. The driver is better than the Sony drivers (input swiching on a pansonic doesnt have the same delay you see from the certified sony drivers) The panasonic even adds a mini driver Panasonic TV apps to control things like netflix built right it. It also works great. 2 way volume control. I have yet to see my panasonic dropp offline. I have it hooked up with WiFi and its still solid
  8. Hey Guys I know this has been discussed a bunch but I am still at a loss for a wireless camera system. I know there is Foscam, but the drivers are scattered around and i'm still not sure about their product. And the only other thing I heard of was a Nest with a Blue Iris integrated PC, which is not something i'm looking to do. Looking for a Wireless Camera than you can record to an NVR. Any suggestions?
  9. I just did my first Lutron Caseta setup and it wasn't the greatest. Was putting it into a showhome with no internet access. The smartbridge is painful to use in local demo mode and the firmware it came on from the factory did not support integration IDs, or even the lutron caseta smart dimmer pro (said dimmer not supported....) I had to yank it off site to firmware update it and the unit wouldn't take the firmware so that was an hour and a half on support with lutron, they basically had to remotely force it to take the firmware update. I originally specced the caseta dimmers and they would not dim certain LED loads even though the spec on them said it should have. The regular dimmers make a terrible hum when in use. Had to swap out all the dimmers for the dimmer pro which actually dimmed properly and didn't have the hum on the dimmer. Then the integration with the houselogix driver wouldn't work at first, then out of no where just started working correctly. I even feel like the Lutron Caseta dimmer pro model didn't ramp the LEDs as smoothly as a Control4 APD would have. Also not really a fan on the look of the dimmers. I wish it looked like a Maestro instead of the ugly 3 button thing they have going on. You will still need C4 Configurable Keypads to activate lighting scenes in an elegant way. At the end of the day I realized why Control4's lighting is priced above the Caseta offering, the C4 product is VASTLY superior in every way. Probably won't be looking to go down this route again, but I guess at the end of the project I guess it did all work.
  10. Hmm weird I called interstate batteries, we even do the ELV wiring at one of their warehouses local here and Calgary and they told me they had nothing...
  11. Yea it really sucks to be honest. I tried ordering on ebay, called every battery distributor in my large city. could not get them anywhere. I ended up ordering them from blackwire designs but the shipping to canada for a pacel the size of an envelope is rediculous. The 3 batteries are like $5/ea but with shipping to canada it ended up being over $80 for 3 batteries.... It what it is I guess, no problem with the price of the battery but shipping is crazy. If you can just get them from blackwire and pay the crazy price.
  12. The harddrive upgrade on those units is super simple too. Buy a new WD Purple HDD. open it up, plug it in. Turn it on, click format, DONE! I really love the wirepath/luma units.
  13. I like the launchport solution. The best thing about it is also the worst thing about it. - Its not permanently fixed to the wall and you can take it off or orient the iPad in Portrait/Landscape as needed. Nice because you can take it off and do other things with it. Sucks when its not on the wall when you want it to be.
  14. I will give that a try right now! to my own C3 project. hopefully the WOL driver does the trick