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bdo21 last won the day on November 28 2015

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  1. I specified a full C4 install some time ago and due to delays with the building of the house, it was put on hold. We are now two months away from install with the build almost complete and I have received the updated proposal from my dealer. Previously we had Pakedge networking equipment specified but my dealer is concerned about the Pakedge wireless controller and have replaced with the equipment below. To be honest, I am not convinced and would appreciate some validation or comments! I am not sure what the issue is with Pakedge wireless and if there is an issue, would Pakedge core networking equipment make more sense than the Draytek router and Cisco (or Cisco-lite as a networking friend of mine described the Cisco SG220)? I asked about Ubiquiti which they said they use for lower end installations but not one of this scale/complexity. Cisco SG220 network switches Draytek 2862 router ZyXel WiFi controller and WAPs For information, we have an FTTP connection - we will probably have 200Mb/s initially but with potential to upgrade to faster if beneficial later. We have two networking head-ends given the layout of the house with a fibre link between the two. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you in advance
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    Mockupancy and Lutron

    Thanks Matt - that’s reassuring
  3. I am having a Control4 system installed with Lutron lighting and shades - I had intended on using Mockupancy but I just thought about whether it can work with the combination of Control4 and Lutron. Can Mockupancy monitor and control Lutron lights and shades (through Control4)? Thanks!
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    Chowmain - Freesat Channels Driver

    I think this driver will be really helpful for me but I am trying to figure out best practice. We will only have two TVs initially (projector in home cinema to come later...), both of which will be IP controllable by C4 and we watch: 1) Freesat (we don’t want enough TV such as Sport to warrant Sky) 2) On demand, particularly iplayer but some Amazon Prime and 4OD, etc 3) Movies from our Kaleidescape system (with a player connected to each TV) I have not installed video distribution but have the cabling in place should it be worthwhile in the future. We would like to have the C4 navigator on the TV with access to CCTV, etc. Should I have a HDMI switcher which can be controlled by C4 and connect an EA3 and Kaleidescape player to the switcher and then will a combination of C4 control of the TV, the switcher, Kaleidescape and the Freesat driver allow seamless control of all the TV we use? Or would another input be helpful for on demand TV (eg through a Roku) if the Sony, LG, etc TV drivers do not allow for control over the built-in TV apps? Or is there a better solution? Thank you!
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    Alexa Settings?

    For houses with Control4 and Lutron for lighting, what is the best approach for Alexa? Can Alexa talk to both systems or should it all go through Control4 with Control4 then passing on commands to Lutron? Thanks
  6. Has the Heatmiser Control4 driver been fixed yet? Thank you
  7. I realise a little off topic from the original question but why do people want a keypad on their doorstations? I’m not sure what the benefit of it is?
  8. Presumably the Control4 WeatherHawk driver still works? I am planning to buy a WeatherHawk weather station and while the primary purpose is triggering actions on rain and wind, the touchscreen display would be nice.
  9. Does anyone use the WeatherHawk driver? I am wondering whether it needs the WeatherHawk connected to a Windows PC (in which case I may as well use a cheaper weather station with Cumulus) or if it connects over IP with the WeatherHawk IP adapter (removing the Windows PC would remove an unreliable link in the chain)? Also, I was looking at the cheapest WeatherHawk 232 Direct Connection (wired) weather station and was trying to confirm that this worked with the driver? Thanks
  10. Grohe have a solution which I had not seen before. It works with Nest so does this mean someone could also integrate it into Control4 (I don't have any Nest equipment)? https://www.grohe.co.uk/en_gb/smarthome/grohe-sense-guard/
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    UK Fire Alarm System

    I have done some further checking and Texecom is definitely not Grade B compliant so it will be a separate fire alarm with a connection to Texecom for notifications...
  12. Are there any dedicated fire alarm systems which can integrate into Control4? I am in the UK and because our newbuild house is more than 200 sqm in a single storey, it requires a U.K. Grade B certified alarm system which has a centralised panel with detectors and alarms, etc. We are installing a Texecom burglar alarm system but this unfortunately only has Grade C fire alarm functionality so we need an entirely separate fire alarm system. Is anyone aware of one which would integrate into Control4? For the avoidance of doubt, nest protects, etc would not be allowed. Thanks
  13. Are you about to buy the Silent Gliss blinds or do you already have them? I understand Silent Gliss will release their IP controlled blind motors soon so if you can wait, it would make sense to buy them later.
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    Weather Stations

    Perhaps I am not following but I think there are a few options: 1) Use Alan Chow’s internet weather driver which uses publicly available weather information from the local area to the extent available. This is not acceptable for the warranty on the blinds 2) An internet connected weather station on my roof which uploads to Wunderground and then Control4 accesses the weather data from Wunderground. I understand the driver has issues now and also the information is not available from Wunderground real time (ie it checks every 10mins or so?) 3) A weather station on my roof connected wirelessly (not WiFi) to a console which is connected somehow (IP or serial port?) to Cumulus (running in a PC) which then links to Control4 with the Cumulus driver. Not ideal but possible? 4) An ethernet (or WiFi if necessary) weather station (with a Control4 driver) on my roof. Control4 would connect directly to the weather station over my home network which seems the least prone to going wrong? Am I missing an option or have I misunderstood the pros/cons of any option? Thanks
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    Weather Stations

    I am being told that they won’t install my blinds without a local weather station so I can’t rely on Alan Chow’s internet weather driver. I also have no need for a weather console - ideally, I would like an IP weather station with a direct Control4 driver so I don’t need to rely on a PC running Cumulus and the cabling is easy (just an ethernet cable to the roof). It needs to be as maintenance free as possible given the roof is not easily accessible so POE or AC power is needed (ie not reliant on batteries) and a wired ethernet connection seems more reliable than wireless. I am struggling to find anything that meets these criteria... I thought about the WeatherHawk (even though the cheapest is $2,500?!?) because it has the direct Control4 driver but I just realised it seems to use an optical cable rather than ethernet which is fiddly and more expense! Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you