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    Weather Stations

    Davis have some reasonably priced weather stations that work with Cumulus but this faces the issues I mentioned in my original post. (If someone is using Cumulus and can comment on whether these are real issues or not, it would be helpful?) I couldn’t find any mention of a Control4 driver for Davis weather stations (like there is for WeatherHawk) although there is an IP adapter for Davis so it presumably could be done... I live in the U.K. so the weather is never particularly extreme and it is our main house but we still need the weather station control for the warranty to be valid. Thanks for your help
  2. I am required to use a weather station to raise some external blinds during periods of high wind in order for the warranty to be valid. We would also use it to close some roof lights when it rains. I have therefore been looking into Control4 options for weather stations (given the blinds will be controlled either by Control4 or the Lutron system which Control4 can obviously control as well). I initially looked at a weather station connected to Wunderground but there now seems to be an issue with this Control4 driver and it also seems odd/unreliable to rely on the weather station uploading to the internet and then Control4 downloading it again. Another option is Cumulus but I understand this is software that presumably needs to be constantly running for C4 to connect to. This introduces a different type of risk (eg the PC which Cumulus is running on crashes) and also it looks like Cumulus is no longer being developed/maintained so may not be a long term viable solution? The third option I looked at was Weatherhawk. I understand there is an IP adapter for these weather stations so Control4 would talk to it directly which is presumably the safest option. However, the WeatherHawk weather stations are $2,500+ which seems very excessive for what we need. Are there other options I have missed or have I misunderstood anything? Thank you!
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    Energy Meters

    How do we buy the Saturn South hardware in the UK? Is the SS9005 the right hardware for three phase or is there a new version being developed? We are building a new house (with a three phase supply) and it would be great to incorporate the right product from the outset. Thanks!
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    Door Station

    Just to check in different circumstances where there are speakers wired around the house, the doorbell sound can be played through the speakers? Thanks
  5. Thanks for all the replies. We are planning multiroom audio - I was planning to use C4 equipment for this. We have an M300 for one room and could use our M700 for the projector screen (which is next door to the server room anyway) so it would just need one more M300. Thank you
  6. I am planning a C4 installation for a new house. We are not big TV watchers - we are planning two TVs and a projector system in three different rooms. We have Kaleidescape but do not today use Sky (we are in the UK) - we just use free to air satellite channels and on demand services (currently just using apps on the TV rather than Roku, Apple TV or anything else). I was debating whether to use a video distribution system or just have Kaleidescape M300s for each TV which is presumably less costly and simpler? If we ended up in the future having Sky, we could use Sky Q with the additional mini room boxes like we use the M300s or could always swap to a video distribution system in the future if we wanted to? Is there anything I would be missing without video distribution? Thanks!
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    Control4 Intercom Anywhere App

    Does this mean the DS2 could be used as a dumb doorbell without any other Control4 infrastructure? We are building a new house and will have Control4 but there may be a gap before the C4 system is installed while finances recover. I will create the space in the wall for a DS2 Mini in the build process so it will look a bit odd until I install one - could I put a DS2 Mini in from day 1 and use it as a dumb doorbell until the rest of the Control4 system is in? Thanks
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    New AV Rack Layout

    Is there an issue with having the XBox in a rack out of sight from the controllers? I would also like to have the XBox in the rack which will be in the plant room which is separated by an internal wall from the projector room. Will this work? The controllers obviously need to work and practically this means games should be downloaded rather than discs which need changing. Thanks
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    Projection Clock

    Thanks very much - all good points - she’ll just stick with a standard projection clock!
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    Projection Clock

    This is only partly Control4 related so apologies for the slightly off topic post. My wife likes a projection clock to glance up at during the night and see the time and I thought it could be interesting to create a custom clock with a projector which could show the time but, depending on the time of the night, also other information such as the weather forecast, status of the alarm, etc using information from Control4 and other sources. I assume I could use a raspberry pi to create the image for the projector. A key consideration though is we wouldn’t want much light - the LCD numbers are bright enough. Could a mini projector provide no more light than a projection clock (when just showing the time)? Perhaps another way of asking, can the projector provide a real black background for whatever text is being displayed at the time? Thank you
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    Texecom Alarm

    Excellent - thank you
  12. Texecom’s new-ish firmware and network hardware means their alarm system can be IP controlled. I have seen various posts about DSC on the forum but DSC is not easily available (and I understand is not ‘approved’ in the U.K. Is there a good recent driver available for Texecom which has the full functionality like DSC now full IP control is available? Thanks
  13. We had specified Heatmeiser for our new house’s heating system but it has the disadvantage of needing a thermostat in every room. Our house builder uses KNX and while we have already specified Lutron and Control4, I am now thinking about using KNX temperature sensor thimbles with a KNX heating control system. I understand KNX can be integrated into a Control4 system - are there any issues with a KNX heating system in Control4 or anything I need to particularly pay attention to? Thanks very much
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    Networking

    I am finally about to embark on building a new house and while I have fully designed the Control4 system with a dealer, I won't be able to install it immediately after when we finish the build but probably 6-12 months when finances have recovered a little... We will have all the network cabling and other infrastructure done during the build and I am wondering about the networking. I have a friend who is a network engineer (but not in the AV/home automation space) who can help me with the installation. Is there a best practices guide to how networking should be setup to optimise a Control4 installation? For example, use of VLANs and what devices to setup on each, what firewall systems work well, etc. Also, is there a benefit in going for Pakedge over a networking system such as Ubiquiti's Unifi? I want a system which I as a technical user but not networks expert can follow myself without always needing to call my dealer. Thanks
  15. I see Amazon announced multi-room audio for the echo. Does this mean that there is the possibility for native room-specific control in the not too distant future (because echo system must now be able to know the location of each echo)?
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