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    Fave Programming Thingies

    My light switches all have different default on levels depending on the time of day. Tapping a second time turns the light to full, regardless of the preset level. If any window or door is left open for more than a few minutes, the heat is turned off. It returns to the previous level when the window or door is closed. Using HomeKit and Homebridge, I blended my Domoticz Zwave system with C4, passing state back and forth between the systems. This lets me control all kinds of Zwave devices using C4 and lets me talk to both systems using Siri. Say “Hey Siri, good night” and she shuts down the whole house, including devices in all three systems. That also lets me bridge things like having a camera that C4 doesn’t support arm and disarm itself when the C4-connected alarm arms. It also allows me to use HomeKit’s per-user geofencing to trigger events in C4 when we leave or arrive home. I also use Raspberry Pi’s as Airplay receivers which use HTTP callbacks to turn rooms on and off when I Airplay to them from iTunes or iOS. Then C4 can turn other equipment on and off as needed, even though it’s not managing the audio stream itself (because their Airplay implementation leaves much to be desired). Brendan
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    Control4 HomeKit Driver - Updated Release

    No, I have a Concord 4 alarm that uses the new proxy.
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    Control4 HomeKit Driver - Updated Release

    Hey Josh. The new version seems to have trouble communicating with my alarm again. It seemed to create a feedback loop of some kind, where I tried to arm my alarm, and then it kept repeatedly trying to arm it again and again. I couldn't even disarm the alarm manually, because it would just rearm itself instantly. It only stopped when I took Homebridge offline and then removed the alarm from my configuration. Any idea why that might happen? I did have HomeKit trigger on the arm/disarm event, but nothing that ever tells C4 to arm/disarm from HomeKit, so I'm not sure where the loop came from.
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    Control4 HomeKit Driver - Updated Release

    Woo, nice update Josh! It's very responsive now. No more waiting for the next refresh interval before the controls will respond. I love it.
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    Customary To Up-Charge Drivers

    I don't know if I'd call it normal, but it does seem to be common practice. My dealer charged me a much bigger up-charge than that for the same "service" to get a license for your driver.
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    2017 Thoughts for Control4

    I had a conversation like that with C4 corporate after making a lot of noise. I came away with the impression they had updates in the works that would directly address these concerns. In fact, I was even given an approximate date by which progress was to be made visible. Unfortunately, that date was last year's CES. Several updates later and not a peep from C4 on the subject. And the person I spoke to won't respond to further inquiry. I totally get that software schedules and priorities change, so I'm not mad about that. I just don't like the practice of whispering promises to people to placate them. It just fans the flames the dealer / owner divide.
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    Homebridge Driver for HomeKit Support?

    +1 demand for this plugin. I was going to use the web events driver to connect C4 to HomeKit this weekend, but now I think I'll just wait for your driver!
  8. It's definitely not a network issue for me. My network is all Ubiquiti (and mostly wired connections). The network is super fast and able to stream audio (and 4K video) from all kinds of other sources. It's only having trouble with Shairbridge inputs, which worked fine before 2.9. As Cyknight and others said, C4 knows it's a problem. (I just wish they'd hurry up with a fix, because the bug basically renders shairbridge unusable. In the mean time, I've been experimenting with replacing my C4-based audio set up with a bunch of Raspberry Pi / Pi-DAC combos. So far it's looking like a promising alternative.)
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    Set light level with on button

    Thanks for your kind words, Kevin. My first name is Brendan. I've got a short list of articles I've been planning to write since I wrote that first one. Just need to find the time! One small note I need to add to that article: when the schedule runs to change the light levels between day/night mode, I check to see if the light is already on. If it is, I don't change the level. That leaves it set so the next tap will go to 100%, but turning the light off will still reset it to the lower level. It's a little thing, but it makes the behavior work the same 100% of the time.
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    Set light level with on button

    I wrote a blog post about doing exactly that kind of thing a while back: http://www.c4cookbook.com/recipes/2015/9/20/setting-lower-light-levels-at-night The gist of it, for your purposes, is you set the preset level to what you want, then any time the light itself turns on, you change the preset level to 100%. When it turns off, you reset it to 25% (or whatever). Those changes are tied to the light on/off events, so that it doesn't matter how the light is turned on. I then combine that with variables for different levels at different times of day and get lights that always turn on at an appropriate level and can always be turned up to 100% with a second tap.
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    B&W A7

    B&W A7's are only controllable via AirPlay, AFAIK. Even B&W's own app is just for setup. It doesn't control volume or source. C4 doesn't support output to Airplay either, so I can't see a way that C4 could drive the volume on the speaker, particularly independent of the source (which you said you want to drive through the mini-plug). That said, if you have a wired analog connection from C4 to the B&W, you can control the line level from C4. The B&W will still have its own volume control, of course, but you could set that and forget it, thus driving the "volume" of the audio through C4.
  12. Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'll just sit tight and wait for 2.9.1.
  13. Has anyone else experienced audio dropouts with shairbridge audio in 2.9? Since updating to 2.9, any audio streamed via Airplay to a shairbridge input will drop out every few seconds. They're quick dropouts, but they're so frequent it's unlistenable. It sounds like the audio is skipping. It also now takes almost a full minute for the audio to turn on after I press play. After that it's just the usual 5 second delay. The initial switch on takes forever though. I'm still running an HC800, so not the latest kit, but until 2.9 it worked okay. I've rebooted and double-checked the latency setting on the Advanced Audio System (1500ms). Neither helped. Any ideas, short of waiting for 2.9.1?
  14. Hey Strotek, thanks for the suggestion. That's actually the driver I started this project with, but I haven't been able to fully test it yet. (My dealer installed it, but the license he put in is coming back invalid. I've asked 3-4 times for him to fix it, but he hasn't. Anyway, that's a separate problem.) So, since I can't test it myself yet, can you answer some questions about its functionality? Per the original topic of this thread, does that driver let you trigger actions when an event ends? Or can you test whether an event is still going on? Also, do you know if it works with Google's two-factor authentication (last I checked, the driver hadn't been updated in a while, so I'm guessing it might not).
  15. Ah, that's an interesting idea. The events I'm trying to track can be days long (e.g. when we have house guests for the weekend, I alter the behavior of certain things), but I could run a timer that checks hourly or even just daily. That way even if something went wrong it wouldn't be too taxing. Now let me see if I can figure out how to tell whether an event is still active… P.S. Zapier tells me "event end" is a trigger on their todo list. No promises, of course, but I've cast my vote in favor.