Jump to content


c4Forums Member
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


sturama last won the day on October 25 2016

sturama had the most liked content!

About sturama

  • Rank
    Control4 End User

Profile Information

  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

1,625 profile views
  1. sturama

    Liftmaster/MyQ options

    Links to prior posts regarding this topic. I just wanted to be rid of the cloud/driver issues. The soldering option, as mentioned by others previously, is basically bullet-proof- just a little bit of elbow-grease to implement.
  2. sturama

    Liftmaster/MyQ options

    The simplest thing is just to test the range of your remote from your rack location. If it works consistently, then there should be no problem when the HC800 relays controls the remote 'hard-wired' as well. I have the remote wired up to my controller in this exact same fashion- working perfectly >1-yr now, along w/ tilt sensors. Btw, I have little technical skill, and managed to solder the two wires onto the remote. Whether you or someone else does it... 5 minute job. And no cloud dependency this way- much preferred!
  3. sturama

    Insurance coverage

    I assume/believe my policy (USAA) also covers the HA stuff thru contents. Going thru it, I see no specific exclusions for electronic items in general. They do, however, limit 'personal computer' losses, but that's as close as it gets. Also, consider what type of replacement coverage you're willing to pay for. I have 'replacement cost' which covers up to the limit of my policy... they should replace the system without a deduction for depreciation. That's obviously different than an 'actual cash value' replacement policy (which apparently is an option for these policies, and yeah, as msgreenf noted above, might not reimburse/replace much).
  4. Will add my two cents to this conversation, from the perspective of using a different (high-quality) German solution w/ C4. Mobotix T25 doorstation- an otherwise excellent product on its own, and offered pretty decent C4 integration, and a world of configuration options, but a PITA to set-up. And, of course, the integration would break occasionally (and annoyingly). Switched to the DS2 Mini and couldn't be happier. I like being a techie and home automation proponent as much as anyone else. But wife acceptance factor (WAF) matters. Or just any family-member, or friend, or just anybody else that may want/have to use a product? The OP stated this is for a front-gate. Is there a use-case for 'anybody else' to use this product than just the perhaps one tech-loving person in the household ? Is there even a 51% chance that C4 integration could be contemplated in the near future (for all the use cases that @Cyknight has mentioned)? Want a seamless user experience w/ one App/interface only? We are talking non-DIY home automation, so might as well take advantage of the ease-of-use of these custom solutions. If the answer to the above is yes, then imho, its not even close... native C4 all the way. Just my thoughts.
  5. sturama


    My experience: -Has all the horsepower you could need (incredible price/performance ratio). This is not consumer-level 'junk.' -The early versions of the configuration GUI were a little rough on the edges (and consequently, rough on me). Newer versions are reported to be much better. This is probably a moot point if you're an adept network engineer type. Especially if you know command line interface programming for routers- I believe Ubiquiti's EdgeOS is a fork of now-defunct Vyatta's OS... meant to be sort of like an open source version of Cisco IOS. -Biggest problem is support. It's mostly forum-based (albeit with lots of dedicated fans and user guides).
  6. sturama

    Question about MyQ-Chamberlin Garage Door

    I had the EDS MyQ driver, and it stopped working; needless to say I wasn't too happy about Chamberlain breaking a perfectly working install 'just because.' So, I soldered the relay to the remote for my Chamberlain opener to fix this MyQ problem once and for all. Props to my dealer, AK1, for that tip! I already have wireless status sensors in place (GE alarm sensors for the garage door, that work w/ my Elk and most GE alarm panels). So, now no cloud dependency on MyQ, and rock-stable functionality to boot. If I can do it (with a sum total of 1/2 dozen wires soldered ever), it's within the reach of pretty much anybody. It's obviously not the prettiest/highest quality job, but it worked with a $10 soldering iron. I used a Chamberlain 953 remote (which controls pretty much any MyQ-enabled garage door opener). The remote itself can control up to 3 openers, and it's easy to wire straight to the relay/controller; the remote has pretty good range, and I just hooked it up to my controller.
  7. sturama


    Oops. Sorry, was away from the forum for a while (work/real life), and just saw this belatedly. The Mirage server works pretty good. Honestly, it's a nice setup for what it is: online streaming service provisioning. So, works for my uses, though I'm finding myself using a lot more NAS-stored local music (FLAC/AAC) for more and more of my listening. I guess I'm getting old :-)
  8. sturama

    Help for a new build

    I had started out with the Elk M1, and migrated to C4. The Elk can do a fair amount of automation (regarding security/lighting/motion primarily), but it uses the UPB standard for lighting- which does not work natively with C4, but could, via the Elk itself. Might also use Z-wave for lighting/outlets if going w/ Elk, but again those have limited tie-in with C4. However, all the above can easily be DIY. Not familiar with Push Controls, though from their website, seems to be a easy-to-use smartphone/iPad app for tying it all together. I'd recommended relegating the Elk to security and possibly some relays as needed. As noted by ILoveC4, use C4 for everything else. Much more options that way, and I think a better 'experience' overall. But you are tied to a dealer. If problems with getting a local dealer, some of the remote dealers here are excellent.
  9. Same here, I get just about 4-5 sec delay w/ my Mobotix intercom. There was a 1/2 second delay b/w the TS's chiming and the speaker notifications as well, so I think I even added a 500ms delay to sync things up. For such a 'luxury' feature (over and beyond a regular $15 doorbell), you'd think this would be more responsive.
  10. sturama


    Just got a MMS-2A (literally the day before SnapAV/Autonomics news came out). Hoping that news ensures the company's longevity. Now, I myself don't use Spotify, so can't speak to that (the login option is certainly there in setup, but I'm wary of putting my eggs in that basket given all the recent news) . However, I do use it for other services (Deezer, Pandora, local media)- which it does nicely. I attached an info sheet on some streaming service options (I don't think it's all-inclusive, but the dealers here can speak to that with more authority). Who knows if/when the other services (Amazon Music, Apple Music) get integrated? I believe, in theory, it can do three outputs- I've only hooked up two so far- so in my mind that's the equivalent of three Sonos Connects. Autonomic Mirage_Streaming_Services.pdf
  11. Looks interesting. Re: C4 integration, I got this out of their tech support: "Control4 is currently testing our samples. Hopefully we'll be fully supported soon!". So I guess we'll see.
  12. sturama

    Wifi Cameras

    Probably not at all in your case, though if you have a server just laying around, installing BI on it offers some advantages to storing video (over the subscription model employed by a lot of these 'internet cams'). Could still view on the tablet/smartphone navigator screens as well if integrated w/ C4. Even w/o any of that, I think most of them are simple to set-up.
  13. sturama

    Wifi Cameras

    I think Blue Iris recently added support for RTMP streaming cameras (like the Nest). May be this would allow integration into C4 w/ the BI driver?
  14. sturama

    Plex releases Kodi plugin

    I'm just starting to integrate my media w/ C4. Music is with the native C4 interface currently (which actually works ok). I already have Plex setup on a server (with it's media browsing capabilities- for pix and videos- having been woefully underutilized up to now). I'm debating whether or not to use Kodi or Plex driver for C4. Based on the discussion so far, I take it that Emby can be installed on my server (as the backend library management tool), and then Alan's Kodi driver can work with that? Or Kodi driver only works w/ Kodi installed on another client (i.e., FireTV) somewhere?