johnpg

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  1. MyQ API Opened up today??

    I literally wrote my own MyQ Control4 driver using the unofficial APIs on Monday, and Tuesday morning got the email about them allowing 3rd party integrations. Doh! However, I didn't get the impression that it's an open API. It looks like they're simply willing to work with certain companies for select integrations. It would be nice if there was an official Control4 driver though. Cheers, John
  2. I noticed recently that new music was not showing up. I've tried manual scans, nightly scheduled scans, and "adding" via composer and scanning, but nothing works. The original music is there, but no new items are added. This is slightly different from what others have reported, so I wanted to mention it here. Perhaps it's related, perhaps not. Any ideas? Cheers, John
  3. Lutron RA2 Select

    Is there any reason why you couldn't use the Select bridge and the supported Maestro dimmers for light switches, and also use Control4 keypads? I'd think this would work fine, but I've never seen anyone mention it as an option. The only downside that comes to mind is potentially a different aesthetic between the C4 keypads and the Lutron switches. John
  4. I think you hit the nail on the head there. Off to the Apple store... :-)
  5. I am a pretty technical person, I've been a developer and in IT for over 20 years, and I cannot come up with any explanation (beyond a stupid bug) that would cause this. Of note, I tried this again last night and it worked just fine while plugged in, so it's not 100% consistent. Which of course is very typical of HomeKit. It's hit and miss. And yes it's an Apple charger and cable. John
  6. I *am* an Apple fanboy (or at least others might call me one) and I'll tell you right now that HomeKit absolutely does NOT "just work". I have a lot of issues with it, and I suspect most people do too. It's also incredibly limiting and that will not likely change anytime soon. Apple is very serious about privacy and security so they have locked the platform down tight. While it would be wonderful if it all just worked, the reality is it doesn't. Maybe if you just installed Caseta lights you'd be okay, but start adding on all of the other items and the end result is a lot of Siri telling you, "I tried to turn on the living room lights but not all responded" and the like. My personal favorite is I can turn on/off my bedside light (hue bulb) seemingly 100% reliably unless I plug my iPhone into a charger. Then it doesn't work. If I unplug it, the light turns on/off just fine, if I plug the charger back in, it stops. God only knows why. :-) John
  7. C4 Homebridge Plugin?

    It sounds like you an Alan should have a conversation about future business opportunities. :-)
  8. C4 Homebridge Plugin?

    This is a legitimate concern, for sure. But I bet a lot of people would happily buy that driver with the knowledge that it could break with Apple API changes and they may have to pay for an upgrade if the changes are considerable. You just have to be clear about it up front. You have a good reputation so customers would trust you to only charge for upgrades when the work was appropriate. I also suspect that Apple would announce API changes at WWDC, and the Homebridge people keep up with that. Having said all of that, I gave up on Homebridge because I could never get it to work reliably. It would work great for awhile and then it would just stop. The only way to fix it was to delete everything and re-create all of my devices. After doing that for a few months (and versions) I eventually gave up. That's not to say this is everyone's experience, but Homebridge is definitely not without flaws. John
  9. Some of those are really cool, and genuinely useful. I'd love to see a video showing these off. In fact, I'm surprised we haven't see anything from Control4 yet, they usually do a good job promoting new features, but outside of the live stream (and Alexa) I've seen very little regarding any of the other new features.
  10. Forgive me if I missed this, but can't someone with Composer Pro just post the release notes? Is it against the terms of service or something? It seems like it would be harmless, but then again I don't want to encourage anyone to do the wrong thing. John
  11. I agree this looks great. All I need now is to win the lottery so I can buy a video wall.
  12. Control4 Significant Shortfalls

    nevets23, are you aware of Compose Home Edition? This would address the majority of your issues about configuring/programming the system yourself. I am planning to get a Control4 system soon and the availability of Composer HE is one of the key reasons I choose this system over others. Control4 gets a lot of grief for not being homeowner manageable, but it is the most configurable and programmable of all of the high-end automation systems. I think we all agree that geofencing is a no-brainer and should be there. I mean Control4 has a mobile app and it is not difficult to add geofencing features. They have been very aggressive with Apple Watch support, so I can only assume they don't have geofencing on purpose. What their reasons are is anyone's guess. As with geofencing, we'd probably all agree that SIP integration with mobile devices and on screen pop up of the camera on mobile devices would be great. I know it's only with iOS 10 that some of that is possible on the iPhone, so perhaps it's something they'll do in the future. Anyhow, I think you have good points, but I think in order to judge these things fairly you have to put them into the proper perspective. Control4, when compared to the rest of the industry is way ahead in most areas. They absolutely deserve to be criticized and we have to hold them to a very high standard, but there's a lot more good than bad here. John