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  1. terminaldisclaimer

    Somfy vs Lutron

    Hands down Lutron! Don't get Serena as they are only compatible with Caseta. I think you need Triathlon if you want it to be compatible with RadioRa2.
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    System slow to respond every few weeks

    Thanks. I'll take a look next time it happens.
  3. Hi, I've been having a problem that about every week or two my system slows down, and it becomes slow to respond to commands from remote controls, etc. The weird thing is that when I reboot the HC-800 controller the problem goes away, and then it starts back up again a week or two later. This leads me to conclude it probably isn't related to the zigbee network since I can't imagine a reboot of the controller would fix that. Any other tips? Any logs I could look at to see the problem? My suspicion is that a driver is causing the problem, but I'm not sure how to narrow it down. Thanks.
  4. If I have a bunch of Sonos speakers but bought a Heos link for access to Spotify, would I be able to use Control4 to play Heos Spotify on my Sonos system? Presumably, the Heos Link would need to be hooked up to a controller's audio input, right?
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    Plex releases Kodi plugin

    This is a very good point, and something I would love Alan to weigh in on. As I understood it, Plex hasn't implemented their remote api yet, which leads me to believe that you can't use Alan's Plex driver quite yet with this new plugin. I'm betting once its implemented though, then you could just use Alan's Plex driver.
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    Plex releases Kodi plugin

    My guess is that one major way it differs is that it actually works reliably There is also the other plex plugin that works relatively reliably for Kodi--PlexKodiConnect. I like that Plugin, but it relies on polling plex for updates, which while not terrible, results in a slightly sub-optimum experience. The one thing that PlexKodiConnect brings to the table though is that it integrates Plex into the native Kodi library system so you can use more fancy Skins, etc. that rely on the native Kodi library system.
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    Plex releases Kodi plugin

    Now we're talking! Kodi is awesome, but its Plex support has always been shaky at best. The Plex Media Player app itself is basically awful, and I have been begrudging switching to it. Instead, I've been using OpenPHT, which is limited in use. Now I can have the best of both worlds. Maybe its time to purchase an NVIDIA shield....
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    Cut us some slack. And give us some "how to's"

    Look by the very fact that we are on this forum, that makes us not your average C4 user, as someone so elegantly pointed out to me in the Sonos thread. For many of us, that means we are more than capable of running our own network infrastructure. For some, such as myself, we have very complicated home networks. For example, I have a fully virtualized infrastructure with SANs, nextgen firewall, IP KVMs, cellular out-of-band management, etc. I wouldn't let my C4 dealer near any of that with a ten foot pole because basically they are not qualified to touch it. Moreover, as has been documented many times before on these forums, many of our C4 dealers are basically incompetent (not mine in particular, but its a problem). That is basically the reason why this forum exists in the first place--so C4 customers can stay informed of the latest tech. Now, while I understand that C4 probably doesn't have any specialized network requirements. I don't think it is ridiculous to have some examples. I would love to hear about experiences with VLANS and multicast issues. It is also not productive to say: "call your dealer" on this forum. You know that is just going to set off fireworks. If call your dealer were the real answer, most of us wouldn't be here in the first place. Just my 2 cents.
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    New Sonos Endorsed Drive is out!

    I get that, of course. But given how Sonos was a preferred method of integrating with Streaming services, it would surprise me if it was not a very popular driver. I know...I was just being snarky The point is that none of this is good news. And my only hope is that *you*, as a dealer who actually holds sway (at least way more than me) with C4, can convince them to invest some money in integrating with Spotify.
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    New Sonos Endorsed Drive is out!

    First, it's basically indisputable that Sonos is a very popular integration with C4. As just one data point, look at the size of this thread and the other thread on this issue. Second, whether Sonos is a major selling point for your customers is irrelevant. As an initial matter, even if it were possible to infer from the selling process the importance of a feature, your experiences are at best anecdotal. Here's another anecdote--I didn't care about Sonos when I purchased my C4 system either! More importantly though, what a user thinks they want, and what they actually use are two different things. I'm not sure I could have understood how important Sonos was until I started using it. The legacy Sonos driver, overall, provided great integration. I can't imagine that someone who uses that driver regularly is NOT going to be extremely upset to learn that it is losing basically all of its functionality. And as I mentioned above, the Sonos driver is popular, so this change must affect a lot of people. Third, it's not even Sonos that is the issue really. It is really Spotify (and other streaming services) that are the issue. Spotify is probably the most ubiquitous streaming service in the US, like it or not. My understanding is that if someone wanted Spotify with C4, the most common solution was to use a Sonos connect. Tell me how it works for you when you tell your customers you need to sell them a new $300 Denon Heos box to fix their Spotify issues. They might pay, but they won't be happy. That said, if C4 can integrate with Spotify, I think it would solve a lot of problems. I really hope they do this, which I've been saying consistently all along.
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    New Sonos Endorsed Drive is out!

    Well like I said in the other thread. This is very bad news for C4. They are now losing a major selling point to their system. Heos might work, but a lot of owners like myself that have heavily invested in Sonos are not going to be keen on spending the money to switch to Denon. At this point, the best C4 can hope for is that Sonos doesn't break the UPNP functionality any time soon. Hopefully, by that time they have figured out a way to integrate in Spotify.
  12. Hi all, I'm assuming some have you have run into this before. I was wondering if there are any solutions to this problem. I have a mac mini running open plex ht fed through a Gefen matrix. I also have some zones, like my master bedroom, that run soundbars (specifically a sonos playbar) or are just normal tv's (with no support for DD). The problem I have is that I have plex set to pass through AC3 so that I can play DTS in my theater room. Of course, this creates a problem because certain movies will then not play in my bedroom or on the other TVs that don't support DD. Any solutions to this? I assume one solution would be to have another version of plex running on a different computer set to not pass through, but that seems a bit sub-optimal. Any other ideas? Thanks,
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    Sonos integration

    Major problem, generally, of course not. Major problem within the realm of C4--DEFINETLY. I would venture to guess that a large number of control4 users use Sonos specifically for its access to streaming services. C4 and Sonos are now going to take that away (or at a minimum ruin it significantly). Of course, what will add salt to the wound will be C4 is going to act like this is a step forward. LOL. In a significantly worse way!
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    Sonos integration

    Sure. Assuming they can get those agreements in place. I can't imagine they haven't tried before. Spotify is probably the gold standard in streaming services these days. I would imagine if C4 could have made a native driver before they would have. The problem, I assume, is that Spotify wants to have control over the UI. But, hey, maybe C4 will have the proper motivation to now get a deal done. As an aside, can you imagine how much of a dick Sonos must be being these days considering they apparently made Crestron use the native app within their system? I can't imagine that's what Crestron wanted to do. Now we can talk all day how poor of a business decision that Sonos is making (alienating high-end systems, which they would otherwise have no shot at), but it seems they have made their bed. Now C4 needs to figure out how to not alienate their own customers.
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    Sonos integration

    C4 has a major problem on there hands here. Sonos is basically giving them the shaft. There is a reason why a lot of C4 users use Sonos in their C4 systems, and it isn't because of the superior Sonos "ecosystem" or the hardware. They use it because it is the only way to get legitimate streaming services to work with C4. If C4 doesn't come up with a solution to get something like Spotify or Apple music to work natively quick, they are going to have a MAJOR problem. I will reiterate---A MAJOR PROBLEM. Sonos is the preferred solution with C4 and streaming music (because the native solutions are limited), so I'm sure C4 execs are sweating bullets because there are no other solutions out there to get streaming music to work with C4. The dealers are going to go nuts when the inevitable calls from customers come. And those calls *will* come if C4 doesn't come up with a workable alternative.