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  1. WhyPhy

    New Home Build - Help

    I'm also building and I've gone through a similar assessment. My conclusion is that C4 is worth it for the controller, the remotes, the touchscreens, and the keypads for lighting control. They cost of the keypads do add up to a big cost. You can do Lutron Casata for a lower cost in non-critical rooms, but it doesn't offer the flexibility and configuration of C4 keypads. I like the extra control of C4 (single tap, double tap, triple commands) and feedback (LED color for each key to indicate status.) For other aspects, I think it's more cost effective to go with non-C4 options. I think 3 of the Monoprice 6-zone Matrix amps are a much better value for audio. You can link 3 of them together for 24 zones. These amps do the source switching and the amplification both. There is a C4 driver for RS232 control (it's the same as the Dayton Audio version of the amp.) I think matrix distributed video is unnecessary any more. Just put an Apple TV at each display and be done with it. The only use case that doesn't solve is "All TVs in house synced to the same source." You can do SnapAV MOIP or Vanco EVO-IP at a more reasonable price if you're really worried about that. Otherwise, skip it.
  2. I think it’s a good idea to have protection via both types of sensors to get both protection of a burst pipe in any location (via the pipe-mounted device) and early notification of a small leak in specific locations (via the individual water detection sensor.) I have never heard of the company Sentinel. I just ordered Flo as they are getting lots of visibility. I plan to integrate it via IFTTT using the chowmain driver. The water sensors will connect to my alarm panel or C4 I/O port. IFTTT isn't ideal, but I don't think latency is critical in this situation. The two detection methods will continue to work independently if IFTTT isn't working, and I'll still get notifications.
  3. Philips just released the firmware update that allows setting the default power-on behavior. Nov 28, 2018 Software version: 1.46.13_r26312 Affected products (Hue Bulbs (E26/E27/E12/E14/BR30/GU10), Hue Lightstrips, Hue Lamps); Reliability, behavioural and security improvements; Smoothening of light transitions in entertainment mode; Enabling power-on behavior feature.
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    Day Light Sensor

    Here’s another option, though more complicated and expensive: Faradite occupancy sensors https://www.faradite.com/ A Control4 driver has been designed to provide feedback from up to 8 Faradite MOTION SENSOR 360 sensors via BrainBoxes remote I/O devices. Faradite offer two Motion Sensors, the LUX version can be used with this driver. The Motion Sensor 360 (0-10V) LUX has both a motion sensor (digital output) and a lux sensor (0-10V) for light sensing. The light level (in lux) and motion output are regularly polled by the driver at intervals of 1000ms and 200ms respectively. The driver licence is available to download / buy from Janus Technology's website the Motion Sensor 360 - VOLT FREE only has a motion sensor (volt free / dry contact) that works directly with Control4 I/O ports. But no light level sensor.
  5. I'm trying to decide if the EA5-V2 has enough different about it that I should get it over a lower-priced EA5-V1. From what I can tell, these are the differences (for all of the V2 controllers): V2 does not have built-in Wi-Fi (optional addition via USB dongle C4-USBWIFI or C4USBWIFI-1). V2 only has the 1 external ZigBee antenna vs. the 3 external antennas on the EA5-V1. V2 has nternal SSD (vs. conventional rotating hard drive) V2 has "Improvements for Control4 Dealers to make maintenance faster" - no idea what this actually means Improvements in the audio circuitry of the EA3-V2 and EA5-V2 for "an even better High Resolution music experience" Rack ears preinstalled on the EA5-V2. Rubber feet are pre-installed on the EA5-V1. The V2 controllers require OS 2.10.2 or higher. The V1 controllers require OS 2.8.1 or higher. The V2 ID button is also an LED (the LED in the button provides the same functionality as the caution LED on the EA5-V1 - mostly useful during factor resets) Is there anything else? Faster CPU??? More RAM??? Larger Hard Drive??? Did I miss anything? Is it worth it going for a V2 over a V1?
  6. WhyPhy

    Missing Anything????

    You would a way to separately decode the audio into 2 different streams before sending it to the multiroom audio system. So 6 analog outputs for the 6-channel DD 5.1 audio from one decoder, and 2-channel output from the other decoder. The AV Pro Edge AC-AVDM-AUHD can combine multi-channel into 2-channel audio and also pass the original on to another device, such as an AV receiver, to decode 5.1 to the analog pre-outs. Or you could have 2 AV receivers, with the first one performing the first decode, and passing the original signal out of the HDMI Output to a second AV receiver. Either way, it's a complicated setup. I'm not aware of any single device that will simultaneously output analog multi-channel audio (5.1, 7.1, 7.1.4, etc.) and also separately output a 2-channel (all other channels combined) audio.
  7. WhyPhy

    Weather Radio Announcing

    If the Weather Underground driver has this functionality, it sounds like a great feature. I'd like to know if this is possible.
  8. WhyPhy

    Thermostat Scheduling

    What I'm looking for is to have the thermostat go to a "night temp setting" when the alarm is set to night mode, to an "away temp setting" when the alarm is in away mode, and in a "normal temp setting" otherwise. Which thermostats will enable this functionality?
  9. WhyPhy

    Video doorbell suggestions

    Ring is supposedly going to add RTSP video streaming over the local network. If this feature is released, it should integrate well into C4. But I’m not buying one until the feature actually launches (Ring has been promising HomeKit compatibility for a couple of years and it’s still not out.)
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    Thermostat Scheduling

    Does the Ecobee driver facilitate scheduling through C4?
  11. WhyPhy

    SnapAV MIOP system

    You might also want to consider Vanco EVO-IP. It’s very similar to MOIP and has some additional signage and video wall fearures. https://www.vanco1.com/product-category/evolution/hdmi-over-ip/
  12. New Philips HUE firmware coming by end of 2018: Keep the bulb's last state even after a power loss/cycle. You can set a default power cycle behavior on a per-light basis. A double flip off-on-off-on will bypass the saved setting and go back to factory default white light/full brightness. The big benefit is if there is a power outage during the night, the bulbs won't automatically all turn on when power is restored. It's an opt-in feature so no worries for people who actually like the current method of bulbs turning on after a power loss.
  13. Not to my knowledge. Airplay how most every other device accomodates Apple.
  14. TexasUser: I have some good news for you. It's possible to control your Ketra install natively via Control4 via DMX. You'll need to use the HouseLogix Advanced DMX driver and their RS-232 DMX Engine controller. This will enable C4 to send DMX scene commands to the Ketra N3 controller. This isn't something new; Ketra has had this capability from the beginning.
  15. If you are talking just conventional high voltage bulbs and dimmers (no color tuning), then there are lots of panelized lighting solutions. They can all easily handle 75 switches; they were designed specifically for larger houses with lots of lights. The biggest benefit is being able to reduce the number of switches by putting 75 dimmer circuits in the panel and only ~25 scene controllers around the house. This eliminates large ugly confising rows of switches in every room. And yes, it does lock the owner into that solution a bit more than wall switches, but anything is replaceable. Electricians can protect for this somewhat by running the high voltage lines from the panel, through switch boxes without switches that are hidden behind drywall, and then to the fixture. That way, the boxes can be exposed and populated with switches in the future if moving away from panelized. The biggest lock-in is low-voltage panelized lighting. Everything has to be rewired with high voltage wiring to change to another solution.