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    C4 hires Amazon Alexa/Smart Home Hero

    Charlie is a great get for Control4. I worked with him at Microsoft as a summer intern when he ran Windows Home Server . He's always been passionate about this space. When I joined the Home Server team, one of the first things I was given to read was the vision document he drafted making the case for the product. It was clear that he had been thinking about this idea for a long time. When I learned the product's internal code name "Q", I asked what was significant about "Q." I learned that it was originally "Quattro" because Charlie had ideas about the connected home since 1999 and it took him four tries to get MS execs to buy in on his vision. It's not easy in a large company, and especially the Microsoft that existed 10+ years ago to launch an entirely brand new product and get OEM partners all over the world to commit to a new category. Charlie and a great group of people made it happen. He understands ecosystems, the importance of partners and developers, and he knows marketing. My personal favorite was the "Mommy, why is there a server in the house?" campaign. As a C4 customer, I'm very excited to see where C4 goes with Charlie's vision.
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    Insteon Integration with C4 via ISY

    @Drex Thanks for reminding me that I never circled back on this. Instead of the ISY, my integrator and I decided to use the Insteon PLM and do Serial control directly from my EA-3. You're absolutely right, the documentation wasn't quite there. My integrator kept thinking the switch bindings weren't working because when controlling them from Composer Pro, he'd have to click the on / off from the interface twice, but from any other navigator, they work fine. Only thing I've noticed is that if we turn on or off a light from a slave switch, C4 doesn't show accurate status for the light, and then I have to turn the light on and back off again from the app or SR-260 to get the light state in sync. Some of our exterior lighting loads have worked perfectly with scheduled on / off times. Very impressed with how well it's worked together, to be honest, once we got through the initial integration hurdles.
  3. Hi all, New to the forum. I'm working with a local dealer to prepare to outfit my home with a Control4 setup, and I'm leaning towards using Insteon lighting. The sales rep from my dealer was pushing hard on using C4 lights, but after talking with one of their installers to review the technical architecture, we were able to find that Insteon publishes a flowchart of the integration with C4 at https://www.insteon.com/integration#c4. The Domaudeo Insteon V2 driver at HouseLogix that Insteon links to mentions the Powerline modem, but nothing specific about the ISY, and I want to make sure I understand how to configure the ISY so I can work with my dealer to integrate the lighting into C4. Does anyone have any experience with this that can help me understand what pieces should be done in the ISY and what pieces will be done in the C4 system? Thanks in advance!
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