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Here are some hardware innovations I would like to see from C4

1) Wireless Outlet - Insted of a wireless outlet dimmer/switch I would like to see a actual wireless oulet where we can replace the our current outlets. The bulky wireless outlet dimmer's/switch's are a eye-sore.

2) Wireless Touch Screen Remote - The 10.5" touch screen remote is too big, especially for the bedroom's. I would like to see a wireless, handheld, touch panel. The screen should be no more then 4" sq., run on rechargable batteries, and come with a docking station.

3) The Control4® Wireless LCD Keypad, KPZ-10B1, should be in color and not in B&W.

4) Water resistant remote or Water resistant, Wireless In-wall LCD Keypad - This would be great. Say your in the shower and want to change radio/tv stations, raise/lower volume, turn up/down the HVAC, etc. I have had guests suggest this one.

5) A Sirius receiver - For those of us who dislike XM

The above is what I would have my RD working on.

Just my 2 cents.

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Edit's - I added #5 above.

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2) Wireless Touch Screen Remote - The 10.5" touch screen remote is too big, especially for the bedroom's. I would like to see a wireless, handheld, touch panel. The screen should be no more then 4" sq., run on rechargable batteries, and come with a docking station.

I couldn't agree more!!! This is by far the biggest hole in the C4 lineup. I will be extremely disappointed if we don't see an announcement on this at Cedia.

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Here are some hardware innovations I would like to see from C4

1) Wireless Outlet - Insted of a wireless outlet dimmer/switch I would like to see a actual wireless oulet where we can replace the our current outlets. The bulky wireless outlet dimmer's/switch's are a eye-sore.

Agreed on the above, and a version that was made to withstand the outside would be great. Could plug in all kinds of stuff like Xmas lights, landscape lights, etc, etc, etc....

Like these (but with Zigbee instead of X10 built-in):

http://www.smarthome.com/2040.html

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I'm anxiously waiting for ceiling fan control. Most ceiling fans have a small device that fits in the canopy of the fan that allows RF control of the fan motor. I doesn't seem like it would very hard to change the RF receiver for a Zigbee receiver and still have it fit in the same or close to the same enclosure.

And a hand-held mini touch screen would be great! Something the size of a Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, or iPhone.

Great idea.

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2) Wireless Touch Screen Remote - The 10.5" touch screen remote is too big, especially for the bedroom's. I would like to see a wireless, handheld, touch panel. The screen should be no more then 4" sq., run on rechargable batteries, and come with a docking station.

I couldn't agree more!!! This is by far the biggest hole in the C4 lineup. I will be extremely disappointed if we don't see an announcement on this at Cedia.

What about something like the NevoSL (www.mynevo.com) but reworked for C4, it has WiFi built in already and is a very slick slingle handed remote. I think Crestron has already taken on the Nevo and reworked the software to work for them. BUT there is a new version of the Nevo coming out with built in Z-Wave, imagine if this could be replaced for Zigbee...

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i am planning on using this one for waterproof remote

http://www.smarthome.com/59700.html

http://www.smarthome.com/images/59700big.jpg

It seems this would let you control individual components but not the overall C4 system, correct? I don't think you can use IR to control the HTC for example, or can you?

Our system has an audio zone and a TV in the shower, and we keep a remote control in the shower, double-bagged in 1-gallon ziplok bags. If you put the remote in the bottom of the bag, seal it while removing as much air as possible, then roll the "top" of the bag all the way down to the remote and tape it, then do the whole thing again with a second bag, it provides an effective seal and actually does not look to trashy (certainly not as nice as a water proof remote would be) but you have full control of the system, can switch AV sources, control the lights and the fan, etc etc.

Of course, if you want a truly customized waterproofing approach you could make your own with this and a sealer:

http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_2103.asp?desc=Uline+6+Mil+Heavy+Duty+Poly+Tubing

--Jason

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I believe as of 1.3 you can now us IR in to a HTC. The codes are posted in the File Library (XML and CCF formats). But when I opened them up to look at the codes, they all looked the same to me and I didn't quite know what to do. They all have "0000 0067 0000 0022 0080 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 03F9" as the pattern so how should I program a universal remote?

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I believe as of 1.3 you can now us IR in to a HTC. The codes are posted in the File Library (XML and CCF formats). But when I opened them up to look at the codes, they all looked the same to me and I didn't quite know what to do. They all have "0000 0067 0000 0022 0080 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 003F 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 03F9" as the pattern so how should I program a universal remote?

There is a GREAT tutorial over at remotecentral all about IR codes. This would be a great time for you, and anyone else who doesn't understand exactly how to use the data above, to read through it. It's a great document and you will understand all of this stuff afterwards.

http://www.remotecentral.com/features/irtips.htm

That data above does look the same as all the others but if you look through the actual parts you will begin to see a pattern. You would paste this data into your universal remote programming software. If you're using URC remotes, I think you'd have to convert it to a Pronto ccf file and import.

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No I understand a little bit about how hex codes works. The first few sets are info about how to send the signal. Then the rest of it is about pulsing the diode or flasher.

My question is if all of the codes being sent to control4 are the same, how does it know what you want to do? I don't see how if all the codes are the same, how it knows the difference between me pressing it and wanting stop vs. me pressing it and wanting play.

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