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  1. Thought I would share a few pics of a new install I did changing out my Truck Radio and Controls with a 12.1 touchscreen. The screen uses an Android based operating system and you can download most apps available for android to the device. Downloading the C4 app was seamless and allows for full control while on wifi or wifi hotspot. Also, does Carplay and has an HDMI input for use with a streaming device like Apple TV (shouldn't do while driving of course). All of the trucks AC controls move to touchscreen as well.
    7 points
  2. Just got some Heattrak heated mats for walkway and patio. Got a kasa kp400 outdoor double outlet. Got chowmains openweather agent. Now if predicted snow or actual snow it will turn on the mats for 24hrs. Every 15 mins when app polls weather if still snow or rain w temp below 34F it will restart the timer. Can't wait to see how it goes!
    6 points
  3. Topfox

    Bond Bridge Shout Out

    Scenario: Have 9 ceiling fans with lights, and they all have remotes. Some are original manufacturer, some are generic on/off universal. All the them only have a single light switch, so from the switch you don’t have control over the fan vs the light. I had thought there really wasn’t anything I could do to integrate these into my system other than overall on/off by swapping the light switch, then having to use the remote to control if I wanted the fan and light on, etc. Forum to the rescue: I browse the forum pretty often for new ideas. Saw an older thread talking about Bond, and fi
    6 points
  4. alanchow

    Drivers for Control4

    Also to add to this the economics of driver development are like any other piece of software. You have expenses (Employee salaries, computers, software, office space, etc) that need to be paid and as such have a minimum rate to ensure that what you are building is profitable. Some drivers are cheaper as they are less time / resource intensive and others will require muliple programmers, graphics designers, etc to contribute for the project. As such one off projects are definately cost prohibited. We have had customers pay us for custom development and they have justified it as the money th
    6 points
  5. alanchow

    Drivers for Control4

    I want to chime in on this. Control4 asked us to attend a meeting at ISE last year with their senior VPs. In summary they told us (and also every other major Control4 driver developer) to stop reverse engineering APIs and to provide them with the details of the systems we reverse engineered so that they can assist us with creating a relationship with that particular company to stop the API from breaking in the future. In short there were a few 3rd party drivers out in the wild that broke and caused Control4 alot of headaches. Not sure if it was just customers complaining or legal i
    4 points
  6. What remote control or automation system would you suggest he look at for a single app/remote control solution to control everything? He wants multi room audio , hvac control , multiple TVs with different sources , lighting control, alarm system , security cameras , multiple touchscreens , and on screen tv navigation. It’s these exact type of systems that control 4 was developed This dude would need about 3 remote controls and 7 different apps on his phone to control everything. Then of course nothing would be integrated
    4 points
  7. Because if you don't have a Control4 hardware footprint where your Apple TV is installed your cheapest option is more expensive than the AppleTV itself. In my bedroom I have a floor standing TV that I wanted to have a single power cord attached to so I could wheel it around (you can use an adapter to share own power cord for the TV and AppleTV). Obviously where it's "just that easy" it's perfectly fine solution, but that's not every case.
    3 points
  8. Cyknight

    New version of OS3.2.1

    Occasional charging issue with tabletop C4 Broker update to better support drivers that go online/offline Some future support stuff Those are the main items. Pretty small release.
    3 points
  9. Same here. The touch screen wake-up alarm triggers a macro that plays a Sonos favorite -- we use a Pandora station -- and gradually increases the volume every 30 seconds. After 5 minutes have passed, the black-out shades go up and the lights come on. It works great, and it saves me from having to harass the kids every morning!
    3 points
  10. yeah the Bond bridge works great and has good range. wish it did better with fireplaces, but works well for fans and Somfy shades.
    3 points
  11. F0ZZ

    iPad mini wall mount

    Not sure if this is the correct section, but I think it is. I was in the market for an iPad mini wall mount.I have several old models around the house and wanted make use of them. All the mounts I found that looked the way I wanted cost more than the iPads are worth so I made rather myself. I got a little carried away and made a few more than I actually need. Just curious if anyone is interested in them. I made a video on YouTube about making them, but I’m not sure if I can post links? iPad Mini 1-3 bare mount $30 painted with magnets, $45
    3 points
  12. Routers, especially consumer grade, have their own firewalls and LAN. Even though DHCP was off, that LG was on a different LAN than your main network.
    3 points
  13. Awesome! Given that it is Android, you could also run our SplashTiles app / tool to add live sports scores, stocks, or traffic maps. Probably other ways to do it as well if it supports widgets.
    3 points
  14. For everyone not aware, a new firmware was release for all x10 APs on 27 Jan. This firmware improved performance a lot. I am seeing about 20mbps faster WiFi after this update. I highly recommend you upgrade.
    3 points
  15. Mark, I’m in Surrey. I’ve had my system for 10 years. I’ve never paid any yearly fees other than for 4Sight, and that’s by choice. An OS update is also by choice, and was at most an hours labour. I don’t know what issues you’re having. I had issues initially until I got a dealer who knew what he was doing. I’ve added on and upgraded several times since.
    3 points
  16. Just discovered this tip but thanks for sharing @eggzlot I wouldn't have figured out the needed change to the Keypad button (used toggle) under properties by myself. Now I successfully added this feature for both porch solar screens to simultaneously drop using the a double tap on the porch keypad.
    3 points
  17. A major updating adding support for many more devices including TP-LINK and Yeelight. Zigbee is now supported on the Sonoff Zigbee Bridge and Zigbee2MQTT installs. The new IoT Gateway driver supports automatic downloadable plugins which means new devices no longer need a driver update. As new devices become available the driver now checks it’s online database for a supported plugin and downloads as required. Custom MQTT messages can now be posted to a RestFUL API endpoint to process payloads and return name/value pairs to feedback variable updates to Control4. Process messages an
    3 points
  18. You hit the nail on the head there. Dealers sell it because its profitable and the support from Snap/C4 is great. But it is embarrassing that the system cant even send push notifications. (Without C4/4sight, but really that shouldn't be necessary for a surveillance system) And beyond that pulling footage off a Luma system is even worse. The files come encrypted and you need to be a wizard with VLC to convert them to something usable. Its a mess. I think its crazy that they expect customers to bend over backwards just to have a proper video file of the event their surveillance system cap
    3 points
  19. purchase through your dealer (or any remote dealer on this forum) here is a user guide for 3.1.3 which is slightly behind but really no difference from 3.2.x to a total first timer with Composer HE https://www.control4.com/docs/product/composer-he/user-guide/latest/composer-he-user-guide-rev-u.pdf You can also ask questions here - tons of people share snippets of their coding, ask for feedback/help and the forum will chip in to assist. so you need Composer HE to at least get started but people here can walk you through it lastly - 1 person on here started an online paid ed
    3 points
  20. Welcome to one of the coolest features of OS3!
    2 points
  21. MattK2

    Control 4 and ubiquiti

    Ubiquiti is unreal. We basically only spec ubiquiti for all our projects and it never misses a beat. Nothing but good things to say about their products. And the fact that they have Unifi Protect to go with the networking side of things makes it even better. Probably the best security cameras i've installed. The unifi protect app is also very user friendly.
    2 points
  22. This isn’t mine, came across it on a Facebook group, so thought I’d share here:: I'm programming a project where there's [Scene] buttons on a couple keypad dimmers. I'm making it so that when you press the button, it recalls a scene, but when you press-and-hold the button, it saves current settings as the scene. Wrote instructions for myself, thought I'd share them here: ::::SETUP:::: Add one Snapshot Driver per [scene] button • Select the lights/AV you want saved/recalled Make [scene] button’s... • Button behavior “Keypad” • LED behavior “Push/Relea
    2 points
  23. lippavisual

    Best Access Points

    UniFi, Pak and Araknis tech specs are similar to what you see from avr manufacturers. Bloated and exaggerated, like watts per channel. You guys really think a UniFi AP can handle 300-400 clients? I know they can’t, really about 40-50 before they crap out. Ruckus has the high price because it has the higher performance and their specs are true. Never attempted to try Pak or Araknis in the same test, so can’t be sure for them. But at their price points, you should be buying Ruckus anyways.
    2 points
  24. In this downtime I programmed my home system to do a couple things when I leave. A double tap on my essential switch delays 15 min, then turns off my lights and puts the computers to sleep (using chowmain's generic tcp comand driver and eventghost) When I come back home my motions set off a WoL packet to wake my machines and turn on my lights. Additionally any computer activity will turn off the lights in other rooms. This is done with MCE Controller desktop software and the User Activity driver both from Charlie Kindel.
    2 points
  25. Built a feature-limited interface to the home automation for our Airbnb - exposed features vary by password, so guests can play with the lights and thermostat, but not mess with the doors. Also integrated a bunch of Ikea Tradfri remotes for use to turn on/off/dim patio string lights which are plugged in to cheap wifi-controlled outlets.
    2 points
  26. you can do it with Unifi switches and the Unifi Network driver for Control4
    2 points
  27. Right now there's a guy on a French car forum asking how he can get access to Composer Pro...
    2 points
  28. Is there a separate 2.4 wifi network on the araknis access points? HP are very finicky. I usually have to log into the access point and put them in wps mode and walk through the printers wizard to get them to play nice when the normal procedures are giving grief
    2 points
  29. Talk to your dealer (firmly!) - there is a reduced cost replacement program that ran for awhile, and may still be in place
    2 points
  30. The free driver allows you to program of current temperature, rain in last hour, rain in last 24 hours etc. The paid driver adds in the ability to program against forecast variables.
    2 points
  31. thanks - actually got an idea from @msgreenfto use the wake up agent. So for now I am going that route as I can turn it on anytime I want within a 5 min window. Never used the wake up agent before so it was kind of a mystery to me but took me all of 5 mins to get it up and running.
    2 points
  32. You should be creating a "Local User" only not using your main login.
    2 points
  33. Updated driver available as of 2/10/2021. The Control4 driver for SHIELD TV is now available. To make sure your SHIELD is compatible with the new driver, make sure you have downloaded the latest “SHIELD TV Remote Services” app from the Google Play Store on your SHIELD. If you have set up Control4 for SHIELD TV previously, you will need to update your SHIELD TV Control4 driver.
    2 points
  34. Yes. Use the "Snapshot" driver. It should let you do exactly what you need.
    2 points
  35. Aftermarket with a design to integrate and retain most of the factory oem controls. And look factory. They are very car model specific as the factory audio and climate harnesses plug and play with the screen. It’s not just a screen as it has a full radio integrated.
    2 points
  36. You need an EA1 in the truck.
    2 points
  37. Another Pic...
    2 points
  38. You could use any Roku TV but it does require a paid driver.
    2 points
  39. F0ZZ

    iPad mini wall mount

    Here is the link. Let me know if you have questions. I’ve changed the magnet system to look better and switched to spray on suede (flocking). Looks better now.
    2 points
  40. zaphod

    Drivers for Control4

    Sure would be nice if we could have an Open Source community writing drivers for C4. I know a lot of dealers might not like it as it could eat into their revenue streams.
    2 points
  41. To clarify, the original NEEO remote was a Kickstarter project, and was intended as a standalone remote, which came with it's own hub. Unfortunately, support for the original NEEO remote was limited to 2 years from when Control4 bought the company, so there's really no ongoing support for this configuration. The Control4 Neeo remote uses very similar hardware, but was not designed or intended to use as a standalone remote, and will not work as such. RyanE
    2 points
  42. tmj4

    Choice of Outdoor TV

    May want to take a look at Seura as well. They're based out of Green Bay. I know it's what's used all around Lambeau. They make full fledged outdoor TV for the warmest of warms and coldest of colds. I also know they also made (don't know if it's still an option) an actual sealed-tight cover for existing TV's that was also used around Lambeau Source: I worked for the Packers for a couple years and would see them being serviced/installed when I would go on walks on my breaks around the bowl in the outdoor concourses. Talked to the guys from Seura a couple times. Just checked and they
    2 points
  43. [rant]Pool integration is one of my pet peeves. It is usually ridiculously expensive and very limited in functionality[/rant]
    2 points
  44. Can you get the Samsung Terrace TV there? those are really nice and bright and of course have an IP driver.
    2 points
  45. Little light on info to help. Cameras could be IP related assuming all other hardware hasn’t changed. muj is one a few who do remote programming. Feel free to read reviews you can download Fing for free and find all the IP addresses of your equipment and then look in composer HE to see if the IP addressed match. your audio question needs more color - what hardware are you using? Audio on a tv? Local Avr? Centralized audio to ceiling/wall mounted speakers? For the balun is it just for audio or do you have video matrix? you can do that welcome button on HE. Do you
    2 points
  46. I would like to welcome @Andrew luecketo team Chowmain. Andrew is a Monash University alumni with a Bachelor of Computer Science. He has been working in the industry for the past 10 years performing home automation installation, programming, network design / setup, software development and more. Andrew has a passion for home automation and joins our driver development team with focus on Control4 and RTI development. With Andrew on our team look forward to increased output from Chowmain for both manufacturer sponsored drivers and also licenced drivers. Please join me in welcomin
    2 points
  47. Could possibly usa CUSTOM_SELECT command type to dynamically populate a parameter. EG The command can be called fire command and PARAM1 could be called command with type CUSTOM_SELECT
    2 points
  48. For details it's best to talk to specialist directly. One downside I can think of is that, depending on the quality to a degree, is that tinting will not really block people outside in the dark from seeing inside where it's light. Weather (especially extreme cold) can affect them, in some rare cases kill them, so again this is something best discussed with a regional specialist carrying them, There's options for all climates (with or without heating) but as with most things, there's usually a price associated with it. We don't see many here for that very reason.
    2 points
  49. Dueport

    Gate Access.

    Great tips Matt! Also gate control would be a really good topic for one of your training videos! (I’m a Patreon subscriber and highly recommend!) We’re installing a gate this year and configuration and tips and access control setup would be extremely helpful.
    2 points
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