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  1. Programmers make comments in the code they write for all kinds of reasons, but mainly they make descriptive points of reference in the thousands to millions of lines code that make up an application. It makes it easier to find a segment of code for them or other programmers who come behind them to fix, modify or reuse code.
  2. How many zones? Do you plan to have hard wired sources like CD players or will all content be streamed? Assuming you eventually will want to do video distribution, do you want to be able to play your video sources through your ceiling/in-wall speakers? All these things will play into whether you need an amp, matrix amp or audio switcher + amp. eBay has a lot of the used C4 audio amps and switchers for sale at very affordable prices. I was able to purchase my C4 16 channel audio switcher and 2 8-zone matrix amps for about $1200 total on eBay.
  3. Make sure you only run one DHCP server. There are ways to run redundant/failover DHCP but I doubt you want that in your setup.
  4. Assuming he backed up the project before wiping the controller. 😬
  5. Do you know for a fact that your new DHCP server is successfully handing out addresses to other devices on your network? Is the DHCP scope set up properly with the correct subnet mask and default gateway? FYI - the default gateway only matters if you need to talk outside of that specific network segment. Can you look at the DHCP client table and associate the MAC address of your controller to a specific IP address? If I remember correctly the Control4 devices should be easy to identify in the DHCP client address table. Once you've found the IP address associated to the controller make sure your PC running ComposerPro can ping the IP of the controller. Once this is done successfully you should be able to put the IP in ComposerPro and connect to the controller.
  6. Contact Matt Lowe or many of the other forum installers who do remote upgrades all of the time. Matt works for Walt's TV. https://www.walts.com/
  7. Did you engage tech support? I had to get them involved with some EDID stuff on my first matrix and they were very helpful.
  8. I don't know, but I will ask their tech support and get back to you as soon as I have an answer. In the meanwhile, you can take a look at the manual for the matrix to see if there is any mention. http://nohassleav.com/support/matrix_hdbaset_8x16_HDR_4k/
  9. For the second time, I have been fortunate to be included in the product testing of No Hassle AV’s new video matrix. This time it is Version 2 of their "8x16 HDbaseT 18gbps Matrix" found here: LINK. Version 2 of the matrix features built-in HDR, audio extraction, ARC and 4K Downscaling. The matrix is capable of transmitting 4K60hz HDR YUV 4:4:4 at 10 bit and 8 bit, which allows you to maximize your Apple TV 4K and Roku 4K experience. The test required me to install the matrix, replace the No Hassle AV receivers with the ones that came with the new matrix and have the new driver integrated into my Control4 project. As with all of their matrices, the Control4 driver was written and provided by No Hassle AV free of charge. Aside from a 75” Vizio I’ve added to the basement, my televisions, sources and cabling remain the same. Due to this fact, I believe I have a good baseline and point of reference to compare the picture/sound quality and overall integration of the new matrix. When I went through the initial setup of the matrix, I saw a new and more mature web-based user interface. The interface continues to be user-friendly and intuitive and adds additional tabs for configuring the features mentioned above. Here is what I found on the key tabs: General - you can see which ports are active, but there is no indication of what device is actually connected. Until there is a way to automatically detect what is connected, it might be a good idea to give the ability to relabel or place a description on each port. Audio – Here you can turn on/off HDMI ARC or HDBT ARC for each output connection. You can also select the source of the audio or to mute the source. Receiver – There are three selections on the page, Bypass, Scale and Auto. Here you can select whether to send the native video from the source to your display, manually downscale or let the matrix chose what to send to your display. EDID – Has a better layout and offers every possible combination of settings. As for how the matrix works as compared to previous versions, picture quality and responsiveness remain the same. Again, if you want to avoid any lag when turning on or changing sources, it is imperative that you turn off all power saving features on your set-top-boxes. This is not in any way a shortcoming of the matrix. My experience with the new features has been nothing less than perfect. I won’t mention HDR because that feature carries over from the previous model and performs the same. This is just their first matrix that offers HDR with the features listed below. Obviously, there are some programming requirements on the Control4 side, but I will leave that out as it could vary based on equipment and other things specific to each project. Here are my findings in my system: ARC – The first thing I noticed when the new matrix and receiver were detected, is that the HDMI 1 port on my Samsung TVs was relabeled “ARC Adapter HDMI 1”. As a test, I connected two FiiO D3 digital to analog audio converters via digital coax to the No Hassle matrix. From there I connected the 2-channel analog (RCA connectors) to my Control4 audio matrix and was able to listen to the audio from the corresponding TV through my connected in-ceiling speakers. Audio Extraction – Using the same ARC setup, I was able to hear the audio from my various video sources (TiVo, 4K Apple TV and Roku Ultra) through my connected in-ceiling speakers. Video Downscaling – For this test, I connected a 1080p TV to another HDMI port and played 4K content. The video on both the 4K TV and 1080p TV displayed as expected. *** using a DAC is not a requirement because there are corresponding 1/8 analog jacks that you can use with a 1/8 to RCA Y-connector. Overall, everything that I said in my previous reviews remains the same. I have 4K TVs ranging in size from 40” to 75” (2 Samsung’s, 1 LG and 3 Vizio’s) and they all worked very well with the three No Hassle matrices that I’ve had in my project. The serial driver has worked flawlessly in each case. This matrix deals with all types of sources (TiVo, 4K Apple TV and Roku Ultra) with no notable hiccups. This matrix does its job and more. Link to previous review -
  10. Sorry just seeing this. I have not experienced any failures or issues with my No Hassle AV matrix or receivers. In fact, I’ve owned two different models of their 4K matrices. I purchased the first one on Amazon and because I was one of their first Control4 users, about a year later, they called and asked if I wanted to be one of the testers of their new model that I referenced as the OP of this thread. Both matrices were rock solid. About two weeks ago, I received another call to act as a tester of their new model that does HDR, ARC, audio extraction and downscaling. It is now integrated and I will be posting another review shortly. Here is the link to the new model. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZ4T21Q I have owned a JAP setup since 2010. It is still running, but is now relegated to providing service to a few 1080p 24” Visio TVs that I have around the house. It has been rock solid too, but I have had a few transmitters, receivers and a lot of power supplies fail. Everything electrical will fail, some sooner than later and some will fail for no apparent reason and without warning. When I told my original Control4 installer that I wanted to go with Just Add Power, he didn’t recommend it because he wasn’t familiar with the company or its technology. I found JAP because I couldn’t afford a $10,000 “name brand” matrix in 2010 ... I still can’t afford it, but my lower priced JAP system, that few dealers had heard of in 2010, is still running 10 years later. Hopefully, it plays out similarly for my No Hassle matrix. No Hassle AV is Just Add Power ten years ago, a video matrix company trying to get a foothold into the home automation market. I don't know what it takes to become a Control4 partner, but I will make the suggestion that they explore the possibility. I'm pretty sure if it means spending money or raising prices to become "official", it will be a hard sell because that defeats the idea of staying a company that makes affordable and reliable video distribution switches. Link to new review
  11. May I be included in your beta? I have an I7.
  12. Does this give you the ability to show and control different content on all screens? Which virtual matrix driver can do this?
  13. I use Vizio SmartCast model D24f-F1 and the Annex4 driver for my smaller TVs. They work very well together.
  14. Vizio SmartCast D32f-F1 works with the Annex4 Vizio driver (I have three D24f-F1 TVs that work using the Annex4 Vizio driver) LG has 32" Smart TVs that should work with the Annex4 LG driver assuming they are running webOS 3.0 or later. They all work seamlessly with regular TV commands as well as with the Smart TV features.
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