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  1. What type of "Ethernet converter"? Like a balun? Those help you go further but still not as good as true Ethernet IP data. Using a GC serial to IP would do the same thing as adding an HC 300 next to the panel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. IP data over ethernet is much more resilient than serial data. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I used a Honeywell 4100SM. The vista was a 128FB which means it was fire rated. Fire rated panels have to separate earth ground from the other ground so they can sense ground faults. Your panel is probably not fire rated so ground faults should not be an issue. But I think the GC device which solved my ground faults issue would also solve your distance issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I have used a serial over ip device from global cache to connect to a vista 128 and it worked great. My issue was when I connected the vista directly to the HC300 controller, the vista would go into ground fault. Using th GC device fixed that issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Here is how I did the programming. I have a dot in my Master Bedroom connected to Input 2 of my C4 Audio Amplifier. The speakers in that room are connect to Output 1. I created a variable called SourceMaster. Then in the "When audio starts being sensed on Audio Input 2" event for the amplifier I have: Set Variables->SourceMaster to the value of Amplifier->AUDIO_OUTPUT_01_INPUT Living->Amplifier Connect Audio Output 1 to Audio Input 2 Then for the "When audio stops being sensed on Audio Input 2" event I have: Set Living->Amplifier->AUDIO_OUTPUT_01_INPUT to the value of Variables->SourceMaster It works well for me. I later created another variable called AlexaRoom and I set this to the name of the room in the same sense event above like this: Variables->AlexaRoom = Master I have another dot in my Living room that I have set up the same way. This allows me to do room specific logic in the Voice Scene events. For example I have a voice scene called "Turn on Tivo News" and it has logic like this: If Variables->Alexa Room EQUAL TO Master Select the TiVo 1 as the video source in Master Bedroom Go to channel 504 on the Equipment Room->Tivo 1 If Variables->Alexa Room EQUAL TO Living Select the TiVo 2 as the video source in Living Go to channel 504 on the Equipment Room->Tivo 2
  6. Matt, Does this assume you already have the audio source for the room set to the echo dot? If so you would have to make sure you set the source to that before doing more voice commands. I wanted to make it simpler and also be able to use the dot even if the room is listening to something else or the TV is on which turns off the audio source. So I created events for the audio sense on the matrix/amp input that the dot is connected to. When is senses audio it saved the current input source and switches to the dot input. When it senses the audio stop, I have it switch back. It works pretty well, I can just use the dot and hear the output no matter what is going on in the room.
  7. Dave My dealer said something similar, he was going to try to play around with it in his own house but the last time I talked to him he could not get it to work. Does anyone have it set up like this, where one dot can play music through another dot connected to an audio matrix? I have had some luck configuring my dot in a room with speakers connected to an audio matrix amp. I have programming tied to the audio sense. When it senses audio from the dot, it saves the current output to a variable and then switches to the dot input. When it stops sensing, it switches back. This allow you to use and here the dot even if you are playing music from a different source. I am also playing around with setting a variable that sets which room the dot last sent audio from. Then in the voice scene driver I can check the variable to control devices in that room. For example if I am in my master bedroom and say "Alexa, turn on Tivo" it sets the video source in the master to tivo, but I can say the same command in the living room and it will turn it on there instead. I think this will work well as long as two people are not trying to do these commands at the same time...
  8. So what does the Echo Dot driver do beyond just a generic audio device? I do see events for it in programming: Power On, Power Off, Play, Stop, Pause, Track Changed. I don't see how the controller would even know about these events, it is not bound to the device with an IP address right? The only way I can see to use it would be to have a physical audio connection from each dot to a central amplifier, which is always on and connected to speakers in the same area as the dot. But if you ever switched that audio zone to a different source, the dot cannot talk back. Unless maybe you had and audio sense connected that triggered the source to switch back to the dot. But I would imagine there would be some delay and the first part of what Alexa says would be cut off.
  9. That is what we did. All this seems to do is make the audio from the dot play in the zone that is set to listen to it. But you have to talk to the dot that is connected to the audio input. We were hoping this would let you talk and give a command to a dot somewhere else, and then the dot that is connected to the server rack would play the music. You could run an extension from a more convenient location to have the dot to hear commands, but I see two issues with this. First it only lets you have one place in the house that you can control the audio from, and it forces all the audio out to the speaker zone not just music. So if you just wanted to ask about the weather or something you would have to set the room to be connected to the dot first. Ideally it would be great if you could have multiple dots throughout the house and have one of them be connected to the rack. Then you could ask alexa to play a song in a certain room and have it programmed to turn on the dot audio source for that room. This would also work well if you could from within C4 programming, determine which dot the command is coming from. Like right now I have two voice scenes, "Tivo in Master" and "Tivo upstairs". So I can say "Alexa, Turn on Tivo in Master" and I have the programming set to watch tivo in master. It works well enough, but if you could do the programming independantly for each dot, then I have have the voice scene turn on the source to whichever room the command came from and just say "Alexa, Turn on Tivo".
  10. I finally finished my upgrade for my controller to the EA-5. I am now able to use the Echo skill. My dealer installed the Voice Scene driver which is great, and also the new Control4 Echo Dot driver. Apparently you are supposed to be able to connect a separate dot directly to an audio input and then play the music to an audio zone. But we were not sure how to get it to work. Does anyone know how it is supposed to be configured? There are events in composer for when it powers on and off, as well as play, stop, pause, and track changed.
  11. I also have a 3020 and had this issue. I used Composer to turn on debug mode and found that the Epson driver was polling the projector very frequently, like every 30 seconds. When everything is working this does not cause an issue, but eventually for whatever reason the projector stops responding in a timely fashion. Even though the driver does not get a response the polling commands keep coming and queue up. So when a on or off command comes later the projector has to process all the preceding polls before it responds to the command. So like you, I would turn the room on and everything came up except the projector. I would then manually turn it on with the physical on button. It ended up where there were tens of thousands of commands queued up, mostly status polls but some on/off commands so the projector would "randomly" turn itself on and off. I ended up turning off polling in the driver, there is a button for it in Composer when you view the properties. Problem is it resets any time the controller reboots so I have to remember to go in and turn it off if the power blips etc. I would think the driver could be improved by not letting the poll queue build up higher than a certain number of commands. Also it would be good if it remembered the setting to disable polling between reboots. I also seem to remember trying a different driver for the Epson and having the same issue, but it has been a while...
  12. It turned out the controller lost the mesh. After my dealer opened the mesh I had to re-identify each device. Everything is working now. Is there a way to back up the mesh so that it can just be restored in a case like this? I came across others having to rebuild the mesh so it seems a somewhat common occurrence.
  13. We had a power outage today. Everything seems to be ok except for the zigbee mesh network. The remote does not work and the keypads do not work. I only have one controller, an HC-300. I am running 2.1.0. I have power cycled the HC-300 but that did not help. One strange thing, I am not sure the HC-300 itself was powered off during the outage as it is on a UPS and I don't think the power was out that long. The dimmers in the zigbee mesh would have lost power though... Any ideas on what might be the issue?
  14. I actually tried this and it still didn't work. A continuity test between pin 5 and the shield ground on the HC300 showed that they were connected internally. So there was really no way to split earth ground from signal ground due to the HC300 itself.
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