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  1. All, I am intrigued by OS3, so I'm starting to think about moving away from the HC250's in my system. My main controller is an EA-3, but I have HC250's in 2 other rooms with connected AVR's and TV's. One is a pretty straightforward change to an EA-1, but the setup in our bedroom is a little trickier. That controller drives a Denon AVR, via HDMI, which is easy enough, but the analog ports drive a Kohler Bathroom Amp as part of our DTV+ setup in the master bathroom. That output is set up as a separate room in C4 currently. The amp only has wired analog in or Bluetooth. The solution works well, but it would seem that I either need to get a C4 controllable audio extractor and switch to control the Master Bath or put in an EA-3 instead of an EA-1 to get analog audio outputs. The EA-3 is otherwise overkill for this application so I am looking for suggestions on how best to handle it. Thanks, Jim
  2. I was running well on FreeNAS for a long time, but the latest builds of that OS don't seem to support SMB 1.0 either. Both Control4 My Music and Sonos can no longer access my shares. Both products really need to update their SMB clients. At the recommendation of my remote dealer, I loaded MiniDLNA on a FreeNAS jail and access my music files through Control4 using the DLNA driver. That has worked well for me for the most part and I don't plan to go back to the file share route. I would assume there is some sort of Windows based DLNA server software you could run as an alternative, though the Control4 driver has a pretty short list of supported servers mainly tied to NAS hardware. Jim
  3. I agree with the comment above and would add that Playstation Vue is also available on Roku and works very well in my experience. I dropped Spectrum about a month ago and picked up PS Vue. I bought Roku's for all 3 of my TV's. The C4 integration is actually better than the Roku by itself because you can program mini drivers to take you directly into the streaming services without going through the Roku home screen. Highly recommend both services. Jim
  4. Sonic, Mine is wired to my EA-3, then out to matrix amps for distribution. I had not thought about programming based on signal sensing, that is a great idea. I will play with that, thanks for the thought! Jim
  5. Gary, How is that set up? On my system, I am using the native Sonos/Alexa integration to pick what music I want on Pandora, that works well. However, I still need to set my Control4 system to the Sonos Connect source in the room that I want to listen in. I can use the Epic driver for that, but it is still a 2 step process. Are you using something different or is your living room set up as a default room in the Sonos driver? Thanks, Jim
  6. Thanks for the quick replies, I appreciate the information! Jim
  7. I'm intrigued by the Z2IO, I was not aware of the product until now. If I have 2 garage doors, do I need a Z2IO on each, or is there a way to have a 2nd contact switch talk to a single Z2IO? Thanks, Jim
  8. Cy's comment about the matrix amp brings up a question for me. I currently have 3 speakerpoints in my system in addition to a 4 zone matrix amp. If I wanted to replace the speakerpoints, what would be my best approach? Is there a way to "stack" an additional 4 zone matrix amp other than splitting all the inputs?
  9. Can anyone tell me if the C4 Pandora driver supports Pandora Premium without dealer updates or changes? I am currently using it with Pandora Plus and getting a little bored with the limited library. I am trying Amazon Unlimited through my Sonos Connect and found it just OK, though it is not helped by the limitations of the new Sonos driver. Seems like Spotify Connect has some of the same limitations. I have not seen much conversation about Pandora Premium though. On the surface, it seems to have a library that rivals Spotify and I have always liked the ability of Pandora to create stations on the fly. If the C4 integration is like the other Pandora services it feels like it might be good choice. Any thoughts on this or Pandora Premium in general? Thanks, Jim
  10. Thanks for the quick response, that relieves my mind. My speakerpoints are all wired and I am currently on 2.9.1 on my controllers with advanced audio turned off. Sounds like I can just stay this way on 2.10 once I go there. Thanks again! Jim
  11. Can anyone else confirm that Speakerpoints no longer work under 2.10? This would be a big deal to me as I have 3 of them in my current system. Thanks, Jim
  12. Another big +1 for Matt. He recently helped me out on some upgrades and an install of the Epic driver for Alexa. Matt is very responsive, reasonably priced and easy to work with. I will definitely be using him again.
  13. I agree with this statement. I just don't see Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. getting their hands dirty by entering into hardware intensive automation tasks such as AV control. Their solutions are all about the cloud. I have an Echo and like what it does for me, but the pattern is clear. They will work with other things in my home that are cloud enabled (my Nest devices, for example), and definitely want to pull in other cloud enabled services (e.g. Pizza Hut and Starbucks in addition to Amazon itself) and let me access them through their platform. However, at this time I don't see using the cloud to seamlessly integrate my TV, AV Receiver, cable box and other sources, all from different vendors using multiple control methods (IP, IR, serial, etc.) I think the signal that this is changing is when one of these companies acquires Control4 or one of its direct competitors. Until then I am going to keep enjoying my C4 system and not worry too much about Google and their brethren putting them out of business.
  14. DownBytheRiver, My system started out with an HC250 as the main controller, and I was at over 80% capacity on storage with a music collection half the size of yours. I am not surprised to hear you are having issues. Upgrading to an EA-3 solved the issue nicely for me, last time I looked, I was more like 20%. I was also able to repurpose the HC250 to control TV and audio in another room that I had not automated on the first pass. Jim
  15. Fair question. My system is something of a hybrid, with three controllers driving four receivers, and three standalone speakerpoints in addition to my matrix amp. So, connecting it just to the amp makes the Sonos sources available to less than half of my zones mostly on the main level of the house. Distributing it digitally is a much better solution in my particular situation.
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