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  1. Absolutely option 2. Have all devices visible in Control4 but use Lutron phantom buttons to do scenes. Otherwise you will have popcorn effect. At least for « larger » scenes (more than 2 or 3 loads controlled at the time). Bit of work but worth it.
  2. Ankuse, this is a common problem and has been covered a few times on the forum. Best is to find a good friendly remote dealer/programmer who will help you transfer the system and make it yours. I suggest you do a quick search on the forum. A few options will be available to you and several of them will come highly recommended by other folks like you (and me...). There are some great installers on this forum and they will help you in no time. A good practice is always to contact 2-3 and share your situation/need with them. You can decide from there the best fit for you. 99% of the work does not require a local programmer and usually you will find much better service at better cost on this forum than via a local company... At least, it has been my personal experience. Good luck and don't shy away from asking the most basic questions on the site as you start "playing" with your system (once you have access to it of course...). It can do pretty much anything you want!
  3. +1 on the sticky idea. I made a similar suggestion a couple of days ago. Helping new Control4 owners navigate their new system is a no brainer. It would be good for everyone (Control4, installers, users and of course new owner!). I am sure it will be controversial but maybe reference a few (vetted) online programmers who would commit to a one-time fixed fee to transfer ownership of the system and offer basic training. Most people, when they buy a house with a Control4 system, have zero clue what to expect (features, cost, programing....). Having a place where you can get access to a few honest and reliable pros who can help them start could be priceless. That first impression with Control4 stays with you for a long time. Now, for the negative comments about Control4, nothing is perfect. But some people will use their time to make constructive comments to improve things and help other. Others will use it to be negative without offering constructive solutions. I keep on going back to this forum as most members and visitors are in the former category - help (each other) make things better and have a great experience. I am grateful for all the advice I have received and allowed me to go from a skeptic to a happy user who constantly improves my family experience
  4. Personally been using a Honeywell (now called Resideo) Vista system for years with my Control4 system. Works perfectly well. Both standalone with Honeywell keypads and iPhone TC2.0 app, and within Control4. A lot of alarm companies install those and they are extensively monitored. I don't remember precisely (was some time ago) but you may need to add a module to communicate with Control4 and I can't remember if driver was free/native Control4 or premium. It has worked very well for me and additional sensors are cheap and quite easy to install.
  5. Welcome to the Control4 journey! You will enjoy the flexibility of the system and make your own opinion about the interface 😉 I am sure a number of the forum members (who are installers/dealers) have already reached out to you (via DM) to offer their help. Also check the "Looking for an Integrator" section. Some names will pop up with stellar reviews from end users. Don't be shy about creating a post where you explain your situation and what you are looking for. It will help installers get an idea of what you are looking for and timeframe, leading hopefully to compelling pricing for you. Most of them become long term partners to the end users, getting involved once or twice a year to go through list of upgrades and changes as you have a better idea of what the system can do. No need to have everything nailed on day one - this is one of the benefits of the virtual model. I think it would be fantastic if you can share with the forum members your "journey" on this process over the coming weeks/months. I am sure a lot of new members will find it helpful. Share what worked well (and not as well), your cost to take over the system and making it yours, upgrading it over time... And maybe kudos to the best installers you have worked with. By the way the forum is a fantastic source of information about anything directly (or even loosely) connected to Control4. It will make your discussions with your installer more productive, saving time and cost for everyone. Also learn to use Home Edition too as it will give you more control that you think. It takes a little bit of time to do but it is quite intuitive. And you can even find online video training courses. Don't be shy asking for help, either posting in the forum or reaching out directly via DM. Most people will be delighted to help and compare notes with you. I have done this with a number of people (both ways) and did learn as much (if not more) as I shared. Have fun with your new system... and home!
  6. Coookie, as you can see, there are some incredible members on this forum, especially honest and knowledgeable dealers that will make you do things with your system you never suspected and at very affordable costs. By the way, (and I don't want to start another endless discussion about the dealer/install model), there is no doubt that having local dealers asking $600 to set an account for someone not familiar with Control4 is what leads to bad rep, systems pulled... Dealers have to make a living and best ones are priceless! But is it really good for anyone when a new Control4 user (typically house buyer) has that first experience with the system? How many of them decide to ditch their system? Shouldn't Control4 reach out directly to all users to share some best practices when selling a house for example including connecting buyer to an installer with a set one-time transfer fee that would include basic training? End users typically have a learning curve on the system and c4forums is an incredible resource. Maybe we can go one step further and create a sticky for new Control4 user who have inherited a new system. A step by step approach to taking ownership of their system and maybe some programmers on the site offering an "orientation package". I am sure it would lead to some long term productive and economically viable relationships... By the way, as my signature indicates, I am not a dealer but end user.
  7. gmilt, I suggest you post a list of all the Control4 equipment you have and would like to get rid of. There is even a section on this site for Buy/Sell. Unless your equipment is really obsolete (and even that should not necessarily be an issue), forum members will reach out to buy it from you. Make a quick list with item types/reference and number of units. It is very likely (if not certain) that all your dimmers, switches, locks, ... are Control4 specific and can't be reused with other systems. At least not easily/out of the box and not cost effectively. Your best bet is to sell them all and use the proceeds to buy either dumb or smart devices compatible with the system you want. The good news is that you don't need an electrician to replace a Control4 dimmer/switch/outlet by a dumb one. It takes a few minutes. Take a picture of your wiring and replicate. Make sure you turn the power to the circuit off... Ditto for locks - there is a good chance there will be a similar non Control4 model available. Depending on the brand, you could even simply replace the communication card inside the unit. Tell us what brand/lock you have and we can help. If you start by listing what you have in your Control4 install, I am sure a lot of members (including myself) will be happy to help you and tell you options you have and most likely offer to buy some parts at a fair price. This site has great members, always happy to help others especially those who have had unfortunate initial experiences with Control4. You will find help both to help you persist with Control4 or if you have made your mind, transition away from it. Just ask. Good luck and you will find help on the site.
  8. I think I read somewhere that Control4 and Total Connect (TC2.0) can't work at the same time. In my case, I can control my alarm from either the Control4 app or the TC2.0 app. Did I miss something? Any change with the new driver replacing the "obsolete" one?
  9. Is there such a receiver that could process Bluetooth, Airplay/Airplay 2 and HDMI (out from TV) and connect back to matrix. I am finishing a home gym that will include a TV and a Peloton. I am thinking of adding ceiling speakers wired back to central/C4 matrix. Based on above, I would ideally have a small receiver/switcher that would connect to the TV, Peloton, streamer (Roku or Nvidia) and iPad used in the gym and send signal back to Control4 matrix (as feed) which would then redistribute to chosen speakers (especially gym ones). Maybe I am overthinking this and should just add a couple of Bluetooth speakers or a Sonos soundbar. Thoughts and suggestions welcome. Thanks.
  10. Looking to buy Venetian bronze Kwikset Smartcode 910 traditional reference C4-KSDB-Z-VB (99100-003). Feel free to DM if you can help. Thanks.
  11. Thanks Eric. Very helpful to know that. Surprising that the native driver does not include those. They seem to be as important features to have, not really nice to have. Is long press in both drivers? Working well?
  12. Eric, can you share with is better on Videostorm than native Control4. Would be great as it is unclear what functionality differences are. Thanks
  13. Thanks. Great to hear. Anything missing vs the Videostorm one? Seems like a no-brainer but curious if any negative to adopting/switching to this new one.
  14. That's great. Is it an official Control4 driver or third party? And free or premium? please post your comments on your first impressions.
  15. As somebody mentioned before, central distribution made a lot of sense when devices were bulky and expensive. Is it always necessary? A Roku device that costs a maximum $99 (often way less) that can offer access to pretty much any TV service needed, including core channels, live sports (using for ex YoutubeTV, Sling,...) and obviously all movies and TV series streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Apple TV, HBO Max,...) with minimal limitations of concurrent streams. They are tiny and perfectly controlled by Control4. Most users don't play DVDs anymore and don't need access to a Satellite or Cable receiver thanks to services above. One caveat is audio and it will depend on each situation. But again, there may be very elegant and cost effective solutions to have high quality audio for those TVs, well managed by Control4 without the need to deploy a complex and expensive HDMI matrix... I am not advocating against that approach but a strong internet connection, solid WiFi coverage, a few Roku devices, possibly an Audio Matrix and most importantly a great Control4 programer/installer may be a great way to save a lot of money, minimize complexity (and ongoing support costs) and offer an excellent user experience.
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