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  1. Very excited for you Neil. But a big loss for many of us and the broader Control4 community. Your talent and attitude will be missed by all of us who have interacted with you over the years. All the best for your new role and I have no doubt you will do incredibly well.
  2. By the way, Baldwin lock works great. Very reliable and batteries last months. And you get warnings when batteries run low.
  3. Have you looked at the Monoprice HDMI switches? Cheap and in my experience, have always worked well. I know they have 5x1 HDCP 2.2 models. https://www.monoprice.com/category/adapters,-switches,-&-splitters/audio-video-distribution/audio-video-switches A good installer will program your Control4 quickly to enable full control via IR.
  4. Hey Alan, thanks for taking the time to reply. I reached out to Audioquest and here is their response All our HDMI cables are capable of carrying signals up to 18 Gbps as per HDMI 2.0 specs.That includes UHD/4K – 30 Hz – HDR (with Chroma set to standard 4:2:0). With passive HDMI cables these values can be stretched a bit, with active cables (10 meter / 30 ft and up)these values are pretty strickt. Which AQ HDMI cable and which length do you use? The usual suspect for ‘bandwidth overload’ is the Chroma setting. Please check if the Nvidia unit is set to 4:2:0. Also, is HDMI pass-through enabled in your AV receiver? It seems that if I could reduce the resolution of my Shield to 4K 30Hz HDR 4:2:0, I should be ok. I think this is what I have my Roku at. But I can't manage to change the resolution (always default to autodetect and can't start in safe mode - A-B pressing on USB keyboard not working...). Coincidentally, I have just received my IRUSB and ready to go on Control4! Thanks again for any suggestion you may have. And running a cable directly between TV and Stealth is really not a practical option based on physical configuration...
  5. I am waiting for my IRUSB to be able to control my new Nvidia Stealth. But I have hit a wall on connecting it to my TV via my Denon X220W receiver. After some extensive troubleshooting, I have come to the conclusion that the HDMI from the receiver to the TV is the culprit, even though it is successfully passing a 4K 30Hz HDR signal from my Roku... Basically, the unit boots and I see the Nvidia logo on the screen for a few seconds but then a black screen and no signal error message when it moves to a higher resolution and normally shows the Android logo. Immensely frustrating... The cable is an expensive Audioquest Forest run in the wall about 4 years ago. Basically, quasi impossible to swap. For some stupid reasons, a conduit was not installed... Luckily enough, I had requested a couple of CAT6 cables going from the receiver area to the TV. My questions... and all help would be great! - any suggestions on the Stealth unit to address the issue? It seems to be the result of the unit defaulting to a resolution higher than what the cable can support. I have tried to force a lower res on the unit (connected to another TV or via another cable) but it does not seem to "Save". - can I "boost" my HDMI signal? I don't remember the exact length of the cable but I suspect it is around 25ft or more. I can't find my invoice not the box and I don't think it says on the cable. If so, what would be a good and cost effective solution? - as last resort, could I use one of my CAT6 cables? And if so, what is your recommendation to enable, minimizing cost and maximizing quality and flexibility. Thanks a lot in advance once again for your precious help. I have to admit it has been very frustrating... Note: I am adding the Stealth to my ATV and Roku as I need to run a VPN to access some foreign programs. Unfortunately not a (at least performing) option on the other boxes...
  6. Can you provide more details on the changes/additions and how to get them. Thanks
  7. Thanks. Very helpful and good to know. Now the issue is to find a Shield Pro. They seem to be out of stock everywhere... I will return my regular one to Amazon and I hope it gets back in stock soon. Curious if anyone know where I can find one. Actually two. Thanks again!
  8. I apologize if it has already been covered but I want to make sure I dont make wrong assumptions: - can the regular Shield be controlled by Control4 or does it require a pro? - I’m confused on the drivers : seems that Videostorm and Chowmain have both a driver. Others? Is there a simple comparison and/or recommendation? - are there ways to create shortcuts (like mini apps) beyond traditional channels? I’m using Shield with a VPN for foreign TV apps/channels. thanks a lot in advance for help!
  9. Neil helped me again recently and as always, was great to work with. His knowledge is incredible and he truly cares about what he does and his customers‘ satisfaction. So great to be able to rely on him. He is the man!
  10. You can also use a Roku and create a shortcut to YouTube TV
  11. Has anyone tested those and will there be a way to control them in Control4? https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/3/20893709/ikeas-smart-blinds-review-fyrtur-kadrilj
  12. Is Amazon Music High Def available with a HC800 or only with an EA5?
  13. On a related note, can you create a Favorite "Home" page in Composer Home Edition or directly on iphone? One that would include shortcuts to activities from various rooms (ex. alarm, key lights, music...). Thanks
  14. I have a firewall that is blocking a connection from my main C4 controller to the IP address 50.63.202.68:443. I tried to look it up but could not find useful details. Does anyone know if it is legit and why my controller tries to connect to this server. I can whitelist the address and want to check first. Thanks
  15. That time of the year has come again. With this great event comes a flurry of TV deals. I am in a market for a cheaper TV that does not need to have all bells and whistles but needs to be reliably controlled by my C4 system. Any recommendation on brands to focus on vs. stay away would be great. And ideally which models have built in SDDP (I believe for Samsung for ex, it only starts at some point in the price range). I am quite curious about brands like Vizio, TCL, HiSense or even Sharp. This is a "secondary" TV. Ideally 4k and HDR as most sets do have it. But it is replacing an older 42" Samsung that has never worked well with C4, is not even full HD and is on a stand. A solid 55" will be a great upgrade 😉 Thanks in advance for your suggestions
  16. It looks like all those new products are officially released in March.
  17. +1 on Ubiquiti great quality at unbeatable price. They are killing competition and growing at an exponential pace. For all devices in the networking gear range.
  18. Another big plug for Neil who upgraded my install to 2.10 with zero pain while helping retire my HC300 and replace it with a new Z2IO that actually is great! It is always a pleasure to work with Neil - not only he is incredibly talented and professional but he is also such a gentleman! I wish I had met him years ago for my initial install. Now I know him, he is my absolutely go to person and I trust him 100%. Who thought upgrading or troubleshooting an installation could be fun and painless rather than a chore and a fight with you dealer. Thanks Neil for being here and supporting so many of us!
  19. +1 for Unifi solution with Cloud Key. The only thing cheap in it is the price! And they are taking the market by storm. Professional grade AP and networking gear, easy to install and configure but powerful at consumer prices. Schools, companies and obviously consumers are replacing their legacy expensive networking gear. Cloud key works fine. Basically acts as an always on controller. Updates AP seamlessly and offers monitoring/maintenance from anywhere. You will love it and save a lot of money!
  20. Cool. Look forward to it. I will create an account to be kept in the loop. For Screenlogic, I may be incorrect. But this is the same of the app that runs on iPhone and laptops. But it is based on both Easytouch and Intellitouch. In other terms, there is no standalone Screenlogic. I suspect Sally is referring to Easytouch (as opposed to Intellitouch). And I know one of the main differences between Intelli and Easy is the lack of third party access for Easy while Intelli allows it including with Control4. But by all means, try to see if Pentair would relax that and allow a Control4 driver.
  21. It would be interesting to see what Intellicenter brings. I agree that right now, ScreenLogic is really all your need. I have connected my Intellitouch i7 to Control4. It is expensive to do for a sub-par experience. Those pool companies are very much behind in terms of software development. They use Serial/9.6 protocols to communicate and the data is very limited. ScreenLogic is "unexpectedly ok" based on old those techs are. I look forward to this new Intellicenter and even more what the driverslab can create for us Control4 users. In the meantime, don't waste your money on trying to interface the legacy Intellitouch with Control4. And if you can't wait for Intellicenter, go the cheaper Easytouch - it is all you need with ScreenLogic. It will save you a lot of money that can be spent with our great remote dealers on this forum!!!
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