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  1. Seems iOS is still very much on the two-app system. Personally I think that's better, some users might want to have the C4 app and not get the bloody doorbell ringing all the time......
  2. I have a system where pretty much every room is going to have a Sonos device hooked up to in-ceiling speakers. I also have a c4 video matrix and a c4 audio matrix. There are 3 video sources - a sky box and couple of Apple TVs - and 6 of the rooms have TVs hooked up. If I run connections from the outputs of the video matrix into the audio matrix, and then make connections from the outputs of the audio matrix to the line-ins of the relevant sonos boxes, and make the relevant connections in Composer, I'm assuming/hoping the system will be able to route the audio and flip the Sonos box to the line-in source. I'm also quite sure I need to NOT turn on the automatic line-in function on the Sonos boxes, in case the matrix leaves outputs live when they're not wanted. What I'm not so sure about is whether C4 will break any previously formed groups. e.g. user is listening to music in the living room and dining room, grouped in Sonos. User decides to stop listening to music. Sonos doesn't break the group at this point it just stops the music. User uses his SR260 to turn on the TV in the living room to watch the Sky box. Control 4 should turn everything on, make the video matrix connections, make (hopefully) the audio matrix connection, and flip the living room Sonos to line-in. But will the living room and dining room still be grouped? Do we have a command available to ungroup? I know there's a fair bit of anti-Sonos sentiment (and yes the integration is a poor shadow of it's old self, sadface) but "dump Sonos and use C4 native music" is simply not an option. I've got to make this work *bites fingernails frantically* Thanks for any input.
  3. The usuals will be along soon telling us everything is great. Meanwhile clients are lining up to replace DS2s with Ring or Nest Hello.
  4. Is there an easy way to disable Intercom Anywhere now that it has been rolled into the single app? Use the touchscreen for the door, phones and tablets all ringing as well is annoying.
  5. I'm trying to add some cameras that are directly attached to an NVR. I have followed your instructions to a T. The cameras are found, the info pours into the various boxes when the final step is done (entering the IP). However I only ever manage to get a static image. If I change the substream in the camera's own settings page to MJEG and set the camera driver to use the substream (preferred stream 2) the feed starts coming through nice and smooth. But then at some point the NVR resets the substream to H264 - there is no option in the NVR to choose MJPEG. It was my understanding that the EA controllers and T3 touchscreens had support for h264 so I don't know why it isn't working.
  6. I saw your previous post about the Denon not turning on with the Sonos, then this one saying you did it with programming. Have you installed the Sonos network driver?
  7. Ok weirdly it started to work after some delay so I retract the "not doing much" comment Is there any way to access the cameras directly connected to the NVR or will I have to go with a separate PoE switch to get access to them (if you don't mind opining on the problem!) Cheers
  8. I'm aware this is a massively old thread but I can't find a more recent one on the topic. Can you list what cameras this driver supports? Because I've just tried it with an RLC-410 and it doesn't do much at all. and it works! Also are you still doing any work with Reolink because a way to get the cameras through their NVR would be nice, the NVR seems to put them on a weird subnet and I can see no way to change it. Only solution I see is to not use the inbuilt PoE switch and use my own instead so I can get at the cameras directly...? Sadly this product was thrust upon me by the client and I'm trying to do the best I can with it.
  9. Anyone know how to change the API "root" account password manually? I updated the firmware and it assigned it's automatic new password, then it seems to have forgotten it and so C4 can't communicate with the DS2. I managed to log in to the webUI using the old totalc4 password (as if it had reverted to that), but putting that into the password box in composer didn't help. I'm hopeful of a way to do this without having to open up the unit and doing a button factory reset, the "revert settings" in the webUI seems to do sod all. I've looked at KB 000004855 which shows the API users, doesn't help. Figured it out, if you are foolish enough to do a factory reset (which you might think would mean reset to out-of-box settings, but nooooo), it nukes all the HTTP API settings back to 2N factory defaults (which = nothing). KB 000004856 if you have access.
  10. CA-1 > iLight RS485 interface directly. "It just works". Wrote my own serial driver, got all the commands by hooking my laptop up to the Crestron (hack, spit) processor and pressing buttons on the old touchscreens and reading the output. Programmed a load of experience buttons with the relevant scenes. The SI-2 would have given control of the actual light loads, i.e. would have been the proper way to do it, but it just wasn't possible. Somehow it all came together in the end. Thanks for at least trying to help
  11. Actually I meant I would try using the output of the CA1 instead. At first I tried normal RS232 and nothing happened at all, which was weird, then I wired up for direct 485 from the CA1 (pins 6 and 8 out of the rj45) and (after loads of fiddling and swearing) it works! Sudden new appreciation for this dinky little box, it's serial port is on par with a CP3 - 232 (allegedly..), 422 and 485 straight out. If anyone is reading, is there a 'command' to leave a pause between messages sent out that I can use in the driver editor. i.e. "@SS02:A22:F00\r\n@SS02:A22:F00\r\n" I need 100ms pause between sending those two strings. Otherwise I'll just have to split all the commands into singles and do it in programming. Easy. Job done!
  12. I'll try the serial port on a CA-1, I understand it's a "real" one as opposed to the EA-3..?
  13. I am aware of that device. Long story short, I'm replacing a CP3 which talked to the iLight over 485 and I don't have access to the internals of the iLight panels due to very stupidly built joinery, so going 485 is highly preferable.
  14. edit: no it's not, but the CA-1 is. I'll always have one laying around in future! The "IR" outputs that can also be used for serial on the EA3 of course have just 3 pin rs232 (GND, RX, TX). Is this enough to attach to an RS232 to RS485 adapter and get communication going? I have the DTech 232-485 adapter. I have a USB adapter for testing on my laptop. I am using the Generic serial driver from Yatun to send commands. When I try via 232 (EA3 -> 3.5mm-DB9 adapter -> USB adapter -> laptop) the comms works perfectly, I get my full strings received: "@SS01:A07:F03" (this is for an iLight system) When I try via 485 (EA3 -> 3.5mm-DB9 adapter -> 232-485 adapter, output via [T/R+] / [T/R-] -> USB adapter -> laptop) I see the RX light flash on my usb adapter but I just receive "m". Am I trying to do something that just won't work? Do i require a full-sat serial port to do this? Or am I just using the wrong ports on the 485 side? I have a choice of [RX-]/[RX+]/[T/R-]/[T/R+] but I'm worried to try tying outputs together or anything like that in case I just blow it. Do I need to power the adapter, it claims to be bus powered but I'm not sure from which side.. As you can tell I am not familiar with serial communication and have been thrown in to this without any help just an instruction to make it work Thanks in advance if anyone can help. The C4 tech support guy thought it should work, suggested I might need to power the adapter or short some of the outputs together.
  15. Is there any way to generate a snapshot of an analog camera connected to a DVR on a PC on the network then serve that up to C4? Or any other ideas? This is a real sticking point in a project, it's annoying when something is supposedly supported but "oh no, that part doesn't work sorry". Of course I should buy all this kit myself and test everything first but, you know...
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