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  1. Please contact me via email (josh@varietassoftware.com)... if I haven't updated your unit yet, it probably just needs to be updated to the latest OS and software, which I am happy to handle for you.
  2. 1. The complete list of supported device drivers and proxies is included in the driver documentation accessible via Composer after adding it to a project. 2. There's no special language for this driver in particular. Siri is Siri no matter what is underneath reacting to her commands. The best bet here is to review Google for Siri tips. 3. This is one of the most tedious parts of setup. Unfortunately, there's not a good way around this yet. If you think about it, there's not a perfect way to do this. HomeKit lets you add devices, and individual devices (the lightbulb or switch) doesn't generally know where you've installed it. So the HomeKit protocol doesn't have a way to pre-assign rooms based on pre-determined data or algorithms. Thus, you must place each discovered device into a HomeKit room. The best thing I've found to do so far is to make my HomeKit rooms match Control4 rooms, and I just put the devices there when I do the install. 4. I've personally found the best practice to be the following: a: install driver and import devices to homebridge. b: rename devices in the web portal to include room names and more descriptive text, which helps during HomeKit setup. 😄 pair the homebridge in HomeKit and use the long names to more easily place devices in rooms. d: Once devices are all placed, rename in HomeKit to make customer happy. 5. Vince's guidance is definitely good. Virtual switches are powerful concept that can be used for all sorts of things.
  3. Glad to hear you got it all worked out! Have fun!
  4. I plan to work on getting shade support eventually, but I've been a bit busy lately with day job and COVID stuff. RE integration, my driver can only support exposing C4 stuff into HomeKit. There's no way that I'm aware of right now to bring HomeKit stuff into C4.
  5. Please send me a direct email at josh@varietassoftware.com and I'll get you setup.
  6. I updated my system to OS 3 about a month ago and have had no problems at all since. So far, all is well. If I haven't updated your unit's OS yet, that may be the issue. Homebridge evolved to the point where it needed an OS update on many of my original units to keep up with all the updates. Please contact me by email, and I can work out your issue for you. For the benefit of folks here: 1) My system fully supports OS 3. 2) Version 1.16 of the driver was the last version on Houselogix. The only update in Version 1.17 was to move to BlackWire's licensing system so I can sell through their platform. 3) I chose not to do an "auto-upgrade", on the principle of "if it's not broken, don't screw with it". If something is not working and you need to update, or if I release new device compatibility and you want to have the new features, that's the time to update. You can easily update all the plugins and such on the appliance through the web portal.
  7. Just have to contact me via email at the support address. The issue is that the pi OS needs an upgrade. Homebridge evolved to the point where it needs the latest OS updates as well. It's a very easy update for me to do for you.
  8. It's possible, but I've been less than thrilled with Apple's Garage Door access. Because it's a "home security" issue (opening portals to your home), Apple doesn't allow you to use Siri to open/close garage doors while the phone is locked... which is to say... "most of the time". So when I'm coming up to my driveway, I say "Siri, open my garage doors" and Siri tells me she can't do that because my phone is locked. Then I have to fish my phone out, unlock it, and repeat my command. That works... but if I have to unlock my phone, the whole point of Siri voice commands is pretty much useless. I haven't found a way around this yet. HOWEVER... since you have an Apple Watch "always unlocked" on your wrist, you CAN open garage doors using Siri and your watch without too much hassle. The total costs vary depending on whether you provide your own hardware or not. You at least need a license for my driver. But after that, it's possible to setup the homebridge stuff entirely DIY if you want to, for no additional cost. If you want to license my OS image, you can purchase that for $50, or a drop-in ready-to-install homebridge hardware appliance can be purchased from my site as well. This will give you much more than garage doors. It unlocks all HomeKit compatible hardware from Control4 for use with HomeKit/Siri.
  9. That’s exactly how I’d do it... link a dummy light and then map that to a HomeKit scene with just that device in it. You can do a LOT with dummy lights and dimmers and C4 programming.
  10. There’s a hard limit on total devices. There’s also a hard limit on number of devices per bridge.
  11. Yep. I use it myself and don’t plan on quitting just yet. It’s been fairly stable so hasn’t needed TOO much care and feeding.
  12. You CAN but it would be a much more DIY approach. You wouldn’t get my web interface.
  13. Your advice is actually incorrect. HomeKit has a hard limit on the number of devices per bridge. If you exceed that limit, HomeKit won’t talk to ANY of the devices on that bridge. So my system automatically creates multiple bridge services as needed in order to support the total device list. It sounds like one of the services got stuck. You should use the advanced options to “clear persistent data” and then restart homebridge (via the web portal) and try again.
  14. I have thermostats in my system and haven't had any issues, so it could be specific to your thermostat model rather than universal. If you send me the homebridge crash logs, I can take a look and see if it's easily fixable. As for Control4 scenes.... there isn't a way to "link" Control4 scenes to HomeKit scenes. But you can use a "virtual switch" and C4 programming to tie a switch in HomeKit to C4 scene state and use HomeKit scenes to react to the C4 scene and do whatever you like. Or use actions from inside HomeKit to trigger C4 scenes by turning on the switch in HomeKit. There's lots of possibilities here.
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