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  1. In my case you definitely cannot see inside, even when it's dark outside and the lights are on inside. For most people I think it would be adequate for privacy.
  2. I bought from https://www.smarttint.com and my contractor (who was remodeling my house) did the install. Mine is low voltage and just wired to a normal on/off switch. John
  3. I have it on my front door window. There's a switch by the door that turns it on (makes it transparent). I use it sort of like a peep hole. I thought this was going to really freak people out, but most people never even notice. But it's definitely a really cool effect. I do not have it integrated with Control4, namely because the only time we use it is when we are standing at the door, so I didn't bother to put in a C4 switch. But there's no reason it couldn't be. You'll need to use a switch and not a dimmer, at least according to what I was told. So I'd verify with the company before tr
  4. So does anyone have a recommendation for an alternative professional solution that works on the Mac, has great Control4 integration, is a true NVR and not cloud-based and can be displayed and controlled on a TV via HDMI? I didn't pay that much for my Luma system compared to everything else in my house, so I'd be willing to replace it to get something meaningfully better. But typically the only alternatives I see are Hikvision, which is basically what I already have since Luma is a Hik re-brand. Incidentally, I have an M1 MacBook and can now run the Luma iPad app on MacOS. This is better
  5. Some great suggestions on here so far! Here are a few of mine. Apple Music - This might be an Apple limitation, but they do allow Sonos to do this. I can only assume there's some Apple problem here though, because I can't imagine Control4 would leave this out for any other reason. Airplay 2. Open/documented REST API (good one, control4user007!) When/Then to the level of HE, or better. Homekit/Siri integration - This is not an Apple limitation, but to get Siri working they effectively end up supporting all of Homekit (i.e. you'd be able to control C4 devices via the H
  6. I wrote my own MyQ driver. The API was easy to reverse engineer, and I've only had to fix it once when they made a change. But I did this as a stop gap measure until an official driver was released. I'm annoyed to hear that won't be happening. I also didn't know that you couldn't just hook up a relay to one of these garage door openers. That was my plan B! 😞
  7. I have a Luma NVR (effectively a Hikvision OEM from what I understand) and have become dissatisfied for a number of reasons (losing Mac browser support being one), so I've been in the market for a replacement and have considered UniFi. If UniFi is "meh", then what do people consider the best choice? And what makes that choice better than the rest in your opinion?
  8. I'm also on the 501, and it's only a couple of years old so I'm very annoyed that they'd not support this. I hope it's just that they haven't completed it yet. It's possible that the 501 doesn't have the hardware or other features necessary to make the plugin-less version work. I understand they can't support old things forever, but this is a pretty new device and it's effectively broken for Mac users. The irony is I went with Luma specifically because they promoted their Mac support. Alternatively, porting the iOS app to MacOS (if done competently) would suffice.
  9. I've seen similar behavior, but it's even weirder because I would get some notifications, some of the time. The last time this happened I solved it by rebooting the controller. You can always give that a try.
  10. I dug out my old Fire tablet today and installed the OS 3 app on it. It's noticeably slower in all metrics than my iPhone Xs Max. The app is slow to start (not talking about the connection to C4, but just loading the app) and slower to respond. My Fire tablet is old, likely older then what others are using, and definitely older and slower than any modern Android phone. Since that's the only Android device I have I can't do an apples to apples comparison. Of interest though, once the app is loaded and the "Connecting to my Control4 System" message appears, the time to connect is at least as fas
  11. I don't have the Cinegration driver, but the MyQ API (which they likely reverse engineered) is still working correctly and hasn't changed from what I can see.
  12. Assuming you're not just teasing us iPhone users :-), that's an interesting observation. My experience with 2.0 was that it was always instant (on iOS). I also have (somewhere) a Fire tablet that had 2.0 on it and it didn't seem any faster to me. But that $50 Fire tablet is admittedly a lot less powerful than a modern iPhone or iPad. My theory that the start up delay is due to new authentication requirements seems less likely though if Android on 3.0 is faster/instant. Can someone with both devices do a side by side test and determine what the differences really are? I'm speaking of 3.x,
  13. The 2.0 app was faster, usually instantaneous in fact. The only time there was a delay was when it needed to update after a settings change (refresh navigators, etc). But in normal use it launched nearly instantly. I assume others have the same recollection and experience? If not, perhaps I was just lucky. I do not know. The 3.0 app is a lot better than it used to be, for sure. But still takes 1-3 seconds, and often can be longer. The first time I launched it today it took over 10 seconds. I suspect when it takes a really long time it's due to something being paged out of RAM on the cont
  14. My experience has been consistent ever since 3.0 was released in that it is slower to connect than 2.x was. 3.0 was the slowest and later releases have improved things. So clearly C4 is aware of these issues and working to improve them. As a developer, I know from experience that it may not be as simple to fix this as some may suggest. There may be many different factors contributing to this which make it harder to solve than we'd like to think. But since reports are that the Android version is faster, that gives me hope that it's just a matter of time before this is worked out. Fingers crosse
  15. With MacOS Catalina Luma VMS for Mac is no longer supported as it's a 32-bit app. According to the Luma PDF they are working on a 64-bit version. Does anyone know when this will be available? The entire experience of using the Luma cameras on a Mac has been terrible ever since the web interface stopped working, and now we don't even have the app. I wish they would consider porting the iPad app to MacOS using Catalyst.
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