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  1. Thank you! I'll give this a shot and see how it goes. Any concerns with me using one contact and relay to feed more than one amp? Awesome. Thank you!
  2. Thanks, @mujtaba.khokhar. Bear with me as I'm not too familiar with IFTTT, but I don't see anything related to the Nest Hello doorbell. I've also searched in Composer for any kind of driver but haven't been able to find anything. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I'd prefer to trigger the announcement via IP if possible because I might be losing all of my contacts to another project I'm working on. Thanks again!
  3. I've been wanting to get the triggers on my amps working for a few reasons. I'm still unclear of a few things and any help that can be provided is appreciated. I have an HC-800 as my controller, two Control4 audio matrices, and four 12-channel amps with triggers. If it helps, the amps are the TruAudio A75 amps. I have only used the audio sensing on the amps in the past, so as of today, the amps don't exist in the Control4 programming but everything works fine. Can I use a single relay on the controller for more than one amp if I need to? I understand that I'll turn on both amps when the trigger fires but I just want to make sure the circuitry won't get anything. I'm already using two of the relays for garage door sensors and I only have two others available. I've only used audio sensing in the past and didn't necessarily associate specific zones with specific amps but I'll try to clean it up and group things as much as possible. Is there a generic amp driver that I can use to bind the connections in Composer? I need a contact and relay for each trigger, correct? @kylejdavies, can you walk me through the wiring? Thanks again!
  4. Can you point me to how this would need to be wired to trigger an announcement through Control4? That's the only functionality I'm after right now. Thank you!
  5. I've been trying to figure out how to use Google Assistant devices with my whole home audio system that is managed by Control4. I've tried to research how others are dealing with this lack of functionality and haven't come up with much other than replacing amplifiers or trying to find some EOL'd Google Chromecast Audios. Having already invested in very nice hardware that only seems to lack this functionality, my goal is to add to my existing system rather than replace components. All that I'm after is, "Hey Google...play (this song)" and have it play on the much larger speakers in the room using the default music service configured in the Google Assistant. After doing some testing, I found something that can work. I took a Chromecast with an HDMI output, connected it to an HDMI audio extractor, and then took the stereo output into the input on my Control4 audio matrix. In Composer, I configured the audio matrix port to switch the audio source for the room when audio is sensed. I then configured the Google device to use the Chromecast as the default music speaker, and when using Google Assistant to play a specific song, everything works beautifully. I am now trying to figure out the best way to deal with the volume levels. Control4 has its own levels for the room, but the Chromecast also has its own controls. When using the Google Assistant to change the volume level, it changes the volume of the default music speaker, ultimately being the Chromecast in this example. To address this problem, one thought was to have Control4 set the volume of the room to something like 80 when the Chromecast is the source. This way, the volume level doesn't have to change through Control4 and the Chromecast can ultimately set the volume level. Is there a downside to this approach? By all means, please feel free to poke holes in this setup and educate me if there are other options available. It's amazing to me that more hardware solutions aren't available for what I'm after, but maybe people aren't chasing it as much as I'd think. Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you!
  6. Any chance that you can post some screenshots? Also, are you using a specific driver for this, or just the standard voice scenes? Thank you!
  7. Is it possible to have Control4 play an announcement when the Nest Hello button is pressed? I thought I could do this with IFTTT, but I don't know what's possible anymore as I haven't been following the latest with IFTTT and Google integrations. Thank you!
  8. I can try to help here. Are you wanting both zones to play the same source from the start, or are you trying to add a zone after the first zone starts to play? If the latter, it can be done through the Control4 app just by adding the room to the existing audio stream.
  9. I'm trying to test a few things with a Chromecast Ultra. In Composer, I see that it might be possible to use sensed video or audio as an event, but I don't see a way to change the source number. Is this possible? Thank you for your help.
  10. I'm trying to help a family member with their current security camera situation. I don't have any experience with security cameras, and I've been wanting to add some to my own home, so maybe now is a good time to dive in. In short, my family member currently has a Control4 HC-800 as their controller, and they have a third party security camera system that isn't integrated with Control4. Though the security cameras were only installed just a few years ago, the installer decided to pull coax instead of Category cable for some reason. My family member isn't happy with the video quality and is looking to upgrade. I imagine that only having coax cable available is going to limit our camera options. I'm not opposed to running new cable if needed, but it's definitely going to be a challenge. With that said, I have a few questions: Are there any wireless cameras that are worth looking at for outdoor use? Can the coax connections be used for anything, including just power? Do good-quality cameras require dedicated Category cable runs for each camera, or can they connect to a switch? The reason I ask is there is a Cat 5e cable near where some of the new cameras would be installed. It currently serves a wireless AP but if a switch can serve some of the cameras, I can make that work. Along with any kind of new cameras, I know that an NVR will be needed, and I don't have a clue what's needed. In the end, this setup will only have four to five cameras in total. They'd like to not have to pay for any kind of monitoring service if possible, but they'd like to go back and view footage as needed. Lastly, should I worry about integrating the cameras with Control4? As I mentioned, this person is currently using an HC-800, but they'll make the jump to a newer controller if needed. What are the pros and cons of having the cameras integrated with Control4? Viewing the live feeds within the Control4 app is a plus rather than using a third party app, but again, I don't have any experience with security cameras and don't know what they do/don't need. I know that I'm all over the place, but I promise that I'm a good student. Any help from those of you that have been there and done that is appreciated!
  11. Thanks, @msgreenf! I was hoping that was the case, but I haven't played with this type of setup at all so I wasn't sure what to expect. Does anybody have any thoughts on the audio side of things? I assume that nothing has changed with this update, but it doesn't hurt to ask. I'm dying to give Google Assistant a command to play Spotify in a certain room and have it use my whole-home audio system. I've already put the money into the Control4 audio matrices and nice amps, and now the actual sources are the problem. I have some close family members that own VSSL and they make an amp that includes a Cast device for each amp zone, but going that route would cause me to replace all of my amps that I currently have. Additionally, I'm still not clear on what issues would occur since Control4 wouldn't be aware of any of the Google commands that are handled natively by the VSSL amp. I'm dying here.
  12. Can the commands be sent from a phone with Google Assistant without requiring hardware like a Google Home? As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been holding out on everything until I can control audio from Google Assistant with my current configuration. I don't know how any of this stuff works because I haven't put any time into it yet.
  13. This is some good stuff! Does anything else Google-related come with this update, such as Cast capabilities? I have a great whole-home audio setup with Control4 matrices and some nice amps, but I can't control the system with Google Assistant as of today. The Chromecast Audios are end-of-life and I don't know of any other affordable alternatives for hardware that provide similar functionality. Being able to trigger music over the whole-home system through Google Assistant is at the top of my wish list right now, and I just feel like it's still so far away.
  14. Unfortunately, no luck. With the help of @jackstiffer, I flashed an HC-800 image to a new drive, put it in the HC-800, tried a factory reset, and nothing. The Link light blinks a few times, the Data light blinks once, and then nothing happens. I was certain that the new drive would fix it, especially since the old drive wasn't recognized when I connected it to my PC but the new drive came up as a new device with the same USB adapter. Any other thoughts before I throw in the towel? I'd really prefer to go the sub-$100 route instead of getting a new controller, especially since I'll need the EA-5. This HC-800 is only four years old. I'm really curious what went out on it.
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