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  1. When door unlocks ? If user code is equal to (insert code) -> activate lighting scene. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Wish it was dirt cheap. I know I’d have a bit less lag and over better performance with a faster connection, but my ISP hasn’t been looking too cheap to upgrade. Although I probably haven’t looked in a year or so. Might be a good time to see what kind of deals are out there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Sounds like new router is the way to go. Others here have given great advice on product selection. Best of luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. We're (basically) on the same page. Yes, upgrading the router will help. But without doing the wi-fi, it won't help much (will only help wired devices). And yep, that was clearly a typo :). I usually take the approach that if real world performance is there (and I used streaming as an example, I also used downloading files as an example), why upgrade? Just so you have a BSD? OK, for some people that is a good reason. But to go spend money on a new router and pay someone to configure and install it, if he isn't experiencing any real-world issues, it may not be the best use of money. However, he has made it clear he wants to be able to run a speedtest and see that 1gbps. OK, you'll need a new router for that. And if he is experiencing any real world issues (as I enumerated earlier), then a new router will definitely help. I just don't believe in spending money to upgrade hardware if the client isn't going to see a performance improvement (or it will be minimal or undetected in real world). It's hard to tell in this case if he will - we do not know what the current performance is for gaming, downloading, streaming, etc. Is he experiencing any issues hardwired or on 5ghz with strong signal? If so, then new router. If not, I personally think it is a waste of money and wouldn't recommend it for my friends. But, as i said, he's the client - his money, his home. If that is what he wants, that is what we would do. BTW, I have a 4 person household with 2 teenagers, one who games constantly. I have a 100mbps pipe (with gigabit infrastructure). We have no issues. Everything works great with simultaneous gaming, Zoom meetings and classes, downloading files, etc.
  5. You've got to compare real-world usage. If you are regularly bogging down, streams are pausing, files are not downloading quickly (on wired connections - we've agreed your wifi needs work), then by all means upgrade your router. If wired performance is fine, why go through the hassle and expense of changing the router, other to say you did and to be able to say you have 1gig service? Let's do the math. A 4K stream from netflix uses 25-50gpbs. You can currently have 8-15 concurrent 4K streams. Better yet, let's take a real world example - you download 2gb files for work. How long does that take either wired or on the 5ghz frequency with strong connection? 2 minutes? OK, now it will take 1 minute if you double your WAN-LAN throughput. Yes, that is twice fast. But it is 1 minute. And don't forget, it isn't just your speed, it is the speed of the server you are accessing, it's pipe to the network, network congestion of the file getting to your home, etc,etc. Compare that to the difference of downloading that same file wirelessly using your 2.4ghz wifi. How long does that take? What is the improvement vs 5ghz? Now you can compare which is a 'bigger' issue - your WAN-LAN throughput or your wi-fi configuration. My hypothesis is your Wi-Fi is the bigger issue. Not only that, but I also think it is easier to solve as you don't have to worry about any custom configuration done on your existing router. Changing the router will have ZERO impact on your wi-fi performance, only wired, as your wi-fi seems to be configured pooly currently. You also have to factor in quality of life and the frustration factor of having poor wifi throughout. I guarantee that if you improve your AP configuration your family is going to notice (especially in the far reaches where the currently wifi doesn't reach or is a very weak signal) and is going to shower you with praise. Replace the router only and I'd venture to say they will barely notice. That's my $0.02. That's all it may be worth to you, but that is up to you to decide. {EDIT} One more thing I forgot to mention. If you are looking to do both router and wi-fi, then that will obviously give you best performance. But if you are looking to prioritize one or the other, then upgrading just the Wi-Fi will give you way more improvement than upgrading just the router would. I don't know how anyone can argue with that
  6. Your network should be designed around 5ghz coverage. That means that the APs should be 35-40 feet apart (depends on home layout and obstructions -glass, water, pipes, metal, appliance, etc). 2.4ghz should only be used for devices that can't handle 5ghz. Your biggest issue is your APs. Your router is fine. You can replace it, but you will notice little, if any, improvement going from 500mbps to 1gbps. Nothing you are using can take advantage of those speeds. Setting up additional Araknis APs will take a lot of work and knowledge- setting channels to avoid conflict with each other and with competing systems nearby (and staying up to date with it as neighboring devices change), setting transit signal strength to manage overlap, creating SSIDs and passwords to be sure they match EXACTLY on each AP, etc. You are probably better off replacing your APs completely. I highly recommend Ruckus. We have had great success setting up Ruckus APs for clients and shipping them out them, then walking them through plugging them into ethernet ports throughout the home. Ruckus Unleashed will manage the transmit strength, channel selection, etc automatically. Once it is setup, adding additional APs is as simple as plugging them into an ethernet port on the same network.
  7. Several things going on here. At the time, the 300 series router was the best offered by araknis and it is limited to under 500mbps. That said, you likely don’t need gig speed and likely won’t for many years to come. You may want it because you can get it, but you’re going to spend money l, time and effort to do so. You’ll need a new router and it will need to be reconfigured. The new araknis gig routers are a different architecture and can not take a config from a 300 series. For the access points. You likely need more than 2 to cover a home of that size, let alone the outside. There really isn’t such a thing as a ‘more powerful’ access point. There is a limit to the broadcast strength any AP can put out. APs have a coverage of about a 20-25’ radius (roughly 1300sf circle). So you should have an AP every 35-45 feet to provide coverage and reduce dead zones. Depending on your home’s configuration you probably need 3-6 APs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Mitch is right. Your new router has a different IP scheme (or the Denon was on a DHCP reservation that was in the old router. He can help you fix it. Lesson learned - never change anything in your network without your dealer being involved.
  9. Do you mean in the rack? So it is 12m away (almost 40ft). If it is in the rack, then it is in a faraday cage and needs to be relocated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Not to beat a dead horse, but not sure how "It does work for the most part. But there are idiosyncrasies you may run into." makes it sounds like a 'dead' driver.
  11. Just trying to help people out and give them full info. To each his own on how he runs his business. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. What you say is correct, but my understanding is that if you are having issues with it, support will not help, as the 4 and 4K are not supported. All of the c4 empoyees on the c4 programmers facebook group say the IP driver isn't supported for the newer apple TVs, everytime it comes up. And they all recommend Jesse's IR driver. So while the IP driver works for now, use at your own risk. I for one do not want to have dozens or more installs with an unsupported driver in them that could be broken at any time.
  13. It does have audio sensing built it. You can program a conditional such as When Audio is sensed on input 1, set Sonos as the audio source on the patio (this only works if Sonos is ALWAYS played on the patio. If you are also playing that sonos in other rooms, it won't work) however, that doesn't solve your volume control issue. (NOTE: I was going to go really complicated with a 2 room solution, then thought of the below) You best way to do this, I think, is to have the Sonos always control the volume. If you set the Audio volume endpoint for the room as the sonos. The Control4 amp will then just be at constant power and you attenuate volume through the sonos player - either with the sonos app or the control4 app. Oh yeah, and then use either audio sensing from the AMP to turn on the zone, or use the properties in the Sonos driver to auto power the patio whenever sonos turns on (this will monitor the sonos device, so it won't matter whether sonos started from the c4 app or the sonos app)
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