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  1. In my opinion, the Caseta switches don’t look quite as nice. It also isn’t capable of custom engraving or programed LED colors to indicate state (i.e. red when garage door is open.) But if you’re ok with C4 keypads next to Caseta dimmers, it’s hard to argue against it The pico remotes are awesome.
  2. I agree on reliability. Unfortunately, higher price doesn’t guarantee higher quality. I was looking at some substantially more expensive pro-channel vendors. And then I noticed they appeared to be the exact same LEDs and tape base, and that some of their brightness claims didn’t match the LED specs. I’m not saying LEDENET is super-high reliability, but I had bigger concerns about other higher priced vendors. I’m not sure how to identify more reliable vs. less.
  3. I’ve been looking at these LEDENET light strips. They are RGB+W+WW and come in IP65 and IP67 waterproofing options. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07475JKZW/
  4. Agreed - not cool to hijack this thread. Shelly sounds great - but best to discuss in a separate thread. This thread is dedicated a different solution and no reason to take it off topic.
  5. Those Beale Street Audio subs are 4 ohms. The C4 amp outputs 220w into 4 ohms. No need for a different amp. Hook up the speakers and go. You would get some improvement in sound quality by using a high-pass filter on the subs, so they aren't trying to produce frequencies above 100hz. Parametric EQ will only slight help with that. The cheapest way to do it is Harrison Audio FMOD line level crossovers. https://www.parts-express.com/harrison-labs-fmod-inline-crossover-pair-100-hz-low-pass-rca--266-254
  6. I wish I could use this as a Zigbee repeater, but I'm on 2.10, so I think I'm out of luck.
  7. Lutron states 5 years of battery life at 2 cycles per day for all of their cordless blinds.
  8. Here's the Somfy equivalent showing wire gauge vs. run length: https://service.somfy.com/downloads/nam_v4/low-voltagemotor_range_databook.pdf
  9. This is the cable I used for Somfy: https://secure.libertycable.com/products/Liberty-Wire-and-Cable/9020126/Somfy-SDN-Non-Plenum-Control-Cable It appears to me that the Lutron cable should work for Somfy, but not the other way around. The Lutron cable has only 16 GA for power, Somfy has 14 GA, but Somfy will probably run fine over 16 GA . Qmotion uses a very different control scheme. I wouldn’t bet on either the Lutron or Somfy cables working for it. I recommend ruling out Qmotion now. You can’t go wrong with Lutron shades. Somfy is a great alternative because they only make the motors and sell them to numerous shade manufacturers, so more variety of fabrics and prices. Somfy sells more motors than Lutron does shades, just through numerous different brands. Lutron and Somfy are both great options. Lutron wiring will probably work for both Lutron and Somfy.
  10. Somfy is a great option for wired. They have a specialized “SDN cable” for pre-wire. If you decide on Somfy, let me know. I have 1000-feet of SDN cable and will make you a great deal on it.
  11. I’m located in the US and use Telguard. The monthly cost for their Telguard TG-SCI Plus dual-path communicator with SafetyNet (i.e. connecting it to WiFi) is a quarter the cost of cellular-only monitoring through my prior provider. Telguard is widely supported and my experience with them has been excellent. https://www.telguard.com/product/tg-sci-plus/
  12. Reason 1: Price. The monthly fees are cheaper if cellular is the backup rather than the primary. Reason 2: Reliability. It’s better to have 2 communication paths instead of one. Cellular can go down, and it’s good to have a second path, especially if it’s also less expensive. I previously had cellular as the primary and switched to dual path. The monthly fee was cut in half and the event reporting times also became much faster.
  13. What I'm using for access control at my new house is an ELK security system integrated to C4. External (outside) Wiegand-compatible keypads / RFID readers provide the external access control, both for keyfobs and numeric codes. Each external Wiegand keypad connects to an ELK Alarm keypad inside the house. These UHPPOTE keypads are compatible with HID-style prox cards, which are a step up from the older low-frequency cards. Low-frequency readers are cheaper and more widely available/compatible, but I'm hoping these will work out. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=UHPPOTE+Metal+Keypad+IP65+Wiegand+125KHz&ref=nb_sb_noss
  14. I think the best option is a universal dual-path IP/cellular communicators. They primarily communicate over your internet connection and only use cellular if your internet is down. I use the Telguard TG-SCI Plus or the ELK C1M1, depending on the situation. Alula BAT and Napco Starlink are other options.
  15. If you want to install it yourself, ELK is the most DIY-friendly "professional level" system. End-users can register to get the configuration software. But I wouldn't consider it easy to install; you have to learn their Windows-based configuration tool and read through the manuals. ELK has a dual-path LTE and Ethernet communicator.
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