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Aayush Arya

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  1. Just an update: I was able to do this after all. This is how the system is programmed: When there is no media playing in the living room, if I were to say, “play music in the living room”, it will check to see if the audio input on my EA-3 can sense audio from the Chromecast connected to it. If yes, it will start playing that music in the living room. If not, it will check to see if any of the other rooms are playing music, and join one of those ongoing sessions if one is active. Lastly, if none of those conditions are true, it will just play a preprogrammed Spotify preset. This works for all zones, so “play music in the master bedroom” will do the same there, and “play music in the kitchen” or “play music everywhere” also work. The reverse “turn off music everywhere” or “stop playing music in the living room” all work. So, in essence, I am now able to do 99% of multi-zone music control via intuitive voice commands and it all works reliably. The only thing I need the Control4 app for is if I need to something specific like join the living room to a kitchen Spotify session while something is already playing via Chromecast in the master bedroom.
  2. Given the launch of the Echo Studio, I'm curious if anyone here thinks Amazon is continuing to encroach more and more on Control4's space? In configuring a client's 8 audio zones with an 8-zone matrix amplifier, I kept thinking to myself how much cheaper and simpler it would be with Echo speakers or even Echo Inputs connected to other speakers, all controlled through the Alexa app or voice commands. What do you guys think?
  3. Experience buttons only work inside the Control4 app. I'm talking about accessing controls from your phone's Home screen without having to launch the Control4 app.
  4. Is there a better, more secure way to put virtual buttons for your Control4 installation on your Android phone's Home screen in the form of widgets, so you don't have to go into the app?
  5. I have set up the Chowmain Advanced Custom Buttons driver with a few custom buttons on my Control4 installation. The original intent was to do it to create more advanced buttons for access from within the Control4 app on my phone and tablet, but I later realised it only works with T3 touchscreens, which I don't have any of right now. In the process of setting it up, however, I now have a webpage accessible on my local network that can be opened on my phone in a browser, set as a live widget on the Home screen or even accessed through a smartwatch that gives me direct control of and feedback from my Control4 system. This is pretty terrific! I now need to figure out a way to make this local IP address accessible through the Internet (in a reasonably secure, password protected manner). I'm not quite up to snuff on my networking skills, so if someone can point me in the right direction, that'd be quite something.
  6. We have the exact same experience. It's quite astounding that a premium platform like Control4 has such a poor experience with voice control when even the cheapest IoT automation platforms have it down pat.
  7. That's what I was trying to figure out. It would always be a hit or miss with multiple streams of audio. But if we have an EA-1, for instance, where we're assured of only ever having a single stream of audio at any one time, could it be done? I don't see any way in Composer to programmatically add the passage speakers to an ongoing Spotify session in the living room.
  8. We have a Chromecast and an Echo Input connected to a Rolls mixer, feeding audio to the audio in port on the EA-3. We have it set up so that if we play something through either device, the EA-3 automatically starts playing it through the living room speakers via audio sensing. We can then say “Alexa, turn on music in the passage” or “Alexa, play music everywhere” to add other zones to this session. This is all working pretty smoothly. This is very rigidly programmed however, and the voice commands to add or remove audio zones work specifically with music playing via the audio in port on the EA-3. Is it possible to program the system such that if we have Spotify playing on the passage speakers and we say “Alexa, turn on music in the living room”, it selects that audio source in the living room dynamically (i.e. if a single audio source is playing, whatever it may be, the other zones are added to it)?
  9. Has anyone figured out a fix for this yet? About a third of the time, when I give a command to Alexa that has to do with Control4, it will give the error that the device is not responding, but it executes the action every time. This is very annoying and makes for a terrible client demo. Can I fix this somehow?
  10. I've followed that guide before but have never quite figured it out. Under "To save a preset from a Control4 touch screen or the Control4 app", the second point says that I need to "go to the Now Playing screen", where I'll find an Add Preset button. I simply cannot find such a screen anywhere. I have Spotify Connect configured so that I can play something on Spotify on my phone and have it start playing from my living room speakers using Spotify Connect, but where is this Now Playing screen?
  11. We are a Control4 dealer and recently figured out solutions to two small issues that I know a lot of dealers face when setting up lighting controls at projects. Just thought I would share my solutions with you guys, for feedback as well as to help anyone who might be searching for these solutions. ALL OFF / RESUME ALL We typically set up a configurable keypad at every room’s entrance with a double height button at the top for two lighting scenes (single and double tap), two single height buttons below that to toggle the AC and ceiling fan respectively, and a double height button at the bottom that turns everything off (AC, fan, lights, media and shades). As an aside, one nuance here is that the AC button is multifunctional: it uses blue, white and yellow colours to indicate the current temperature setting (low, medium and high respectively), green to denote ideal temperature and fan mode settings, and red to indicate that it is turned off. Double tapping the AC button always switches it to the ideal settings. I wanted to change the “Lights On” button at the top to a “Resume All” button that would always restore the AC, fan, lights and shades to their last active state (when you pressed the “All Off” button). This was simple enough, using the Snapshot driver and a variable (let me know if you need details). However, if all the lights were already turned off when you last left the room and you pressed that button when you came back in, none of the lights would come on. This is how I fixed that. We programmed it so that when you single click that button, it resumes the saved snapshot and then checks to see if the “All Lights Off” scene is active. If it is, it then it checks to see whether the shades are drawn. If they are, it turns on a preconfigured lighting scene. If the shades aren’t closed, it checks to see if it is night time; if yes, it turns on the lighting scene anyway. Alternatively, if there is a light sensor inside the room, we can use it to trigger the lighting scene. The point is to turn on some lights if the room is dark when you enter, so that it does not seem to the unsuspecting user that the button does not work. As a bonus add-on, if you tap on the button a second time (either immediately or at any time after that), it turns on the preconfigured lighting scene if the “All Lights Off” scene is active, without checking for light levels inside the room. If you double tap it at any time, it activates the preconfigured lighting scene without even checking for the “All Lights Off” scene (which basically serves as an override). At its most fundamental level, this keypad now just works: when you leave the room, tap on “All Off” to turn everything off and when you come back in, tap on “Resume All” to resume everything. Our clients love this implementation! RELIABLE BATHROOM PRESENCE SENSING We are all familiar with the flail-your-arms-about-to-turn-on-the-lights gesture when on the John, because the motion sensor’s timeout is not long enough to account for our cellphone addiction. We figured out a simple solution to this: we put a contact sensor on the door and a motion sensor inside the toilet, and made the latter dependent on the former. The motion sensor is activated for thirty seconds when the contact sensor is open and the light is turned on if motion is detected and the sensor disabled. It is next activated only after the contact sensor has closed once, opened and then closed again. If it detects no motion for five seconds after that, the lights are turned off and the sensor disabled, until the next time the contact sensor opens. This completely eliminates the issues of (a) the lights turning off while someone is occupying the bathroom; and (b) the lights taking ten minutes to turn off after the bathroom is vacated. The only issue is that where you could have achieved automated lighting in the bathroom for under $10 with a simple PIR sensor, it takes $400 to do it in a way that makes it 100% reliable, which is a price almost no client is willing to pay for this convenience. As a proof of concept, however, it works perfectly. The point of giving these two examples is to hopefully spark an interesting discussion about the various ways the rest of you have found to make your home automation setups just that little bit smarter. Please chime in with your ideas.
  12. How did you get playlists from Spotify into the preset cycler?
  13. Should we take it to mean that it’s not worth looking into, from a dealer’s perspective—particularly because we would have to import it to begin with?
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