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  1. Can you add a Lutron caseta motion sensor right to the control for platform or do you have to have the smart bridge? I know you have to have the smart bridge for the switches, dimmers and other devices, But what about the motion sensor. If I have to add it through the smart bridge and then to control for will control 4 be able to interact with it? For example if I have a motion sensor in my commode, Will be able to tell my control for dimmers to turn on and off at certain times, Or will it only control The lutron products? Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  2. Is it wrong of me to Say this out loud but I do think there should be a higher standard For integrators and certification. What I mean is we as control for dealers and even creston, URC And some of the others should have to go through a rigorous check. If anyone with a business licence or a low voltage or Electrical licence can be come certified Then the field will be saturated with unqualified integrators and then control 4 and the rest of these automation platforms will be no better than wink or smart things. I am proud to be certified in control4, urc and radiora2 by lutron. I like it when I I can say that I am certified in control4 and that mean something! We should be held to a higher standard because were not just putting in an everyday home automation system. We are installing one of the best home automation platforms out there and it should be taken seriously and with respect. If control 4 is letting just about anybody with a low voltage or electrical licence become a dealer then what is the point anymore?. Why not just open up to everybody. I picked control4 to be my main platform because they don't just choose anybody to become a dealer, it takes hard work and dedication to become not just a dealer but to become great and making a smart home not just turning on and off lights with your voice but truly making it a smart home that works around your customer!!! The day that control 4 starts letting anybody become dealers is the day I go to a new system. I love control for I hope that doesn't happen. I don't mean to be a prima Donna, And I am not trying to cut out other people from becoming dealers but they should go through the same hoops that a lot of us had to go through in the beginning. Who's with me? Control4 for life!!!! Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  3. So I got an email yesterday stating that Google nest is now working with automation systems again and has opened up there API to certain companies. I know thermostat was just opened up but now it looks like we can now integrate the doorbell and cameras also. Has anybody else seen this and hopefully I am reading this right as I have so many customers that love the nest hello doorbell but hate how it doesn't integrate. Also I wish I would have known it would be this fast when it came to them opening up to the thermostat eze just last month I I changed out a customer thermostat at cost because we just sold them the nest one only a year and a 1/2 ago. We just put in control4 into their house last month And it was a very large profitable job but the deal breaker was the darn thermostat, so we did what we had to do. Can anyone tell me if the doorbell and cameras are also now opening up to control4 integration? Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  4. I too agree, I am electrical contractor that about 7 years ago tried to get into control 4 and was basically laughed right out of the low voltage industry. So I took a long hard look at my company and decided to start with the basics and work my way up. I started with cable and phone and basic home automation. Then upgraded to Lutron, as I was already installing Lutron products I stepped up warned everything I could about caseta, ra2 select, And then radiora 2. Take all the classes for Lutron and was certified in radiora2. Then I play the round with the homeowner c*** like wink and smart things and so on. Got myself very familiar with Z wave and the zwave alliance. When through all the different Z wave hub's even had a zippa by zapato. I finally graduated and went to Clare controls which is kind of a middle ground between custom install automation and homeowner viability. With Claire you need to have a certified Integrator sell and install the Clare products, But then a homeowner can really add their own zwave products down-the-line. After that I then upgraded to URC, Which was a good beginning and I am glad I started with them so I can really learn the ropes of custom automation but I still had that dream of being a control 4 dealer. My electrical company has put installing control for dimmers and switches for many years for other low voltage companies, As they are not licenced in Florida to work with anything that's a 120 V. So I was already very familiar with some of their products. Finally after 7 years of a lot of training, paying my dues, and really learning the industry I was finally allowed the Prestige honour of becoming a control 4 dealer. I did the online training first and then did thw 4 day class and then finished up with the panelized lighting certification. Now in between all of this I was also learning networking, surround sound and home theater wiring and set up. Using araknis gear and also luxel gear. I agree with a lot of the people on this forum.. you can't just jump into this industry. I have been doing control4 for about a year now and have only scratched the surface Of what this system is capable of. I have a system in my own home and honestly that's the best way to really learn without making yourself look foolish.I have control for dimmers and switches, c4 amps, touch screens and a lot more. Control 4 made sure that i was ready to become a dealer and put my company under a microscope to make sure that I would be a good fit for them. Even made sure that I am licensed for low voltage, which I am. I hold a state unlimited electrical contracting license that allows me to do anything from low voltage to high voltage and everything in between. Including alarms . I wish you the best of luck And hope the best for you, Just do not take this lightly make sure that you are 100% ready to become A C4 dealer. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  5. OK great, thank you very much Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  6. Well both of those converters together cost me a total of $37 Basically I want to make sure that this will work to get all 3 streams to go to the c4 amp and all 3 streams will work at the same time. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  7. This might be a silly newbie question so please bear with me, But I would like to utilise all 3 streams of music on the eea 3 and I just want to make sure I am doing this right. The equipment is as followed: 1 ea3 and an older control4 C4-16AMP3-B (which still works great, plus i picked it up for $50) The 3 sources of streaming music will all be going to the the c4-16 amp, which only has rca inputs:-( , but I think this will work 1. The 3.5mm audio out of the ea3. i am using a 3.5 to rca adapter cord. Very basic, just plug the 3.5 mm into the audio out on the ea3 and the other end of the cord, which is 2 rca red and white ends Into input 1 of the c4 amp. 2. The hdmi out of the ea3. I am using a Audio Extractor Converter Splitter Hdmi To Hdmi & Optical Spdif & Rca. So I will have the ea3 go to hdmi in, on the converter, then from the converter I will have 1 hdmi out to the avr for on screen control of c4 and then the rca red and white out of the converter alao and have them go into input 2 of thec4 amp 3. Then the 3rd way I was going to the a digital coax cable coming from the ea3 to Digital Coax and go into the input of the Optical Audio to RCA Stereo Audio Converter . Then from that converter come out of the output with rca red and white and go to input 3 to the c4 amp with rca. I put all 3 pictures with this post. Doing this will I be able to get 3 separate streams of music to play at the same time period for example my daughter come play Pandora In her Room while my wife is playing spotify in the kitchen while I am playing tunein in the garage. I know I still have to do the programming in composer pro and make my bindings and all of that, which i am fine on that part just want to make sure the physical connections In are all correct and I am using the right converters . Any advice is more than welcomed and appreciated. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  8. I myself use doorbird. It integrates into c4 quit nicely, the picture and video is great. All around doorbird is rhe way I would go if I where you Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  9. I have not yet but I am really curious on how it works, as I have a client just a week ago asking to integrate there pool with c4. Can you let us know how it went and how the integration went. User/customer experience, was it easier to add to c4.... you know, the usual things. Thank you in advance Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  10. Lol. Yea sorry about that :-) its that experimental control 5, I was not supposed to talk about it because ita top secret. The new c5 is so top secret that control4 and snapav don't even know about it :-). But yes I suck at typing on my phone lol Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  11. I forgot to mention that clare controls has an awesome window door sensors that has grass break detection built in, so every window and door will alao.be protected from glass break. No more glass break detectors on the wall that only cover some windows. Now have every window and door covered with no extra sensors . Yes its a wireless sensor, but they also have a duel sensor that you can use wireless or wired. So if you have a wired system in place then you can use a 8 or 16 zone wired to wireless translator modular or even replace the sensors with wired new ones, recessed in the window or door or mounted on the frame. Basically clare controls made is supper easy for us integrators to get into the alarm business. They even host the mid point between the clients location alarm and the monitoring company. Plus they work with so many different monitoring companies. (I use C.O.P.S personally) and your alarm client never has to know because when the alarm monitoring company calls. They say they Re from "your company name" . Just like most alarm companies, they all use 3rd party monitoring services. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  12. Have you looked at clare controls yet? They are sold by snapav and it is totally integratable with c4. It auto discovers and it literally take 2 min to integrate it into c4. There clareone panel is truly amazing. You Have to be a clare controls dealer but if your a c5 dealer then you will have no trouble The first picture is clare alarm integrated into c4 and interacting with it on a 7" c4 touch screen. The second is there new video doorbell and the last 2 are of the clareone panel. https://www.clarecontrols.com/ Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  13. If the dimmer is an led dimmer then yes, every led dimmer has this adjustment on them Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
  14. ok so on the front of the led dimmer (Take the cover plate off) and you will see a little dial, or adjuster. Put the dimmer in its lowest potion and then use that dial or adjuster until the lights go off. Try that and see if that works
  15. https://drivers.control4.com/solr/drivers/browse?q=&fq=manufacturer%3A%22Denon%22&fq=controlMethod%3A%22ir%22 Go to this link and use the denon avr 788. That one will work. Denon, like most manufacturers, use the same ir codes thought most of there models. They only change them for extra options. This one should have everything you probably need, but if it does not then you can always use this driver and modify it in drive works. I am in the process of learning how to do that now. Control4 has free on line training for there drive works and Lua editors. So you can find a driver that is close and works most of the unit and then edit it to add commands and or take away commands. You could also make your own driver from ground up using c4's drive works program. Denon has all the control protocol documents on line. If None of those options work and you don't mind waiting 2 days or so, Then I can try to make you a driver if you like. No charge of course as I am just learning. But it would give me an opportunity to try what I am learning Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
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