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Köhler Medientechnik

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  1. Yes, that´s for sure. Here in Germany, Control4 - and home automation in general - is still not very common (but on the rise). The training is a must here as well, a showroom is welcomed but not a requirement. Minimum purchase volume neither. What you described above fits to Crestron requirements in Germany: training, purchase of showroom equipment and minimum purchase volume of €50.000,-
  2. The setting suggested still gives HDR or DV when HDR or DV content is played. What kind of cable do you have right now? For 80´, i´d go for an active hybrid fiber HDMI cable. That should work. 4K 4:4:4 is still a challenge via CAT-cabling and can get pretty expensive.
  3. Well, my onboarding took place three months ago - if these are already the firmer requirements, what was the process in the "early days"? Auto-registration?😉
  4. I just recently gained C4 dealer and Crestron dealer status. Compared to Crestron, getting C4 dealer status and becoming C4 certified was a piece of cake. From the first contact via email to official Control4 dealer status, it took about 6 weeks (including the online training and 4 day class mentioned above) - and i never laid my hand on any piece of C4 equipment before. For Crestron, it took 1,5 year including several business meetings and several weeks of online and classroom training and i had a couple of years experience with it while being employed at a Crestron enterprise customer. But apart from that, i also totally agree that you should have a good couple of years experience in the AV and automation industry before trying to make a living with that.
  5. That´s OK. But in my experience it helps the overall understanding of a customer that it´s actually different services that can be also provided by other devices than the router they get from their ISP. I don´t think it complicates things too much saying "a router connects routes data between your home network and the internet and also provides some addition services you need to run your home network, but these services could also reside on other devices".
  6. Actually, a router routes data packets from one net to another. That´s it. It doesn´t even have to be a piece of hardware - plug a second NIC into a PC, start a router service, voilá you´ve got a router. 🙂 DHCP (IP addresses to devices on your network) or Firewall are services that (among lots of others) often run on a router, but are not genuine to a router.
  7. Yep, mobile devices (even when mounted) and dedicated touchscreens are totally different kind of use cases. You have to have a good portfolio to cater for both requirements.
  8. Yep, totally agree. On our course, the people with the most problems where some older guys with a more traditional electrician background (from sockets and cables to "programming"). But if you´re coming from IT, you shouldn´t have any issues.
  9. Well, it´s runthrough of everything, from the basics to the bit more sophisticated stuff. First, you learn the basics, then you work on a real world example. Then you learn another piece, then real work examples, and so on. Last day is a multiple choice test and a final practical exercise that covers most of what you learned the days before. The course was actually my very first contact with C4 (i´ve experience in other systems) and it went pretty well.
  10. I don´t know, that´s why i´m asking. In the thread linked above, the outcome was that the issue was the Neeo, not Unifi. But perhaps there where some new findings not posted....
  11. As far as i understand, penn65000 had issues with his Neeo back in April/May (there is a thread about it) and found the problem to be the Neeo, not Unifi. So i´m wondering why he´s now back stating that Neeo doesn´t play well with Unifi?....
  12. It´s also heavily dependant on the client, not the AP.
  13. There isn´t such a thing as a passive fiber optic cable. With a fiber cable, the electrical signal is converted to light impules and then converted back to an electrical signal at the other end. That requires power and electrical curcuits on both ends. Hence it´s called "active".
  14. That´s an active cable (as the majority of the hybrid cables are), hence the direction. We´re using Monoprice for our installs. Cheap and reliable, no need for expensive cabling. Just take care you´re not going <6ft/2m, that can cause issues. EDIT: One addition: although active hybrid fiber cables are generally reliable, they have a disadvantage since they are dependant on a stable power source. Since they draw their power out of the HDMI port of the source device, if this source device doesn´t provide 100% stable power, it can result in short spikes/dropout. If you experience that, using a passive cable may be worth a try.
  15. Understood and makes sense. Need to check with our projector guy, but IMHO that should be possible to automate within the projector based on an incoming HDR-flag (HDR-flag on=>use bt2020 profile, HDR-flag off (standard) => use bt709 profile).
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