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I've just released version 1.21 of my driver (https://varietassoftware.com/control4), which now includes support for blinds.  This update also requires that you update to the latest version of my homebridge-control4 homebridge plugin, either manually (for those DIY folks out there) or via the Home Hub web portal (for those of you with my software/hardware). 

With this release complete, I'll be turning my attention to additional device/feature support.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Best,

-Josh Pressnell

Varietas Software 

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Does the PI HomeHub Bridge also function as a HomeKit hub to allow Apple app to function off site, or do you still need an Apple HomePod or AppleTV or Ipad to function as such?

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2 minutes ago, RAV said:

Does the PI HomeHub Bridge also function as a HomeKit hub to allow Apple app to function off site, or do you still need an Apple HomePod or AppleTV or Ipad to function as such?

Unfortunately, you still need a HomePod, AppleTV, or iPad to fulfill that function.

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9 hours ago, ILoveC4 said:

I’m excited about this! I’ve been wanting to use Siri to control the blinds. I’ll give it a go this weekend. And documentation on the blinds integration?

Not too much documentation needed.  Install the driver and install the plugin update.  The driver will output blinds via the driver command or via Home Hub device import.  Once you save the new device JSON to homebridge, everything should work from there automatically.

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I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I dorked the entire thing. I got the homebridge driver and appliance updated, but I noticed the changes weren’t flowing through to the Home App. I could tell Siri to close the shades and she didn’t know what I was talking about. So I removed the bridges entirely and re-added it. Now in the home app everything just says “updating” and Siri can’t control anything. I can’t figure out what step I’m missing. 

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On 4/23/2022 at 4:57 PM, ILoveC4 said:

I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I dorked the entire thing. I got the homebridge driver and appliance updated, but I noticed the changes weren’t flowing through to the Home App. I could tell Siri to close the shades and she didn’t know what I was talking about. So I removed the bridges entirely and re-added it. Now in the home app everything just says “updating” and Siri can’t control anything. I can’t figure out what step I’m missing. 

Sorry for the delay getting back.  I've been out on a business trip.  Please contact me at josh@varietassoftware.com and we'll get you back up and running. :)

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13 hours ago, Joshua Pressnell said:

Sorry for the delay getting back.  I've been out on a business trip.  Please contact me at josh@varietassoftware.com and we'll get you back up and running. :)

No problem. I haven’t had any time to dig back in to it. I’ll try and get back in tomorrow morning. 

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On 4/29/2022 at 8:16 AM, Joshua Pressnell said:

Sorry for the delay getting back.  I've been out on a business trip.  Please contact me at josh@varietassoftware.com and we'll get you back up and running. :)

I think I sent you an email early this morning. Just posting this here in case I misspelled it or something. 
 

Everything seems to be working fine, except my phone shows all the devices as updating and/or no response. 

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1 hour ago, Lvin said:

Haha, manual configuration can be used

I assume this means you got it worked out?  For other folks information, there's an option in the driver itself to output all of the relevant device configuration information.  Details on this are listed in the Control4 driver documentation (in Composer).

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On 4/30/2022 at 8:21 PM, ILoveC4 said:

I think I sent you an email early this morning. Just posting this here in case I misspelled it or something. 
 

Everything seems to be working fine, except my phone shows all the devices as updating and/or no response. 

For what it’s worth, something was weird with the Home App on my phone. I went through a lengthy process of removing the home, uninstalling the app, disabling iCloud, etc… and eventually was able to get the home app blank again. Bringing everything in from there worked perfectly. 

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