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landing page for my Tech MOdel, where i'll walk through this slide describing what technologies I use. That video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9tYT0EO-Nk

If you want to know how exactly these technologies connect, refer to this thread with the architecture:
http://www.charmedquark.com/vb_forum/sho...hp?t=12574

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ok, video just posted.
This diagram and the other are awesome. I learned a lot from both, so I wouldnt worry about your buddies criticisms.
What do you think you will replace the Nuvo Concerto with? Heos? Nuvo Player?
How does smartthings interact with CQC?
Do you need that kind of power to serve CQC?
Is your NVR integrated?
Thx for watching, much appreciated.

automatedux Wrote:What do you think you will replace the Nuvo Concerto with? Heos? Nuvo Player?
Thats the big question. On the one hand I grow weary of multizone devices as its a three step process to play music: 1) turn on zone, 2) set source, 3) play song.

If I were to get Sonos Connect:Amp, I could do it with just the Sonos app in a single step. I need to learn how to do grouping for multiple zones, as much of my use is in same-song-multiple-locations.

The problem is cost. A monoprice 6 zone 25wpc amp is $500-$700, whereas the 55wpc Connect:Amp is $500/zone. I like the Sonos but I don't know if I like it at six times the cost.

Quote:How does smartthings interact with CQC?
It doesn't. It only serves to give me voice control over zWave via the Echo.

Quote:Do you need that kind of power to serve CQC?
Oh my no, you need almost nothing to run CQC. I used to run in on some ancient PC, i'll bet even a basic NUC is good enough. I need *HUGE* horsepowere for Plex as i'm transcoding BluRays on the fly to either roku or iPad, often 2 concurrent streams. And its scanning/indexing newly recorded shows (just realized I didn't put SageTV on that server), which is a 3rd stream. I put CQC on the same box as its a flea compared to the Plex needs.
Quote:Is your NVR integrated?
It used to be, I used to have an Avermedia NV5000 card. I retired it, put in a few Trendnet cameras, but haven't bothered integrating it as their Android & iOS apps are really nice so no need to reinvent the wheel.
IVB Wrote:Thx for watching, much appreciated.


Thats the big question. On the one hand I grow weary of multizone devices as its a three step process to play music: 1) turn on zone, 2) set source, 3) play song.

If I were to get Sonos Connect:Amp, I could do it with just the Sonos app in a single step. I need to learn how to do grouping for multiple zones, as much of my use is in same-song-multiple-locations.

The problem is cost. A monoprice 6 zone 25wpc amp is $500-$700, whereas the 55wpc Connect:Amp is $500/zone. I like the Sonos but I don't know if I like it at six times the cost.
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My thoughts exactly.

Sonos Pros: WAF Factor, Great App, Apple Music Support
Sonos Cons: Connect:Amp has a delay if used for video sound, only one input per connect:amp.

I was hoping you had it working where you could say "play sonos in den" to echo and it would switch the Concerto on and change the source and start sonos. That is my end goal.

IVB Wrote:It doesn't. It only serves to give me voice control over zWave via the Echo.

That's a little disappointing given how much else you do have working together.


Finally can the smart home features of harmony control CQC just fine? Using Hue emulator, I assume?
automatedux Wrote:I was hoping you had it working where you could say "play sonos in den" to echo and it would switch the Concerto on and change the source and start sonos. That is my end goal.



That's a little disappointing given how much else you do have working together.
Oh I actually DO have that working via the Echo. That requires the Sonos Connect (not amp) and the Concerto. Its actually pretty simple. I'll have to hunt down the writeup.

Quote:Finally can the smart home features of harmony control CQC just fine? Using Hue emulator, I assume?
Apologies not 100% sure what you mean. If you mean the harmony hub, CQC can monitor which activity was started and react accordingly. I have it lower the PJ screen (only RS232 control, no IR) upon detecting WatchPJ.
automatedux Wrote:Finally can the smart home features of harmony control CQC just fine? Using Hue emulator, I assume?

CQC has a direct driver for the Harmony, so it directly talks to it. You can set the activity, or respond to the activity changing and do something in CQC in response. And you can ask the Harmony to send IR commands of course.
What I was saying was disappointing was the lack of integration between SmartThings and CQC, but looking over your stuff, it seems like you probably don't need it.

Please do share your write up if you have the chance. Thanks!

IVB Wrote:Apologies not 100% sure what you mean. If you mean the harmony hub, CQC can monitor which activity was started and react accordingly. I have it lower the PJ screen (only RS232 control, no IR) upon detecting WatchPJ.

Some of the harmony remotes have buttons specific to lighting or switches and they are designed for controlling hue or wemo. I want to use CQC to make them control Radio RA2.

From Dean's response it sounds like I can.
I use the automation buttons on my harmony remote through smarthings to turn on/off lights.

I could be wrong but I don't think the automation specific commands are supported by the hacked protocol used by the harmony driver.
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