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  Accidental account deletion
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 02-10-2019, 09:59 PM - Forum: CQC Support - No Replies

Due to a not so clear reaction of MyBB to a mistake of mine, I deleted a page of real accounts instead of spammer accounts. There are lots of old and unused accounts, and probably all of these were those. But, if you suddenly find your account not found, let me know. Send an e-mail to support at our domain.

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  Hue Lighting Control
Posted by: jokermac - 02-10-2019, 08:11 AM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (3)

I'm in the process of moving to LED and have made a significant investment in HUE.  So far my review is mixed.  The lights are nice and I like the ability to have color, but Phillips app and control is a bit lacking.  

Now trying to integrate with CQC and interested in best practices for control from CQC.  Some initial questions I have are:

1.  In CQC do you have to control everything by individual light, or is there a way to combine for group control?
2.  How many devices do you run on a single hub?
3.  How are you controlling lights across multiple hubs if/when not doing so through CQC?  The Phillips app requires you to switch the hub connection before you can control the associated lights.   
4.  In CQC I see a field for scene that is R/W, but not sure how you would control a scene without a group or room.  Says it is enumerated with the default hue scenes, but how do you make use of this?
5.  Does the CQC driver support motion sensors and switches?  Does not appear to.
6.  Any other advice or thoughts from users who have experience with the Hue system and integration to CQC?

Sorry if this has already been discussed.  I didn't see any recent threads.

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  Combining label and value???
Posted by: rtarver - 02-08-2019, 08:05 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (2)

Been banging my head on this for the evening.  I'm building some simple lighting pages for my phone.  In the end, I decided on a standard set of buttons; Off, 25%, 50%, 75%, Full.  I'd also like to somehow have another button(header) that says:  "Carriage Lights: 50%".  Obviously, the X% is a function of the current value.

I've tried this several ways and can't seem to get it sorted out.  I've tried it with variables and with field values.  What I honestly wanted was a label button in the middle with another button on either side to raise/lower by 20%.  I can work the logic with if/else for not going over/under 100/0... but then I run into faults when trying to add values.

There's gotta be an easier way than what I've been doing (which isn't working perfectly).

Thoughts anyone?


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  Windoze knows best... edgeport drivers :(
Posted by: rtarver - 02-04-2019, 08:26 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (13)

I'm about to pull what remaining hair I have left out.  Just built a brand new NUC with a fresh Win10 license.  I have a USB based 16-port edge port.  Windows picks up on it but only sees 8 of the ports.  I need more than that.  For the life of me, I can't get the digiport driver installer to install correctly.  I'm pretty sure it's a rights issue to /system32 folder.  I can run as admin, I can grant permissions, I can take possession, etc.  Pretty much everything I've googled to no avail.

Anybody have any suggestions to get win10 to see the other 8 ports?  I know this probably isn't the best forum for it... but I dread going all noobie in another forum.



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  Considering cqc, what is it's best complement of systems?
Posted by: rhosch - 02-04-2019, 07:28 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (11)

Terrible title. Can't think of a good short way of asking the question. New to cqc forums, have been reading up on it, will download to play with soon, considering for new construction.

I've seen Dean say a few times on avsforum and cocoontech that it's best to pick aan automation controller first, then pick systems that it plays best with.  OK. But perusing the forums here, elsewhere, cqc documentation, I'm having a hard time sorting out just what those systems are. So I thought I'd just ask directly!

Lighting - radiora2. Very close to locking this in as a certainty.

Audio - ?  Something like an echo dot in each room and a ln WHA controller/amp combo like from HTD sounds appealing. Does cqc play well with HTD? Can a cqc touchscreen replace a standard Lync keypad?

Security - elk M1 or something else?

Cameras - blue iris or other?

Irrigation - ?

Home theater - I know cqc has built in libraries, players etc. Is there another media app like Kodi or Plex that cqc is known to integrate seamlessly with and give a better combined experience than cqc alone?

Thermostat - ? Stay in lutron family, or... ?

Video - not leaning towards distributed video. If I did, for the value Netplay from videostorm would be high on the list. Integrate with cqc OK?

Bottom line, new construction, basically a clean slate to pick components that play well together within some semi-reasonable budget. What would you be looking at?

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  Neo purchased by C4
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 02-04-2019, 02:56 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (2)

This may be of interest to some folks here, not sure:

"Control 4 purchases NEEO, discontinues all consumer facing hardware sales effective today."


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Star Aqara integration?
Posted by: ghurty - 02-03-2019, 09:47 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (1)

Hii started reading about Aqara. It looks like they may have some low cost solutions  Would CQC be able to integrate with it?

Thank you

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  Unbelievable how Quick and Cheap Technology has Changed
Posted by: kblagron - 01-30-2019, 11:54 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (1)

So 10 years ago I wanted a video distribution solution and chose the B&K HD-6 that provided 6 zones of Component Video distributed via Cat5.  It worked great at the time, but after buying the unit and the 6 receivers I was out close to $3000. 

I have held on to the HD6 longer than I should, especially with HDMI finally getting distributed on just one Cat5e wire.  This week I purchased the J-Tech 1x4 HDMI splitter that comes with the base unit plus 4 satellite receivers for $199.  I had been using a couple of J-Tech extenders and splitters over the past two years and felt comfortable that the company made a product that would hold up, and this new unit is amazing so far.  I always had issues with honeycombing on the HD-6 (probably due to electrical interference), but all the video on the J-Tech is fantastic (and the signal includes sound that the HD-6 didn't).

It's not anything that can be controlled, but of course the DirecTV and the TV's it broadcasts signals to can.  

It's tough retiring the HD-6, but it will have to go the way of the Sony CX777 and numerous other items that I have tried but didn't like.  As a HA hobbyist, its fun when something you buy works, which is never guaranteed.  One of these days I am going to have to add up all the stuff that I bought and retired, never used, or never liked.

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  Writing to fields in Err state
Posted by: rbroders - 01-29-2019, 10:18 PM - Forum: Beta Discussions - Replies (3)

Okay, so I'm fixing my drivers to either provide values or put fields in err state before connect returns.  One thing I have noticed is that DriverBase blocks field writes before calling the driver implementation when the field is in err state.

CQCKit, CQCDriver_DriverBase.cpp.7089, Failed/Not Ready, Error: 2017/0/0

Seems to me that in some cases, the field may not have a value right now, but it should still be writeable.  In my case I asked the lighting controller the state of the light and it said "I dunno", but if I wriet "turn it off", the write will succeed (sometimes), and the field will get a value of "off".

Currently I don't get the chance to push a write at a recalcitrant light because DriverBase eats the attempt before it gets to me.

Can a WriteOnly field be in err state?  I guess I have a Read/Write field and I want it to be in ReadErr/WriteOk state.  

Hmmm.  -- Bob

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  MQTT support discussion
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 01-26-2019, 09:39 PM - Forum: Beta Discussions - Replies (19)

OK, so I have a program that is connecting to the test Eclipse MQTT server. It can connect, publish, subscribe, disconnect, etc... Of course I'm just publishing a simple string topic, then subscribing to it, and updating it, which gets me a publish msg back.

So all of the basic plumbing is there. This is just a little command line program. The point of this is to use it for us to work out a viable scheme for some info files, which have to describe data types of payloads and what values are in it and how to extract them and all that. Presumably something like the Z-Wave device info files, but these would be topic info files I guess. So on a per-topic basis how do we know what values are in it, what fields and field types and such they correspond to and so forth.

Then there would have to be a configuration file for you to configure yours to subscribe to these topics, for each one provide any non-fixed information for field names, ranges, etc... 

That will not be a trivial matter. So I don't want to really make this a big production until we work that out. So this little command line program will let us do that. It will have commands you can type to see the state of things, see fields it's defined, reload the config, etc...

Once we have it pretty well worked out, then this little test program will become a new optional service you can install, and I'll do a driver that talks to that service. The driver will just self-configure, basically like the logic server works now.

But doing it first like this means it can be small and quick to make changes. I can just post a zip file with the new stuff for you to try without having to do a new release, etc...

So, the immediate issue, is how do we know how to get the data out of the topics we publish. I have yet to see a single real world example of a what format any MQTT enabled device publishes its data in.

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