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  Controlling blinds
Posted by: jm9 - 03-23-2006, 05:38 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (19)

We will be building a new house and looking at installing these blinds.

I'm looking for suggestion on controlling a house full of these. Would you try and run individual ir blasters to each window(hooded)? Or would you try and set up blasters in the walls across from the windows?

I see the new pci-ir device with 4 zones. Could I somewhat combine my windows and drive them from one zone, or would I need a zone for each window.


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  Weather and the Precip Map
Posted by: bradishm - 03-23-2006, 10:42 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (14)


I imported both the Woodpanel Weather and Precip Map skins (is that the right word?). With your help I got the weather working (Thanks again!). When I hit the Pricp map button I get (after a delay) "action canceled" and "Internet Explorer was unable to link to the Web page you requested."

I don't have other skins or drivers loaded....Thanks


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  display photo
Posted by: diy8888 - 03-17-2006, 06:40 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (5)

Is there a way to display photo in manual and slide mode and to browse through folder of photo?

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  What are you using for lighting control with CQC?
Posted by: Squintz - 03-14-2006, 09:43 AM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (59)

I am wondering who is using what with CQC so that I can possible make a wise decision as to what CQC will support the best/most in the future. I figure they will probably dedicate the most time to the technology that is being used most.

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  Barix & CQC
Posted by: znelbok - 03-13-2006, 02:53 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (34)


Have you progressed with any support for the Barix linup (specifically the Barionet

You mention it in this thread http://charmedquark.com/phpBB2/viewtopic...ight=barix

Is it still a posability.



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  Cheap ($130) IR controllable curtain rods
Posted by: IVB - 03-12-2006, 09:25 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (16)

Just got & mounted some relatively cheap ($130) IR controllable curtain rod from tech-home for the H/T room, thought you guys would want to know. Here's what i'm planning on doing with them once I build a long USB-UIRT emitter:

- Use CQC's event scheduler to open up the curtains every day at 7am [until I get a cheap ($20) photosensor, in which case I'll do it once there's sufifcient daylight. I don't want to open up these curtains until need be]
- On TV is turned on, close curtains as it shines too bright a glare on my plasma.
- Open curtains when TV is turned off.
- Close curtains when it's dark out.

Obviously any package that has USB-UIRT support can be modified to do some of this [ie use SageTV or Xlobby to do the same as above, but since they don't do RS232 control of TVs or photosensors, instead of "TV-on", do it on "DVD or TV start"]

So on to the review of the curtain:

1) Definitely very solid and heavy metal, doesn't feel cheap at all.
2) It comes with 4 rods to do a 4-wide window. The base unit is exactly the right size for a standard US window size
3) IR control means I can use MX850 or USB-UIRT to control.
3) Relatively cheap

1) The manual was definitely not written by a native english-speaking person, and the pics are very fuzzy and hard to follow. After attempting to decipher it for 20 mins, I gave up and looked at the rods and reverse-engineered how it works by plugging it in and trying random stuff. Then again, that's how I do everything - why should this be any different.
2)It comes with a wired control unit & the wireless remote. I snipped the wires off the control unit as it was pretty ugly.
3) I wish there was a serial interface so I could tell if it was currently open or closed (i.e., opened/closed via MX850 remote)

Here's some videos of it on the table. They're bet 1-2MB in size, except for the last one, which is 5MB.

Me banging on it to show you how strong it is

Sample movement with it "on the bench"

Final product - Mounted Curtain opening.

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  Feature Request: Page # in CoverArt Browser
Posted by: IVB - 03-11-2006, 04:17 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (13)

It would be pretty cool if we knew what page # we were on in the CAB, i.e., 3 of 10, so we knew how much further to go while browsing.

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  Complete House Renovations - An opportunity
Posted by: yarwoob - 03-10-2006, 05:20 AM - Forum: User Systems - Replies (24)

I am new to his board but have been reading through a lot of the threads and would like some advice.

My wife and I have just bought a new home in London and are planning extensive renovations starting in about six months time, including rewiring the whole house. Before we start the work I would like to put together a prototype home cinema system and then when we do our renovations extend this into a whole home automation system. I see this as an exciting DIY project as far as the IT planning and configuration goes, but I will get professionals to do all the cable running as I am rubbish at that kind of DIY.

My ideal final setup would be the following:


1. Main viewing room, home cinema with 5.1 surround sound.
2. Dining room with stereo audio only.
3. Garden, with stereo audio.
4. Kitchen, with stereo audio and LCD TV.
5. Bedroom with stereo audio and LCD TV
6. Bathroom with stereo audio and LCD TV


1. Main viewing room, large wireless touch panel.
2. Dining room, volume control only.
3. Large fixed touch screen, likely to be outside main rack.
4. For roaming around, small wireless touch panel for source selection and volume only.

Sources - Video

1. DVD player
2. SKY+ box
3. SKY HD box (available soon)
4. Media server for DVD's
5. Image server for photos

Sources - Audio

1. FM Radio
2. Media server for CD's

I would like all audio sources to be available to all rooms and video sources to to all rooms with a TV.

I have already bought a number of components with which to base the system, some of which I use now and some of which are still in boxes but I got for good prices on ebay and thought would be useful

1. Denon AVR-3805 receiver (in use)
2. Denon DVD-3910 (in use)
3. SKY+ satellite box (in use)
4. 5.1 B&W speakers for main room (in use)
5. 4 in-ceiling B&W speakers for other use. (still in boxes)
6. Lutron GraphikEye 6 zone (still in box)
7. Dell 37" LCD HDTV (in use without speakers)
8. Wirless network with 2 Cisco 1100 access points.

Working in IT I am also very comfortable building my own PC's/Servers and installing hardware/software as well as terminating cat5, building patch panels and the like. I plan to put together a server for hosting CQC and another one for streaming audio and video media or possibly two for this purpose.

Ok thats the overall plan but for stage one I would like to get all the sources working in one room but also make sure I don't preclude expansion of the system for the final objective.

I plan to put all the sources in a rack in an adjacent room to my main viewing room for now to simulate the final setup. I will just drill a hole through the wall (which will be removed in the removations) to run cables.

Now this is where I start to get out of my depth a bit:

I am guessing that the best way to transmit the video signals around the house is via Cat5 but I am not sure. I need some help here, I would like to make sure that I can send HDTV to all the tv's. Is there some form of HDMI -> Cat5 -> HDMI technology that would allow transmission of Sound & Video directly to the TV over a single cable? Finally how would switching sources to outputs work, is it best to buy some form of matrix video switcher?

As for sound the denon 3805 will operate 3 zones with 7 chanels total, I believe. Ultimately this may well not be enough so I may need further aplification. Is the best solution to run speaker cables direclty out of amplifiers from the main rack to all the speakers?

I understand from my recent reading that my denon 3805 and 3910 can be controlled by serial cable which is great. There is also a serial port on the Dell LCD TV which would be great to use for control but I haven't found any information on this yet. Does anyone know about a driver for this or even what the protocol spec. looks like? The SKY+ boxes I believe would need controlling via IR and I would like a recommendation of the best IR system to use?

To control everything I think I need a large wireless touchpanel in the main room, for which I would also like some recommendation. I have seen a few options reading around but want to see if there was a consensus as to the best option.

Finally I would like software recommendations for the cd & dvd streaming. Everyone seems to like TheaterTek but will it rip DVD's onto a hard drive?

I think that's it for now and for the moment I am not placing any financial constraints on my solution for the moment. I am working on the basis that I can pick a lot of stuff up on ebay and because most of the labour will be mine I can save a huge amount on the cost of a professional install. I realise these questions may have been asked on one form or another already but I want to make sure I buy the best solution for now and the future.

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  Big need: Multizone/Multisource A/V how-to
Posted by: IVB - 03-06-2006, 10:43 AM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (115)

Must be something in the air - just had 2 coworkers, who don't know each other, ask me how I do the mzone/msource distribution in my house, and how they can do it too. One only wants SDTV, one wants HDTV.

Had another person ask me on Thursday, and we had the 2 new posts plus penngrey today. Got yet another buddy who wants me to setup his house for him [but i keep refusing].

That's 6 people in the last week alone, and we're giving them the same basic advice. There must be a better way.

Madpoet, Ellisr, kwoodrow, others: We DEFINITELY need to create some form of how-to guide with some basic config options. For example:

Option 1) Simple: HDTV in one room, analog audio-only in all others
Option 2) Fancier: HDTV in one room, analog audio/SDTV in all others
Option 3) Fanciest: HDTV in multiple rooms, analog audio in some rooms

Whaddya think? Want to help me create that tutorial I posted in the CQC Support forum? What pieces of content need to be in there? (i.e., architectural diagram, parts list, ...)

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  The R2DI IR PCI card
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 03-05-2006, 12:49 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (140)

Digital Connect (http://www.digitalconnection.com) has the R2DI IR board page up:


They've not set a price yet, but will soon, and then they'll start taking orders.

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