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  ISY, need Plan B
Posted by: IVB - 02-25-2018, 11:54 AM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (9)

I created a thread on the UDI forums asking about when 5.x would go G/A, as it's been in *Alpha* for 3 years. 

After a month I *finally* got a response from UDI .  And the entirety of it was " If you are not happy with ISY, UDI, or how we run our business no one is forcing you to use either." If I have to go back to SmartThings replicating to VRCOP I may very well throw up in my mouth. I hate how Leviton has treated zWave controllers.

I was all set to move functionality from CQC to Elk & ISY in 2015, and only use CQC for optional or non-native control bits. I now find myself going the other way, and centralizing into CQC. Esp since low power Windows Embedded units are <$200 (I have one running W10 for an RDP viewer plus a Cryptocurrency proof-of-stake, works remarkably well).

This is a crappy situation. I can't use my multi-button controllers ($1200 worth!)  I really wanted ISY to win but that required a 2015 release of 5.x, then upgrading that awful java-based GUI which is now all but unreadable on modern laptops. Font size is tiny, even when you up it to 20 point. 

I did just rip 4 of my plaster/lathe walls to studs, put in acoustic insulation, vinyl barriers, and sheetrock. Sounds intense but zWave is having no issues going through that. Maybe the VRCOP might work.

If I hadn't spent $500 on an ISY plus Elk module plus portal, this wouldn't be so difficult. 

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  CQC Voice with Acoustic Magic mic
Posted by: Shaky - 02-24-2018, 10:30 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (6)

I've finally gotten around to trying this Acoustic Magic Microphone out and am running into some odd behaviors with CQC voice that I need some help with.

First a bit about my setup:
1. The Mic. plugs into an older Audigy 2 card using the Mic input plug... no USB mic. like the Kinect which I mention because it's a key difference I think.
2. Using non Creative drivers for the sound-card called KX audio.  They're infinitely tweak-able and I have used for many year as they allow 4 discrete outputs from the card for multi-room audio... They also have allowed me to really get the gain of the Mic. input to an awesome level. I don't think this is really all that relevant to the issue I see but worth mentioning.

Now, I can record my voice just fine and sounds loud and clear even from across the room.

The oddity I see is in getting CQC voice to wake up and enter dialogue mode.  Saying " Hello Jarvis"  is very poorly recognized almost like the mic. gain is turned down to 20% or something.  It usually takes 3 or more attempts speaking right up to the mic. and very clearly saying the wake up words.  Saying something like Hey Jarvis, turn on the xyz lights also just doesn't work well.

The wonderful part is that once it enters the dialogue mode and CQC voice is fully awake, it's nearly flawless with recognition even from 20+ft away. (It's like the gain is turned back to 100%).  I don't actually see the gain/volume changing though...but something odd is happening behind the scenes comparable to that.

Do you have any ideas of what this could be? 

It's also worth noting that when I use a USB soundcard and put the Mic. on that the issue of waking up CQC voice goes away... but I can't then get the gain high enough to get the good recognition at a distance.  The Kinect acts the same.  It's almost like something is different between a USB soundcard and a PCI one.

Could CQC be doing something different when in standby listening mode vs dialogue mode with a Mic. on a PCI card somehow? Something to do with exlcsuive mode/grabbing the mic. vs sharing?  (I do have allow exclusive mode checked to allow in the recording settings and col up to 100)

Let me know if you have any ideas to try.  I'm stumped.   Anecdotally  with using the Acoustic Magic mic. on a USB soundcard vs the Kinect, the Kinect seems a bit better.  What I'm finding is it's all in getting the gain of the Mic. as high as possible without clipping/distortion that seems to make all the difference.  If I could get the Acoustic Magic mic. to pick up the hello Jarvis bits as clear as it get everything else after that I think we'd have a winner.

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  Cover Art Browser
Posted by: pjgregory - 02-24-2018, 02:05 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (14)


Inspired by an entertainment screen on a recent long haul flight, I have revamped my music player IV.   One neat feature on the flight display was a recomended album window.  I would like to have a second small CAB as part of the Now Playing screen, but simply use a random number to select a few albums.  Generating the random number is easy, but the CAB only has a ScrollToChar() command.  I can use the random number to generate any of A to Z, but then I just get a limited number of selections.  There is a MediaRTV:FirstIndex command to read the album position but no way to write a value.  How about adding a ScrollToIndex() command to the CAB?


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  A proposal for implementing RIVACmd on WebRIVA
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 02-22-2018, 10:20 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (7)

So there's always been this action command available:

IntfViewer::RIVACmd(cmd, val1, val2, val3)

The purpose of it is to pass through arbitrary commands to RIVA clients. The old 3rd party clients implemented it for a few things. WebRIVA doesn't so far. 

One thing we'd all obviously like is some open ended mechanism to use this command for variousthings. I'm proposing that we use the extension mechanism that WebRIVA has already. Under:


There are files in there that the WebRIVA client loads. The default ones that get put there upon installation are just do nothing implementations. That allows WebRIVA not to fail due to missing references, but they don't do anything. You put your own code into them to have them do what you want them to do.

So I'm proposing that we have a new extension file named RIVACmd.js and the content of the default file is:

RIVACmdFunc = function(cmd, v1, v2, v3) {

When the regular IV engine gets a RIVACmd action command, it just ignores it. When the WebRIVA engine gets one it will forward that to the appropriate WebRIVA client. The WebRIVA client will invoke RIVACmdFunc with the values that were originally passed to the RIVACmd action command.

You can then put anything in there you want, just looking at the cmd parameter to decide what to do. We can of course define a structure for cmd, with examples like:


Where /CQC/ means it's a command defined by us, /User/[name]/ means it's a user specific command, /Comm/[name]/ means it's not defined by us but is a well known community defined command. That allows us to avoid command name clashes. The handler code for these things would just be provided as javascript content you can paste into your extension file, so:

// Code provided by whoever defines /Comm/iOS/PushNot
DoPushNot(name, value) {
    // code would be here

RIVACmdFunc = function(cmd, v1, v2, v3) {
     // If it's the community defined iOS push notification command, call that
     if (cmd === "/Comm/iOS/PushNot") {
           DoPushNot(v1, v2);

The function name DoPushNot is just arbitrary. You can change that name as required to avoid any clash with another handler you already have in your extension file. All that matters is the command name and the code that you invoke for it.

Does that sound reasonable?

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  CQC Documentation
Posted by: potts.mike - 02-21-2018, 01:04 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (10)


you have to do something about this help situation. Having to open up CQC to get any sort of documentation is ridiculous. It needs to be available somewhere on-line.

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  Drivers and Hardware List
Posted by: wusupwchu - 02-19-2018, 11:21 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (3)


   Is there a list somewhere of Z-wave hardware that there are working drivers for, so that as I buy switches and sensors and such, I can know what will work?

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  install component for Repository Manager
Posted by: rbroders - 02-18-2018, 08:50 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (1)

I have a computer I use for ripping my discs and managing my CQSL repository.  I don't run any other CQC tasks on this machine.

During the upgrade to 5.2.11 "use previous install options" selects nothing and fails.  Which component should I select to get just the repo manager (or as close as possible).

Thanks -- Bob

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  Problem with fooBarV2 driver
Posted by: pjgregory - 02-17-2018, 02:06 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

After not using my media stuff for some time, I am trying again.  However I have found that the existing fooBarv2 drivers will no longer connect.  I just get a "Waiting for Connect" message in the Adminiistrator.  I have attached the snap file from log server, which just loops on the same message.  I am still on 5.2.1, but I don't remember what version I had when it last worked.


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.txt   CIDLog.Txt (Size: 779 bytes / Downloads: 1)
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  CQC 5_2_10 Fails to install
Posted by: pjgregory - 02-16-2018, 11:17 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

I have returned from my long vacation and tried to install 5_2_10.  I have stopped the services on the master server and turned off all the other computers on the network.  I get almost to the end of the process, before getting an error that the CQCData directory is locked and the installation fails.  i have attached the Install log.  I have tried running CQCInstSE_5_2_10 as Administrator, but it makes no differrence.  The root directory "CQCData has read/write sharing for mysllf and all applications packages.

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  A challenge for the brain trust
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 02-16-2018, 03:11 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (21)

OK, so I have an incredibly weird thing I can't figure out. Maybe someone here knows the answer. My 'entertainment budget' is basically a Netflix disc subscription. Last month I decided to become a one percenter and change it over to blu-rays. The little player I have is also a blu-ray player. 

So I got my first batch and every one of them would hang up about halfway through. They would sit there and grind and whine. If you left it a long time, like minutes, it would eventually wake up on the last chapter or two. It's always at the same point on any given disc, always just around halfway through, always wakes up around the end of the movie. You can't FF or chapter forward past that point either. It will still hang up. You can't get close to it by selecting a scene after it and backing up to slightly after there. It will still hang up as you start getting close to it.

At first I though well, OK, bad discs. But they all do that, six of them so far. I upgraded the firmware, did factory resets, but that made no difference. So I started to suspect layer changes. I mean that's what would happen around halfway through, and then maybe a last few chapters are on another layer at the end along with extras or something like that. This was a somewhat older (maybe a year old) cheap Sony. Maybe it just couldn't handle something about newer Blu-ray layer changes.

So finally today I got tired of never being able to watch a movie further than halfway through, and I went and bought a little Samsung. Plugged it in, and wanna guess what happens? The same place on each disc. Checked the firmware and it's up to date.

So I'm at a loss as to what might be going on. The common bits at this point are the TV and the A/V receiver. I'm not sure how either of those would care in the slightest about layer changes inside the player. And I don't have another one, so I can't exactly do a sanity check test. I guess I could try taking the HDMI straight from the player to the TV as a sanity check on the receiver. It's a Marantz SR5005.

Though I've tried playing with various video and audio options, they do nothing and I don't see why they would matter. If they work for half the movie they should work for the rest of the movie. Some of them were Atmos, so I tried not having the player do audio mix-down but let the receiver handle it, but that didn't do any good. 

Anyhoo, any ideas?

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