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  Onkyo line sold
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 04-27-2018, 04:21 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (2)

So Oppo goes down the other day, and now a company called TLC Multimedia has bought out the rights to the Onkyo line of products outside of Japan. Not quite as dire, but it doesn't necessarily sound like a good thing either.

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  event and subsequent countdown timer question
Posted by: dogman - 04-24-2018, 04:04 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (9)

I want to have a triggered event where when one of my radiora2 switch load turns on either manually at a key pad or by cqc action it starts a timer for 10 minutes then at the end of ten minutes it shuts off the switch and sends an announcement to my ELK.  I thought I had it figured out but no luck.  I have the switch set to trigger on any value change.   I have a triggered event with a is load change for my switch field with a state of true but cannot get it to work.  Is there a better way to achieve this?  I was using the timer driver with a countdown timer.

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  Lutron HVAC On CQC
Posted by: avtexan - 04-23-2018, 09:57 AM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (1)

Well after a failed attempt to get my Aprilaire TStats running this weekend I am thinking about changing to Lutron’s RadioRa 2 HVAC Controler.  I have three units and the controlers will live in my equipment rack upstairs. 

After talking to Lutron I think the Aprilaire flushmount temp sensors that I already have installed may work with the Lutron system.  If not I can add the remote temp sensors later. 

I also like how small the Seetemp wall control is.  I could get a double gang box for it and a pico remote that I have for the shades and it should cover up the holes where the old Tstats are now. 

I already have the Main Repeater from upgrading my shades last year.


The shades and a couple of lights are working fine on CQC.  Any issues or quirks running their TStats on CQC?

Anybody already using them.  Like / dislike?

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  Options for CQC controlled video playback
Posted by: pjgregory - 04-22-2018, 11:35 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

Back in the day when I first started with CQC, life was much easier.  I could rip my few DVD's using MyMovies, run a software player on my HTPC, and use CQC to select and play them.  It worked most of the time, until the PC got an update or whatever and I would have to rebuild the whole thing again.

What now?  A few years ago, I built a 25TByte NAS to store all my DVD's and Bluerays.  I have an Oppo103 which has fantastic video quality and a 4K JVC projector.  The only thing missing has been a software driver from CQC to allow to select and stream movies.  Now that Oppo is pulling out of the market, there is no point in getting their Oppo203 4K player so this option is dead.

I have been looking at using an Amazon 4K Firestick as the physical rendering device.  I have been able to connect it to a Plex server and access a few Bluerays using the Firestick control.  Too clunky for use with over 800 titles. There is supposed to be a Plex CQC Driver, although I have not tried it yet,  Could this allow me to build a video repository in CQC and stream movies to the Firestick.  

Does anyone have a working solution to use CQC to select and stream at least Blueray quality to a physical player?  If not, what would it take to get such a system working.   What do the professional installers use?  Streaming from a cloud service is out for me as I cannot get a high enough bandwidth to get acceptable quality.  All ideas welcome!!

PJG

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  Radio RA driver issue
Posted by: dogman - 04-21-2018, 06:01 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (7)

I have been using the Radio RA driver for a few years now with no issues.  Just did a bath remodel and added some devices so was going to update the CQC config.  I reread the documentation and discovered that the new version now has a client side driver for configuration instead of editing the text file.   Yeah!   .  However, when right clicking on the driver the client side driver selection is grayed out.   I am running 5.2.11 cqc and the driver is 3.6 IP V2.   Is there something else I need to do to get to the client side driver first since my existing system was originally configured manually with the text file?

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  Nest 3rd Generation
Posted by: EST - 04-19-2018, 07:15 AM - Forum: Buy/Sell - No Replies

I have a brand new Nest 3rd Gen, never opened.  $175 plus S&H.

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  Who's done Brultech?
Posted by: IVB - 04-18-2018, 11:55 AM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (4)

Who's done a full brultech install? I just had solar + powerwall put in (although won't be turned on for 4ish weeks). The Powerwall can't handle a full 24 hour cycle (although darn close), so now my next goal is to find out circuit-by-circuit, how much power i'm consuming.

I *think* I have 20 different circuits (not home right now, looking at a picture). Looks like the GEM can handle 32, so i'm set there.

Trying to figure out how i'd have the electrician wire this up, which is where my questions are. But I won't put them here if nobody has done much.

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  ARTIK Cloud
Posted by: whozeawhat - 04-17-2018, 08:20 AM - Forum: Third Party Development (General) - No Replies

While exploring the vast array of new voice command and integration options, I came across a cloud service that excited me as much as IFTTT. Since everyone’s experiences might vary, given the wealth of devices that CQC supports, I wanted to (possibly over-) explain my journey so far.

While IFTTT is awesome, in order to integrate CQC with Google Home or Alexa, it has a few short-comings that I was looking to improve on. I have tested both Google Home (via Google Home mini) and Amazon Alexa (via Fire TV), with my personal preference to the former.  I can say, ‘Ok Google, turn on <LightName>’ and it sends a HTTP request via IFTTT to my home CQC server. I can use the parameter <LightName> in the url of the web request for command parameter options.

My initial concerns with IFTTT were the lack of security (HTTPS is somewhat costly to implement) and dependency on a open port for incoming connections. Additionally, this also requires a dynamic DNS setup. While an advanced firewall could mitigate these concerns, I hoped to find an alternative connection method that would be persistent and low-bandwidth. Of course, many of the so called ‘smart hubs’ (Samsung SmartThings, Google Home Max, etc) do much of what I describe. Yet, IMHO, this is why I maintain a server with CQC, in my local network; another ‘hub’ would be redundant. Software smart hubs are seaming nonexistent since there are so many cloud services that are being born.

My search lead me to ARTIK cloud services, a subsidiary of Samsung. Over the past days of testing, I have prototyped light actions (dim and relay) and outlet power operations natively in google assistant, all from devices that only communicate locally to CQC, such as Insteon, X10, and APC Powerstrips via SNMP. This connection is persistent from CQC to ARTIK via a secure websocket.

Future improvements will hopefully allow for text parameters to ARTIK, as they can be parsed in IFTTT now (such as ‘Turn On <LightName>’), but these parameters don’t yet appear available to ARTIK response actions in IFTTT. However, the native device support capability and security improvements are likely enough drive for me to develop a ARTIK driver that allows for device communication between CQC and ARTIK.

Here’s the basic user actions once all the configuration is completed:

Upon “linking” Google Home and ARTIK cloud services using the Google Home app, your devices will be discovered if they match the following criteria:
    •    The device type contains the setOn and setOff Actions.
    •    The device type contains a percentage type Action, i.e. setLevel (0–100), setTemperature (0–100).
To interact with ARTIK cloud services devices on Google Home, say “Okay Google…”
    •    "turn on Living Room Light"
    •    "turn off Kitchen Light"
    •    "dim Living Room Light 50 percent"


PROs:
— Voice response latency has decreased due to websocket connection
— More secure than open HTTP port
— IFTTT setup/maintenance not required

CONs
— Only On/Off/Dim seems to be supported. Transmitting a text value is still unsupported.
— Requires setup/maintenance of light configuration in ARTIK cloud and new ARTIK driver config file
— Free service is limited to 100K messages per month


In time, if anyone else is interested, I'll post more details on how I created device templates and devices in ARTIK.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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  Moved my Master Server. Now no External Access
Posted by: RichardU - 04-14-2018, 04:56 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

I moved my master server to a new location on my local network. Everything seems to work except the HTTP trigger. 

It works if I access it directly e.g. 192.168.1.123/test

But it doesn't work if I access it from the web: e.g. xxxxx/test

I set my router to port forward 11002 to 192.168.1.123 just as it was doing with my old network location. And dyndns provider is still correctly forwarding other ports to other computers on my network. 

I thought it might be a firewall issue, so in my Widnows Defender Firewall I set everything that starts with CQC to be available both Public and Private. Then I tried turning off the Firewall. Still not working.

Any ideas on what I am missing?

Thanks, Richard

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  Jandy Pool Control
Posted by: avtexan - 04-13-2018, 06:20 PM - Forum: Installation/Configuration - Replies (6)

I was running the Jandy RS - Serial Adapter and I think it got zapped or just died.
CQC was working great before it died.

My brother inlaw got a new pool and his has the Jandy / Zodial iQ20-RS
It links the Jandy RS system to the web and uses their phone apps

The Serial Adapter is making me a little nervous.  I have read a couple of posts online that they are pretty easily killed by power surges.
And at $400+ a piece I don't want to have to buy these things in bulk Smile

Before I replace the Serial Adapter I was curious if we could get a CQC driver to control the iQ20

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