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  Some technical videos
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 12-23-2018, 10:04 PM - Forum: General Automation - No Replies

This may be too techno-geeky for most folks here. But I've been sort of informally posting some videos on my personal Youtube channel where I explore some of the software technology I've created as part of CQC and the underlying general purpose libraries that it is built on.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxCoAT...ZhxFRnZsfw

They go fairly quickly and are intended to be overviews, but you can of course pause them and read more in depth where you want.

I'll continue to do more these I'm sure, though the ones there now are sort of the ones that are really interesting, but remotely reasonable to overview in a single video. There's plenty of other stuff but it's often quite complex and would take quite a while to get into.

A lot of it is fairly C++ programming language oriented, since my code base is written in C++.

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  I wonder how this will affect HA...
Posted by: ellisr63 - 12-23-2018, 07:05 AM - Forum: General Automation - No Replies

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/h...e-together

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  Orderly Shutdown ...
Posted by: rbroders - 12-22-2018, 06:21 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (1)

Some of my drivers have state information that they save when the driver shuts down (in FreeCommResource).  This works great if doing a Pause/Resume of the driver, but I noticed that it does not get called if Windows reboots for an update.  I'm not sure what happens if you use the services tool to restart the CQC Application Shell.  Do you have any thoughts on this?  Is there a way to register with windows that you want to be called before a system shutdown for this kind of thing?

I write my state every 20minutes so I don't lose *everything*, but it would be better if I could get called during shutdown.  It is possible that I could update my state more often, but that would require random access to my state file, or possibly an incremental state file supplement which I would have to merge back into the main state when I restart the driver.  


Hmmm.

--Bob

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  Maybe important for Harmony Hub users?
Posted by: Dean Roddey - 12-17-2018, 12:28 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (7)

Something about update 206 disabling some important features.

https://www.reddit.com/r/homeautomation/...tegration/

Currently everyone first talks to their server to get some info, then directly connect to the hub. It looks like they are now yanking that ability to talk to the hub locally and have a completely different all cloud based API that is websockets based, but perhaps not documented, at least so far.

Oh well, that's why you should never use cloud based stuff. They can do this to you any time. If they actually bother to expose the websockets API we can look at it, but in the meantime, best look to block updates if you can.

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  Elk Client Interface Gremlins
Posted by: IVB - 12-16-2018, 10:40 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (9)

Tried to make a change in the Elk Client interface last night (moved one thing from zone 17 to 34) from my laptop. Wouldn't save. Now every time I pull up the Elk client interface it immediately has a star, I try to save it, nothing happens. I even rebooted the MS and the laptop, nothing.

Also, when I try to do the save every single one of my Elk-based triggers fires, ie lighting.

How do I flush this out?

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  Effective radiora2 range???
Posted by: rtarver - 12-15-2018, 09:01 PM - Forum: General Automation - Replies (5)

Any Lutron gurus out there?

I’m considering getting into Lutron as an eventual replacement for existing UPB lighting.  Looking at the radiora2 setup and am currently going through the online training.

Something that confuses me a little... 30 foot radius doesn’t cover much house, but I suspect that’s a little underrated given residential construction.  They also list a max of 60 feet between a main and aux repeater for rf connectivity. Well, it’s not like they are each going to handshake at 30 feet and make a connection, so I don’t get that.  Is the effective range between repeaters different than the effective range between a repeater and a device?  My media closet is unfortunately at one end of the house. I’m pretty sure it would be 75 feet to the garage door. 

So my second question is... what’s the real world effective range of a repeater to devices?  If it’s 40-50 feet, I could probably hard wire one to my kitchen above the cabinets and that would cover my needs. If it’s truly 30’ish feet, I’m going to need two. 

http://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentL...9-227a.pdf

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  Aeotec not starting fast enough on system reboot
Posted by: IVB - 12-15-2018, 03:27 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (3)

Caveat: My Echo stuff is currently 100% broken, trying to fix it now, when I discovered this.

I have an Hue Simulator driver that connects to the Echo. In it's config I have a bunch of zWave stuff. That way I can remove the trigger word, just say "Alexa, turn off the kitchen light". 

It looks like the Hue sim driver is starting before the Aeotec, and I get this in the logs.



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  Forum subscribed thread e-mail sucks...
Posted by: rbroders - 12-15-2018, 02:46 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (2)

Hey just a forum rant here.

I subscribe to a few threads, and when there is new activity I get an e-mail which contains 24 lines of bogus boiler plate crap and a 1 line "excerpt of the message".  Actually it is only half a line with the second half of the line more boiler plate crap (visit the thread to read more..).

It would be nice to get a bigger excerpt.  The entire reply would be best.  Also maybe cut the boiler plate stuff in half...
I also dislike the policy of no further replies until you visit the thread again.  Please keep sending me mail to keep me up on the thread activity.  Currently the excerpt it so lame you have to visit the board to see what the heck happened!  Argh...

Rant off.  Thanks -- Bob

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  Hiding Command Buttons on template
Posted by: kfly - 12-12-2018, 07:27 AM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (5)

Dean,
I want to hide the Christmas SiriusXM command buttons on my template  if month isn't December.  
Any hint on the best and hopefully easiest way to hide these two command button if month (not equal)  "12"?
thanks 
Kevin


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  Security cameras
Posted by: kjaerligkatt - 12-11-2018, 01:23 PM - Forum: CQC Support - Replies (11)

What’s the recommended way to intergrate security cams into CQC?  I seem to remember a discussion  a while back about integration with some camera server, but cannot find it now. Maybe a dreamt that?

Also, any recommendations for both internal and external cameras, preferable wireless. 

The wife would go with Nest cams, but I just know that’s not going to be a good, or even supported option 

Thx

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