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Signup thread for "Intro to HA" webex
#1
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Welcome to the "Intro to HA using CQC & the Elk Automation Panel" course.

This online gotomeeting & teleconference is designed to be a 100 minute overview as to how to perform HA & HT using CQC and the Elk automation panel. It is targeted to the newbie who wants to know how to do HA. It is not recorded as it generally sucks to try and synch up the audio teleconference and the video, besides it creates a whopping big file.

There is a dialin phone # and listening is critical as that's where the information is disseminated. If someone out there knows how to bridge telephone and VoIP, we may be able to beg Helheim for his TeamSpeak server so that you can use your PC to listen in.

There is no "HA 201" as that's what our monthly user group webex's are designed to be.

Requested but not mandatory prep
1) Read chapter 1 of this doc - i'll be referencing that during the intro.
2) As many of the tutorial videos as you can stand. There's 24 of them now, ideally watch all 4 of the installation ones and the first 2 of the action, event, and graphical interface sections. That's 10 total.

Agenda
"Intro" (15 mins)
This portion will familiarize you with how I did HA, what bits of which programs I used where to accomplish my goals.
- My personal reasons for HA, my architecture (5mins)
- Overall system components overview (15mins)
- CQC High-Level Overview & when to use each program(10 mins)

"Applied Theory" (60mins)
(this portion will help you understand what to do after you finish installing it on your PC, and how to make it do what you want to do. I'll cover the major aspects, as each person is likely to have different goals)
- CQC Admin Interface (how to tell CQC what hardware and software you have)
- CQC Interface Building (how to create an interface to display and control your hw/sw)
- CQC Event Engine (scheduled events like HVAC, triggered events like IR receipt)
- CQC Media Repository Engine (aka CDs and DVDs)

"Theory of Elk" (10mins)
- Setting up an Elk/ElkRP overview
- Setting up Automation rules inside the Elk

"Elk/CQC Integration" (20 mins)
- Getting the Elk and CQC to work together to accomplish something based on a physical occurence (ie, turn off all the A/V & HVAC & ... if the security system is armed. Turn on a light if there's motion/closet door is opened)
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Some of my devices: Sonos, Aeotec zWave, Nest, Rain8Net, Various H/T
What's next: CQC-Voice, Brultech GEM
My vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/c/IVBsHomeAutomation
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#2
I've already seen the first two items but I'd still like to see the stuff about the Elk so I'd come for that.
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#3
Helheim Wrote:I've already seen the first two items but I'd still like to see the stuff about the Elk so I'd come for that.
if you can make the 3/31 webex, we can concentrate on elkrp & cqc indepth there too.
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Some of my devices: Sonos, Aeotec zWave, Nest, Rain8Net, Various H/T
What's next: CQC-Voice, Brultech GEM
My vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/c/IVBsHomeAutomation
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#4
Sounds Interesting. Depending on the time selected, I'm interested.

John
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#5
I'd be interested. I'm in the process of retiring, and it looks like I'll finally get a chance to start automating the whole house and, particularly, the home theater. I'm well acquainted in the underlying concepts and implementation of the CQC environment itself, but woefully lacking in its actual usage from an end-user standpoint. This could be very informative for me.
Ken
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#6
There's an Oz fellow over on CT who wants to watch. We could do a 6:30 PM PST Friday night, 9:30PM EST Friday night, 11:30am Saturday Australia time as we might get some other folks who wouldn't normally be vertical at 8:30am PST.

So for the folks here: is either 6:30pm on a Friday night or 8:30am on a Saturday am doable? I know i cannot do this Saturday am, not sure about Fri night though.
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Some of my devices: Sonos, Aeotec zWave, Nest, Rain8Net, Various H/T
What's next: CQC-Voice, Brultech GEM
My vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/c/IVBsHomeAutomation
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#7
I'm in.
Which is too short to post, so ... I'm still in. Smile
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#8
Friday night works best (Yes I have no life). Saturday mornings are still roughing in electric and plumbing..
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#9
Who here will be able to attend Friday 3/23 @6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST/1:30pm Australia time? You should allocate 2 hours, but we'll try and get through most of it in 1.5.
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Some of my devices: Sonos, Aeotec zWave, Nest, Rain8Net, Various H/T
What's next: CQC-Voice, Brultech GEM
My vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/c/IVBsHomeAutomation
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IVB Wrote:Who here will be able to attend Friday 3/23 @6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST/1:30pm Australia time? You should allocate 2 hours, but we'll try and get through most of it in 1.5.

I actually believe it would be 12:30pm "Eastern" Australia time. According to my handy-dandy multiple time zone clock they are 15 hours ahead of Central time at the moment.

Remember they don't switch to daylight savings time at the same time we do. Matter of fact, if I recall, some parts of Australia switch on different days even. At least I know New Zealand and Australia are not on the same schedule.

Either way, "Microsoft Time Zone" indicates they are 15 hours ahead of me now.
Keith
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