Exciting New Things at DriverCentral!

08/01/2019
by Shelby S
DriverCentral is excited to announce that another new developer has joined the site! YATUN is a software development company that has been creating Control4 drivers since 2007. The company became a Control4 authorized distributor in 2009.

The YATUN team has been in the smart home industry for many years, educating installation companies and providing technical support to Control4 dealers. YATUN specializes in complex system integrations and helping dealers propel projects forward.

YATUN already has two drivers loaded on the DriverCentral - Audac R2 and 
Devialet Expert Pro. The Audac R2 driver enables network control (TCP/IP) and integration of the AUDAC R2 digital matrix system in Control4. The Devialet Expert Pro driver enables two-way integration for the ultimate audiophile system, Devialet Exert Pro Amplifiers. Visit their page to check out their drivers! 
 
 
DRIVERCENTRAL SITE UPDATES!

In April, we announced some exciting updates coming to the site in our blog. We're excited to say that those updates are now here and the final results are even better than we originally planned! Continue reading to learn about the improvements we made to the Project Portal and how these improvements make dealers' lives easier and decreases the amount of time you have to spend managing your projects! 
 
 
PROJECT PORTAL

We have officially launched the new Project Portal, complete with better overviews of projects, the ability to initiate global driver updates, and a fresh, clean look. The Project Portal is a cohesive dealer tool that allows dealers with any platform to utilize the same interface and experience the same benefits.
 
 
PROJECT OVERVIEWS 
 
GLOBAL UPDATES
The new Project Portal features an at-a-glance overview of projects so dealers can easily see their projects that are online or offline, unassigned projects, and projects with updates available. Clicking on any of these categories shows dealers all the projects that fall in that particular category. With the improved project overview, dealers can more quickly and easily manage their projects on DriverCentral. 
 
Many dealers wanted the ability to update an individual driver to the latest version for all projects at one time, and DriverCentral delivered! When dealers click on the Updates Available button, a window showing a list of drivers with available updates opens. This window also shows how many homes have each driver installed so dealers know exactly how many homes will be affected by an update. 

With a single click, dealers can update any individual driver for all projects with that driver installed. This simplified update process drastically decreases the amount of time dealers have to spend updating their projects. We all know that time is money so we're saying it - DRIVERCENTRAL SAVES DEALERS MONEY!
 
FRESH NEW LOOK
Overall, the Project Portal has a new, clean, and easy-to-understand interface that gives dealers all the important information without any of the clutter. And don't worry, dealers can still update drivers on specific projects individually! Just click on any project to launch the project window and click the Update Driver icon for any driver listed in that project.

Welcoming a New DriverCentral Developer!

07/02/2019
by Shelby S


Janus Technology has officially joined DriverCentral's growing group of developers. We are excited to expand our developer base because more developers means more drivers and more solutions for our dealers! Continue reading to learn more about Janus Technology!

JANUS TECHNOLOGY


Janus Technology is a software development consultancy based in Cambridge, England, specializing in creating interesting and unique solutions for the smart home controls industry. Now in its tenth year, Janus was founded by Cambridge University alumni with many years of combined experience in software development and custom installation. 

Janus Technology develops integrations for Control4, RTI, URC, Elan, Crestron and AMX, apps for iOS and Android, and a whole host of other software solutions for some of the biggest names in the AV industry including Bose, Yamaha, Linn, Wyrestorm and many others. Janus also specializes in BMS integrations and provides a consultancy service to installers requiring bespoke solutions for specific projects.

Janus' first driver is live on the site! Check out their Colour Wheel Driver that provides easy selection of the color and brightness of multiple lighting channels. 

Updates Coming to DriverCentral!

04/30/2019
by Shelby S


The DriverCentral Team has been working hard to deliver several site updates that will greatly improve the user experience and accessibility. You may have noticed an increase in speed to the site over the last week... that's because there is! Our team has significantly improved the loading time and overall speed of the site, meaning less time spent waiting for a page to load and more time to browse the site's growing offering of drivers! 


Continue reading to discover the new features coming soon to the marketplace!  

NEW AND IMPROVED PROJECT PORTAL!
With the previous version of the Portal, dealers were required to manually update each driver on each project. As you can imagine, this took a significant amount of time, especially for dealers with a large number of drivers in several projects. DriverCentral received several requests from dealers for the ability to update all projects to the latest version for a driver at once. This is exactly what we did! Now dealers can choose 'Update All' and instantly update any driver to the latest version for all projects that has that driver installed. This drastically increases dealer efficiency and ensures that all projects are running the latest version of any given driver. 
Additionally, DriverCentral merged what used to be two separate portals - one for Control for and the other for all other platforms - into one cohesive platform. Now dealers with URC, ELAN, RTI, and QSYS drivers can experience the same interface and information that Control4 dealers can! 
Within the new Portal is our Dealer Dashboard, which allows dealers to see ALL driver updates, controllers offline, and global account settings all in one place! Check out the before and after to the Portal below.
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New Version of the Project Portal
Project Portal

OUR EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS GOT A FACELIFT! DriverCentral sends a trial expiration email to dealers using a trial version of a driver to notify that a trial is about to expire or has already expired. Several dealers asked that the email also provide a link to the product so it can easily be purchased. Now the trial expiration email not only tells dealers that a license needs to be updated, but it also allows dealers to easily update a driver with an expired or soon-to-expire trial.

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New Version of the Trial Expiration Email
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Showroom Project

03/27/2019
by Shelby S


Are you taking advantage of all the DriverCentral's dealer benefits? If you don't have a Showroom Project, you are missing out! DriverCentral offers many benefits to its dealers, one of which being the Showroom Project. This feature gives dealers the opportunity to test drivers, experience driver features, and understand the key benefits of a driver first hand! Continue reading to learn more about the showroom project, how it works, and why you should be using it.

DriverCentral provides a Showroom Project option to dealers registered on DriverCentral. This project allows a single Dealer to license the majority of drivers listed on DriverCentral for the calendar year, giving you the opportunity to install the driver in your showroom and experience everything the driver has to offer before you sell it to your customers. The showroom project is to be used solely for a single Dealer’s showroom and cannot be used in customer projects.

In order to be eligible to participate in a Showroom Project, dealers must complete $250 in purchases on DriverCentral each calendar year in which the dealer wishes to participate in a Showroom Project. DriverCentral reserves the right to revoke or change the terms of the Showroom Project at any time. Developers have the option to have their drivers omitted from the Showroom Project option, and any drivers not available to Showroom Project participants will be charged at the standard rate. Showroom Projects are currently available for Control4 drivers only.

Happy Holidays from DriverCentral! 2018 Year in Review

12/12/2018
by Shelby S

DriverCentral has had a very exciting year! Our site is now in its second year, and we have done a lot throughout 2018 to improve the site, grow our product offering and customer base, and enhance features. This year, we have answered 4,704 help desk tickets and 1,798 chats!


Continue reading to check out the highlights from 2018 with site updates, new dealers and drivers, and more control platforms! 


SITE UPDATES AND IMPROVEMENTS
Over the course of the year, we have made several improvements and updates to DriverCentral including updating the Cloud Driver and improving the user interface, payment processor, and auto update. We have also added a Driver Request Form, allowing dealers to submit a request for a driver for any platform. Dealers have the option to send their request to a particular developer or the request can be sent to all developers! Throughout the year, your requests have helped our developers decide on what drivers should be released, making you, the dealer, an integral part of driver creation. 

We have also been hard at work creating a knowledge base for frequently asked questions and common issues. The knowledge base serves as a quick reference for questions regarding the Cloud Driver, managing projects, ordering, account problems, and more. You can find the knowledge base here

Additionally, our help desk team has generated a wiki to allow developers and the support team to log common help desk questions, driver limitations, and various solutions. The wiki serves as a tool to streamline support and allow our help desk team to answer your questions quickly and more efficiently. 



DRIVERS, DEVELOPERS, AND DEALERS... OH MY! 
Our developers have been hard at work creating 60 new drivers in 2018, bringing the site to a total of 150 products! DriverCentral also signed on FIVE new developers - Argus Technologies, ezi Contols, Homeation, Kiwifarm, and T4control. Keep an eye on their pages for new drivers being added!

DriverCentral could not exist without our incredible customers. Speaking of customers, 2,715 new dealers registered on DriverCentral in 2018! This brings our total number of dealers to 4,981.



MORE CONTROL PLATFORMS, MORE OPTIONS

DriverCentral has added three control platforms to the site this year: ELAN, RTI, and URC. Supporting more platforms means the site is capable of meeting a wider range of needs for a greater variety of projects. Many of our developers work on drivers for more than one control platform, which can all now be sold in one central location! 

DriverCentral truly had an amazing year and we hope you did as well. As we close out 2018 and begin a new year, we look forward to more growth, ongoing site updates and enhancements, and publishing exciting new drivers in 2019! Browse the site to take a look at the result of 2018's hard work. 

The Scoop on Lighting and Comfort Drivers 

10/31/2018
by Shelby S


Lighting and Comfort are two of Control4's most programmable, but underused features. While most smart home owners have their lights and thermostats integrated into their control system, the capabilities of these systems are often not fully taken advantage of. With DriverCentral's lighting and comfort drivers, your clients' systems have more features and more customizable options, greatly enhancing the customer's experience and level of control over their system. 


Continue reading to learn how lighting and comfort drivers can benefit your projects!


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LIGHTING DRIVERS
If your projects include lighting integration, DriverCentral should be your first stop to determine which drivers make the most sense for any given project. Our drivers provide several unique tools that can make any lighting system shine. Whether your project requires drivers for specific hardware in the home or could make use of custom drivers, we have options for all types of projects!

Drivers such as BelkinClipsal C-BusLutron Radio Ra ClassicTP-LinkVantage Infusion,Vantage Q-LinkWe-Mo Switch, and Yeelight are custom-made to integrate manufacturer products. 

The Advanced Lighting TimerEasy OccupancyGeneric LightingModes Agent, and Relay to Light drivers make any lighting system better. These drivers increase the dealer's customization options, providing more tools for the dealer to customize the lighting system for a specific customer. 

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COMFORT DRIVERS
Setting and maintaining a comfortable temperature in a customer's home is of upmost importance. And as we all know, everyone's definition of comfort is different, making customized control over the thermostat and other heating/cooling features a major benefit to smart home owners. With comfort drivers, dealers can offer customers a wider range of control over the home's thermostats, fans, HVAC system, fireplaces, and more! 

DriverCentral offers manufacturer-specific drivers, like Advantage Air MyAirAprilaire 8800/8700Big Ass Fans/Big Ass Lights HaikuDaikin SkiFiDaikin WiFi SplitEscea FireplaceHoneywell, IntesisBox, Sensibo AirconSinope ThermostatsTekmar HVAC, and TempTracker

For any fan or thermostat, check out the Generic Fan Speed or Generic Thermostat drivers. 

 

DriverCentral seeks to provide software that enhances your customer's smart home experience and allows you as a dealer to offer more features and better control. Browse lighting and comfort drivers available today!

Introducing DriverCentral's New Developers!

10/04/2018
by Shelby S


DriverCentral is growing! We continually strive to further enhance our site and the benefit we provide to dealers around the world. Part of doing this means that we are always seeking to add more developers to the site, which increases our product offerings and expands your options as a dealer.


DriverCentral is pleased to welcome Argus Technologies and T4 Control to the DriverCentral family. With six developers and counting, DriverCentral is quickly becoming the largest driver marketplace!



Continue reading to learn more about our two newest developers.


ARGUS TECHNOLOGIES
Argus Technologies has been in business for 15 years developing drivers for Control4. Argus Technologies is an Australian owned and operated company with extensive experience and knowledge in residential smart living. With staff backgrounds in electrical, AV, security, networking and control systems, Argus Technologies is a whole home solution provider catering to both bespoke and volume residential markets, primarily in Melbourne, Australia. 

Since officially becoming a member of DriverCentral,  Argus Technologies has been hard at work encrypting their collection of drivers to prepare the software for DriverCentral. Keep an eye on the Argus Technologies developer page here to view and purchase drivers. 

To learn more about Argus Technologies, visit the website

 

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T4 CONTROL
T4 Control was started in 2013 with the goal of providing professional support to local dealers. The developer specializes in Control4 drivers, delivering several solutions to commercial and residential clients. T4 Control is a Brazilian company providing support, custom drivers, and consulting for Control4 automation projects. T4 Control plans to expand their offerings to include drivers for other control systems in the future. 

T4 Control already has three Control4 drivers available on the site with more to come! Visit their developer page
here to view and purchase drivers. 

To learn more about T4 Control, visit the website

 

At DriverCentral, we strive to have the most comprehensive offering of drivers for Control4, ELAN, RTI, and URC systems. View the software available for your customers today!

DriverCentral's Anniversary Has Come Just in Time for CEDIA!

08/30/2018
by Shelby S

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRIVER CENTRAL!

August has been an exciting month for us - this month marks the completion of a successful first year for DriverCentral AND CEDIA is just around the corner!


As we all prepare for CEDIA, our developers have been hard at work designing exciting new drivers for Control4, Elan, RTI, and URC drivers


Continue reading to learn more about the newest drivers DriverCentral developers have released! 

DriverCentral was created in August of 2017 to better serve integrators around the world. Our goal has always been to offer the most user-friendly, streamlined process for buying and installing drivers, and we have spent the last year working to do just that! DriverCentral was built with the integrator in mind – we know first-hand the many frustrations that dealers can experience when purchasing, licensing, and assigning drivers to the number of projects any one dealer can have. DriverCentral is the solution to those frustrations!
 
Beyond DriverCentral's many features that ensure the best experience for our users, DriverCentral offers a wide variety of drivers for Control4, Elan, RTI, and URC dealers.

 

Developed by:
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See Chowmain at CEDIA!

Kaleidescape will be at CEDIA Expo booth #3329

IntesisBox will be at CEDIA Expo booth #5923


BIG ASS FANS / BIG ASS LIGHTS HAIKU
ELAN
The Chowmain Haiku Driver for ELAN allows integration of the Haiku based Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Lights into ELAN allowing full 2 way wireless IP control / feedback over the fans and lights in your home.



KALEIDESCAPE 
Control4
Chowmain's Kaleidescape driver for Control4 offers superior integration of any IP based Kaleidescape system into the Control4 home automation system with full movie and music searching, browsing, playback and more from Control4's touchscreens and user interfaces.  Kaleidescape will be exhibiting at CEDIA Expo on booth #3329.  Check them out..

                   
 INTESISBOX
Control4 & ELAN
IntesisBox provides integration to various HVAC systems using either a universal IntesisBox (uses IR control, IR feedback and temperature sensor) or specific IntesisBox (which connects directly to the sytem's communication bus).  Models can be retrofit easily as they are wifi and most can be powered directly from the HVAC system or 5vdc.  Intesis will be exhibiting at CEDIA Expo on booth #5923. Check them out.

The Pushover driver can be used to send and recieve notifications from the Pushover service. Notifications can be sent using driver commands with a user settable Title, Message, Sound and destination device. Incoming messages can be used to trigger events in RTI and trigger custom automation.

The received events are the real power in this module, allowing it to be connected with devices like IFTTT and Zapier enabling RTI to be controlled by 1000's of services that are otherwise unavailable.
 

 

 
 

Developed by:

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Battery Agent  
Control4
Several pieces of equipment in today’s technology run on battery power, and until now, there wasn't a useful way to monitor battery levels. With the Battery Agent driver, customers can easily and conveniently check battery levels on any battery-powered device using an icon on their Control4 interface. 

No additional hardware is required to experience easy monitoring of your devices’ battery levels!  

 
Control4
Simply integrate DSC PowerSeries security systems into Control4, giving customers arming/disarming, labeled zones, history, zone bypassing, and many other features not available in most standard drivers. This driver includes many time-saving features like automatic push notification and zone name mapping that decrease the time required to program the system.


Control4
Cinegration Development’s Honeywell Total Connect Comfort Driver allows customers with Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostats to control their home’s climate with their Control4 system. This gives customers the freedom to manage the temperature of the home from any room or while away. Keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter to the exact specified degree and schedule when the temperature changes throughout the day.


Control4
Garage doors and motorized gates can be controlled with the press of a button via the Control4 platform or a customer’s smartphone. Dealers have the ability to program the driver to automatically send notifications when the garage door or gate has been left open or failed to close based on the customer’s preferences. New icons visually communicate the state of any garage door – ex: opening, open, closing, closed, etc. The driver even contains a variety of garage door types to best fit your customer’s home. 

 

 

Developed by:

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ADVANCED LIGHTING TIMER
Control4
This driver provides the most elaborate set of capabilities to control your lighting (and other tasks) from motion sensors, door contacts, and in fact, any type of sensors.  Daytime and nighttime scenarios are easily available.  The driver can accommodate up to eight input contacts of various characteristics (each can be normally closed, normally open or even a trigger), giving you the most flexibility.  Light action may be disabled by other lights or contacts, allowing you to address some very complex scenarios that your clients love to come up with.


Control4
Install one copy of this driver “behind” each Configurable (or Legacy) keypad in your project.  The driver allows you to easily control LED colors and blinking via programming and with this driver, ‘Double Tap’ and ‘Triple Tap’ are exactly that: the ‘Single Tap’ event is not triggered.  You also get an optional 8th virtual button (both ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ pressed simultaneously), as well as an innovative Selector Mode which is especially useful when controlling blinds.  Lock the keypads during parties.  And many more…
 

Control4
This driver allows you to trigger Control4 events based on Serial (RS232) messages received from external sources.  Sending Serial messages is also supported.  Use this to link Control4 with other control systems where Control4 devices may be activated (a TV being turned ON or OFF, for example) based on command messages sent by the other control system.


Control4
This driver is the most flexible and advanced way to handle your Somfy RTS as well as Dry Contact motors.  You get full slider control and simulated feedback using the new Control4 blind interface for the most popular Somfy interfaces: myLink, URTSI and RS485 RTS Transmitter and more. 

 

 
 

Developed by:

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EASY OCCUPANCY
Control4
This driver allows for quick and easy setup of Occupancy for a room to turn lights, AV and HVAC off when there has been no movement for a defined period.


Control4
WebRelay is an electrical relay (or electrical switch) with a built-in web server. The relay can be turned on, off, or pulsed from this driver. The WebRelay has a long history of reliable operation in many applications including remote reboot, industrial control, security, and remote control and monitoring.

This works great with the Control4 MDU solution to open and sense a main gate or door of a complex.

This driver is specifically for Single Relay & Contact Unit. Model numbers starting with X-WR-1R12
 

At DriverCentral, our goal is to make the process of purchasing, installing, updating, and assigning drivers as simple and user-friendly as possible. Log in to your DriverCentral account and experience the simplified process of searching, buying, and integrating drivers!

 

 
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Now Supporting RTI Drivers!

07/30/2018
by Shelby S

DriverCentral has been the central marketplace for dealers to purchase Control4, Elan, and URC drivers for several years. We are excited to announce that DriverCentral now supports RTI drivers, expanding our products and professional support to include one of the best control systems available on the market.

Continue reading to learn about the drivers we currently have available for RTI systems.

 

RTI Drivers:
PJLink Universal Projector
Sensibo
TPLink WiFi Smart Home
Yeelight

PJLink Universal Projector


PJLink is a new unified standard designed to make communication interfaces and communication protocols that have been different from one projector manufacturer to another uniform and common. Several Japanese manufacturers have adopted the PJLink standard for their projectors. With this PJLink driver for RTI, you can control multiple projectors via IP with 2-way feedback. Supported manufacturers include (but not limited to): BenQ, Mitsubishi Electric, InFocus, NEC, Casio, Canon, Sharp, Sky, Seiko Epson, Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi and Ricoh.

Features
  • IP Control
  • Power On / Off
  • Input Switching
  • Mic Volume Up / Down
  • Freeze / Unfreeze
  • Video Mute / Audio Mute
  • Feedback
  • Projector, Maker, and Model Name
  • Serial Number
  • Software Version
  • Lamp and Filter Replacement Model Number
  • Filter Usage Time
  • Lamp Hours
  • Current Power Status and Input
  • Input and Recommend Resolution
  • Error Status – Fan, Lamp, Temp, Cover Open, Filter
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TP-Link WiFi Smart Home

 

This driver is for control of the TP-Link range of wireless outlets and switches that makes any household plug-in device like lamps, appliances, and electronics part of the RTI system by turning a standard outlet into a smart outlet.

The TP-Link HS1XX series of Wi-Fi smart plugs has plug types and regulatory compliance for the majority of the world and is extremely affordable. This WiFi-based power outlet supports up to 10amps and can be easily integrated into the RTI home automation system using the Chowmain TP-Link HS1XX driver.

The HS110 version can be utilized for energy monitoring and management using our driver and RTI. It can also be useful for device health monitoring and also for automatic selection of manually controlled AV devices like Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

     Features
  • Full control and status of the HS-1xx range of outlets
  • Variables for state, name and for the HS-110 voltage, current and power usage
  • Ability to use energy monitoring in HS-110 outlets for automatic selection and room off of Playstation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and other manually controlled devices
  • Configurable polling time
  • On/Off feedback from the device, whether it is controlled from RTI, the Kasa app, or directly from the outlet 
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At DriverCentral, our goal is to make the process of purchasing, installing, updating, and assigning drivers as simple and user-friendly as possible. Log in to DriverCentral to lean more about RTI drivers and keep your eyes out for more newsletter announcements as additional RTI drivers are developed!

 

 
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Dealer Portal

06/27/2018
by Shelby S

We keep mentioning The DriverCentral Portal.. so what is it?

DriverCentral has a dedicated portal where dealers create each of their projects (or homes).

When a project is created in the Portal, it generates a project token. This token is the link between the cloud driver (remember that from last month’s blog? If not, View the Blog Here) and the Portal. This link allows the Portal to push updates and track licenses and drivers remotely.

The Portal streamlines the driver installation process and allows dealers to easily track updates and manage the projects that a driver has been assigned to from one central location.

 

DEALER PORTAL BENEFITS

  • Automatic notifications when drivers running on trial licenses are about to expire
  • Notifications when a project doesn't check in for 24 hours
  • Centralized location for license management
  • Ability to easily and quickly shift drivers and licenses to a new controller if the old controller breaks 

 

 

At DriverCentral, our goal is to make the process of purchasing, installing, updating, and assigning drivers as simple and user-friendly as possible. Log in to your dealer portal and experience just how easy it is to assign licenses to your projects!

 

 
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