Control4 released the 3.0 operating system a few months ago, making drastic improvements to the user interface and experience. This update also changed the way that many DriverCentral drivers interact with Control4, and our developers have been working hard to modify drivers so they work seamlessly with OS3 and take advantage of all the incredible benefits that OS3 offers.
Control4 Dashboard and Filters
OS 3 gives clients unmatched personalization and control capabilities that make the smart home uniquely his or her own. Icons can be placed on a “dashboard” screen so they are front and center on the client's phone or touch screen when they are needed.
If a client has a lot of devices in the home, they'll love the new Filter function. Clients can sort door locks, sensors, window shades, and lights to make it much easier to find devices he or she is looking for without having to scroll through a long list. Simply tap the filter icon to sort by active or inactive devices, and tap All to get a full view of all like-devices across the entire home.
Favorites: Customizing the Customer Experience
Control4 3.0 has introduced Favorites, giving customers quicker, easier access to the most frequently-used technologies. Just like clients are used to on their smart phones, organizing favorites is as easy as hold-and-drag to add, arrange, remove, and favorite the most commonly used devices, streaming services, and scenes.
Favoriting scenes and devices is simple! Clients can click the Control4 icon on the upper-left corner to see a list of devices. When the particular device or scene has been found, clients have the ability to tap and hold the icon to favorite it to the room.
Devices and scenes can be favorited to any room of the house, not just the rooms they are physically in. This means that any room—like your master bedroom—could be turned into a control center for the whole home. Clients can control and see the status of door locks, window shades, and smart lights around the house from the bedroom dashboard so the homeowner doesn’t have to swipe from room to room when making sure everything is secure and powered down for the night.
Optimized for Every Room
Clients can now organize the Control4 interface by rooms so that the most important, frequently used rooms in the house are front and center. This means that it takes fewer taps for clients to find what they're looking for.
Clients can also mark their most frequently-used rooms as favorites to quickly swipe between them. To favorite a room, clients can simply tap the room name at the top of the screen to bring up a list of all rooms. In the upper-right corner, clients can click the pen button and tap the heart next to each room to add it to the Favorites list. Fewer touches. Fewer taps.
Clients can still find devices and scenes organized by the traditional Control4 categories (Watch, Listen, Comfort, and Security) by tapping the Control4 icon in the upper-left corner in the Control4 app or touch screen.
DriverCentral drivers add even more customization and benefits, enhancing the features of OS3. Control4 OS3 and DriverCentral provide an even more custom, user-friendly experience.
Check out videos on basic navigation, customizing a room scene, and filters here.
Come see us at CEDIA Booth #2030.
Chowmain's Kaleidescape driver will also be at CEDIA! Kaleidescape combines movie players and servers with online selection and delivery of the highest quality movies, making it the must-have content source to power a luxury cinematic experience.
Kaleidescape will be at CEDIA Booth #2549.
CinDev's Lexicon driver offers two-way communication, Mono or Stereo outputs, EQ Present selection, and PowerSave or Always on setup for power.
Come check it out at CEDIA Booth #1313!
Chowmain's Intellithings RoomMe driver identifies who's in a room by Smartphones and when combined with your home automation system, can automatically sets light, music, and temperature to the preferences of the actual people present. Control4, ELAN, URC, and RTI.
Come check it out at CEDIA Booth #1743!
Cinegration Development created a manufacturer-sponsored driver to integrate SeuraTVs into Control4. This driver allows for RS232 or IR control of all Seura TVs, 2-Way power and volume feedback, and day/night mode programming in Composer.
Seura will be at CEDIA Booth #501!
Domosapien's Somfy driver enables control of Somfy RTS blinds. Older RTS transmitters are also supported as well as Somfy DCT (Dry Contact) blinds using a set of relays for each blind. The driver is capable of SIMULTANEOUSLY connecting to a cluster of myLinks, URTSI II, and RS485 RTS Transmitters.
CinDev has been working with sonnen to create energy automation integration in Control4. With better weather integration and a fresh new look for Control4 OS3, the sonnen EcoLinx driver is better than ever! The sonnen ecoLinx driver uses weather forecast data to dynamically modify the ecoLinx’s backup reserve setting.
See the latest in Energy Automation with sonnen at CEDIA Booth #3547!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 Belkin, Clipsal C-Bus, Lutron Radio Ra Classic, TP-Link, Vantage Infusion,Vantage Q-Link, We-Mo Switch, and Yeelight are custom-made to integrate manufacturer products.
The Advanced Lighting Timer, Easy Occupancy, Generic Lighting, Modes 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.
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 MyAir, Aprilaire 8800/8700, Big Ass Fans/Big Ass Lights Haiku, Daikin SkiFi, Daikin WiFi Split, Escea Fireplace, Honeywell, IntesisBox, Sensibo Aircon, Sinope Thermostats, Tekmar 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!
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 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.
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!
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.
See Chowmain at CEDIA!
Kaleidescape will be at CEDIA Expo booth #3329
IntesisBox will be at CEDIA Expo booth #5923
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.
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..
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.
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!
Control4Simply 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.
Control4Cinegration 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.
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.
ADVANCED LIGHTING TIMER
Control4This 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.
Control4Install 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…
Control4This 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.
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.
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.
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!