The graphic comes up legible for me on the pc, but you cannot zoom on an ipad, so I guess it just depends on how you are viewing it. Nevertheless, I think you get the idea.WHA
I have 9 zones to which I want to push audio. My plan is to have 6 audio sources (to start) including two-Sonos units, an AppleTV, and 3 cable boxes. The idea is that with Sonos, I can have 2 different Pandora stations going in a combination of different rooms, but it sounds like maybe the C4 can do that in lieu of the Sonos devices? The AppleTV will give me additional options for music, but also be able to accomodate audio of movies I stream from video (more on that later). The cable boxes will give me similar capabilities such that I can have a ball game on TV in the Great Room, but also send the audio to my study and/or kitchen even though the video is not playing in those rooms. With the C4 distributor, I would still have room for two other sources for when the next snazzy device comes along.Video
I am not sure I necessarily need to go with a matrix for video distribution, but please advise. Currently, I believe I can handle two of the video zones (Great Room and Patio) with the Sony 2800, which is already C4 equipped. I am not exactly sure of all of its capabilities, hence my question in my original post. From what I gather, I can feed two separate audio/video zones, which works out nicely in that it can serve the Great Room and Patio, which also gives me another zone to cover since the C4 only has 8. I will likely use CAT6-STP for the video runs and use a balun to transmit the HD video. So far, it seems that is a very good solution given that my runs should be no more than 150 feet and that gives me flexibility for the next type of hdmi cable that comes out. These runs will be in addition to network drops, and I will likely put them on their own patch panel to connect video.Network
Yes, the plan is to have a 24-port gigabit switch. There are a few rooms that I will only need a single drop, but I can still run the CAT6 cable and leave it behind the wall for future use. This allows me to handle all 15 rooms on a 24-port switch in combination with a built in switch on the wireless router and on the Sony 2800.Cams
Not shown on the diagram will be a simple 4-camera dvr surveillance system. It too will go to the media closet and feed into the Sony receiver for access in the Great Room in addition to access via any device on the network. I am not worried about having C4 programmed for these guys, as that can just be handled by the proprietary interface that comes with any of those dvr setups.HVAC
I will have 3 different HVAC zones that I would like to control remotely. I know there are options out there that don't require C4, but an integrated solution is obviously desired. Something like Nest would give me the option either way.Lighting
A handful of light switches will be incorporated, but not every single one. Just the main areas that I can control while away or when about to return home in the dark.Sprinklers
This is a possibility, but not likely to be incorporated right away. I have not been able to see how well this can be incorporated via C4 to know if it is worth paying for (equipment and programming).Security
I am thinking about having one of the entrances on an automated door lock, in addition to the garage doors, so control over the security panel will be ideal. The idea of having a single button on the iphone to initiate garage door, lighting, security (off) and even Audio/Video is nice if it is just a matter of a macro programmed.
It's all of this that is leading me to C4. IF there is another way to handle what I have here and have flexibility for other additions, PLEASE let me know. I love Sonos, and if they had other equipment that could handle my other "needs", I would buy it in a heartbeat. I am a bit disappointed in the monopoly the dealers have with respect to the programming of C4. If I can teach myself VB
code, I am sure I can handle their platform. What I need to understand is exactly how the C4 is controlled centrally. I cannot tell if that is done with the Sony2800, the C4 Amp, or if I have to have a C4 Controller regardless. I am guessing it is the latter.
I have pdf's of plans and this diagram if it helps anyone.