Originally Posted by mpr540
I have several nagging questions about Control 4 hat many of you may be able to help with:
1) What type of interference exists if I am using 100+ light switches?
2) Should the light switches be hard wired or wireless?
3) How do I interface my Mac computers with Control 4 as my Mac's use WAP security, and i understand that C4 uses WEP?
4) What type of cable should I use for wired light switches?
5) How reliable (MTBF) are the switches? Witj 100+ I don't want to be changing one out every few months.
6) If the master control unit goes out, will the switches still work?
7)Will there be interference between the zigbee products and my Mac Airport express units?
8) Will the Panasonic wireless phones interfere with C4?
I am still working thru other issues, but any answers to these would be helpful. Thanks.
1)control4 can handle 100+ light switches. they recently released to controllers with even more power (faster)
2)light switches dont need extra wiring, they hook up like a regular light switch and wirelessly connect to control4
3)not sure...what are you trying to interface your computers with it for though? its a standalone system, all the music is stored on the controller, or through a harddrive connected to the controller - what are you trying to do?
4) light switches are wireless...only physical connection is the line/load you'd normally have on a lightswitch, unless your talking keypads, they need cat5e if your going wired.
5) light switches are very relieable. rated for 1000 watts. if your putting a bunch in one enclosure, like any automation light switch, it reduces the rating to 600 watts.
6)the switches still operate as a regular switch or dimmer (which ever you get) if there is no controller. i had my light switches hooked up before i hooked up my controller for a week, and they act just like regular switches.
7) most likely not...c4's zigbee is propietary and they dont want to give that up
8)what are you trying to do with this? there may be another way to accomplish what you want to do, without them on the same network
some people have released the login/password for c4, i dont have it off the top of my head, as i had no use for it so i disregarded it.
ive found the system to be very reliable and stable. id splurge for the new controllers though, ive got the older one, and its fast but with a big setup, it will bog down. those issues were fixed with the new hc-300