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Monoprice Amp Mixer and Service (Release Candidate 1)

 



 

After much testing and help from others I have finally at a point where I consider it "Close".

 

In the release, I have cleaned up the jQuery Code for the mobile app and a worked on better stability in the lower level amp communication routines. 

 

I have updated the DropBox with the newer build,  Additional Notes and API calls in the ReadMe within the Zip

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/94991518/MonoAmp.zip

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https://www.dropbox....ode/MonoAmp.zip

 

 

Kind Regards,

Mike Pisano - [email protected]
 

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I really appreciate that you are doing this... I have not yet purchased the amp but am planning on putting 3 of them together for a new home in September and am looking forward to the progress you make on this app. Thanks!
 

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Can I abandon the keypads all together using you apps and control purely via my phone? Keypads are great but I really think they will not be included in future designs so I am hoping to abandon them completely if possible.


I love what you have done. I am just about to get in and prewire my new house and your app gas solidified my purchase direction. So thank you very much.
 

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The keypads do not need to be attached, the amp doesn't care neither does my app.

 

Currently both my outdoor zones have none and it works perfectly.

 

A friend of mine is about to do the same thing, he's unable to rewire most of his home with cat5 but already has speakers pairs attached to one amp with relays, X10 switches and homeseer.

He's now going to switch to this amp, let homeseer directly control the amp via the switches and have complete remote control via the app and his touchscreens.

 

Really is a great value - even without using the keypads 

 

Regards,

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by fusion600  /t/1506842/any-experience-with-the-monoprice-6-zone-home-audio-multizone-controller/30#post_24776121


Mike

Can I abandon the keypads all together using you apps and control purely via my phone? Keypads are great but I really think they will not be included in future designs so I am hoping to abandon them completely if possible.


I love what you have done. I am just about to get in and prewire my new house and your app gas solidified my purchase direction. So thank you very much.

You really should pre-wire for keypads... Bury the cat5e wires behind the drywall if you don't want to see blank plates on the wall. If you ever need them, they'll be ready for you... At a few bucks per run, it's very, very cheap future-proofing.


If Sonos, for example, came out with a wall-mounted touchscreen controller for $199 tomorrow - you might want those wires...
 

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I agree, 10 years ago, After the inspector came through I spent the entire weekend pulling wire everywhere - coax, speaker, cat5e.... 2x Cat6 runs from basement to attic... then the builder closed the walls up.  I walked around with a camcorder and filmed where i left everything and for the past 10 years I've used most of them. Today I would do less coax and more twisted pair, but if the walls are open I would be on Amazon looking for a good deal on spools of wire.
 

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I am also in the process of building a house and just finished running wire for 12 zones and 12 keypad locations and 4 double STP Cat 6 runs to 4 tv locations for extending hdmi over Cat 6.  Blue Board is starting today.  I was going to wait to use the Cat 6 for the controllers but with the Monoprice controller/Amp I am going to purchase two of the units and get this in place hopefully before we move in.  I was going to use the HTD system,until i saw this thread, because of the $149 add on that allowed you to control it with your smart phone.  Thanks Mike for putting this app together and realizing the full potential of this Monoprice system.  I am going to have my desktop pc in my media closet as well.  So how exactly would we set up this system?   Use the serial port to hook up the Monoprice amp to my desktop then install your apps?   This is all new to me but i have learned a lot in the last 3-4 weeks.  4 weeks ago my knowledge of whole house audio was hooking up a receiver to 12 pairs of speaker wires!!   Thanks, Steve
 

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That's Correct Exskier,


If your computer does't have a RS232 port then you need USB to RS232 Adapter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812400515
Note: Converter is only 3ft, if your amp is further you can extend with below.

If your computer has an Rs232 port all you need a DB9 M/F Extension
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812196332 10ft Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812196244 6ft Beige

Warning on USB to Serial port adapters: A Chinese manufacture cloned the older Prolific chip (rev A) and it's in 75% of the no name brand converters. They will NOT work newer OS's (Server 2008/Windows 8) and have been know to Blue Screen systems. Prolific released (rev D) PL2303-HXD chip that is rock stable (in above product). There is also a newer PL2303TA chip that should be stable, although I haven't found an adapter on newegg that uses it. See http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=155&pcid=41

Extract the Zip (working on an install shortly)
To run the Mixer or Service, Use AmpConfig and set the number of Amps you have and the COM port of the above cable.
To allow the remote App to work, you need to change the Server address in AmpConfig from 127.0.0.1 to the address of your computer - Typically 192.168.1.???
If you run Windows Firewall, make sure your firewall allows traffic to ports 50230-50231 for local computers\phone to see server
 
After that, go into your mobile browser and navigate to http://192.168.1.???:50230/Default.html and the Mobile Mixer should be on your phone.
(on the iPhone, I typically click the bottom Safari toolbar button and "Add to Homescreen" so you have native button)
 
You can play around with the Mixer and App without the amp being connected - all should be functional, it's just going to queue all the commands waiting for the amp
 
Let me know how it works for you.
Regards,
Mike
 

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Originally Posted by mpisano  /t/1506842/any-experience-with-the-monoprice-6-zone-home-audio-multizone-controller/30#post_24791244


Good point Craig, didn't mean to jack this thread.

Naw, it's more "your software is very useful and won't get the attention it deserves buried in the product review thread..."
 

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Sorry to turn the thread (again) but does

Anybody know of a good hosting site ?


I'm a coder , not much of a marketer - lol
 

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Wow, thanks for going above and beyond!! I should hopefully have this up and running in about 6-8 weeks. I wil let you know. Meanwhile I am saving off this info in case the thread gets moved
 

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For those of you that have this unit, I have a quick question regarding the keypads... Is the keypad and face plate one unit, or can the face plate be removed/replaced? If so, will the keypad fit into a standard sized face plate? I ask because there's a few places in my home where I plan on having two keypads next to each other. Could I use a single 2 gang box, or will I have to use two 1 gang boxes? Thanks for the help!
 

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Dead units

I'm now on my 3rd RMAed "dead" unit. Did anyone else have any problems with the unit not powering up? I've gone through all sorts of hoops connecting a keypad, audio output, and source. Trying to use the keypad to power on a zone. Trying to use the RS232 interface, the triggers, anything, but I just get a vague hum and no lights on anything.
 

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For those of you that have this unit, I have a quick question regarding the keypads... Is the keypad and face plate one unit, or can the face plate be removed/replaced? If so, will the keypad fit into a standard sized face plate? I ask because there's a few places in my home where I plan on having two keypads next to each other. Could I use a single 2 gang box, or will I have to use two 1 gang boxes? Thanks for the help!
They are normal Decora plates and you can put two in the same box and buy a standard double plate


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I'm now on my 3rd RMAed "dead" unit. Did anyone else have any problems with the unit not powering up? I've gone through all sorts of hoops connecting a keypad, audio output, and source. Trying to use the keypad to power on a zone. Trying to use the RS232 interface, the triggers, anything, but I just get a vague hum and no lights on anything.

I have two units and neither had a problem.

Did they work at all at first or have all three done the same thing?


Have you always tried them on the same outlet? any possibility in your outlet being wired backwards?
 

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I have two units and neither had a problem.

Did they work at all at first or have all three done the same thing?


Have you always tried them on the same outlet? any possibility in your outlet being wired backwards?
All three have done the same thing. I've tried them on multiple outlets in the house in multiple rooms. Even tried taking off the 110/220v plastic and toggling it to make sure.

To be clear, on a working unit, should the standby lights light up when turned on?
 
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