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nathanial helms
nathanial helms
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8/19/2015
nathanial helms
nathanial helms
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Hello, i want to set my bedroom up for voice control with my kinect but i am confused and more or so wondering what other things i ned to get the voice control up and running all help is greatly appreciated.

thanks
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nathanial helms
nathanial helms
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8/20/2015
nathanial helms
nathanial helms
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i am really looking foward to using castleOS vbut i am not sur of all the things i would need all i want to control are my lights lamps and voice automation with the kinect but would i need some sort of hub or can i just install the castleOS software on to a desktop and then install the dimmer switch, kinect, and hue light than connect them all to my computer would i use a usb dongle.

i have a limited budget and want to set up the basics and dont want to spend money on something and not be able to run it
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Chris
Chris
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8/23/2015
Chris
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A couple how-to guide ideas from a power user but home automation novice:
- How to enable SSL in the Web server used by CastleOS. Maybe include a brief "how to generate your own SSL cert" for folks that don't want to pay for one, and provide a list of free and paid SSL certificate providers (or links to such information from a third-party web site) too.
- From someone who couldn't immediately see how to update the software, maybe a quick blurb somewhere that says "to update, just download and install the latest installer EXE" (or something like that).
- You have a large list of supported endpoint devices (switches, thermostats, etc.), but no list of supported (or tested) PC interfaces (e.g. Aeotec Z-Stick for Z-Wave, PowerLinc Modems for Insteon, etc). There's a lot of that info in the forums, but a single list would be helpful.

Regards,
Chris
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bob grosh
bob grosh
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8/26/2015
bob grosh
bob grosh
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Is there a how to guide? Where? I'm new to this.
I just got a iris hub and two z-wave plug modules from Lowes. Then, I discovered there was no app to allow me to control it with any of my windows 8 or 10 tablets or laptops. In addition they want $9.99 a month just to manually operate the system through their server. Even worse, The only way to turn on or off a light is through the iris setup program. That requires you to log in with a user name and password, navigate three levels down in a menu, find the device, select edit and press the test button. I have to do all that every time I turn a light on or off because their server times out every 5 minutes and logs me out.

So I paid $50.00 for the hub. Can I use it with CastleOS? If no,t I can return it and buy a $50.00 hub from Home Depot. However I notice that the Wink Smart Hub only comes with an app for Apple and Android. Will Castle OS work on windows with the Wink Hub.

If neither of these work with CastleOS. Is there a hub in my price range? I see mention of a usb something or the other that sounds like it might control the z-wave plugs but no mention of a supplier, price or part number.

Seems to me that a quick start guide would start with a list of minimum system requirements, with links to manufactures, suppliers and model numbers.
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Chris Cicchitelli
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9/3/2015
Chris Cicchitelli
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nathanial helms wrote:
i am really looking foward to using castleOS vbut i am not sur of all the things i would need all i want to control are my lights lamps and voice automation with the kinect but would i need some sort of hub or can i just install the castleOS software on to a desktop and then install the dimmer switch, kinect, and hue light than connect them all to my computer would i use a usb dongle.

i have a limited budget and want to set up the basics and dont want to spend money on something and not be able to run it



Hi Nathanial! You are correct you can install it on your desktop, add a USB dongle, and you're good to go! In fact, CastleOS is free for use with your first ten devices, so it's great for just starting out!

Thanks,
Chris
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Andrew Sinclair
Andrew Sinclair
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10/26/2015
Andrew Sinclair
Andrew Sinclair
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Can you please just post up to date documentation with al the devices and serial numbers supported. If you want this to go mainstream you need to document!
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Andrew Sinclair
Andrew Sinclair
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10/26/2015
Andrew Sinclair
Andrew Sinclair
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Does it or does it not work with sonos?I just hot the hub (kickstarter backer) and the app says media is coming soon. I thought this was supported.
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Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace
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10/26/2015
Michael Wallace
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Andrew Sinclair wrote:
Can you please just post up to date documentation with al the devices and serial numbers supported. If you want this to go mainstream you need to document!

http://castleos.com/CompatibleDevices.aspx
Note the links to the items...
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Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace
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10/27/2015
Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace
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Andrew Sinclair wrote:
Does it or does it not work with sonos?I just hot the hub (kickstarter backer) and the app says media is coming soon. I thought this was supported.

https://castleos.com/forum/topic260-sonos-support.aspx



Try searching the forums vice the wiki. Chris answers many questions in here.
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Phil Hawthorne
Phil Hawthorne
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10/28/2015
Phil Hawthorne
Phil Hawthorne
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Yeah unfortunately there is so much information buried in forum posts. Searching the forum sucks. Your better off using Google.

Be careful on that compatible devices page. Not everything listed there is actually compatible.
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billy2kool
billy2kool
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11/3/2015
billy2kool
billy2kool
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where do I get the manual for the hub
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Ed Waud
Ed Waud
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12/12/2015
Ed Waud
Ed Waud
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I have tried CastleOS on three systems now. Finally got it installed and finally it seems to have found the USB dongle. Two devices installed but cannot make either turn on or off.
Perhaps if there was some form of documentation ...
If it worked as well as it does in the promo video, I would buy it. As it is now, I will wait and see.
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Assistive Tech Dad
Assistive Tech Dad
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12/13/2015
Assistive Tech Dad
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Michael Wallace wrote:
Andrew Sinclair wrote:
Does it or does it not work with sonos?I just hot the hub (kickstarter backer) and the app says media is coming soon. I thought this was supported.

https://castleos.com/forum/topic260-sonos-support.aspx



Try searching the forums vice the wiki. Chris answers many questions in here.



This is a bit frustrating and confusing. I am just unboxing my Kickstarter hub. I remember downloading a demo version on my laptop after I submitted my preorder and ran into something similar. I was able to get the system to recognize my Sonos speakers and use them for voice output; however, it was not as reliable as I would like. That was at the time that CastleOS was only able to reliably control Sonos speakers when they were hard wired into the network via their LAN port. I remember having a discussion on the forum to see if CastleOS could make use of the uPnP support Sonos had just released. Chris acknowledged that they were going down that route and an update would be available soon with that support included.

Now I cannot find any reference in the forums of this past discussion and it does not seem that uPnP support has been released, or at least it is not included in the CastleOS my Kickstarter CastleHUB includes. Any help or clarification would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Assistive Tech Dad
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Chris Cicchitelli
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12/13/2015
Chris Cicchitelli
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Hey ATD, sorry for the confusion, the thread is still there somewhere... UPnP and WiFi support is in there for Sonos. Also, Sonos just announced an official API for music playback control, once they launch it we'll add support for that too...
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Chris Cicchitelli
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12/13/2015
Chris Cicchitelli
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Ed Waud wrote:
I have tried CastleOS on three systems now. Finally got it installed and finally it seems to have found the USB dongle. Two devices installed but cannot make either turn on or off.
Perhaps if there was some form of documentation ...
If it worked as well as it does in the promo video, I would buy it. As it is now, I will wait and see.



Hey Ed, sorry about this. Which protocol are you using? Z-Wave?
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Assistive Tech Dad
Assistive Tech Dad
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12/13/2015
Assistive Tech Dad
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Chris Cicchitelli wrote:
Hey ATD, sorry for the confusion, the thread is still there somewhere... UPnP and WiFi support is in there for Sonos. Also, Sonos just announced an official API for music playback control, once they launch it we'll add support for that too...



That's great Chris. Is there a walkthrough setting up Sonos somewhere? When I click on the "Media" button on the Main Menu I am taken to a page that simply says: "This feature has not yet been enabled. Soon, you will be able to control music and video playback across your home from this screen."
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Chris Cicchitelli
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12/13/2015
Chris Cicchitelli
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The actual speakers get auto detected, to make use of them, for instance for a voice announcement, you can select them as the speaker of choice for the action in an event.

The Media screen will be for music and video playback control, which is where Sonos' upcoming API will be useful...
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Assistive Tech Dad
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12/13/2015
Assistive Tech Dad
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Where can I see them getting auto detected? I am not seeing them available as destinations for voice announcements in the Event Wizard. Is there another place they should be available?
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Chris Cicchitelli
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12/14/2015
Chris Cicchitelli
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It should appear in the Device list:
edited by ccicchitelli on 12/14/2015


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Rick Lugg
Rick Lugg
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2/25/2016
Rick Lugg
Rick Lugg
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Greetings
I am considering moving from the so-called Smarthome Manager using 1132CU to a CastleOS based solution. I can tell that I will need to leave my PC running and connected to the PLM. I have an 1132CU currently.

I have a mixture of X10 and Insteon switches as well as an X10 Dusk Sensor (as part of a security light)

If I introduce CastleOS to my PC can I experiment with functions without interfering with the current PLM program? I realise if I turn a light off as an experiment in the evening, my 1132CU program will not automatically turn it back on, but I want to make sure that the dawn/dusk sunrise/sunset features all work the necessary lights etc before I clear the 1132CU programming.

Although I was able to get around the Daylight Saving time issue on the 1132 initially, now the Smarthome Manager will not actually download sunrise/sunset times to it, so I think I need a new control solution.

Any guidance and help would be appreciated.
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