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How to Hardwire Amazon FireTV with a Network Cat5 Cat6 Ethernet Connection

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The most reliable solution to feed internet to your Amazon FireTV is to hard wire it to your home network via an ethernet cable. The Amazon FireTV can be hardwired to your router and home network system by using the Amazon Ethernet for Amazon FireTV .  Most home owners installing the FireTV use the built in wireless adapter but with more and more wireless WiFi devices in peoples homes this can create reliability issues when streaming content.  The FireTV adapter is installed directly to the FireTV via the micro USB connection from the adapter and the original FireTV micro USB power is connected into the adapter. The ethernet cable is also connected to adapter inserting the hard wired network connection and proper power to the FireTV. The Amazon FireTV ethernet adapter is the best solution to hard wire your device to obtain the fastest network speeds and can be purchased directly from Amazon using the link below.

How to Control NVIDIA Shield with IR (Infrared)

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When attempting to control and integrate an NVIDIA Shield with the use of a universal control you will need the help from the Flirc USB Dongle to accomplish the task which is readily available on Amazon's Online Store .  When setting up the Flirc adapter you are able to configure the USB dongle and learn the IR codes that you would like to use to control your NVIDIA Shield with the downloadable Flirc configuration software. The Flirc dongle and software together learn the IR codes from any remote and allow them to control the functions of the NVIDIA Shield which are set one at a time. Once the setup has been completed with all the IR codes learned into the Flirc adapter you finalize the configuration and the dongle is ready to be plugged into the NVIDIA Shield in an open usb port. Essentially now you have an IR receiver located off the usb port for you to use as you wish. The Flirc USB dongle also is compatible in controlling Amazon Fire TV, Windows Med

Control4 OS 3.1 Smart Home Software Release Notes

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The Control4 smart home system update on OS3 to OS 3.1 gives enhanced sessions view, improved connection times on local networks and stability and bug fixes. See below for the full updated details and Control4 OS 3.1 Smart Home release notes.

Control4 OS3 Smart Home Software Release Notes

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The Control4 smart home system has done a major update on OS3 mainly to their user interface (UI) to now allow user customization of the home screen. Previous deployments of Control4 were locked into the navigation circle that is now accessible in the upper C4 menu icon of the user interface. See below for the full updated details and 3.0 release notes.

Control4 2.10.1 Composer Software New Features and Release Notes

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The Control4 software Composer 2.10.1 update to the smart home eco-system adds new products, make improvements upon existing features and provides stability / bug fixes. See below for the full updated details and 2.10.1 release notes.

Savant Pro 8.7.1 Updates, Features & DaVinci Release Notes

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Savant systems automation has updated their Pro 8 software with the DaVinci 8.7.1 update which is an  update with software additions and bug fixes. Below is a list of the items included in the Savant update. Support for iPhone X Requested enhancements and fixes New Features and Hardware Available with daVinci 8.7.1 Software Update Savant Smart Bulbs and LED strips with TrueImage Lighting Savant IP Video and Audio Distribution Savant Pro Remote Multi-Room - REM-2000 Scene assignment to a Metropolitan keypad button Savant Shades Savant Touch in-wall and tabletop control screens Door lock and garage door services Amazon Alexa Support See below for the full Savant DaVinci 8.7.1 Release Notes.

Savant Pro 8.7 Updates and Features DaVinci Release Notes

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Savant has updated their Pro 8 software with the DaVinci 8.7 update which is an incremental update with software additions and bug fixes. Below is a list of the items included in the Savant update. Requested enhancements and fixes Sleep timer added for A/V services - press and hold power button either in the App of the Savant Pro remote to access New Features and Hardware Available with daVinci 8.7 Software Update Savant Smart Bulbs and LED strips with TrueImage Lighting Savant IP Video and Audio Distribution Savant Pro Remote Multi-Room - REM-2000 Scene assignment to a Metropolitan keypad button Savant Shades Savant Touch in-wall and tabletop control screens Door lock and garage door services Amazon Alexa Support See below for the full Savant DaVinci 8.7 Release Notes.

How to get Amazon Fire TV remote to control TV volume and power with (IR) Infrared

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The Amazon Fire TV remote control has limited buttons and functions because of its size and in order to allow the remote to control your TV via Infrared (IR) you will need to use the SideClick Remote Control attachment. The Side Click remote control can learn your TV IR codes and with a small setup process easily control your TV's power and volume for simple use.  The  Side Click  remote control has a total of 8 programmable buttons that can be used for any IR device (ie. Sound Bar, Receiver, Bluray) and is not limited to your TV only. The  Side Click  remote is available Prime shipping from Amazon with the link seen below.

Savant Pro 8.6 Updates and Features DaVinci Release Notes

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Savant has updated their Pro 8 software with the DaVinci 8.6 update which is an incremental update with small additions and bug fixes. See below for the full Savant DaVinci 8.6 Release Notes.

Control4 2.10.0 Composer Software New Features and Release Notes

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Control 4 has now released the latest software Composer 2.10.0 to the smart home eco-system with added products and improvements upon existing features. See below for the full updated details and 2.10.0 release notes.

Savant DaVinci 8.5 New Features and Release Notes

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Savant DaVinci 8.5 software release introduces the new Savant Touch 8 inch screen the ITP-E8000x into Savant's product lineup. The other major announcement with the 8.5 update is the release of Savant's new lineup of motorized shades.  The full Savant daVinci 8.5 software details and new features can be seen below.

How to Setup and Control Amazon Fire TV with Alexa

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Link Your Devices  From the Amazon Fire TV go to Menu and select Music, Video, & Books. Select Fire TV Select Link Your Alexa Device then follow the on-screen instructions to select your device Finally select Link Devices to confirm the device pairing. You can link multiple Alexa devices to the same Fire TV, but each Alexa device can only be used to control a single Fire TV. To link your Alexa and Fire TV devices they need to be on the same Amazon account to work correctly.

URC MX HomePro Amazon Alexa Skill Integration

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URC has released their Alexa Smart Home Skill which is compatible with the URC MX HomePro remote control system. The new integration allows any URC control system macro to be triggered through an Alexa voice command. Use the URC Home Skill to control lights, thermostats, shades and custom scenes available on the URC control system. The Amazon Alexa integration must be completed by a professional URC systems integrator.

Savant Pro 8.4 Updates and Features DaVinci Release Notes

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Savant DaVinci 8.4 is now available for updating your Savant system to the latest release.  The new update features Amazon Skill availability which will allow for voice control features to your Savant system which is a big deal. True Controll II new graphical theme to allow the True Control interface to be similar like the Savant Pro app interface.  Expanded Smart Host capacity supporting more rooms, lights, thermostats and more.  Pro Audio 4 Updates New Wally 5.5-inch In-Wall touch screen, sleep timer in the Savant Pro App, Global scenes shareable across users, Jandy IP control and other enhancements.  See below for the full Savant 8.4 updates and features in the release notes.

Crestron 2017 Smart Home Residential Brochure

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Crestron has just released their new 2017 Smart Home Residential Brochure which can be viewed in full below for a taste of what Crestron currently offers for the high end Smart Home.

Savant Pro da Vinci 8.3 Software Updates and Release Notes

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Savant 8.3 is now available with the new release containing expanded features including new door lock and garage services, re-ordering of services and definable buttons. See the PDF below for the full details of what Savant 8.3 brings.

Lutron Caseta Works With Google Assistant And Google Home Hub Lutron Caseta Setup Instructions

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Lutron Caseta now integrates with Google Assistant on your Google Home device, Pixel phone or selected Android phone and Android wear device. The new integration allows for voice activation and control of your Caseta enabled lights through your Google devices. The setup to get Lutron Caseta working with your Google Assistant is very simple and is done as follows. 1.  Login to your Google Home app. 2.  In the app menu, tap "Home Control" and then "Caseta Wireless". 3.  Login with your Lutron username and password and you are all set. The names of the devices you specified in the Lutron Caseta app are the trigger words now usable with your Google Assistant.  "OK Google" Dim the Kitchen lights by 50%"

DoorBird Crestron Integration How To Guide

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DoorBird is not integratable on Crestron systems using the new module designed and available for purchase by Control Works . The new module includes features such as doorbell pushes, camera view, two-way communication and DoorBird relay control.

Control4 Certified Rotel Drivers

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Rotel and Control4 have announced new certified RS232 drivers providing 2-way communication for both control and device status information. Control4 Certified Rotel Drivers

How to use the Savant Pro 8 App - User Guide

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Savant Pro 8 App User Guide