Dealer Showroom Licencing now FREE

Chowmain drivers for Control4 push the Control4 home automation system to new heights with features not normally offered with Control4 out of box.  Our goal is to make you, the Control4 dealer, as high tech and profitable using Control4 with Chowmain drivers.

To do that we have changed our policy on dealer showroom licencing from a 10% discount to 100% FREE.

This is to encourage you to learn how each one of our drivers works and to also demonstrate these cool drivers to your customers in your showroom.  Our amazing drivers could make or break your sale! That is how advanced they are.  There are some T&C's on obtaining the licence which are outlined below in our FAQ.


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TV Shows, Youtube, VEVO, Movie browsing and more now available on Control4

Melbourne, Australia - Chowmain Software & Apps has developed the first driver for the Control4 home automation system that allows for advanced browsing of media such as TV Shows, Movies, Youtube, VEVO and more on your Control4 user interface.

This fills in a gap which dealers have been asking for from Control4 for years.

The driver, Kodi Full, is developed to integrate the software based Kodi Media Center (http://www.kodi.tv).  Kodi can be installed on various platforms including Windows, OSX & Linux HTPC's, Raspberry Pi's, Android Set Top Boxes and even QNAP NAS drives.

With Kodi a customer no longer has to manage their media.  Just copy their ripped Movies and TV shows onto a NAS and Kodi will import it into its database.

Playback on Control4 is extremely simple by just browsing using your touchscreen, tablet, mobile device, onscreen navigator or even your SR250/SR260 remote conrol.

The driver can also turn on your Kodi system automatically upon streaming Airplay or UPnP content.  It's smart enough to know that if you send a video or picture it will turn on the TV/Projector.  If you send audio it will just turn on the receiver.

If you fall asleep at the couch or forget to unpause your show the driver will automatically turn the room off when Kodi's screensaver activates.

It can even detect the aspect ratio of the movie to automatically adjust masking and projection modes.

The driver is easily the most advanced media player driver on Control4 and is available now.

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Sun-Light Solutions creates the Control4 Driver Module for amBX LSE.

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom - Collaboration between Sun-Light Solutions, Chowmain NZ & amBX UK delivers the Control4 driver module for the amBX Light-Scene Engine, the IP based DMX LED lighting control system, famous for controlling lights to video and audio content for cinema, media rooms etc.

The new generation amBX is a hugely extended & scalable system, perfect for controlling lights within multiple spaces (up-to 32 spaces) in the home, office, meeting rooms, classrooms, teaching spaces, event spaces, bars, clubs and restaurants amongst many others – Offering multi DMX universe support for the larger systems.

Chowmain, a world renowned creator of Control4 drivers for some of the worlds leading brands, has seamlessly developed the integration driver for the Light-Scene Engine. The driver has been developed for Control4 OS version 2.6.0 running on the new T3 series, iPhones, iPads etc. The integration features include user selection of space, Light-Scene, brightness & saturation.

The driver is exclusively available from Sun-Light Solutions Ltd, please contact for further information – info@sun-lightsolutions.com – +44 (0)7887 634990

Light-Scene Engine Driver.

  • Definable IP Address
  • Definable Poll interval
  • Definable Space selection
  • Definable Brightness
  • Definable Saturation

Light Scene Driver

  • Ability to bind to slot in engine driver (1-24)
  • Automatic Naming of light scenes (pulls name from engine)
  • Definable Colour (via colour wheel)

2 way feedback

  • Driver will turn on the current scene and off scenes that are not on for that space.

Control4 System Stability Issues

Dear Control4 Customer,
 
Thank you for your ongoing support of Chowmain Software & Apps.
 
Recently Control4 notified us of an issue that effects the debug log functionality in all Chowmain drivers.  This issue effects system stability on systems with OS 2.6 and above.  It only occurs in rare cases where the debug logs are set to 'Print and Log' or 'Log' and if the dealer forgets to set it back to Off after an extremely long period of time.  We have since resolved this issue on all Chowmain drivers.  The updated drivers are available for download on the Houselogix website.  We encourage all dealers to update to the latest versions of Chowmain drivers to ensure stability and reboot the system after update either manually or via the Houselogix auto update driver.
 
FAQ
 
I am on an older version (pre 2.6) of Control4 OS.  Does this effect me?
No.  If you are on OS 2.5.3 or older this issue does not effect you.
 
I have never used the debug logs.  Does this effect me?
If you have never enabled the debug logs then no the issue will not effect you.  We do still encourage you to update to the latest version in case you ever need to use the debug logs.
 
I have only used the Print functionality.  Does it effect me?
If you have only ever used the 'Print' debug logs then no the issue will not effect you.  We do still encourage you to update to the latest version in case you ever need to use the debug logs.
 
Do i need to reboot the system after updating the driver?
Yes.  You will need to reboot your Control4 system to ensure that the update is applied correctly and the old log files are deleted.

We've been working hard...

The ultimate media player integration

Chowmain is proud to announce the immanent release of the Kodi Lite (XBMC) Driver for Control4.

This is the ultimate media player driver in Control4 to date with movie library import (full cover art and meta data) and playback, automatic room on airplay/upnp streaming from your mobile device, automatic room off when screensaver activates (when you're fallen asleep or walked away), automatic screen masking based upon video aspect ratio, Android OS control & navigation (for if you want to exit XBMC and control other android apps) and much more.

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Android IP Control now here

The Google Android driver for Control4 offers IP control over Android set top boxes and tablets. This allows you to use the SR-250 remote to launch and navigate Android applications easily on any rooted android device.

Some cool features include the ability to use the Android Control4 Application as an onscreen navigator and have the ability to launch any application on Room On command from Control4.

Have an android tablet in the wall?  Program it so that it'll launch an application on doorbell press.  The limit is your imagination.

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Chowmain appoints Houselogix as new distributor

Melbourne, Australia, Nov 27, 2014 - On the 10th September 2014 Extra Vegetables became part of Control4.  As part of the transition process, the Extra Vegetables store will be closing on the 31st December 2014.  As such Chowmain software & apps have appointed Houselogix as it's new distributor of all of the Chowmain drivers effective immediately.

"By partnering up with Houselogix we can keep our focus on developing new technology for Control4." said Alan Chow, co-founder of Chowmain. "Additionally the Houselogix website allows us to manage our driver releases, provide updates to drivers remotely and allow dealers to purchase licences 24 hours a day 7 days a week."

To celebrate, Chowmain is giving out a FREE ping driver on their website for use in any OS 2.6 Control4 system and all Chowmain drivers will be on sale at 10% off the normal dealer pricing for the next two weeks until the 12th of December 2014.

If you have existing Extra Vegetables licences you can still visit the Extra Vegetables website to log in to view and manage your existing licences.

About Chowmain Software & Apps - Chowmain is a leading software development company specialising in development of Control4 drivers based in both Auckland (NZ) and with a presence in Melbourne (Australia).  Chowmain's staff have been working in the home automation industry for years and understand how electronics work.  Chowmain were one of the first Control4 software developers to utilise the Control4 Driverworks Software Development Kit and Chowmain's staff are all Control4 Tech I and Tech II certified and have taught Control4 installation and programming to dealers in both Australia and New Zealand.

About Houselogix HouseLogix, Inc.is a pioneering US technology company based in Pennsylvania. The HouseLogix product division designs, develops, and manufactures products and software that serve the home automation industry such as the VoicePod devices and apps. The service division delivers high quality commercial and residential automation installations. Our mission is to deliver professional technology solutions to dealers and consumers.

We've been busy!

Chowmain has been open for business for 2 months now and boy has time flown.  At the time of writing we have developed and released 15 different drivers to market through our distributor Extra Vegetables and had numeous manufacturers approach us to help them integrate their product and get Control4 certification.  We will also be attending the Control4 Dealer Conferences in New Zealand and in Australia next week.  Feel free to come up and say hi if you're attending as well.

 

New Drivers

We have a ton of new drivers released since we first launched.

We've invented technology that will help manage your energy consumption, make Control4 talk to you over your speakers,  make Control4 awake of the weather forecasts and much more.

Licences for our driver's can be purchased through Extra Vegetables and comes with all of their perks including trial licences, one to show one to go promotions and 24 hour licence purchases/check in/check out capabilities.

 

Advanced Announcements Driver - Chowmain’s Advanced Announcements driver expands the announcement agent by providing integration with web based text to speech engines.  This gives you futuristic dynamically generated voice notifications over your Control4 system without any additional hardware.  Imagine waking up to the your home telling you the weather or being notified about how many phone calls & doorbell presses have happened whilst away.
 

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Duck DNS Driver - Duck DNS is a free service which will point a DNS (sub domains of duckdns.org) to an IP of your choice.  Chowmain has created a FREE driver which will automatically update the Duck DNS with the WAN IP address of the controller.  This is useful for homes with dynamic internet connections.

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eGauge EG3000 - The eGauge EG3000 driver and app for Control4 provides live feedback on the current power consumption within the home.  This is useful for demand response, load control/shedding, device health and safety scenarios. 

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Generic Security System Driver - This driver utilizes low level relays and contacts to control and get feedback from a security panel.  It also features a virtual keypad with definable security code for arm and disarm functionality from the Control4 user interface

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Generic Fan Controller - Infra red fans are widely available around the world.  Chowmain's Generic Fan Controller Driver allows you to easily integrate multi speed IR fan's into Control4 for increased comfort in your home.  Our driver introduces a low cost multi speed fan solution since no expensive hardware is required (infra red hardware comes standard with on all Control4 systems).

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TCP Command Driver - This driver allows you to fire simple TCP/IP commands and HTTP URLs from a Control4 programmable action.  This is useful to initiate camera triggers, NAS shutdowns and to make quick one off TCP/IP based AV device drivers.

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Weather Forecast Drivers - The Chowmain Forecast.io and OpenWeatherMap drivers brings current weather conditions and 2 day forecasts into Control4 for use in the home automation system via the internet services.  This is useful for automating services within the home based upon the external environment without the need for additional hardware. 

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Chowmain Launches!

Dear Friends,

For years i have been making drivers for Control4. Many of you may have come across them on the forums or through various companies i have worked for. Today marks a special occasion.  AV & Automation of New Zealand have backed me in my endeavor to bring the Control4 community a higher level of driver output. We have teamed with Extra Vegetables to provide a singular platform where you can download and purchase drivers from. As they will be handling the technical support side this will provide me with the extra resources to focus on the development of new drivers and improvement of existing drivers.

So without further ado i am pleased to present to everyone Chowmain software and apps.