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Composer Home Edition Getting Started (OS 2.6.0, 9-5-2014 MS)
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Contents
Contents
Legal notices ...............................................................................................2
Contents ....................................................................................................... 3
Introduction ................................................................................................ 5
What you can do in Composer HE ........................................................................................ 5
For more information… ..............................................................................................................6
What’s new? ................................................................................................................................... 7
Getting started ...........................................................................................7
Important basics ........................................................................................................................... 7
Overview .........................................................................................................................................9
Installing Composer HE ........................................................................................................... 10
Software and hardware requirements ......................................................................................................... 10
Install the software .............................................................................................................................................. 10
Starting Composer HE .............................................................................................................. 11
Before starting Composer HE .......................................................................................................................... 11
Start Composer HE .............................................................................................................................................. 12
Startup options...................................................................................................................................................... 13
Connect to a Director ......................................................................................................................................... 13
Exiting Composer HE ............................................................................................................... 18
Exploring the interface .......................................................................... 19
Views .............................................................................................................................................. 20
Monitor and control lights, thermostat, etc. (Monitoring view) ...................................................... 20
Manage digital music and DVD collections (Media view) .................................................................. 23
Use intelligent agents (Agents view) .......................................................................................................... 25
Program the Control4 system (Programming view) ........................................................................... 27
Menu options ......................................................................................................................................................... 30
File ............................................................................................................................................................................. 30
Media.......................................................................................................................................................................... 31
Tools .......................................................................................................................................................................... 32
Help ........................................................................................................................................................................... 34
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Where to go from here ......................................................................... 35
Glossary ...................................................................................................... 36
Index ............................................................................................................ 39
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Introduction
Introduction
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Control4 Composer Home Edition (HE) is powerful software that lets you customize
your Control4 system. This Windows-based program that has an intuitive drag-anddrop interface that gives you the opportunity to view and configure your devices,
manage your media, and create simple home automation programs.
Your Control4 dealer has installed and configured your Control4 system using the
professional version of Composer. Composer HE was created just for you.
This document provides you with a brief overview of how to run the software. For
more detailed information, see the Composer HE User Guide.
In this document, you’ll learn how to
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Install Composer HE
Start and close Composer HE
Connect to a Director
Begin to use the Composer HE interface
Review the views and menu options
What you can do in Composer HE
Using Composer HE, you can program your Control4 system to behave as you want it
to by tying together your system’s devices into a single, controllable environment.
Customize your system
Customize your system from a Windows PC on your home's local network or, if you
have a Control4 4Sight subscription, from any Internet-connected Windows PC.
Monitor and control
From your Windows PC, monitor:
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Dimmers, switches, and keypads
Wireless thermostat and security system
Many other devices
Configure Control4 devices
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Set LED colors on lights and keypads
Set the dimming speeds and default brightness of wireless dimmers
Set your Control4 Wireless Thermostat schedule
Program the buttons on your Control4 System Remote Control.
Manage your digital music and DVD collections
Scan your media libraries for new additions so they become available to your
Control4 audio devices.
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Configure your system using intelligent agents
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Tie together the audio source selection, volume control, and on/off state of
multiple rooms so that they work as one.
Configure the system to notify you when system events happen.
Create an announcement that displays on system Navigators.
Create and modify custom lighting scenes.
Program events based on date, time of day, and sunrise/sunset. You can also
create your own Wakeup scenes.
Create custom programming scripts.
Do much more. For more information, see “Agents” later in this guide.
Limitations
Although Composer HE lets you customize your Control4 system, some advanced
tasks and configurations must be done by your Control4 dealer. Your dealer can also
help you if you have difficulty using Composer HE.
If your system has been configured to connect to Control4's 4Sight service, your
dealer can perform
many of these services over the phone and on the web without having to schedule a
service call at your home.
Contact your Control4 dealer if you ever need to:
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create a new Control4 system or add/remove devices
create or edit drivers for third-party products
install updates to system software
perform other tasks (such as complex programming) that are beyond the
capabilities of you or the software
For more information…
You can find the following related in PDF or web help format at:
http://www.control4.com/customers/resources#documents.
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Composer Home Edition User Guide
Control4 System Quick Start Guide
Control4 System User Guide
Control4 System Remote Control SR-250 User Guide
Composer Media Edition User Guide
Instructional videos
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What’s new?
Hardware and software support
New
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Cameras (enhanced support for third-party cameras, device control, MJPEG and
H.264 support)
End-of-life products
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Media Player (C4-MP2-E)
Wireless Fireplace Switch, 120VAC (C4-FS1-Z-N)
Multi-Tuner V2 (C4-TUN2-E-B)
XM Module for Multi-Tuner V2 (C4-XMOD)
Dock for iPod (C4-IPDKTT1-E-B)
For more information, log in to the Control4 Dealer Portal, then click Product
Lifecycle in the Support section.
New or updated sections
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What’s new
Content simplified and reorganized
Getting started
Important basics
Your Control4 dealer or Installer has installed and configured your Control4 system to
your specifications based on your purchase agreement. While individual Control4
dealer policies may vary, most dealers will charge you for additional service calls
unless you have a service contract.
One of the benefits of using Composer HE is that you can customize parts of the
Control4 system yourself which can save you some money. Should you require your
dealer's assistance, however, you must be prepared to pay for that assistance. Check
with your dealer for details.
Caution! When using Composer HE, you are configuring your own Control4 system.
While this gives you a great deal of capability, it also carries some risk for which you
must be prepared to take responsibility. If you disable your system, your dealer may
need to fix it for you, and this could cost you extra.
This section describes some of the basic principles when using Composer HE on your
Control4 system. It is important to understand these principles and accept the risk
and responsibilities that come with customizing your system yourself.
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Your system may become inoperable due to certain types of changes you can
make using Composer HE. It is possible that you could make your system
inoperable using Composer HE. In most cases, you can recover your system using
a backup project file. However, if you can't recover your system using a backup
project file, contact your dealer for assistance. Your dealer can restore your
system back to an operational condition.
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There is no ‘Undo’ capability, so back up your project frequently. If you make a
change you don't like, there is no way to easily "undo" that change. You can try to
change the settings back to the way they were (if all changes were carefully
documented), but the easiest way to restore your system is to load a backup
copy of the project that you previously saved. Whenever you make changes to
your project, we strongly recommend making a backup copy. To save your
project file, use the Back Up option under the File menu. To save a backup copy,
use Back Up As and specify an alternate filename (it’s good practice to include
the date in the backup filename.) When you load a backup file, however,
remember that you’ll lose any customization that’s happened since the backup file
was created.
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Changes you make in Composer HE are immediately applied to your system.
When you connect to Director and customize your system, the changes are
effective immediately. Whether you're changing LED colors or dimmer ramp
rates, performing complex programming, or creating agents, Director immediately
modifies your system configuration.
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Programming can be associated with multiple events. Control4 system
programming lets you program your system to perform similar tasks in a variety
of ways. For example, you can set the LED color as a device property, and you
can change that property in programming too.
Note: Pay close attention to your programming changes so that you don't
inadvertently change the behavior of your system in an undesirable way.
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Project files can be backed up with and without the media database. When
you back up your project file, you can create the backup with or without the
media database information. If you load a project file that doesn't have any media
associated with it, you will lose the media database information that was
associated with your current system. It's always a good practice to back up your
project with your media when you exit Composer so if you ever need to restore
your system, your media database will still be intact. You can also export the
media database information and playlists separately for each media source on
your Control4 system. If you import media database and playlists, the current
media list for that media source and the current playlists will be cleared and
replaced with the media database in the file you are importing.
Tip: If you forget to back up your media, you can always go back to a previous
backup with the media loaded. This may, however, change your system
configuration to the old configuration in that backed up project.
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Backups with media and exported media lists only include the media
database information. Backups and exported media lists contain only the media
database information used by the Control4 system, not the actual media files. To
back up the media files, you should separately back up the media source files to a
mass file storage location (USB drive, network file storage, or cloud storage)
when you exit Composer HE.
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Overview
The following illustration shows how a small home network might be set up. The
laptop shows the Control4 Composer software installed on it. Your installer may have
set up a network similar to this one.
The router is the heart of your home computer network. It uses a modem to
communicate with the Internet. The router provides wifi that wireless devices (such as
laptops and smart phones) can use to connect to the network and the Internet. The
switch provides additional wired connections to the home network.
The Control4 controller is the heart of the Control4 home automation network. Your
Control4 network is attached to your home computer network. To change how your
Control4 network works, you need to:
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Install the Composer HE software onto a computer that’s connected to your home
network.
Run Composer HE and connect to the director software on the Control4
controller. After you’ve connected to the Control4 director, you can see the
Control4 devices, settings, and programming that automates your home.
Note: In this document, “controller” refers to any Control4 product that contains the
Director software; for example, the HC-250 Controller, HC-800 Controller, or the Sony
STR-DA2800ES with full Control4 Automation receiver.
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Installing Composer HE
System requirements
Computer software and hardware
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Microsoft.NET 4 (the Composer install is launched automatically from the
Control4 website).
Microsoft operating systems supported (Windows 8, 7, or Vista). Mac support
when used with a Windows virtual machine such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion
for Mac.
500 MHz or higher processor
256 MB RAM
90 MB available hard disk space
Video card and monitor supporting a resolution of 1024x768 or higher
Keyboard
Mouse
Home computer network
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Wireless access point (WAP) or wireless router that supports 802.11 b/g/n
(optional)
TCP/IP-based (Ethernet) home network. This usually includes a network gateway,
router or switch.
A broadband Internet connection. During initial setup, a broadband Internet
connection is required to update the Control4 system and retrieve the media's
cover art. Also, a broadband Internet connection is required to support remote
access to the system.
Control4 home automation network
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A Control4 controller (for example, a HC-800 controller).
Control4 Composer Home Edition (Composer HE) software, version 2.6.0.
A valid electronic license to run Composer HE.
Install the software
Tip: Control4 recommends that you install Composer HE on a PC laptop. Laptops
are very handy to move about the home or business as you set up your project
and test your devices.
To Install Composer HE:
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Download and run the installation program from the URL provided to you by your
Control4 dealer or installer. The Installation link contains the Composer HE
software and this Composer HE Getting Started as online help (a PDF of this
guide is available on the Control4 website). The Composer HE User Guide (the
companion to this document) is available on the Control4 website in web help or
PDF formats.
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Select Install Composer.
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Follow the on-screen instructions to continue installing.
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When prompted by the Install program, select continue anyway to install the
Remote Access Network Tunnel Adapter on your PC.
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When the installation completes, click Finish. A Composer HE icon displays on
your PC desktop if you selected to have it installed there.
Tip: The Start menu (Programs > Control4 > Composer 2.6.0 > Composer
Directories) has folders for the Drivers, Logs, and Projects in your system. For
quick reference, you may want to refer to these folders from time to time.
Note: Before you can use Composer HE, you must create a customer.control4.com
account and register your controller. Follow the instructions next.
Starting Composer HE
Before starting Composer HE
Prerequisites
Before you start Control4 Composer HE, you or your installer need to:
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Create an account at customer.control4.com (see Control4 System User Guide).
Register your controller to your project so it works with the system (see Control4
System User Guide).
Set up Remote Access so your dealer can fix any problems remotely (see
Control4 System User Guide).
Set up 4Sight for remote access to the system (see Control4 System User Guide).
Log into our account at customer.control4.com and make note of your
Composer HE subscription code.
Note: This setup may have already been done for you by your dealer. If you don’t
know whether this is true, check with your dealer either to obtain your account
information (account name, email address, password, and registration code) or to
verify whether this needs to be done.
The first time you start Composer HE, the system prompts you for your MyControl4
4Sight account information and a Composer HE subscription code. 4Sight is a
Control4 subscription Internet service. The 4Sight Internet connection works well
when you're away from home and you want to receive email notifications or configure
a device remotely using your smartphone, tablet, or PC.
To use a 4Sight Internet connection, email agent, and Anywhere Access services for
one year, you may use the 1-year 4Sight subscription included with each copy of
Composer HE. Thereafter, you may want to purchase an annual 4Sight subscription
from your Control4 dealer so you can continue to enjoy its benefits.
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Start Composer HE
To start Composer HE:
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From the Start menu, click All Programs, Control4, ComposerHE. Composer HE
starts and opens a window for connecting to a Director.
The first time you start Composer HE, however, an activation window opens first.
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Enter the subscription code provided with your Composer HE software. You
can also log in to your account at customer.control4.com and click My
Software to see your subscription codes.
Your Composer HE subscription code will be four 4-character sets separated
by dashes, such as xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx.
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Enter the email address and password associated with your 4Sight account.
The email address and password must be the what’s associated with your
4Sight account at customer.control4.com.
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Click Activate. The startup screen appears.
Each time you start Composer HE, you will connect to your Control4 system
either locally (click Local System) or remotely (click Remote System). See
“Startup Options” and “Connect to a Director” for more details.
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On the Control4 system, the primary controller is the controller and Director that
you connect to from your PC. Connect to Director via an IP address.
Note: To connect to a Remote Director, first you must set up remote access. See
“Connect to a Remote Director the first time” on page 15.
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Startup screen:
Startup options
Use the Control4 Composer HE software installed on your PC to start the Composer
HE application.
Ensure that you've registered and activated your account before you start Composer
HE for the first time. See “Before starting Composer HE” on page 11.
When starting Composer HE, you select the type of Composer connection you want
(local or remote), and your controller’s IP address.
The Composer Startup screen presents these connection options. See “Connect to a
Director” for details.
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Local System—Select this option when working while connected to the home
network (inside the firewall). You can modify the project, make connections, add
media, and program the system.
Remote System—Select this option when working remotely, but connected to a
home network from the Internet (outside the firewall). You can change your
Control4 system as if you were hooked up to the Local Network (second option).
This requires Remote Access. See “Connect to a Remote Director the first time”
on page 15.
Connect to a Director
Control4 controllers have embedded Director software within the controller. Director
controls the communication of devices and allows the automation of your Control4
system. When you connect to a Director, you can define and customize your project
for your system.
Composer HE lets you access, create, and update project configuration. When you
want to change your project to reflect how you want your Control4 system to behave,
you connect to a Director using either a local connection or a remote connection.
This section describes how to:
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Connect to a Local Director
Connect to a Remote Director
Grant access to a dealer for remote access
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Prerequisites
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Ensure that you set up your account at MyControl4.
Ensure that you have the correct setup, depending on how you want to connect.
You can connect to Director two ways:
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Local System. Your PC must be on the same IP-based local-area network as
your Control4 system.
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Remote System. Your Control4 system must be configured to use 4Sight
Remote Access.
Note: If a Composer HE license is associated with this product, a 'Renew Composer
Registration' message may appear before you can connect to Director. If it does, type
your email address, password, and then click Renew.
Connect to a Local Director
To connect to a Local Director:
Connecting to a Director on the local network lets you configure current settings,
download a new project, or back up an existing project to a file on the PC. Every
Director has an associated network address.
When you start Composer and connect to a Local Director, you are making “live”
changes to the hard drive on the controller; and every time you connect to that
Director, you see your project’s configuration.
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Start Composer.
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Click Director on Local Network. The Directors dialog appears when you connect
to a local Director.
Options available on this page:
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Connect—Lets you connect to the Director that resides on the controller
connected to the local network. This shows the controller’s name and IP
address.
Cancel—Cancels and closes the Director dialog box.
Add—Opens a dialog box that lets you add the Director’s Address of the
controller to which you are trying to connect.
Remove—Removes the controller from the Directors list. Select the controller
to remove. Click Add to add it to the list again.
Refresh—Lets you update the Director list to display recently-added
Directors.
From the dialog's list, select the IP address of the primary controller to access,
and click Connect. The main page appears with the Monitoring and List view
panes.
Connect to a Remote Director the first time
If you've already connected to Director before, go to "Connecting to a Remote
Director" (see below) to connect remotely.
To connect to a Remote Director for the first time:
When you connect to a Remote Director, you are making “live” changes to a
controller remotely. Changes will be made over an Internet connection rather than
over a local network connection.
Note: This type of connection is not available until the initial configuration is complete.
It requires either a temporary connection requested by Control4 Technical Support
and granted by you, or a constant connection to the system made available by
activating a 4Sight subscription.
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Temporary Connection: If you are registered on MyControl4, your controller
registration is completed, and you have remote access. The system is accessible
for temporary remote access, and will be made available to Technical Support
personnel when you complete the Check In process.
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Constant Connection: If you've purchased a 4Sight Internet Services subscription
and activated the subscription for your controller through MyControl4, then the
system is always online and accessible for immediate remote access.
Note: You may revoke access rights to Control4 Technical Support or your Control4
dealer using customer.control4.com at any time; this is not recommended, however,
as it will interfere with needed regular updates.
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Start Composer.
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Click Remote System.
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After your system is configured for 4Sight Remote Access, you can connect to it
using Composer HE from any Internet connection by entering your 4Sight
Account Name, E-mail Address, and Password.
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From the Director dialog that appears, select the Director’s network address for
the controller you are setting up, and click Connect. Choosing the Local Director
is essential to Remote Access setup, as it defines to the system the controller you
want to use to log in to the Remote Access service. This step is done at your
home to give you remote access in your system. If necessary, click Add to add
the address manually.
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From the Tools menu, click Account Services.
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If your system’s current status displays as Registered, you can select the Check In
option at the bottom of the screen to initiate a connection when requested by
your Control4 dealer or Control4 Technical Support. The next time your system
performs a routine check-in, a connection will be maintained until the Composer
connection exits. If your system’s current status displays as ‘Unregistered,’
complete the steps provided on the screen.
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The following screen displays when you first start Composer HE.
Composer HE main screen:
Grant access to a Control4 dealer
To grant access to a Control4 dealer:
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To grant your Control4 dealer access to your Control4 system, give the dealer
access on your user list at customer.control4.com.
Note: Granting a dealer remote access rights to your account does not require
that either you or the dealer reveals any confidential passwords.
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On the Internet, go to customer.control4.com, enter your email address and
password, and then select Submit.
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When you access your customer.control4.com screen for the first time, follow the
on-screen prompts to enter your 4Sight Subscription Code, and then click
Activate. The 4Sight Subscription Code is a series of digits. Find this code on the
card you received when you purchased your Control4 4Sight Subscription.
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When successfully activated, you will see an Account Subscription confirmation
screen. The screen shows the information you used to activate your remote
account. When you finish reviewing the confirmation screen, click OK.
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If you are connected to Anywhere Access, click Cancel or Close.
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In the My Account view with Account Administration selected (left pane), click
the Profile link, and verify the Dealer of Record information.
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With Account Administration still selected, click the Users link.
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At the bottom of the page, check this option: Allow your dealer (your dealer’s
name) to remotely access your system.
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To continue and connect remotely, see the next set of steps.
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Connect to a Remote Director
To connect to a Remote Director:
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Start Composer.
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Click Remote System.
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When your system is configured for 4Sight Remote Access, connect to it using
Composer HE from any Internet connection by entering your 4Sight Account
Name, E-mail Address, and Password after you connect to 4Sight.
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When the ‘Select Remote Account’ dialog appears, select the account you want
to access, and click Connect. If the MyControl4 account name is not in the list:
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Click Add to add the account name and click OK on the dialog that appears.
This is the Account Name you created during registration at
customer.control4.com.
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When the ‘Select Remote Account’ box displays again, highlight your account,
and click Connect.
When the Connect <E-mail Address> dialog appears, enter your E-mail Address
and Password, and then click Connect. A screen appears indicating that your
account, email address, and password are being verified, which may take several
minutes to complete. When authenticated and connected through the
MyControl4 Remote Access Service, the list of Directors available for connection
displays.
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Select the Director you want to connect to, and click Connect.
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When the remote connection is established, Composer HE opens in the
Monitoring view. Composer HE functions normally as if you were connected to a
local Director, allowing you to configure, program, and troubleshoot your system.
Exiting Composer HE
To exit the Composer HE application click File > Exit. The software asks you if you
want to save a backup of the project file. Click Backup or Backup As to save the
project. Control4 recommends that you back up any changes you make to your
project.
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Exploring the interface
Exploring the interface
The Control4 Composer HE interface and wizards are designed to help you
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monitor your Control4 system,
maintain your media, and
add or modify custom programs.
Composer HE main screen:
To take advantage of the Composer HE features, learn about the following options in
Composer:
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Views
Menu options
The Control4 Composer HE interface is divided into several panes (see above, for
example, Monitoring and List view).
The menu bar (File, Tools and Help) appears at the top of the window.
The upper left portion of the screen displays a project tree and all views available (for
example, Monitoring, Media, Agents, and Programming) in your system with the
floors, rooms, and devices you will define depending on what you want to do. In the
project tree, you can click to collapse or expand the floor, room, or device levels.
The lower left portion of the screen shows the view buttons (Monitoring, Media,
Agents, and Programming). This is where you create automated tasks for your
system.
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Views
Composer HE has four main views (Monitoring, Media, Agents, and Programming). If
you click on a view button, the appearance and functionality of the Composer
interface changes to reflect the configuration options available for that view.
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Monitoring—Click to view the devices on your system, to access specific device
controls, and to configure the properties of devices.
Media—Click to manage your digital music, movies, and other collections from a
disc player, DVD or CD player, etc. Add and scan stored or broadcast media.
Agents—Click to configure an intelligent agent. Use agents in the system and in
programming. Agents include: Wakeup, Scheduler, and more.
Programming—Click to create and modify custom programming for your system.
Program devices and agents on the system.
Tip: Collapse the views by clicking and pulling down the dotted bar above the view
buttons, giving you more room to view the project tree above.
Note: The project tree was created for you by your Control4 dealer or installer and
reflect the floors, rooms, and devices in your home or business. If the project tree
doesn't display, check with your Control4 dealer.
Monitor and control lights, thermostat, etc. (Monitoring view)
The Monitoring view lets you view all of the devices and their current state for your
system, rooms and devices.
This view
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displays a list all of the devices in a room,
displays the current state of contact inputs or other devices, and
lets you monitor and control the devices contained in the selected location of the
project tree.
When selecting a site, building, floor, room, you can see all devices associated with
each other in that area. If you select a device in the project tree, this view shows all
devices that are in the same room.
To use the Monitoring view:
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Click the Monitoring view in the Composer HE main window. Two pages in this
view show the ‘List View’ screen, which gives you status information for all system
devices at a glance: ‘List View’ and ‘Properties’. If the Control4 system is
controlling/monitoring device power, the device is shown as Red when off, and
Green when powered on. The light level, temperature, security system status, and
other details are shown on this screen also.
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Monitoring view:
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Double-click any device in ‘List View’ to display the controls associated with that
device.
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Click the Properties tab to access the ‘Properties’ pane for all system devices.
Select the device you want to change from the project’s tree view. For example:
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Configure the LED colors on your keypads.
Configure the LED colors, ramp rates, and preset level for your dimmers.
Configure/program the ABCD buttons on your System Remote Control for
each AV device.
Configure/program the thermostat and its schedule.
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Project tree (left pane)
The Monitoring view displays the project tree, a hierarchical display of locations and
devices. The project tree is where all of the device drivers for your devices reside in
your project. Double-click on a device to access its device controls. Hover over a
device for detailed device information.
Monitoring pane:
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Device control window
Access a Device Control window for supported devices by selecting and then doubleclicking the device in the project tree (Monitoring view). For example, if you select
Left Dimmer in the project tree under Living Room, the following Device Control
screen displays.
Device control:
The Device Control screen:
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lets you test and control a device (after identifying connections) from Composer.
provides you with a simple user interface for device control. For example, the
device control for a dimmer lets you click a button on the screen to turn the
dimmer on and off or change the light level. This is helpful for test purposes.
lets you change the configuration parameters (temporarily) and control a device
from Composer HE. Later, you can set the parameters permanently in the
Properties pane or Programming view. For example, you can adjust the ramp rate
of a dimmer to determine the desired ramp rate to set during programming
Manage digital music and DVD collections (Media view)
The Media view lets you:
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Add and scan your media selections to the system, including stored music and
movie collections or broadcasts channels and stations. In the Media view, the leftside selections change the right-side views.
View and select stored or broadcast media from the Navigators (including onscreen Navigator, System Remote Control, or touch screens that come in a variety
of sizes).
Set up playlists (playlists can be created at the Navigators). When you create or
edit a playlist, you can pick albums or tracks to play.
Search for cover art (when not loaded automatically) to enhance displays.
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To manage your multimedia sources:
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Click the Media view. The Media Source devices display.
Media view:
This list provides the media types for the Stored and Broadcast Media categories:
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CDs. Store CD cover art, albums, artist ratings, and genres (for example,
Rock or Country).
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DVD player or disc changer. Store DVD and CD (when DVD supports CD)
selections by viewing cover art, titles, info, results, media, and disc list.
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USB Driver or USB drive (CBM Flash Disk). Store a variety of media and
access it from one of these USB-connected devices.
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MP3, WMA, AAC, or FLAC on Digital Audio Player. Store MP3—HDD music
cover art, albums, artist ratings, and genres (for example, Rock or
Country).
Broadcast Media
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DIRECTV. View DIRECTV channel options, including station IDs, genres,
ratings and music channels.
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Dish Network. View Dish Network channel options, including station IDs,
genres, ratings, and music channels.
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Cable TV. View Cable TV channel options, including station IDs, genres,
ratings, music channels.
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UHF/VHF. View the UHF channel options, including station IDs, genres,
ratings, and HDTV.
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AM/FM/XM and Internet Radio. Scan AM, FM, Internet radio, and XM
stations.
Select any source device to modify the media list for that device.
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Scan for new music on your network devices: configured USB-attached
storage device or a configured network file store on any network-connected
PC.
Scan for a new DVD in a configured Sony disc changer.
Search for media information using the media lookup service.
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Manually customize your MP3, WMA, MP4, FLAC, or AAC-formatted albums
and songs.
Manually add, edit, or delete DVD information.
Search for the channel lineup on cable, satellite, or off-air programming
service. Manually edit channel lineup.
Create playlists.
Export media lists for backup purposes or import media lists.
Export playlists for backup purposes or import playlists.
Set up Internet radio (your dealer can do this for you).
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To add new MP3/WMA/MP4 files to your collection, copy the files to a configured
storage location on your USB-attached storage device or a configured network
storage device.
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To add a new storage device, have your Control4 dealer add it to the Composer
project and configure it for your use.
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The network address of the controller used for your MP3/WMA/MP4 files is
\\<ipaddress>\media\audio where <ipaddress> is your controller's TCP/IP
address (for example, 192.168.0.100). To copy MP3/WMA/MP4 files from your
PC to the controller, open that directory in Windows Explorer and copy the
files to a directory in that location.
After you copy the files, use the Media view to select the storage device, and
then select Scan to add them to your Media list.
Customize, if necessary, the metadata for the newly-added media.
Use intelligent agents (Agents view)
Agents let you perform more complex programming by using functional modules. For
example, the Scheduler agent lets you program an action using dates and times.
Agents view:
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To use the Agents view:
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Configurable agents:
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4Store—Set up and manage 4Store logins, apps, themes, and storage.
Access—Show or hide icons on your Navigators using a pass code.
Advanced Lighting Scenes—Control lighting throughout your residence or
business from any device—on-screen Navigators, touch screens, and tablets.
Announcements—Create an announcement to display on the touch screens,
Control4 apps, or on-screen Navigators.
Custom Buttons—Shown on the Navigators. You can create up to four
screens with six buttons each to show on the Navigators in specific rooms or
in all rooms in the system. Use programming to link the Custom Button events
to the actions you'd like to perform.
E-mail Notification—Send email to any Internet mail address. Use
Programming (requires a 4Sight subscription and remote access enabled on
the controller) to send out the notification.
Notes:
Remote Access is required to use the E-mail Notification agent. Check with
your dealer for details about using Remote Access.
Avoid setting up email notifications for events that occur frequently (e.g.,
when a Motion Sensor detects motion). If the email notification trigger event
occurs too often, it will cause the system to become sluggish.
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Intercom—Sets up the Intercom system for 5" or 7" In-Wall Touch Screens,
the 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera, 7” Portable Touch Screen with
Camera, or the Door Stations.
Light Properties—Used for Panelized Lighting. Check with your dealer for
details.
Media Scenes—Create and configure Media Scenes which are used to link
rooms in your system for audio functionality. Activate and deactivate Media
Scenes using the Agents or Programming views.
Rhapsody—Set up Rhapsody and access the Rhapsody account (requires a
Rhapsody account).
Scheduler—Schedule events to which you can attach programming.
Scheduled events can be based on specific time of day, day of week, and
sunrise/sunset times.
Screen Saver—Create a new screen saver to use on your touch screens and
on-screen Navigators.
SNMP Configuration—Manage Control4 home networks remotely. Check with
your dealer for details.
Timer—Create a timer to enable or disable devices at set times.
Variables—Create variables to use in programming. You can create number
variables (numeric), true/false variables (Boolean), and text variables (string).
Wakeup—Incorporate your music selection, light level and ramp rate, and
temperature control to wake you up.
See “Agents Types” in the Composer HE User Guide for a definition of each agent
with examples.
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Add—Lets you add agents to your system.
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Note: Your dealer will need to do this for you.
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Remove—Lets you remove agents from your system.
New—Lets you create a new instance to customize the highlighted agent
in the Agents pane (left pane). For each specific instance of an agent, you
provide a unique name and customize it for the specific need.
Copy—(Lighting Scene only.) Lets you copy an existing instance of the
highlighted Lighting Scene agent.
Delete—Lets you remove an existing instance of the highlighted agent.
Agent Navigation pane—Provides each agent a unique interface to set
up agent information in a majority of cases for future programming in the
Programming view.
See the Composer HE User Guide for more details.
Program the Control4 system (Programming view)
For the Control4 system to control its devices, you need to configure the behavior of
those devices to occur automatically in the Control4 system. The Programming view
lets you write a programming script using Composer’s drag-and-drop or double-click
functions.
Programming view:
All programming is based on events and actions in a Control4 system. For example, if
a door opens, it is an event. When an event occurs in the system, it can trigger
programmed actions to take place. For example, when the bathroom door opens
(event), you can program the bathroom light to turn on (action).
The Programming view consists of several panes:
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Device Events and Project Tree (top left pane)—Displays all devices that have
associated events.
Events (bottom left pane below the Events project tree)—Displays the available
Events for the currently-selected device in the Events project tree. If there are no
events for that device, none are displayed.
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Script (center pane)—Displays the Script that is associated with the currentlyselected event from the Events pane. Drag and drop items to rearrange the order
and nest items in the Script pane.
Device Actions (top right pane)—Displays all available device options (in tree
form) that have associated actions you can use to write your script.
Actions (bottom right pane)—Displays the selection of the Command,
Conditionals, and Loops tabs you can select to move to the Script pane. To add
an action to the script, select the action, and then click or drag-and-drop the
green arrow or blue question mark to add the script to the Script pane.
See the Composer HE User Guide for more details about how to create a script.
To use the Programming view:
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Click the Programming view in Composer HE. Programming actions occur based
on specific events in the system to make it easy to use and powerful.
Basics concepts for programming:
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Devices—Each device in the system is seen from two perspectives: (1)
functions that occur on the device (event) and (2) functions that can be done
to/using the device (action). The ‘Device Events’ pane on the left side of the
Programming view shows the events for each selected device. The ‘Device
Actions’ pane on the right side shows the actions for each selected device.
Devices include not only the physical devices on the system, but also the
logical devices, for example, rooms and agents.
Events—When anything occurs on the system, it is an event. Most system
events can have programming attached to them. Notice the specific events
that occur on each device as you select devices. For example, the Control4
wireless dimmer has several events associated with it: Top Button Pushed,
Top Button Released, Bottom Button Pushed, Bottom Button Released, and
so on. The event is the fundamental trigger used in Control4 system
programming.
Actions—An action is a specific task that the system can perform. Actions are
also device specific. For example, you can set the Control4 wireless dimmer
to turn on/off, toggle, go to a specific dim level and ramping rate, use custom
LED colors, or force the button press/release events to fire.
Commands—A command is a specific action inserted into the programming
script (to the ‘Script’ pane).
Conditionals—Most devices can be evaluated on a conditional basis. For
example, the conditionals that you can use on the Control4 wireless dimmer
are: is the light on, is the light off, is the light level greater than, equal to, less
than, or not equal to a specific level? The power of conditionals lay with your
ability to use conditionals to create programming which starts with and
evaluates current conditions, and then proceeds accordingly.
Script—The script is the ordered set of conditionals and commands which you
associate with a specific event. Scripts appear in the ‘Script’ pane as you add
them. When an event occurs, the Control4 system executes the script
associated with the event.
Variables—You define variables when you create a Variables agent in the
Agents view. There are three types of variables you can use in programming:
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Numeric—Use Numeric Variables for counting up, counting down, or
setting values based on a number.
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Boolean—Use Boolean Variables to set and track true/false values. For
example, when the Scheduler sunset event fires, you can set a userdefined Boolean variable called Night_Time to true. When the Scheduler
sunrise event fires you can set Night_Time to false.
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String—A String Variable contains a text string. You can set and evaluate
string variables in programming. For example, you can set a user-defined
string variable called Selected_Playlist equal to "Exercise Music."
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Room Variables—In addition to the user-defined variables you can create,
the system also has system variables attached to each room which you
can use when you program your system. Room Variables are most
commonly accessed as commands and conditionals from the Room
device. However, a full set of Room Variables is also available for each
room on the system.
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Programming Control—Use the Programming Control commands to delay or
stop script execution.
Example: Below is an example that demonstrates some of these concepts. When you start
playing a DVD in the Living room, if it's evening, you want to ramp the lights in the room
gradually to 15%. When the DVD stops or pauses, the lights automatically ramp up to 50%.
When the DVD plays again the dimmer level returns to 15%.
The following steps demonstrate how you'd create the programming for the previous
example.
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There are three Events: DVD Play, DVD Stop, and DVD Pause.
The only Conditional to check is night time.
Actions are added to the Script pane by either double-clicking or dragging and
dropping the Action’s arrowhead or question mark into the Script pane.
The Commands are dimmer ramp commands.
You can drag and drop a Command arrow on top of a Conditional question mark
to “nest” (or indent) the Command.
The following examples show Stop and Play commands (notice the subtle differences
in the dimmer levels). Detailed information about how to program the system is in the
Composer HE User Guide.
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Menu options
Use the Composer HE menu bar to perform basic file tasks, view the network tools,
and view the online help.
Menu options:
The menu bar provides the following menus:
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File—Perform typical file management tasks, load a project, connect to or
disconnect from the Local Director, refresh the Navigators, back up the project, or
exit Composer HE.
Tools—View network status and account information.
Note: Updates are not supported in Composer HE.
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Help—View the Composer HE Getting Started online help and Composer HE
version information. Links to the Composer HE User Guide are provided in the
online help.
File
The File menu lets you perform project file management tasks, load a backed up
Composer HE project, connect to Director, refresh the Navigators (including the
touch screens and on-screen Navigators), create a backup, or exit Composer HE. The
file management options relate to the Composer HE project files you back up on your
PC (they have a .c4p extension).
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When you set up a Control4 system, you create live project configuration information
on the controller that is backed up to a project file on your PC. This lists specific
information about each system, including devices, connections, configuration,
programming information, and media.
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Load Project—Loads a selected project into Composer HE. Composer HE
prompts you for a backup before it clears the project configuration information,
and replaces it with the selected project to load from your local drive.
Connect to Director—Connects you to the selected Director residing on the
controller if there is more than one Director in the network. Composer HE
prompts you to back up your project before connecting another Director. When
you connect, project configuration information from the controller appears on the
Composer HE screen.
Disconnect from Director—Disconnects you from Director. Composer HE
prompts you to back up your project before disconnecting you from the
currently-connected Director. This option is available when connected to Director.
Back Up—Backs up the current project to your connected PC. The first time you
back up, the software prompts you for a file name and to back up any media
information (recommended). When you select this option, the current project
becomes an option in the File > Load Project list.
Back Up As—Backs up the current project, and prompts you to enter the name of
the file. Composer HE prompts you to back up any media information
(recommended). When you select this option, the current project becomes an
option in the File > Load Project list.
Refresh—Refreshes the Composer HE screen with the current project
configuration information from Director.
Refresh Navigators—Refreshes the Navigator screens with the current project
configuration information from Director.
Note: Control4 for PC/Mac and tablets must be updated in the Control4 app.
Control4 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPads, and Androids will update if online.
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Exit—Exits Composer HE, and prompts you to back up the project before the
software exits and returns you to the desktop.
Media
Note: The Media menu appears only when you select the Media view.
The following options are available:
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Clear Media List—Clears the media list associated with the highlighted device
from the media database.
Export Media List—Exports a media list for the selected device from your
controller to your PC.
Import Media List—Imports a media list from your PC to your controller.
Export Playlists—Exports a playlist from your controller to your PC.
Import Playlists—Imports a playlist from your PC to your controller.
Import DVD List from File—Imports an Excel list of DVDs for disc changers.
New Playlist—Creates a playlist of MP3, WMA, MP4, AAC, or FLAC files. The
playlist is available from any touch screen or on-screen Navigator. Add albums,
remove songs, re-order songs, etc.
Note: If you remove songs from a playlist, it does not remove them from the
media database.
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Rename Playlist—Renames a playlist.
Tag media files—Converts media files so all media players can see the same tags.
Tools
The Tools menu lets you access some tools for checking device connection status:
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System Diagnostics—Assists you to gather system information and help
determine if any issues encountered are configuration problems, performance
issues, or potential defects. See "System Diagnostics" below.
Account Services—Facilitates system registration which is required for software
updates and to use the media services in the system. Account Services is also
required in conjunction with a 4Sight account to enable the remote access web
service (which allows secure access to your system via the Internet). See
"Account Services" below.
Update Manager—Check with your Control4 dealer or Installer for details about
this option.
System diagnostics
Controller Performance tab—View controller performance information including CPU
and memory usage.
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Controller Performance History button—View the history of CPU and memory
performance. Click the History button on the lower right of the screen.
Controller Networking tab—View controller networking information, including the
network type, connection status, MAC address, IP address, Subnet mask, Gateway,
DHCP status, and DNS server information.
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Test Internet Connection button—Click to test the current Internet connection.
System Info tab—View System information. Click Save To File to save the displayed
text to a file.
Account services
Set up a MyControl4 account and register a controller. Check the current status and
establish a service connection.
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Current Status
Service Connection (Check In)
Help
Use the help menu to access the online version of this Composer HE Getting Started
document with Index, Glossary, and search options. Also, you can check the version of
your Composer HE software and Director.
From the Help menu, you have the following options:
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Index. Displays the Index tab of the Help system.
About Composer. Displays the Composer HE and Director versions.
Where to go from here
Refer to the Composer HE User Guide on the Control4 website (available as help or
PDF). The user guide provides in-depth information about how to monitor and
program your Control4 system. If you are using online help in Composer HE, links to
the Composer HE User Guide are provided from the help topics.
Control4 strives to support Control4 dealers so they can support you. If you have
questions or need assistance beyond what is provided in this Composer HE Getting
Started or the Composer HE User Guide, please contact your Control4 dealer.
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Glossary
4Sight: An Internet service that provides a connection
to the home automation system any time and from any
place worldwide.
contact: Contacts are generally used to monitor the
status of something (door, window, water sensor, etc.)
and can be connected through a security panel or
directly using a Control4 controller or Contact/Relay
Extender. Contacts connected to a Control4 controller
or Contact/Relay Extender can be configured either as
NC (normally closed) or NO (normally open).
4Store: The Control4 app store where you can buy
applications for your system. The applications appear in
the touch screens or on-screen Navigators under More >
Settings.
Control 4 app: An app that lets users manager their
Control4 systems from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PC,
Mac, or tablet device.
AAC: Advanced Audio Coding—A successor to the MP3
format. A standard, lossy compression and encoding
scheme for digital audio. Touts better sound quality.
Control4 system: A home automation system designed
and developed by Control4.
agent: In Control4 programming, agents provide the
ability to perform complex programming by using
functional modules. There are various types of agents;
for example, Announcements, E-mail Notifications,
Scheduler, Advanced Lighting, and Wakeup.
controller: The main device that makes home
automation possible. There may be multiple controllers
within a Control4 system. The controller that runs
Director is referred to as the primary controller. The
other controllers in the system are secondary
controllers.
Anywhere Access: In OS 2.4 and later, a feature of
4Sight that lets users access and manage their Control4
systems remotely from the web, smartphone, PC, MAC,
or tablet.
device: A component that requires a device driver; code
that is used to allow the Control4 system to work with
that device. Device drivers are added to the project tree
in Composer by the dealer.
action: An activity that occurs when an event prompts it
to do so.
AV: Audio Video.
device driver: Every device in the Control4 system
needs a corresponding device driver to control that
device.
CD: (Compact Disc)—An optical disc that stores digital
data. This format is compatible with Control4 products.
DHCP: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)—A
protocol used between a network client and a DHCP
server (usually a router or access point) that dynamically
assigns IP addresses from a pre-defined list to clients on
a network.
client: A software or hardware device that
communicates to a server for feedback from the server
via an application for the user.
Command: A ‘do’ statement; actions the Director
communicates to a device.
Director: Each Control4 controller (such as an HC-800
Controller) ships with pre-installed Director software
(Linux based) embedded in the device. The Director
communicates with Control4 products and third-party
products to enable home automation and interaction of
devices. Director runs the Control4 devices. Composer
Pro is the software used to connect to and program a
system Director that resides on a controller.
Composer: The Control4 software used to design and
define a Control4 home automation system.
Composer Pro: Composer Pro is used to set up and
configure Control4 devices to communicate with each
other in a home automation system. The dealer uses this
software to create and configure the project for the
customer.
DriverWorks: The DriverWorks SDK is used to create
two-way drivers for audio video (AV) and non-AV
devices.
conditional: An ‘if’ statement that asks true/false
questions, which are acted upon in Composer
programming.
DVD: (Digital Versatile Disc)— A media format for video
and data storage.
connection: Devices that are bound or linked together in
Composer so they can communicate with each other.
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end point: The end point is the final point (device) on
the defined path over which audio and/or video content
is routed to a room. An example of this would be a TV or
receiver.
List Navigator: Menu options that are visible on a
System Remote Control.
live connection: A term used in Composer Pro to
indicate an actual connection to the network.
Ethernet: Uses Ethernet category 5 (CAT5 or CAT5e)
wiring to transfer data. Ethernet uses a star network
topology that allows multiple points to communicate to
a single point. The Speaker Point® uses Ethernet to
communicate to the Control4 controller.
loop: A type of conditional in programming; a ‘while’
statement; for example, “while the sprinklers are on…”
media database: Media information is stored in the
media database, which will permit users to view the
media from the Navigators.
event: An action; used to trigger Composer
programming when programming Control4 devices.
MP3: A music format that makes streaming audio
available.
file format: A format used by applications to store/read
files.
MP4: An audio and video format. Can also store images
and subtitles.
FLAC: Supported by Control4 since software release 1.8;
this is a free, open source, lossless audio codec format
that supports tagging, cover art and fast seeking. Audio
is compressed with no loss in quality.
Navigator: A Control4 Navigator used with the Control4
system to control lights, music, videos, etc. Navigator is
software that the customer interacts with using a
Control4 System Remote Control, on-screen Navigator
(TV screen), or touch screen.
gateway: (router)—Provides a means of communicating
between two separate networks.
on-screen: Allows you to select the controller (e.g., HC800 Controller) in the room that controls the source for
the on-screen display.
home network: A network installed in the customer’s
home that provides an Ethernet or wireless connection
so that Control4 devices can communicate with each
other.
playlist: A list of songs compiled in a list. The list can be
compiled by songwriter, album, song type, or any
combination of the above.
home automation system: The Control4 system—a line
of home automation products that communicate with
each other over Ethernet, WiFi, or ZigBee for a total
home automation experience.
Power Over Ethernet (POE): Network cabling that
provides Ethernet connectivity and device power over a
single cable. Commonly used for Control4 devices.
identify: Your Control4 dealer or installer will identify a
device to the Control4 system after they add the device
driver to the project tree. This ensures that the device
can communicate with the Control4 controller and
Director.
primary controller: The main device that makes home
automation possible. There may be multiple controllers
within a Control4 system. The controller that runs
Director is referred to as the primary controller.
intercom: A two-way audio and/or video
communication among supported Control4 devices.
programming: A machine-readable artificial language
used to express computations that can be performed by
a device.
IR: Infrared light—Some network devices can be
controlled by a wireless remote control that uses pulses
of infrared light to send commands to the device.
project tree: A tree view in Composer where the project
is layered by the larger branches (Home, Office, etc.)
and then the lower branches (floor, rooms, etc.), and
finally to the leaf level (drivers).
LCD: (Liquid Crystal Display) - A display used with some
Control4 interfaces.
ramp rate: The rate that a dimmer ramps up its voltage.
LCD Navigator: An LCD device used to control lighting,
music, videos, etc., on an LCD screen.
relay: An electrical switch that opens and closes. A relay
is controlled by another electrical circuit.
LED: (Light Emitting Diode). Primarily used in dimmers,
switches, and keypads, but LEDs are also used on other
Control4 devices for status purposes.
remote access: The ability to access a device from a
remote location.
Linux: An operating system used by several Control4
devices.
Remote Director: Connects you to the home network
while working in Composer from a remote location.
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retrofit: The ability to set up a home automation system
in an existing structure or home. Compare this with new
building construction.
Virtual Connection: A term used in Composer Pro to
indicate a connection outside the network.
Virtual Director: A connection to a virtual controller
only (a PC is the Director host rather than the
controller). Projects created or edited here are benign
until the saved project is loaded onto a controller.
RJ-45 jack: An eight-pin jack used to connect CAT5e
network cables to Ethernet devices.
router: See gateway. Functions similar to an AP but with
additional functionality for controlling the network; for
example, coordinating traffic between different
networks.
WiFi: Uses bi-directional wireless technology to transfer
data. WiFi (wireless fidelity) devices “connect” to each
other by transmitting and receiving signals on a specific
frequency of the radio band using a wireless access
point. This technology uses the star network topology.
WiFi uses high-bandwidth 802.11.
secondary controller: Other controllers in the system
that do not run Director or are used as the primary
controller.
wired network: Uses Ethernet Category 5 or 6 (CAT5 or
CAT6) wiring to send and receive data between devices
connected to a network.
serial-controlled device: Serial-controlled devices with
an RS-232 interface and control protocol often have a
higher level of controllability than IR-controlled devices.
Examples of serial-controlled devices are projectors,
multi-disc DVD changers, etc.
wireless access point: A router extension with an
antenna that communicates with WiFi devices and
clients in the home. A wireless hub that connects to a
wired network and distributes a wireless signal
throughout the structure.
switch: An extension of a router that adds more
Ethernet ports to support additional devices or clients
on the local network.
wireless dimmer: A Control4 dimmer that uses the
ZigBee. UL listed.
system event: An action that causes another action; for
example, if a projector turns on, it enables the other
devices in the system that work with the projector.
wireless switch: A Control4 switch that uses ZigBee. UL
listed. Has an air gap to cut power.
System Remote Control: A Control4 System Remote
Control is a universal solution that replaces remote
controls from other manufacturers, and includes
programmable buttons. This System Remote Control
can access on-screen Navigators.
WLAN: Wireless Local Area Network.
WMA: (Windows Media Audio)—Audio data
compression technology developed at Microsoft; an
audio file format that competes with MP3.
touch screen: A touch screen is a home automation
system Navigator that controls the home’s lighting,
music, videos, and other devices on the home
automation system.
ZigBee: A wireless network that uses bi-directional
wireless mesh network technology to transfer messages
from one device to another. Unlike a star network
topology where devices can only send messages to each
other by sending them first to a single central device
(which then delivers the message to the recipient
device), a mesh network topology allows the devices to
forward messages from one device to another, thereby
extending the effective range of the network. Uses low
bandwidth 802.15.4. Up to 250 devices are allowed per
controller, but Control4 recommends a maximum of 125.
UI (user interface): The preferred term is Navigator. The
Control4 interface used with Control4 devices to control
home automation, for example, touch screens, or onscreen Navigators, and devices that use Control4.
universal remote: Universal remote control. A thirdparty remote control that can be programmed to
replace other remotes in the home so that only one
remote is needed, replacing all others. A Control4
System Remote Control is a type of universal remote
control.
ZigBee Pro: The 1.1 version of ZigBee that provides
improvements in standardization by: allowing more
interoperability with other Control4 devices, support for
home automation profiles, and improves the scalability
of multiple ZigBee access points.
USB: (Universal Serial Bus) - A connector format used
with USB drives that connect to a USB port on Control4
devices.
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Index
Index
4Sight, 6, 11, 12
Account Services, 32, 34
Add storage device, 25
Agents
4Store, 26
Access, 26
Advanced Lighting Scenes, 26
Announcements, 26
Custom Buttons, 26
E-mail Notification, 26
Intercom, 26
Media Scenes, 26
Rhapsody, 26
Scheduler, 26
Screen Saver, 26
Timer, 26
Variables, 26
Wakeup, 26
Agents view, 20, 25
Backup, 31
with Media, 8
Backup As, 31
Broadcast Media, 24
Clear Media List, 31
Composer
exit, 18
Composer HE changes, 8
Composer HE interface, 5, 19
Configure devices, 5
Connect to a Director, 5
Connect to Control4 system, 12
Connect to Director, 13, 31
Contact information, 2
Control4 dealer, 6
Controller Networking tab, 33
Controller Performance History
button, 33
Controller Performance tab, 32
Copy MP3 files, 25
Copyright, 2
Customize, 5
Delete Playlist, 31
Device Actions pane, 28
Device Control window, 23
Device Events pane, 28
Digital music, 5
Director, 8
connect locally, 14
Director on Local Network, 14
Disclaimer, 2
Disconnect from Director, 31
DVD information, 25
Exit, 31
Exit Composer, 8
Export Media List, 25, 31
Export Playlists, 25, 31
File menu, 30
FLAC, 25
Get started, 7
Glossary, 36
GNU, 2
Gracenote, 2
Grant dealer rights, 17
Hard disk space, 10
Help menu, 30
Home network requirements, 10
Import DVD List from File, 31
Import Media List, 31
Import Playlists, 31
Inoperable system, 8
Install Composer HE, 5
Internet connection, 10
Legal notice, 2
List View, 21
screen, 20
Load Project, 31
Local connection, 13
media database, 8
Media view, 20, 23, 24
Menu options, 30
Monitor, 5
Monitoring view, 20
MP3 files, add new, 25
MPEG, 2
Network device, 24
Network file store, 24
Network requirements, 10
New Playlist, 31
Playlists, 8, 25
Programming, 8
example, 29
Programming view, 20, 27
Actions, 28
Boolean, 28
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Commands, 28
Conditionals, 28
Devices, 28
Events, 28
Numeric, 28
Programming Control, 29
Room Variables, 29
Script, 28
String, 29
Variables, 28
Project Tree, 22
Properties, 20
Properties page, 21
Refresh, 31
Refresh Navigators, 31
Register controller, 11
Remote connection, 13
Remote Director connection, 18
Rename Playlist, 32
Requirements, hardware and
software, 10
Restrictions, 6
Scan, 25
Scan for new music, 24
Scan media, 23
Search, 24
Search for Cover Art, 23
Select Remote Account, 18
Set up playlists, 23
Sony disc changer, 24
Start Composer HE, 5
Stored Media, 24
Subscription code, 12
System Diagnostics, 32
System Info tab, 34
Tag media files, 32
TCP/IP, 10
Test Internet Connection button,
34
Tools menu, 30
Undo a change, 8
Update Manager, 32
USB-attached storage device, 24
Video resolution, 10
Wakeup scene, 6
What’s new, 7
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