Control4 System Control4 System Quick Start Guide

Control4 System Control4 System Quick Start Guide
Control4® System
Quick Start Guide
Your User Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Control4 home page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Listen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Set up your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Use switches, dimmers, and keypads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Use the System Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Use quick access buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Use the on-screen (TV) Navigator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Use the List Navigator on the remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Use programmable buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Use your voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Controlling your home with Alexa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Adding whole-home scenes to Alexa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Choose your Navigator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Touch screens and TV on-screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Control4 app for mobile devices and computers . . . . . . . . . 9
Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Wake/Sleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Other important options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Changing rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Controlling custom experience buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Controlling devices on screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Locking Navigators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Customize your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
About Composer Media Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
About Composer Home Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Creating your own automations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Your User Guide
This System Quick Start
Guide is your introduction to
the user guide. Since every
Control4 system is unique,
we’ve put each feature’s info
into its own user guide.
Control4 Smart Home:
Climate Guide
Control4 Smart Home:
Intercom Guide
For in-depth information
about specific features
or equipment, see the
appropriate Smart Home
user guide.
Find all of these user guides
(and more!) at
Control4 Smart Home:
Lighting Guide
Control4 Smart Home:
Safety and Security
Control4 Smart Home:
Entertainment Guide
Control4 Smart Home:
Automations Guide
Welcome to the Control4® world of home automation!
Your Control4 system lets you automate many of the electrical, electronic, and
motorized devices in your home, helping to make your home or business more
enjoyable for you and your family or business clients.
• Control your lights from the buttons on your keypad. Edit lighting scenes
on your touch screens or Control4 apps.
• Control videos, movies, music, and blinds in your home theater using your
remote control, touch screens, Control4 apps, and more.
• Play music in every room or on the patio with music zones or using a
smartphone, tablet, computer, or touch screen.
• Control heating, cooling, the security system, sprinklers, garage door
opener, fireplace, pool, spa, and much more from a keypad or Navigators.
• Use intercom to send and receive audio and video (requires at least two
touch screens that support intercom).
• Monitor and automate your home remotely using the Control4 app or web
and 4Sight with Anywhere Access.
• Create your own automations that control smart-home-connected devices
by using scheduling, voice commands, and device operation that triggers
other events.
• Control equipment and devices in specific rooms. The Control4 Navigators
let you control devices in one room or the whole house. To control the
room you want, simply change rooms (see “Change Rooms”).
• Manage several devices per room. Control your TV, receiver, tuner, DVD
player, movie projector and screen, and more in the same room.
This System Quick Start Guide gives you quick information about how to start
enjoying your Control4 system right away.
Your Control4 Dealer may have referred you to this guide after installing
your system. If you still want more information about your system, refer to
feature-specific guides ( or other guides and videos
( If you still have questions about how to make your system
perform the way you want it to, don’t hesitate to contact your dealer, who may
have some great suggestions.
In this guide, you’ll learn some basics about how to:
Note: The information in this guide applies to the latest Control4
system capabilities. Features can vary between customized
installations and Control4 software releases, so contact your
dealer with any questions about available features.
• Set up your account and register your system.
• Customize your system your way.
• Use the Navigators (touch screens, remotes, Control4 app, TV on-screen,
and so on) to manage lights, music, videos, intercom, security, heating,
cooling, and more.
• Learn about in-depth control over your system’s settings using Composer
Home Edition (Composer HE, sold separately) or Composer Media Edition
(Composer ME, free download).
Set up your system
Your dealer may have already set up your personal Control4 account at and registered your controller. If so, you can skip this
section and go to “Set up additional services” on page 5. If not, you’ll
need to do the following things right away, or your system will not be fully
Notes: (1) Control4 requires that you or your dealer create a Control4
account and register your controller before you can use your new
system. (2) If your dealer has already set up a Control4 account for
you, make sure you get your login (your email address) and password
from your dealer for your new account. The first time you access your
account at, you’ll need to accept the “Terms of
Use” agreement. To get the latest information, Control4 recommends
that you also accept email and other offerings from Control4.
Account name:_________________________________________________
Email address:__________________________________________________
Note: Keep your personal account information in a safe place.
To set up your account:
1 You should have received an email from Control4 confirming your account
creation. If you have not, check with your dealer, who should have given
you your Control4 account name, email address you’ll use when you log in,
and a temporary password.
2 Write down the account name, email address, and password (above) and
refer to it (as needed) to log in to your Control4 account. You’ll also need
this information if you use Control4 apps on your tablets, smartphones, or
3 Log in to your Control4 account at
4 At the login box, enter your email address and password, then
click Sign In.
5 The first time only, accept the Terms of Use agreement to activate your
account. Accept all boxes under Permissions to take full advantage of the
many resources available to you, including remote access for your dealer.
6 Register your primary controller to activate your system. Check with your
dealer first to see if they have registered your controller already. If they
haven’t, you can register it:
a In My Account, click the My Account box on the left to return to the
main Control4 page.
b In My Devices on the left, click Controller Registration.
Set up your account
Go to My Account (see below) to log in to your personal account so your
system can access information about movies, music, TV channels, updates, and
more. With your permission, your Control4 account can also give your dealer
access to your account so they can maintain and update your system when
needed, manage your licenses, or fix problems. Feel free to update your own
account profile and other information when you need to.
c In Controller Registration, click Register Controller.
If the button reads “Unregister Controller,” you’re already registered!
You don’t need to complete the rest of these steps.
d When a 10-digit number is displayed, copy or write down the number.
e On a touch screen, tap Settings > Registration.
f Tap the blank box next to Enter Code on the touch screen.
g Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your 10-digit code, then tap Done.
h Tap Activate.
You’re done! Now you’re ready to use your new system!
Set up additional services
Set up 4Sight with Anywhere Access
Set up TuneIn
4Sight™ with Anywhere Access lets you control your system remotely from
anywhere in the world. With this feature you can connect to your Control4
system from a remote location using an app on your smartphone or tablet or a
web browser on your computer.
Create a free TuneIn account, and then use the TuneIn app to listen to stations,
shows, and more through your smartphone, tablet, PC, or touch screens.
For details, see the TuneIn Setup Guide, TuneIn User Guide, or TuneIn Quick
Reference at
Receive customized email notifications related to system events as they occur,
control lights and door locks, and more. To set up a 4Sight subscription (annual
fee required), talk to your dealer.
Set up music
Set up music access from your network-attached storage (NAS) device, CDs,
smartphone, tablet, or streaming music service (Pandora, Napster, TuneIn,
iTunes, Deezer, TIDAL, Spotify, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio). Use ShairBridge­™
to play music from your smartphone over the room’s speakers. For details, see
“Listen” later in this guide, or talk to your dealer.
Use switches, dimmers, and keypads
Your installer has already set up your system hardware and programmed
automated tasks, so you can jump in right away and use basic controls like
switches and dimmers to turn on lights, or you can use touch screens and your
smartphone to control every connected device in the house. It’s up to you
where to start!
Use a switch
1 To use a switch to control a light, press and release the top of the switch
for “on,” and press the bottom for “off.” It’s as simple as that.
Use a dimmer
1 To use a dimmer, press and hold the top of the dimmer to slowly brighten
the light, and press and hold the bottom to slowly dim it. That’s all there is
to it!
2 You can also use it like an on/off switch, if you’d like. Press and release the
top of the dimmer to ramp the light up to full brightness. Press and release
the bottom to ramp the light down until it’s off. While the light is dimming,
press the dimmer at any time to stop it at that point.
Use a keypad
1 To use a keypad, either press and release the button, or press and hold it
(depending on the button’s programming).
Buttons can be associated with a light or lighting scene, audio and video,
climate controls, and more. Ask your dealer for details on your keypad’s
programming. (Engraved labels on keypad buttons may also help.)
Both basic and advanced
Use basic controls like switches and dimmers to control lighting, or try out
programmed keypads to control lighting, sound, video, and more. However,
even something as basic as a light switch can be programmed to do multiple
things and run automated tasks. Ask your installer to show you how to use
your system.
You can customize Control4 lighting and keypads for countless scenarios and
navigation. Lighting scenes, for example, are a popular way to use keypads.
Just assign a lighting scene to a button. Your dealer can help you create
lighting scenes, you can create them yourself by using Composer HE, or you
can create your own scenes on a touch screen or with the on-screen Navigator.
For details, see “Other Options“ or “Composer HE” in this guide or Using
Lighting Scenes at
Tip: A light switch, dimmer, or keypad can be programmed to
simultaneously turn on the light, bring the room to a comfortable
temperature, and play your favorite music.
For more information
For more information about lighting and keypad controls, see the Control4
Smart Home: Lighting Guide at
Use the System Remote Control
The Control4 System Remote Controls (SR-150 and SR-260) are
a quick way to manage your Control4 system on your TV screen
or on the remote’s own display. These universal remotes are so
versatile, they can replace all other remotes in your home.
Use the List Navigator on the remote
To learn how to use the remote in depth, see the System Remote
Control User Guide at While you’re at it, ask your
dealer about a recharging station for your Control4 remotes to
keep their batteries always charged.
2 Press the up or down arrow buttons to highlight a floor or
room, then press SELECT to select the floor or room.
Use quick access buttons
The LISTEN and WATCH buttons give you quick access to audio
and video playback.
• Press LISTEN to either select the most recently used audio
source or display a full list of connected audio sources. (Your
dealer can set the method you prefer.)
• Press WATCH to either select the most recently used video
source or display a full list of connected video sources. (Your
dealer can set the method you prefer.)
Use the on-screen (TV) Navigator
1 To use the on-screen Navigator (menu), press the red 4 button,
if enabled. The menu appears on the TV.
2 Press the arrow buttons to move among menu items, and press
SELECT to select the item.
Tip: No matter where you are in the Navigator, press 4 to
return to the home page.
3 To change which room is being controlled, highlight the room
name at the top of the screen, press SELECT on the remote,
then select a different room. (You can do this on all Navigators)
For more information on using the on-screen Navigator, see
“Control4 home page” on page 10.
1 To open the List Navigator (menu) on the remote’s display,
press LIST (SR-260 only).
3 Press the arrow buttons to highlight a device, press SELECT
to select it, then press the arrow buttons to change device
Use programmable buttons
Although every button on the remote can be programmed, the
four colored buttons and the three “dot” buttons are the ones
most commonly programmed. Ask your dealer to program buttons
to automate devices, or you can program them yourself (see the
Composer HE User Guide at
Note each programmed button’s action below (SR-260 shown):
_____ _______________________________________________
_____ _______________________________________________
Use your voice
Add Alexa voice control to your Control4 Smart Home
to orchestrate lighting, comfort, and smart home scenes
throughout your entire home.
To use Alexa voice control with your Control4 system you must
• An Alexa-compatible device such as an Amazon Echo, Dot,
Tap, or FireTV with Voice Remote and an Amazon account
Adding whole-home scenes to Alexa
With help from your Control4 Dealer, you can take voice control
of your home a step further with comprehensive scenes. For
example, tell Alexa to activate the “Cooking” scene, and your
shades close, the kitchen lights turn on, and your favorite
streaming music or TV station begins to play.
Read more about how to set up and use Alexa in your smart
home at, or ask your Control4 Dealer.
• Control4 Smart Home running OS 2.8.2 or newer
• Control4 4Sight subscription
Controlling your home with Alexa
Using Control4 with Alexa, you can control lighting, thermostats,
and scenes. For example:
• The thermostat can be set to an exact temperature or
raised and lowered by a few degrees.
• Dimmers can by turned on and off or set to specific
increase Kitchen Light
by 30%
• Lighting scenes can be turned on and off.
turn on
Master Light
turn off
Choose your Navigator
In your system, anything with a Control4 menu is called a Navigator. Navigators
let you use and modify your system in much more detail than basic controls
like keypads, switches, and dimmers. Ask your Control4 Dealer to show you
how to use your system’s Navigators:
• List Navigator (on the SR-260 remote control)
• On-screen Navigator (on your TV, controlled with your remote control)
• Control4 app (for iOS or Android smartphones or tablets, PCs, or Mac
• Touch screens (in-wall or tabletop)
Touch screens and TV on-screen
Touch screens and TV on-screen Navigators display the same icons, but with
slight variations. Tap to use the touch screen. Make selections on your TV with
your remote.
Control4 app for mobile devices
and computers
The Control4 app is a fantastic way to control your system as you move around
your house or business, or you want to control your system when you’re away
from home—from anywhere in the world with Internet or cellular access.
To use the app, you need:
• Control4 account
• 4Sight subscription
• Control4 app license
The 4Sight with Anywhere Access license makes the remote access possible.
See “Set up 4Sight with Anywhere Access” on page 5.
When you have the above items, you can download the Control4 app from the
Apple iTunes Store (iOS products), Google Play Store (Android), or, for your
computer, from
Not all features are supported on these devices, however, so you will notice
some small differences between features on the Control4 app and other
Note: Support for Apple mobile devices requires iOS 6 or later.
Support for Android devices requires Android 4 or later.
Control4 home page
The Control4 home page categorizes your automated home’s features under
several icons. Options display either as icons or drop-down menus (although
there are some small differences between Navigator types).
Note: Only installed devices display on the home screen,
so not all of these icons may appear.
Tip: Customize your own home page!
See “Add custom home pages” for details.
Status bar
Displays the “Home” screen icon (Control4 logo), “Back” icon (when
in submenus), Intercom icon (for supported touch screens and door
stations), Favorites icon (star), selected room name, temperature and
time (configurable), and WiFi signal strength (not all icons available
with all Navigators).
Select to watch videos and movies
from connected media devices on your
TV or your motorized screen.
Select to access your security system,
security gate, cameras, locks, sensors,
and Extras.
Select to listen to radio stations, music
services, iPods, CDs, stored music, and
Select to turn lights on or off, dim
lights, or use lighting scenes.
Select to change your thermostat
settings, humidity, blinds, pool
and spa, Wakeups, and Extras.
Media dashboard
Displays control buttons when an
audio or video device is on.
Select to create Favorites, change
the screen saver or wallpaper,
troubleshoot the network, and more.
The Listen section offers many audio choices, depending on the audio and
video devices in your Control4 system. View your options, then select or
manage these:
• My Music (Digital Music)—Lists My Artists, My Albums, My Genres,
My Queue, and more. You can also create and manage playlists here. My
Music media and playlists come from your digital music collection via your
network-attached storage (NAS).
• Streaming music services (such as iHeartRadio, Spotify, SiriusXM, Napster,
Pandora, Deezer, Amazon Music, and TuneIn)—Displays when configured
by your dealer. Some music services require additional equipment. You can
also add new music services as they become available.
• Media Zones—Use on the media dashboard to manage music zones.
• Satellite Radio—Select a music channel to listen to.
• TuneIn—Listen to your favorite free Internet radio stations and shows
worldwide, and create and easily access favorite stations.
• Tuner—The Tuner icon in your on-screen Navigator lets you access AM, FM,
and XM radio.
• Now Playing—View what’s currently playing.
• Receiver/CD Changer/Disc Changer—Displays the device controls and
other options, for example, Browse CDs.
Use your remote, the media dashboard, a media page, or Control4 apps to
control your music volume, change channels, play, stop, pause, fast forward,
and more.
For more information on your new music experience,
My Music
Use Listen to play your digital music.
3 Press the Stop button on the media dashboard or media page, or select
Room Off on the remote to stop playing the radio or music.
1 From your Control4 home page, select Listen > My Music.
For details about how to use TuneIn, see the TuneIn Setup Guide, TuneIn User
Guide, or TuneIn Quick Reference at
2 From the list, select My Artists, My Albums, My Genres, My Playlists, or
My Queue (touch screens and on-screen only) or albums and tracks (using
the Control4 app). The remote’s Navigator displays a slightly different list.
Create a new playlist
3 To view a list of music that’s currently playing with cover art (if applicable),
select Now Playing. The song currently playing appears in the media
dashboard. You can select Shuffle, Clear, Repeat, or Edit.
4 To add songs to your digital music collection (My Music), scan the music
using Composer HE or Composer ME, then select the + button in your
music list. See the Composer ME User Guide, Composer HE User Guide, or
Composer HE videos at
5 To play a song or a playlist, locate the song or album, and select ►(play).
The song or playlist shows up in My Queue, where you can select Save As
Use Listen to add your favorite songs in My Queue to My Playlists.
1 From your Control4 home page, select Listen > My Music.
2 Select the song or album, then select My Queue. In My Queue, select Save
Playlist (the diskette icon).
3 When prompted, name the playlist.
4 Edit the playlist, change the song order, and add or delete songs from
this menu. You can also make playlists in Composer HE or Composer ME.
(Playlists have a limit of 500 songs.)
Note: Digital music playlists are not the same as Napster or other
subscription playlists. Refer to your subscription service’s website for
Media zones
Use Media Zones to play music in zones (rooms) in your home. Add or remove
zones, adjust the volume, skip forward/back, and use Room Off or mute.
1 On the media dashboard, select the Media Zones icon (see “Secondary
Pages”), or select Listen > Zones from a Navigator.
Note: You can change zones only when music is playing.
2 Add a zone. Select Add Rooms, select or de-select the rooms where you
want to play or not play music, then select OK.
Use Listen to play your favorite radio stations (AM, FM, XM satellite, Internet
radio, and more).
3 Remove a zone. Select the room to stop playing music, select Stop, then
select OK.
1 From your Control4 home page, select Listen > All Stations, Genres,
Sources, or Listen > TuneIn to select your favorite stations.
2 Select the station to listen to or select your favorites.
The Watch section lets you access your TV, cable, or satellite stations,
depending on the devices in your system. Icons display for access to your
digital video collections (DVD and DVR), disc changer, game console, and
other sources. Use your remote or the media dashboard to control the volume,
change channels, and so on.
From your Control4 home page, select Watch. The next page shows icons in a
grid format (if you select Movies, for example).
Watch TV
Use Television to watch TV.
1 From the Control4 home page, select Watch > Television or Channels.
2 If you selected Channels in Step 1, on the sub-menu, select All Channels,
Genres, and so on. Select All Channels to view a list of available channels.
3 (Optional) If the device controls appear, you can use those buttons to
change the channel.
Watch movies
Use Movies to watch movies or videos on your disc changer, media player, and
other sources.
Note: You or your dealer must add your media metadata to
the system by scanning your movies first. For instructions, see
the Composer HE User Guide or Composer ME User Guide at
1 From your Control4 home page, select Watch > Movies.
2 Select All Movies, Genres, Ratings, Directors, or Actors.
3 Select the movie or video to view from the list. Use your remote or the
media dashboard to play, stop, pause, rewind, change volume, and more.
Add movies to your library
Use Composer ME or Composer HE to scan and add movies or videos from a
media player, network storage, and more. See the Composer ME User Guide,
Composer HE User Guide, or Composer HE videos for details.
For more information
For more information on your new video experience,
The Comfort section lets you adjust your thermostat temperature and humidity
settings, adjust blinds or drapes, use Wakeups, and more.
To create new temperature presets or schedules, and for more climate and
comfort information such as controlling blinds and shades, see the Control4
Smart Home: Climate Guide at
Using presets
Presets are a powerful and flexible way to save all of your climate settings, for
easy recall later.
1 On a Navigator’s home screen, select Comfort, then select Presets.
2 To edit a preset, tap the preset name.
To change the climate manually:
1 On a Navigator’s home screen, select Comfort. The climate controls open.
2 If you have more than one thermostat in the system, select the one you
want to control.
3 Move the orange “heat” set point or the blue “cool” set point to the
temperature you want.
Here you can select what’s contained in your new preset, the desired
temperature for heating and cooling modes, the fan mode, humidity levels,
and more.
3 To rename the preset, select the blue name field, then use the on-screen
keyboard to type a name.
4 To change values of the other fields, select ◄ or ►.
5 After you’ve made changes, select Done.
The Security section lets you view or control security systems, door stations,
security cameras, locks, and sensors. Your Control4 Dealer must set up your
system to work with any installed cameras.
To view a camera’s video:
1 From your Control4 home page, select Security, then select Cameras.
Thumbnail views of each camera are displayed.
Viewing a camera
If you have security cameras, you can view their video feeds one at a time or
several at once. You can add up to eight cameras per page for Control4 for PC,
10 cameras per page for touch screens, and up to 18 cameras per page for TV
Cameras can be installed anywhere you need to monitor activity, from outside
entrances and pools to the garage or the baby’s room. You can also position a
camera to look at the main entrance from several feet away, so you don’t have
to rely on the Door Station’s forward-facing camera. You can even define a live
webcam on the Internet (such as a traffic cam) as a “camera” to monitor.
2 Select a camera to view.
• To use camera controls or views (if supported), select More.
• To display the camera view full screen, select Full Screen.
Using a Door Station
Use the Intercom icon
(top of menu) to manage your door stations and
touch screens. See “Intercom” later in this guide.
To set up a lock user:
1 In Locks & Sensors, select the arrow next to the lock name to open its
settings menu.
Using door locks
You can lock and unlock any connected door lock, as well as keep track of who
accesses the locks and when (if supported by the lock). Supported features
vary by lock type, but here are some examples.
2 Select Users, then select the + button.
To lock or unlock a door remotely:
1 From your Control4 home page, select Security, then select Locks &
3 Type the User Name and the User Code they will use, change any other
user settings, then select the checkmark button. (Maximum number of
users is limited by lock type.)
To view lock access history:
2 Make sure the currently selected room is the room containing the door
lock (or All Rooms), then tap the lock’s button to toggle it locked/
1 In Locks & Sensors, select the arrow next to the lock name to open its
settings menu.
2 Select History. The recent usage of the lock is displayed.
To change lock settings:
1 In Locks & Sensors, select the arrow next to the lock name to open its
settings menu.
Controlling your security system
To manage your security system:
1 From your Control4 home page, select Security, then select Security
2 Select Settings. Available settings vary by lock type, but settings could
The Security menu opens.
• Admin code
• Schedule lock out
• Auto lock time
• Number of log (history) items
• Failed attempts log
• Lock modes
2 Press the large center button to arm and disarm your system.
Tip: You can also send an instant panic, fire, or police alarm; view
your security event history; view the status of each zone across your
home; and record home automation events for playback later as an
“occupation simulation” called “Mockupancy™.” For more information,
see and your own security system’s documentation.
The Lighting section lets you adjust the lighting in your home. You can view
the lights in all rooms and on all floors without changing the room displayed on
your Navigator.
• View or activate house lights and lighting scenes—Select All to view all
controllable lights and lighting scenes in the house.
• Turn lights on or off—Select On or Off on the light (switch only), or
adjust the light levels (dimmers only).
Viewing a lighting scene
1 From the Control4 home page, select Lighting > Scenes. A list of lighting
scenes is displayed.
1 From the Control4 home page, select Lighting.
• View or activate house lights—Select Lights to view all controllable
lights in the room, then select Room > All Rooms to view all lights in the
house. Select any light to turn it on or off or adjust the light levels.
• View and create lighting scenes—Select Scenes to view all lighting
scenes in the room and create new ones, then select Room > All Rooms
to view all scenes in the house. (Scenes are combination of lights and
lighting settings so you can easily recall them later).
2 Select the scene you want.
Creating a lighting scene
7 Select Next.
1 On the Lighting screen, select Scenes.
8 Use the keyboard to name the new scene, and then select Done.
2 Select the pencil icon
9 Select Save.
in the upper-right corner to open Edit mode.
3 Select Create New.
4 Select the rooms to add to the scene and select Next.
5 Select the lights to add to the scene and select Next.
6 Change the light level and select Next, select Add Lights to add more
lights, or select Learn to learn the current light levels.
Editing a lighting scene
1 On the Lighting screen, select Scenes.
2 Select the pencil icon
in the upper-right corner to open Edit mode.
3 Select the scene to edit, then select Edit.
4 Go to each light and change the light level, or select Learn for the system
to learn the current light levels.
5 Select Next or Add Lights to add or remove lights in other rooms.
6 Select Next or Save.
For more information
For more information on lighting and lighting scenes, see the Control4 Smart
Home Lighting Guide at
2 Select the Wake/Sleep icon.
The room’s Wakeup and Goodnight controls open.
The Wake/Sleep menu lets you set Wakeup and Goodnight scenes, then assign
those scenes to days of the week. The Wakeup and Goodnight scenes can
include settings for music, lights, and shades, so you can start your mornings
on a pleasant note—even if you’re not a morning person—and serenely drift to
sleep at the end of a long day.
3 Change the settings for the Wakeup and Goodnight scenes.
Select to turn
scene on and off
To set a Wakeup or Goodnight scene:
1 Select the room, if necessary, from the room pull-down menu at the top
center of the screen.
Select media to
Select which
lights to turn on
and how fast
Select the shades
to open
Select to change
the time
Select to change
days of the week
The Settings section lets you view information about your system, view or
change your Director or network, add a new custom home page, change
your screen saver, add or change wallpaper, allow Remote Access, register
the controller, use Service Connection, manage battery power, or adjust the
backlight (not all options are available in all Navigators).
To view the Settings menu:
1 From your Control4 home page, select Settings.
Editing Favorites
A Favorite is a shortcut to any menu screen, app (not supported on all touch
screens), or setting that you want to access more easily. Use Edit Favorites to
edit the properties of your Favorites.
To add a Favorite:
1 Go to the page you want to add to your Favorites folder.
2 Select
(star) at the top of the page, then select Add Favorite to add it
to your list of Favorites.
3 Type a name using the on-screen keyboard, then select Done.
4 Select Save, then Close.
Adding a custom home page
To use a Favorite:
1 Select
(star), then select the Favorite.
Instead of using the default home page, you can create your own custom home
page. You decide which catagories and Favorites to view on the home page.
To edit a Favorite:
To create a custom home page:
1 Select Settings, then Edit Favorites.
2 Select the folder that contains the Favorite, then select
right of the Favorite you want to edit.
(edit) to the
1 Select Settings, then Custom Home.
3 Change the name, icon type, and so on, select Save, then Close.
Tip: You can create custom home pages from your Favorites
Changing your screen saver
You or your dealer must add screen saver photos and media to Composer to
use this feature (unless you choose just to display the time and temperature).
Check with your dealer if you need help adding photos or see the Composer
HE User Guide, Composer ME User Guide, or the video “Composer HE - Using
the Media View” at
To change your screen saver:
1 Select Settings, then Screen Saver.
2 Select the type (None, Blank, Current Media, and so on), Screen Saver
timeout in minutes, Change Photos Every x seconds, and the settings
(Media, Time, Date, Temp, Photo).
2 Under Default Room, select the default room to use. (Default is None.)
3 Under Automatically Return to Defaults, select the time to return to that
view. (Default is Never.)
4 Under Default View:
a To select which devices to display under the home page’s categories,
select Custom Home, Edit Menu Items, then select
(edit) next to
the category to edit. You can change the title, icon, and Favorites that
b To select which Favorites to display on the home page, select Favorite
(for a single Favorite) or Favorites Folder (for a folder), Edit Selection,
then select the Favorite or Favorites folder.
5 When finished, select Save, then Close.
3 Select
(preview) to test your changes.
Changing the wallpaper
Changing a screen saver
You can now select from 15 new default wallpapers, and you can have up to ten
custom wallpapers added, as well. The default wallpapers include a range of
colors, textures, and styles to fit any décor.
You can configure the screen saver to either blank the screen or display the
date, time, currently playing media, photos on your network attached storage,
and temperature.
To change the wallpaper background of your Control4 menu:
To configure your screen saver:
1 Select Settings, then Wallpaper. The wallpaper selection screen opens.
1 In the main screen, select Settings, then Screen Saver.
The Screen Saver Settings menu opens.
2 Tap a wallpaper image to preview it on the screen.
3 To use an available wallpaper, select it, then select Set As Wallpaper. The
wallpaper changes immediately on all touch screens.
Tip: To use your own images as wallpaper, provide the image file to
your Control4 dealer or use Composer HE. Custom wallpapers should
be scaled to 1280×800.
2 To set the delay timer, select Begin after..., then select the delay.
3 To set what you want the screen saver to display, select Select Mode, then
select the option (and configure further settings, if the settings icon
is available for that option), then select OK.
Managing power
(for battery-powered touch screens only)
To manage power consumption:
1 Select Settings, then Power Management.
2 Change the backlight and suspend settings as needed.
Adjusting the backlight
(for touch screens and on-screen only)
To adjust the backlight:
1 Select Settings, then Backlight.
2 Move the scrollbar up or down to adjust.
Viewing and changing advanced settings
Use Director to view your current Director (the software that controls your
system), connect to it, or add/remove a Director. (Usually only of interest to
your Control4 Dealer.)
Use Network (touch screens only) to view or change general network settings.
(Usually only of interest to your Control4 Dealer.)
Use Settings to view or change your network settings. (Usually only of interest
to your Control4 Dealer.)
Use Registration to view your registration status or register your controller.
(Usually already taken care of by your Control4 Dealer.)
Use About to display information about your system, such as Director version,
battery level, Navigator version, dealer information, IP address, and more.
Enabling a service connection
You can allow your dealer or Control4 to to view and access your system, if
needed for maintenance. (Remote Access required.)
To allow a service connection:
1 Select Settings, then Service Connection.
2 Select YES under Remote Service.
Note: Remote Access must be enabled. Ask your dealer for details.
Other important options
Changing rooms
Controlling devices on screen
The current room name displays at the top of the screen. Select the name to
change the room.
The device controls page appears in the Navigator for most audio or video
devices, for example, DVD and media players.
Controlling custom experience buttons
Your dealer can program custom buttons that change appearance as you
toggle them for different settings, such as changing “on” duration time for
devices, switching between AV sources, and cycling among room scenes. To
toggle a custom experience button, repeatedly select the custom icon until it
reflects the desired state. (Ceiling button with countdown timer shown below.)
Each device control is a virtual representation of the controls on your device’s
remote control. Select these buttons or choose from the list of channels or
stations on your Navigators. For example, select the Watch icon to watch your
favorite channels. Device controls are not available for the on-screen Navigator.
Locking Navigators
If you don’t want others to access Control4 menus while in certain areas of
your home or building (for example, anything in Settings or Security), you can
restrict access by setting a personal identification number (PIN) code. You can
manage access in Composer HE or ask your dealer to manage it.
The following areas can be limited from viewing:
• Access Agent (Enabled or Disabled)—Enable or disable access to the
Access agent.
• Hide Digits (Enabled or Disabled)—Shows or hides the PIN code (or
passcode) when entered.
• Control4 Home (Unlocked or Locked)—Lock or unlock user access to the
Control4 home page.
• Back Button (Unlocked or Locked)—Lock or unlock user access to the
Back button.
• Favorites (Unlocked, Locked, or Hidden)—Lock or unlock user access to
the Favorites page. You can also hide this button from view.
• Room Selector (Unlocked, Locked, or Hidden)—Lock or unlock user access
to change rooms. You can also hide this button from view.
• Intercom (Unlocked or Locked)—Lock or unlock user access to Intercom.
• Settings (Unlocked or Locked)—Lock or unlock user access to Settings.
• Edit Lighting Scenes (Unlocked or Locked)—Lock or unlock user access to
edit lighting scenes.
Customize your system
You can customize your system in lots of ways. Your dealer can help you set up
your devices and fine-tune your system to suit your personal taste.
• If you’re a “do-it-yourselfer,” you can use programs on a Windows
computer (Composer Media Edition or Composer Home Edition) to
change some system settings. You can download these apps from your
Control4 account (Composer HE purchased separately). See “About
Composer ME” or “About Composer HE” (below) for details. You can
also create your own automations, if you have a 4Sight subscription.
See for more information.
• Custom home screen templates let you create your own custom home
page on your touch screens and on-screen Navigators. See “Add a custom
home page” later in this guide (not available on Control4 apps).
• Applications are available for the system from a variety of sources to
enhance your user experience. These apps include media applications,
games, productivity tools, and device drivers. Applications are available
through Control4’s Application Library at and the
Control4 4Store at Many applications may be installed
directly to your system using an applicable Control4 account, but some
may require a valid license to an installation program such as Composer.
Should you require further help, please contact your authorized
Control4 Dealer.
About Composer Media Edition
To set up your media and playlists and perform other tasks related to music,
movies, and videos, download Composer ME for free! For more information,
check with your Control4 Dealer and see the Composer ME User Guide
About Composer Home Edition
Your dealer will set up and customize your system the way you want, but if you
need further customization without your dealer’s help, purchase Composer HE
(sold separately) for your PC. Check with your dealer for details.
Here are some ways to customize your system with Composer HE:
• Scan and manage your digital music and DVD media collections.
• Create and edit lighting scenes according to what you want.
• Create your own wakeup scenes to get you out of bed in the morning. Tie
the scene to lights, TV, music, and more for a great start to your day.
• Use your computer to monitor and change settings, or control your lights,
thermostat, security system, or other devices.
• Set LED colors on dimmers, switches, and keypads, and set the ramp
rates and the default levels of dimmers.
• Set your thermostat schedule and set points.
• Program buttons on your remote.
• Tie together the audio source selection, volume control, and on/off state
of multiple rooms so they work as one zone (Media Scenes agent).
• Set up email notifications for Control4 system events.
• Program events based on date, time of day, sunrise/sunset, and more
(Scheduler agent).
• Customize intercom activities on your camera-enabled touch screens and
door stations (Intercom agent).
For more information about these programs, check with your Control4 Dealer
and see the Composer HE Getting Started Guide at or the
Composer HE User Guide at
Creating your own automations
The When >> Then home screen opens.
To create your own home automations, you’ll first need to log in to your online
Control4 account.
Important: You must have a current 4Sight subscription to create your
own automations. To subscribe or check on your subscription status, log in
to, then click 4Sight in the Resources tile. You can
also ask your Control4 Dealer to help you sign up or renew.
For more in-depth information on creating custom automations, see the
Control4 Smart Home Automations Guide at
To log in and watch an introductory video:
1 Log in to your account at
Tip: If you don’t have your login information, contact your Control4
Dealer. Or, you can go to the login page, enter your email address, then
click Forgot Password. An email will be sent to you with password reset
2 In the Automation tile, click When >> Then.
3 For an quick introduction, click Show me how it works. Scroll through the
information, or click Watch the video. When you’re ready to try it on your
own, click Try it now.
-ORIf you want to get started right away, click Let me in, I’m ready.
Additional information
For more information about Control4 products and services,
visit or contact your Control4 Dealer.
Documentation and video help
For more information about using your Control4 system, look for the following
documents and videos at
• Control4 App Quick Reference—Explains how to download and use your
Control4 app on supported mobile devices and the PC. Available in OS
2.6.0 and later.
• Control4 App Setup Guide—Explains how to get your Control4 mobile app
up and running on your supported devices. Available in OS 2.6.0 and later.
• Alexa FAQ for Control4 Homeowners, Control4 Alexa Voice Control Quick
Start Guide, and Control4 Alexa Entertainment Experience—Explain how to
use Alexa voice control with your Control4 system.
• Control4 System Remote Control User Guides—Explains how to use the
SR-260 or SR-150 with your system.
• Remote Recharging Station Setup Guide—Explains how to set up a
Remote Recharging Station for your new or existing System Remote
• Remote Recharging Station Quick Setup—Explains how to set up your
remote to work with the Remote Recharging Station.
• TuneIn Setup Guide—Explains how to pair your devices with TuneIn. It
also shows you how to sync favorites on your account to your
• Using TuneIn—Explains how to browse, search, and select stations.
• Video: Setting Up the Intercom Anywhere App on a Phone (Quick Start)
• Video: Composer Home Edition Features and Overview
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