Control4 EA-1 Controller Installation Guide Requirements and specifications

Control4 EA-1 Controller Installation Guide Requirements and specifications
Control4 EA-1 Controller
Requirements and specifications
Front view
5 Set up any external storage devices as described in “Setting up external
storage devices” in this document.
Note: We recommend using Ethernet instead of WiFi for the best
network connectivity.
Installation Guide
6 Connect the power cord to the controller’s power port and then into an
electrical outlet.
Note: The Ethernet or WiFi network should be installed before starting
the EA-1 Controller installation.
Connecting the IR ports/serial ports (optional)
The software required to configure this device is Composer Pro. See the Composer
Pro User Guide ( for details.
Inputs / Outputs
Supported model
• C4-EA1
Entertainment and Automation Controller, 1 Zone
Designed for an exceptional family room entertainment experience, the Control4
EA-1 Entertainment and Automation Controller does more than automate the
gear around your TV; it is the ideal smart home starter system with entertainment
The EA-1 delivers a beautiful, intuitive, and responsive on-screen user interface
with the ability to create and enhance the entertainment experience for any TV
in the house. The EA-1 can orchestrate a wide range of entertainment devices
comprising of Blu-ray players, satellite or cable boxes, game consoles, TVs, and
virtually any product with infrared (IR) or serial (RS-232) control. It also features
IP control for Apple TV, Roku, televisions, AVRs or other network connected
devices, as well as secure wireless ZigBee control for lights, thermostats, smart
locks, and more.
For entertainment, the EA-1 also includes a built-in music server that allows you to
listen to your own music library, stream from a variety of leading music services or
from your AirPlay-enabled devices using Control4 ShairBridge technology.
Box contents
Video out
1 video out—1 HDMI
HDMI 1.4 output; HD 1080p, 50-60 Hz
A Data LED—The LED indicates that the controller is streaming audio.
B IR window—IR blaster and IR receiver for learning IR codes.
C Caution LED—This LED shows solid red, then blinks blue during the boot
Note: The Caution LED blinks yellow during the factory restore process.
See “Reset to factory settings” in this document.
Audio out
1 audio out—1 HDMI
Audio playback formats
MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, WAV, WMA
E Power LED—The blue LED indicates that AC power is present. The controller
High-resolution audio playback
Up to 192 kHz / 24 bit
10/100/1000BaseT compatible (required for
controller setup).
Wireless-N (2.4GHz, 802.11n/g/b)
Wireless security
WEP, WPA, and WPA2
Wireless antenna
External reverse SMA connector
ZigBee Pro
ZigBee antenna
External reverse SMA connector
USB port
1 USB 2.0 port—500mA
IR out
4 IR out—5V 27mA max output
1 IR blaster—front
IR capture
1 IR receiver—front; 20-60 KHz
Serial out
2 Serial out (shared with IR out 1 and 2)
Power requirements
100-240 VAC, 60/50Hz
Power consumption
Max: 18W, 61 BTUs/hour
Idle: 9W, 30 BTUs/hour
Control4 Composer project and is communicating with Director.
turns on immediately after power is applied to it.
“Setting up external storage devices” in this document.
Also an audio out over HDMI.
WIFI—The antenna for the WiFi radio.
ID button—Easily-pressed button to identify the device in Composer Pro.
FACTORY RESTORE—Restores the controller to its factory defaults.
1.2 lbs (.54 kg)
Shipping weight
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Caution! In an over-current condition on USB, the software disables
the output. If the attached USB device does not appear to power on,
remove the USB device from the controller.
AVERTISSEMENT ! Dans une condition de surintensité sur USB ou
sortie de contact le logiciel désactive sortie. Si le périphérique USB
ou le capteur de contact connecté ne semble pas s’allumer, retirez le
périphérique du contrôleur.
For more information, visit the Products pages at
• Control4 website:
• Composer Pro documentation in online help or PDF format available on the
Dealer Portal:
Note: We support only externally-powered USB drives or solid state
USB sticks. Self-powered USB drives are not supported.
Note: When using USB storage devices on an EA-1 Controller you can
only use one partition with a 2TB maximum size. This limitation applies
to the USB storage on all other controllers also.
Use Auto Discovery and SDDP to add the driver to the Composer project. See the
Composer Pro User Guide for details.
To install the controller:
• Control4 Technical Support
You can store and access media from an external storage device, for example, a
network hard drive or USB memory device, by connecting the USB drive to the
USB port and configuring or scanning the media in Composer Pro.
Composer Pro driver information
1.13" (29 mm) x 7.5" (191 mm) x 5.0" (127 mm)
AVERTISSEMENT ! Pour réduire le risque de choc électrique, n’exposez
pas cet appareil à la pluie ou à l’humidité.
Setting up external storage devices
ZIGBEE—The antenna for the ZigBee radio.
Dimensions (H x W x D)
• Control4 Knowledgebase: and Dealer Forums:
2 Place the stick-on emitter end onto the IR receiver on the Blu-ray player, TV,
or other target device to drive IR signals from the controller to the targets.
ETHERNET—RJ-45 jack for a 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet connection.
Installation instructions
Caution! To reduce the risk of electrical shock, do not expose this
apparatus to rain or moisture.
D HDMI OUT—An HDMI port to display navigation menus on a monitor or TV.
Max: 35 dB
C USB—One port for an external USB drive (e.g., FAT32-formatted devices). See
Fan dB level
The following resources are available for more support.
combination of IR emitters and serial devices. Ports 1 and 2 can be configured
independently for serial control (for controlling receivers or disc changers) or
for IR control. See “Connecting the IR ports/serial ports” in this document for
more information.
4˚ ~ 158˚ F (-20˚ ~ 70˚ C)
Additional resources
A Power port—AC power connector for an IEC 60320-C5 power cord.
B SERIAL and IR OUT—3.5 mm jacks for up to four IR emitters or for a
Storage temperature
• Control4 3.5 mm to DB9 Serial Cable (C4-CBL3.5-DB9B)
3 To configure a port for serial or IR, make the appropriate connections in your
project using Composer Pro. See the Composer Pro User Guide for details.
1 Connect one of the included IR emitters to an IR OUT port on the controller.
• AC power cord
• Rack Mount Kit (C4-EA1RMK1-BL or C4-EA1RMK2-BL)
2 See Knowledgebase article #268 (
knowledgebase/article/268) for pinout diagrams.
Your system may contain third-party products that are controlled through IR
32˚ ~ 104˚ F (0˚ ~ 40˚ C)
• EA-1 Wall-Mount Bracket (C4-WMEA1)
1 The serial ports support baud rates between 1200 to 115200 baud for odd
and even parity. The serial ports do not support hardware flow control.
Setting up IR emitters
Operating temperature
Accessories available for purchase
The controller provides four IR ports, and ports 1 and 2 can be reconfigured
independently for serial communication. If not used for serial, they can be used
for IR. Connect a serial device to the controller using the Control4 3.5 mm-to-DB9
Serial Cable (C4-CBL3.5-DB9B, sold separately).
Note: The serial ports can be configured as straight-through or null with
Composer Pro. Serial ports by default are configured straight-through
and can be changed in Composer by selecting Enable Null-Modem
Serial Port (1 or 2).
Back view
• EA-1 Controller
• Warranty card
D Link LED—The LED indicates that the controller has been identified in a
The following items are included in the EA-1 Controller box:
• IR emitters (4)
1 Ensure that the home network is in place before starting system setup. The
controller requires a network connection (Ethernet is recommended or WiFi)
to use all of the features as designed. When connected, the controller can
access web-based media databases, communicate with other IP devices in
the home, and access Control4 system updates.
2 Mount options. The controller can be mounted or placed behind a TV,
mounted on a wall, placed in a rack, or stacked on a shelf. The EA-1 WallMount Bracket is sold separately and designed for easy installation of the
EA-1 controller behind a TV or on the wall. See the EA-1/EA-3 Wall-Mount
Bracket Installation Guide ( for more details.
3 Connect the controller to the network.
• Ethernet—To connect using an Ethernet connection, plug the data cable
from the home network connection into the controller’s RJ-45 port
(labeled “Ethernet”) and the network port on the wall or at the network
• WiFi—To connect using WiFi, first connect the unit to Ethernet, and then
use Composer Pro System Manager to reconfigure the unit for WiFi.
Important: Do not install your EA controller on a
4 Connect system devices. Attach IR and serial devices as described in
“Connecting the IR ports/Serial ports” and “Setting up IR emitters.”
Reset to factory settings
Caution! The factory restore process will remove the Composer project.
To restore the controller for system recovery to the factory default image,
perform the following steps:
1 Insert one end of a paper clip into the small hole on the back of the
controller labeled FACTORY RESTORE.
2 Press and hold the FACTORY RESTORE button, the controller will reset and
the Caution LED will go solid red.
3 Hold the button until the Caution LED blinks double yellow. This should take
five to seven seconds. The Caution LED will blink orange while the factory
restore is running. When complete, the Caution LED will turn off and the
device will reset to complete the factory restore process.
Power cycle the controller
Press and hold the ID button for five seconds. The controller will reset.
Reset the network settings
To reset the controller network settings to the default, follow these steps:
1 Disconnect power to the controller.
2 While pressing and holding the ID button on the back of the controller,
power on the controller.
3 Hold the ID button until the Data, Link and Power LEDs are solid blue, then
immediately release the button.
4 If during the boot sequence the Caution LED stays orange, press and hold
the ID button until the LED blinks blue, and then release it.
LED status information
—Flashing LED
—Solid LED
Just powered on
Bootloader loaded
Kernel loaded
Network reset check
Factory restore underway
Factory restore fail
Connected to Director
Playing audio
Regulatory/Safety information
To review regulatory information for your particular Control4 products, see the
information located on the Control4 website at
Visit for details.
More help
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2015-07-06 DH
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