Control4 Drivers are now available for WolfPack Modular and Fixed Matrix Systems. HDTV Supply is pleased to announce that we have recently added Control4 RS232 Drivers to support our WolfPack™ family of Matrix Systems that uses the RS232 port as the control method. The Control4 drivers will work with any Control4 hardware that supports OS version 2.51 and higher and is backwards compatible for about 3 to 4 years as most systems are now running OS 3.0.
Most of HDTV Supplys modular matrix systems are controllable directly through a Control4 SR-250 handheld remote or their Touchpad. The equipment we used to write and test the one-way drivers were the Control4 EA-1 Controller and the Control4 SR-250 remote control. Talk to your Control4 installer about their free iOS/Android control app that essentially mimics the layout of the onscreen interface and higher-priced touch-pad controllers. If your Control4 control box is connected to your home network then you can launch the app, sign into your Control4 account and get all the system and automation control right there on your phone or tablet, from anywhere in the house for a fee. Setting up a Control4 system is usually not a DIY job and requires that you go through an authorized Control4 dealer so contact Control4 for one in your area.
HDTV Supply has two different Control4 drivers, Basic and Advanced...
Basic: The free Basic drivers control only the Ins and Outs of the matrix and is what most users buy. It does not give feedback to the controller of the command being accepted. It is switching control only. It is very simple, has been tested thoroughly with a Control4 C4-HC250 Automation Controller and our matrices operate flawlessly.
Advanced: The optional Advanced drivers control not only operate the Ins and Outs of the matrix but gives feedback of the command being accepted to the controller as it is a 2-way driver. It does Input and Output switching with feedback, Save preset/scene (1-3) and Recall preset/scene (1-4). This is handy when buying our Modular Matrix Switchers with internal Video Walls processors. Our fixed HDMI Matrix switchers only support one-way Control4 drivers, not Advanced.
5 - Examples of WolfPack 4K HDMI Matrix Systems having Free Control4 One-way Drivers...
$700 - CLICK WolfPack 4K 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switcher $2,050 - CLICK WolfPack 16x16 HDMI Matrix Switch w/Video Wall, Scaling, Separate Audio, Apps & 100ms Switching$2,450 - CLICK WolfPack 4K 18-18 HDMI Matrix Switch$4,650 - CLICK WolfPack 4K 9x18 HDMI Matrix HDBaseT Switcher with 18-4K HDBaseT POE Receivers$8,800 - CLICK WolfPack 4K 18x36 HDMI Matrix HDBaseT Switcher with 36-4K HDBaseT POE ReceiversNOTE:
Even though the one-way Control4 drivers are free they are licensed to each matrix order and must be ordered again when the matrix order is placed. You cannot get the free, or any, Control4 drivers without ordering a matrix system. We send you the drivers by an email attachment when the matrix switcher ships.HDTV Supply already gives you 6-ways to control the matrix:
- Free iPad App
- Free Android App
- Free Web GUI used with any web browser like Googles Chrome, Apples Safari, Microsoft's Edge, Firefox & more
- Its serial RS232 port
- Front panel push-buttons and
- an optional 7" Color Touchscreen
All can run concurrently with a Control4 Home Entertainment System using our drivers. You now have access to over 2,000 Different WolfPack™ Modular HDMI Matrix Switchers to choose from with Control4™ drivers supporting 8-chassis sizes:
Why not buy an HDMI Matrix Switch with Control4 Drivers today?
Most of HDTV Supplys modular matrix systems are controllable directly through a Control4 SR-250 handheld remote. Talk to your Control4 installer about their free iOS/Android control app that essentially mimics the layout of the onscreen interface and higher-priced touchpad controllers.
If your Control4 control box is connected to your home network then you can launch the app, sign into your Control4 account, and get all the system and automation control right there on your phone or tablet, from anywhere in the house for a fee. Contact Control4 for more or ask your Contro4 installer.What is a driver?
Drivers are middleware software applications which integrate 3rd party hardware and services into a home automation system. Each control system has its own term for this (Drivers, Modules, Plugins, Profiles) but drivers are the general accepted terminology across the majority of systems. Each system has different architecture so integration to each system has its own unique design.Who wrote your Control4 drivers?
We contracted with a leader in driver development across numerous home automation and control systems.Certification & Experience
Their staff has over 20 years of experience installing, commissioning and programming home automation, audio visual, HVAC, security, lighting and IT systems. They specialize in home automation software development and are certified in numerous home automation platforms including Control4, Crestron, URC, ELAN, RTI, QSC Q-SYS, Savant, Push Controls, Lutron, Clipsal C-Bus and Dynalite.Custom Designed:
We had them tailor the software development using the RS232 serial port on our WolfPack line of Modular Matrix Systems.Documentation:
All of our drivers come with in-depth documentation. As our staff have worked as integrators in the past we understand that documentation is key to minimizing support costs and on-site integration issues.Service and Support:
We understand that you may not have the resources to handle driver support for home automation systems. That is why we have several tiers of support services to suit your support requirements.Product Certification:
Product certification ensures your driver adheres to standards set out by home automation platforms. We work with you through this process to ensure certification is stress free.
Why not buy an HDMI Matrix Switch with Control4 Drivers today?
Q/AQ: Can I use this Control4 driver with your modular matrix systems that have an internal video wall processor?
Yes, the Advanced driver can use the RS232 codes to recall the scenes (presets) . In another word, when have the TV Wall set up and saved with the presets, you can use the driver to recall those presets.Q: I'm planning to buy more than one matrix system, do I need to order the drivers every time?
Yes, even though the one-way Control4 drivers are free.Q: Are your drivers Control4 Certified?
These drivers are not Control4 Certified but that is not a problem since most drivers are not certified as HDTV Supply Inc does not currently incorporate the Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) into our products. They work flawlessly.
HDTV Supply has successfully installed our WolfPack HDMI Matrix Switchers with Control4 Drivers in Sports Bars, Restaurants, Bowling Alleys, Fitness Centers, Malls, Places of Worship, Data Centers, Gaming Rooms, Nail Salons, County Clubs, Casinos, Factories, Conference Rooms, Schools, Home Theaters or many other installations requiring HDMI matrix switching. The reason, we are told by the users, is the number of features we offer compared to other companies they looked at.
These WolfPack HDMI Matrix Switchers with Contro4 Drivers are integrated with the RS232 port on the back of the matrix.
For experienced AV hardware and software professionals who want to write their own drivers rather than buy these we have created a simple and very easy to use RS232 script to write your own drivers.EXAMPLE:
If you want to switch input 8 to output 1, 8, 16, the RS232 command would be x1&8&16.
and notice the command has a period (.) at the end of the string. The matrix even replies "OK" when the right command is received and "ERR" when receiving a wrong command. Here is the RS232 User Manual
if you want to write your own drivers.
How to use the info:END USER:
If you are an end user and want to have a whole-house control system with Control4 drivers but your budget can't support the price you were quoted, do the following:
- Call us for a quote for system with Control4 drivers.
- Compare it with their quote.
- Once you get our quote call a 3rd party control reseller or installer in your area and tell them "Here is the hardware I want to use, please give me a quote on writing the software and installing all of the hardware at my location." You usually can save $1,000s on larger systems.
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