Add Alexa to your Control4 Smart Home for added convenience of whole-home automation through voice control. Simple and intuitive voice commands activate smart home scenes and allow you to control individual or groups of devices.
The Control4 Smart Home Skill supports the full set of Alexa voice commands for controlling lights, thermostats, locks (locking and unlocking*), turn on/off your video devices, change channels, control volume and fully-orchestrated scenes. Simply say “Alexa, turn on bedtime” to activate the scene that you have set up for your nighty ritual, “Alexa, turn on kitchen cooking” to set the perfect lighting while you prepare dinner, or even adjust a thermostat quickly and easily by saying “Alexa, set the upstairs temperature to 72 degrees”. When naming scenes, use the room name in cases where it is appropriate. For example: Alexa, turn on office lamps.
Get started by adding the Control4 Smart Home Skill, authenticating with Control4, and then simply discover your devices. Visit customer.control4.com to rename devices and scenes to your liking, select which devices and scenes are exposed to your Alexa device, and view a list of voice commands you can use with your system. You can also use the Alexa App to create groups of devices like Bedroom or Downstairs by adding a number of devices to those groups.
With assistance from your Control4 dealer, you can take voice control of your home a step further with comprehensive scenes. For example, in addition to the lights and temperature, you can add control of shades, audio, video, and so much more into the scenes of your choice. For instance, say “Alexa, turn on away” and every light in the house turns off and all audio/video devices shut down.
The Control4 Smart Home Skill requires an active Control4 4Sight subscription. For more information, visit ctrl4.co/alexa-help.
*Unlocking by voice must be setup in the Amazon Alexa app by providing a voice confirmation code.
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I have a extensively connected Control 4 home with lights, home audio, security and HVAC, all on Control 4. I've been very happy with C4 so far, although I admit the programming is daunting. My vendor has been very easy to work with on programming C4. As far as use with Alexa, I've found the integration quiet easy (at least for the lighting) so far. The Alexa app easily found my Control 4 devices (all 150, which included lighting scenes and thermostats and I even have a couple of "voice scenes" to turn on music and the great room TV). You have to NAME each device specifically (e.g. "Can Lights" must be "Foyer Cans" or "Office Cans" in order for Alexa and C4 to recognize the device voice command. C4 really fails when it comes to controlling home audio. Haven't tried the thermostats, but that's not something I really need Alexa to do often. Definitely needs some work on programming by both Amazon and C4. Hopefully, future programming upgrades and new drivers will improve the Alexa/C4 experience!
Update: I have added an echo dot in the MB and still loving the voice control of my Control 4 smarthome. Programmed some specific commands to play music through the home audio, which works well. I'm upgrading my rating to 4 starts due to the reliability of the C4 system and how easy it is to control my lights. "Goodnight" and "Goodbye" commands are used daily. I can be sure that all the lights upstairs and down are off. Still requires the installer/vendor to program "scenes" for security and other specific commands you want.
home automation has become very inexpensive so dont waste your money on this system. The dealer will claim that it works great, you can control everything in your home etc. however, when you have an issue and you will have issues, you are tied into the dealer and they will bill you ridiculous hourly programming/troubleshooting fees. they will bill you to upgrade, change programming, add devices etc. They will bill you hourly costs for literally something that may take no more than 5 minutes such as adding a device.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
I am a certified Control4 Programmer and this skill works great but you need to learn how to use it. It's not as cut and dry as it might seem. Lighting Scenes and Lights (as long as they are not named one of the words that confuses Alexa) work first try usually. The occasional network hiccup happens but is easily fixable by power cycling the dot or echo. First off, it does require a 4-Sight subscription which is $99 a year and if you really want full control over the interfacing a Composer HE license ($150 includes 1 year 4-Sight subscription) is recommended.
With Composer HE you can make Macros, tie them to lighting scenes (even if they are just dummy scenes with no lights) and really control everything on your C4 control system. You can use C4 lights or wireless outlet dimmers/switches (LOZ-5D1-WH or LOZ-5S1-WH even if you don't have lamps plugged into them) to track states for rooms as well.
Overall it's got a long way to go for the average person with no programming knowledge to easily configure this skill into every aspect of the Control4 but with patience and the willingness to learn some basic logic programming skills this can be very useful in making the most out of your C4 system.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016
This is awesome! It's made me more lazy ... err, I mean more productive than ever. I thought Alexa helping me with groceries and telling me jokes was cool. But if you have an Amazon Echo do yourself a favor and get Control4 now. The only thing it can't do (almost) is make make my wife stop snoring. But now I have Alexa turning off lights and turning on background music while we sleep to drown her out.
Hello folks I am a programmer for a top control4 dealer in California. The echo has basically two types of ways of working your control4 system. Simple control and advanced control. Simple control is to set up and activate the echo, connect it to your control4 system, and search devices. The echo will see your light switches and you can now say "Alexa turn on dining chandelier" and the chandelier turns on. For advanced control (audio/video and scenes) your control4 dealer needs to purchase a Amazon Echo driver to put into your control4 project/program. After that it takes some programming to make scenes and such but the final result is control of your audio and video devices.
I have a complete C4 Home system utilizing Video, Audio, lighting and equipment. I have had the Alexa skill enabled since the C4 version that allowed it. The system itself is 2 years old and have made several version updates on C4 through this process. The integration of C4 and Alexa is horrible compared to any other integration skill that I'm using. This includes Pentair, Lutron, Samsung skills to name a few. When it works, it's great. The problem is the stability, and the fact that very often Alexa cannot connect to any of the C4 devices, scenes or other agents. It continually either is not responding or when looking in the Alexa application shows all of the C4 devices offline. Sometime re-saving the project in Composer Home Edition works. Sometime dropping the skill and re-enabling it works. However, most of the time this doesn't and the only resolve is waiting for a day or days until Alexa will recognize the devices in the discovery process. This has nothing to do with the amount of money anyone has or how much of it you want to throw at an C4 certified company/installer (that's a joke in itself). The fact is that the Control4 controller/system itself (residential) is built on an abbreviated platform that doesn't have the robustness to perform well. It is blatantly obvious when observing thru Composer HE the amount of memory available and the CPU usage at any given time. The integration is bad with Alexa and at best works 70% of the time. Of course you can always pay for yet another C4 revision update, or better yet buy a larger controller. Just keep throwing money their way, that'll fix it...lol