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  1. I contacted Convergent Living directly and...

    I contacted Convergent Living directly and explained that I was having difficulty contacting the UK distributor. They gave me a name of somebody to contact and it transpired that they were away at a...
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    Some more info might be handy - such as the...

    Some more info might be handy - such as the machine's OS and whether it supports WOL.

    Assuming that your machine does support WOL, there are free utilities for sending the magic packets and these...
  3. Thread: IP camera?

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    The Axis cameras are also held in pretty high...

    The Axis cameras are also held in pretty high regard. There is a pretty large range so you're sure to find one that will suit the situation. Check out their website at...
  4. Looking for a ConvergentLiving Companion Sidekick

    I'm looking at buying a Companion Sidekick Rack - see http://www.convergentliving.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=75

    The UK distributors of these are Comfort but they aren't responding...
  5. Thread: Vista Media Center

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    I have heard rumours that the Freeview in Vista...

    I have heard rumours that the Freeview in Vista may not work initially... I haven't had chance to try it myself since the system I tried the Betas and RCs on didn't have a tuner.

    HD Freeview...
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    Re: C-Bus switch for the bathroom?

    Since I didnt need any advanced light controls in the bathroom, I simply installed a standard motion sensor. I can see no reason why you couldn't use a C-BUS motion detector though.
  7. Re: Can C-Bus work with any Media Centre bsed automation pro

    I'm not sure if there is a C-BUS app for MCE but I'm sure it won't be long before one appears.

    The only thing that I would be concerned about, as a user of MCE, is the instability issues of the...
  8. The importance of using an Interference Suppressor

    I believe it is recommended to use an Interference Suppressor in-line with the load when using low-voltage halogen lighting.

    My question is, how important is it to use one of these? I have a 1A...
  9. Thread: RCDs

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    Re: RCDs

    According to the Clipsal documentation you should provide 8A of protection. The 8A MCBs are more expensive but I'd rather use the recommended spec at a slightly higher cost than run the chance of...
  10. Thread: RCDs

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    Re: RCDs

    OK - I've found somewhere to buy the MCBs relatively cheaply.

    1A MCBs for less than 3 + VAT
    8A MCBs for less than 7 + VAT

    Check out www.thefusecompany.co.uk.
  11. Thread: RCDs

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    Re: RCDs

    I've certainly started somewhat of a debate here!

    I'm still having difficulty finding 1A MCBs though. The samllest MCB I seem to be able to find is 3A and the smallest RCD is 16A. The name of a...
  12. Thread: I need help!

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    Re: I need help!

    I'm sure that I'm not the only one that would be interested in eeing your C-BUS project. The more pics the better!

    I would be particularly interested in pics of central nodes where all your...
  13. Thread: RCDs

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    Re: RCDs

    OK - so, if I go with the protection on either side of the dimmer, what size MCB should I be looking at for the load?

    Each channel has a 1A rating and the smallest standard-size MCB I have seen is...
  14. Thread: RCDs

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    Re: RCDs

    Thanks for the reply!

    This does move me on quite nicely to my next couple of questions:
    What size MCB should I place in line? - i understand that each channel is a max. of 1A

    Where can I find...
  15. Thread: RCDs

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    RCDs

    OK, I've bought some C-BUS kit and one thing that I cant seem to ind in the documentation is whether or not you should put an RCD in line with the load on a dimmer unit.

    I know that I will need an...
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    Re: Router Hub Hub Connection

    Really, you should have all your computers connected to the hubs. Then connect your router to one of these hubs.

    Since you are using hubs (rather than switches) it makes no difference how you...
  17. Thread: Where to buy?

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    Where to buy?

    I'm about ready to take the plunge and now need to find the best place to buy my C-Bus gear.

    The only two places I currently know of that sell it in the UK are C-Bus Shop and Comfort but prices...
  18. Thread: Wiring a projector

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    Re: Wiring a projector

    OK - I'm still struggling a little... every time I think that I've sussed what I'm going to do another spanner gets thrown in the works! :?

    As I see it, KAT5 distributs signals as S-VIDEO. This...
  19. Thread: Wiring a projector

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    Re: Wiring a projector

    RCA aka phono plugs are te ones you tend to find on modern DLP projectors - 3x or component video.

    It is possible to get adpter to transform the BNC plugs used with coax into RCA but it adds a...
  20. Thread: Wiring a projector

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    Re: Wiring a projector

    Ideally I would like component RCA which is why the wiring guide didn't help a great deal. I have also seen a handy 5-core+twisted-pair cable on letsautomate which would have done the job perfectly,...
  21. Thread: Wiring a projector

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    Wiring a projector

    I know this isn't exactly home automation but it's something a lot of people will need to do at some point. :)

    I plan to install a projector on the ceiling in the middle of a room with the amp and...
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    Re: C-Bus Curtain Control

    If you were to combine Ross's wonderfully foolproof setup with jon00's reed switch you would have a system that meant timing wasn't needed - no? :?

    Could you not then expand this so that if the...
  23. Thread: I need help!

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    Re: I need help!

    Thanks soooooooooooo much for that!

    It's strange that I couldn't, after hours of trawling the net, find a nice simple description like that.

    That's the sort of idea I had in my head but only...
  24. Thread: I need help!

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    Re: I need help!

    Thanks for the info! :)

    I had already seen some of this and the rest has given me more of an idea.

    The one thing I'm struggling to find though is how to wire the light switches in.

    I intend...
  25. Thread: I need help!

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    I need help!

    Okay, I'm pretty new to all this stuff and I've extensively researched the alternatives or what I want to do. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is too find installation details and stuf. :?
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