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Posted By Aaron Green - 14 Jul, 2014
In part 2 of our interview with Jarrod Bell, he answers some questions about the current state of the home automation and control industries. So take 5 minutes out of your day to see where Jarrod thinks the industry is heading. ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 03 Jul, 2014
It's hard to get CommandFusion co-founder Jarrod Bell to take time out of his busy schedule of designing new products, coding for the next software update or planning for something new altogether. But I recently got him to sit down with me to answer some of the most commonly asked questions we get from our customers. ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 01 Jul, 2014
Paul Stewart's Dome Observatory
Paul Stewart is a New Zealand resident with his very own 2.3 diameter dome observatory in his back yard. Paul takes some truly amazing pictures with his setup (see below). iViewer 4 is used on an iPad to control the observatory dome and monitor important information. ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 08 Jan, 2014
It's now coming up to 2 years since the CommandFusion IR Learner was released, and we are yet to find an IR code that it can't learn! ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 17 Dec, 2013
With the rise in popularity of Apple’s ‘Siri’ voice control, it was only a matter of time before voice control was tried in home automation environments. Recently we have seen a number of videos demonstrating voice control for home automation.
Apple’s ‘Siri’ has helped to raise the popularity of voice control
Individuals and companies have been experimenting with voice control for a while now. Even we (CommandFusion) have a module that makes use of Apple’s voice recognition system which allows implementation of voice control in iViewer and many people do use it.
But is voice control practical? Is it really going to be the revolution in home automation that some people seem to think it will be and change the way we control our homes forever? Or maybe it’s a passing fad or a useful tool…but for limited applications? ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 19 Nov, 2013
Since iViewer was released, it has changed quite a bit. The R&D team are constantly adding new features to keep up not just with the needs of our customers, but also to keep up with the abilities of the devices that iViewer runs on.
So we thought it was about time we put together a list of features that will help show you why iViewer is the best automation and control mobile device application on the market. ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 18 Nov, 2013
CommandFusion Co-Founder Jarrod Bell was interviewed by A&S International Magazine for an article titled "The Pocket-Sized Connected Home". ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 14 Nov, 2013
Did you know that any CommandFusion devices that are capable of sending IR signals contain a database of over 500,000 IR codes? ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 25 Oct, 2013
Posted By Aaron Green - 03 Oct, 2013
Since the release of our initial hardware lineup in May of 2012, one of the most common questions we get is "Why did you create CFLink when Ethernet already exists?"
While the easy method was to go with the crowd, and implement an IP based communications method – we didn’t believe it was the right choice. We chose to go with CFLink based on our experience in the industry, after extensive R&D and after talking to integrators about what they look for when choosing control hardware.
What is CFLink?
Firstly, lets take a look at what CFLink actually is. CFLink is a 5-wire RS485 bus that carries both power and data to devices over a maximum distance of 1.6 kilometers. Up to 238 devices can exist on a single network, and multiple CFLink networks can communicate with each other via Ethernet, providing an endlessly scalable system.
CFLink can run on any cable with 5 or more cores, including CAT5/6 and 2-pair shielded cable. When using CAT5/6, you should use one pair for voltage + and one pair for voltage - to decrease the voltage drop over longer runs.... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 02 Aug, 2013
With the recent release of iViewer Lite, there are now effectively three different versions of iViewer to choose from.
Each version is targeted at a different customer type, in this blog post we will take a look at the differences.... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 12 Jul, 2013
Part 3 of Using Tablets and Smartphones as Control Devices in Home Automation Systems: Misconceptions and Conclusions
Posted By Aaron Green - 11 Jul, 2013
Along with the valid arguments for each side, there are some misconceptions that are simply incorrect and should be put aside when considering a tablet or smartphone. ... read on »
What to Consider When Using Tablets and Smartphones as Control Devices in Home Automation Systems - Part 2
Posted By Aaron Green - 05 Jul, 2013
In part 1 of this article, we looked at the advantages of using smartphones and tablets as control devices in a home automation systems. On top of the numerous advantages, there are a number of disadvantages that may affect the decision of whether to use a smart phone/tablet or a proprietary device. These disadvantages can be addressed and most times removed all together if approached logically. ... read on »
Posted By Aaron Green - 02 Jul, 2013
The Rise of the Consumer Mobile Device
Up until recently, integrators and end users had no choice but to use a dedicated and often proprietary touch panel to control their home automation or control system if they desired a comprehensive control interface.
Since the release of the first iPhone, iPad, and android devices, we have seen an explosion in the number of devices being sold and also in the number of applications released (such as CommandFusion's iViewer 4 ) that allow these devices ... read on »