By Lisa Johnston
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Salt Lake City – Control4 upgraded its HC-800 and HC-250 home-system controllers and its home-control operating system to support new features and reduce the need for dealers to make on-site support visits.
The upgraded HC-800 and HC-250 controllers are shipping at $1,500 and $750, respectively.
The new Control4 OS 2.4 adds such consumer features as enabling consumers to access their Control4 home automation system from their smartphone via cellular, not just via Wi-Fi, in a secure manner.
The unit also streams the Tune In Internet radio service through the HC-800 and HC-250 controllers, delivering more than 70,000 streaming Internet radio stations and has a supporting remote recharging station, which can be used with existing SR-150 and SR-250 remotes retrofitted with a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and a replacement battery cover that includes charging pins.
For installers, OS 2.4 enables easier remote connections to a customer’s home system for troubleshooting or for making system changes without going to the home.
Control4's next-generation HC-800 and HC-250 controllers include the new OS and add in-home intercom capability.
To control a Control4 system via cellular, consumers must download the iOS MyHome app, which is available, or an Android MyHome app, due at the end of April. Consumers also have to subscribe to the Control4 4Sight Service for $100/year.
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