Today’s Crestron Home v 3.4 software update is just latest improvement to the Crestron Home platform since its introduction in September of 2019. This ninth upgrade includes a vacation scheduler mode, support for tuners built-into TVs, and more.
“With every Crestron Home update, Crestron provides valuable improvements to deliver the best home automation experience possible,” John Clancy, VP residential, Crestron
Crestron Home v 3.4 Updates Keep Coming
Crestron Home 3.4, which became available to Crestron dealers on February 16, 2021, includes “sequences,” which continue to elevate the homeowner experience. In addition, “Works with Crestron Home” keeps expanding and Crestron Home Configurator means less time onsite
Crestron Home updates are constantly moving the platform forward – new features in Crestron Home 3.4 include vacation scheduler mode and support for tuners built-into TVs.
Crestron Home updates are constantly moving the platform forward with a variety of features and newly supported devices.
Now built-in TV tuners are accessible using any Crestron remote, touch screen, or mobile device. And to keep it intuitive, it shows up like any other video source would.
Crestron Home Sequences
Crestron Home Sequences enhance quick actions so all that remains for the homeowners is the experience. Sequences have become even more powerful and will support randomized delays for natural-looking schedules and make your client’s homes appear occupied even when they’re away.
Now you can make a randomized Sequence to play back lighting and tie it to a scheduled event or you can get even more creative by adding shading, TVs, and music, for the ultimate lived-in appearance.
Behind the scenes, Extensions can trigger a Sequence so an air sensor will signal if there are toxins in the air and turn on the HVAC or fan vent in that area automatically.
‘Works with Crestron Home’
Works with Crestron does not only apply to third-party devices but includes extensive support to legacy Crestron devices. The popular legacy Crestron (CHV-TSTAT-FCU) thermostat was recently added to that extensive device list.
Crestron Home is designed to work with a wide variety of devices to provide control of audio, video, lighting, shading, climate, security systems, door locks, cameras, I/O devices, and third-party devices (and legacy first-party Crestron devices) – the list of drivers and partners is constantly expanding, and Crestron’s new Driver badging will indicate Crestron Tested Drivers, while certified CSPs (Crestron Service Providers) are developing drivers for Crestron Home. Check out the “Works with Crestron Home” list.
Crestron Home Configurator v1.12
With Crestron Home Configurator v1.12, dealers will be able to preconfigure lighting projects that use DIN modules and enclosures, define load schedules, assign loads to modules, create scenes, program keypads, and create reports to assist with installation all before you get onsite. Dealers can even send PDF versions of wiring diagrams to the electricians to ensure the loads are landed properly the first time, so that when you get to the site you can quickly deploy the system with as few changes as possible.
Complete List of v 3.4 Features
- Adds support for built-in TV tuners
- Adds support for digital inputs to be used as button
- Adds support for random delays between steps in Sequences
- Adds support so that Quick Actions can be recalled via the scheduler
- Adds support for “Media Zone Sleep” event on the Media Zone. Use this to trigger custom actions such as turning of the lights when the sleep timer has expired.
- Adds support to Crestron Home Extensions and Sequences so that events can be fired from an Extension and reacted to by a Sequence.
- Improves the speed of downloading and installing firmware. The older Smart Graphics UIs have now been removed from the Crestron Home processor firmware
- Adds support for CHV-TSTAT-FCU (Thermostat)
- Adds support for choosing custom curve types for the CLX-2DIMU8 (Dimmer)
Prior Upgrades to Crestron Home
Prior upgrades to Crestron Home included the evolution of the Lutron integration (individual lighting load and shade motor control) and Crestron Home Extensions, which bring control to almost any device type not yet native to the platform, such as smart appliances, irrigation systems, power controllers, and weather stations. The first of these Extensions brought Home Connect control for BSH smart appliances as well as the Delos DARWIN system to Crestron Home.
Crestron also added support for Crestron Home setup applications for the PC and Mac ensuring that dealers can continue to use their laptop to configure Crestron Home systems (no longer just via the Crestron Home App on an iPad).
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