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Basic CEC Setup / Question
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Post 1 made on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 13:45
Senior Member
April 2009
I use Control4 exclusively for control, but have a situation where C4 probably doesn’t make sense and instead I should rely on CEC. However, I have very little experience with CEC so am hoping for some tips.

The client has a 4K ATV in to a Samsung frame TV, which then sends audio via ARC to a B&O Beosound Stage speaker bar. From what I gather, the client ought to be able to control everything from the ATV remote assuming CEC is properly setup on all devices. (By “everything”, I mean the ATV, plus TV power and input, plus B&O power, input and volume.)

Am I correct about how this should work in principle?

Aside from RTFM and testing out what I can on my bench, any tips on how to proceed and what to watch out for? Thanks.
If it's not simple, it's not sufficiently advanced.
Post 2 made on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 16:07
Super Member
August 2006
I have done similar setup with Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, and LG TVs, Apple TV, and several different soundbars....Klipsch and SONOS Beam being the only ones we supplied. Probably some samsung or LG customer provided soundbars along the way. It seems to work just fine as you say....using the Apple TV remote...or the TV remote if you hate the Apple TV remote. But if you have an LG TV, both remotes suck, so put in C4. :)

As always, test before you sell. Or at least have a plan B.
"When I eat, it is the food that is scared." - Ron Swanson
Post 3 made on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 16:37
Super Member
May 2003
A simple system such as this will probably work OK, however, you should check to see what happens when the turn OFF sequence varies if the customer uses multiple remotes.

For example, I’ve been bitten in a system that was almost as simple: TV, A/V Receiver, Blu-ray, cable box. If one first turned OFF the TV, when the Blu-ray timed out and shut down, the cable box would turn ON the TV and select its input. Since I was using a control system, I could disable CEC and change the order of commands, this was not much of an issue, but it is a detail to check. Another annoyance is the cable box that updates in the middle of the night, then turns ON.
Post 4 made on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 17:07
FunHouse Texas
Active Member
June 2013
This is all good of course until somebody pushes a firmware update that illogically throws everything out of whack
I AM responsible for typographical errors!
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Post 5 made on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 18:10
Super Member
May 2003
I always worry about the kids doing grandma and granddad a favor by upgrading something.
Post 6 made on Monday January 20, 2020 at 11:23
Long Time Member
February 2013
To date, I have never had CEC work 100% of the time. Just not worth the risk of having to roll a truck for the odd times it does not work... If the client insists, let them know it is purely experimental and may not always work.
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Post 7 made on Monday January 20, 2020 at 11:39
Loyal Member
May 2002
I do it with one device such as Roku. If there are two or more sources or an AVR, I insist on a URC remote or wish good luck.
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