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CTRL4.png Control4 with Kazoo Server

***THESE ARE NOW AVAILABLE UNDER CERTIFIED ONLINE DATABASE***
"Linn DS Series" & "Linn DS Network (32 Players)"


The Control4 module provides the following features,
  • Simple integration and installation via a Linn provided Control4 certified module
  • Support for cloud and local music through Control4 virtual sources for browsing and searching Tidal, Qobuz, TuneIn, Kazoo Server and Minim Server
  • Support for AV installations, such as Kaleidescape, through volume and source switching modules
  • Support for Control4 zone grouping
  • OS 2.10 & OS 3 compatible
  • OS 3 and Kustom DSM support use V145 or later
Linn Control4 setup guide document

Control4 Driver FAQ's

Note:

February 8th 2021
Control4 driver V161 Certified and released by Control 4 Inc

{UPDATE: Previous versions, before V156, will NOT work with Control4 OS 3.20)


CTRL4.png Control 4 Linn DS Driver

The Control4 drivers do not look for Linn DS/DSM players by their names but for capabilities. That is, searches for UPnP services of the Linn DS/DSM products and adjusts accordingly.
This allows new firmware features and new product support WITHOUT the need for any Control4 driver updates.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you are installing Linn Network, DS or Kustom drivers into a system that already contains versions of these drivers older than version 147 you must update all of these existing drivers to the latest version as the connections and internal communication protocols have changed. To do this:
- Download the latest online version of the drivers by going to the Search tab, unticking “Local”, finding the driver and then right-clicking and selecting “Download Driver”.
- Update each driver by right-clicking on an instance of it in your project hierarchy, selecting “Update Driver” and choosing the driver file you have downloaded.
If a simple update does not appear to have resulted in a working system, you may need to reinstall the drivers:
- Delete all instances of all Linn drivers in your project
- Re-install the drivers and their connections. The previous stages are necessary to ensure that you get the latest version of the driver when you do this install; just deleting and re-installing can end up with an older version that has been cached on the Director.


Linn DS Series V129 Certified February 2019

  • OS 2 & OS 3 compatible

Added:

> External audio switches such as TRIAD
> Source only use for use with other Pre-amplifiers
  • This driver is not compatible with Kustom DSM but can be used with all other Linn DS players.


Linn DS Series V146 December 2019

  • Can be downloaded from
Added
> OS 3 compatible
> This is compatible with Kustom DSM
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V146.


Linn DS Series V154 Awaiting Certification June 2020

  • Can be downloaded from
  • OS 3 compatible (UPDATE: This works up to and including Control4 OS 3.1.3. OS 3.20 loses streaming sources)
  • This is compatible with Kustom DSM
Added:
> Linn PINS
> Improved Room Songcast/Grouping
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V154

Linn DS Series V156 October 2020 (for C4 OS 3.20 onwards)

  • Can be downloaded from
Added:
> OS 3.20 onwards compatible
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V156
---RECOMMEND USING KAZOO SERVER V4.10.14 or later---

Linn DS Series V157 Awaiting Certification November 2020 (for C4 OS 3.20 onwards)

  • Can be downloaded from
  • GITHUB if you have a given permission as a Collaborator
  • Linn Docs NOTES section or downloaded from >HERE< until available in Composer Pro
  • Linn Resources (Retailer only website, listed under any Linn DS/DSM product)
  • OS 3.20 onwards compatible
  • This is compatible with Kustom DSM
Added:
> Put Zone/Room into Standby to break from Songcast/Grouping
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V156
---RECOMMEND USING KAZOO SERVER V4.10.14 or later---



Linn DS Series V160 Certified, awaiting release January 2021 (for C4 OS 3.20 onwards)

  • Can be downloaded from
  • GITHUB if you have a given permission as a Collaborator
  • Linn Docs NOTES section or downloaded from >HERE< until available in Composer Pro
  • Linn Resources (Retailer only website, listed under any Linn DS/DSM product)
  • OS 3.20 onwards compatible
  • This is compatible with Kustom DSM
Added:
> Better integration from earlier module versions
> Refresh button to force LInn DS current input setup into Control4
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V156
---RECOMMEND USING KAZOO SERVER V4.10.14 or later---



Linn DS Series V161 Certified & released29th January 2021 (for C4 OS 3.20 onwards)

  • Can be downloaded from
  • GITHUB if you have a given permission as a Collaborator
  • Linn Docs NOTES section or downloaded from >HERE< until available in Composer Pro
  • Linn Resources (Retailer only website, listed under any Linn DS/DSM product)
  • OS 3.20 onwards compatible
  • This is compatible with Kustom DSM
Added:
> Button images added for PIN selection
  • If you wish to update your Control4 from an earlier "Linn DS Series" driver then we would recommend a fresh Project is created with V156
---RECOMMEND USING KAZOO SERVER V4.10.14 or later---





Notes:

I cannot get any of the Linn DS/Streamer services to appear in Navigator

* The Service will only appear if you have the Linn DS connected to an Audio End-Point.
If you are using this with a Matrix Switch then the Linn DS MUST be connected to Audio End-Point 2
* After installing the updated drivers, you will need to unbind and then rebind all the audio and video RoomControl connections to get the Streaming service to appear.


Sometimes my Control4 system operation slows down for a few minutes then works OK

This will be due to Control4 processor checking that all expected LInn DS players are alive. If one or more have been powered down or disconnected from the Network the Control4 will periodically interrogate the network for this/these missing Linn DS products.

Control 4 Debug

Initial checks

  • Check Kazoo server is the latest, preferably V4.10.4 or later.
  • V4.9.35 will work but may be slower and also cause issues with Kustom DSM volume and Mute states. Plus restricts any debug logs that may be required for diagnosis.
  • Make sure that Kazoo Server is running permanently and GATEWAY option is enabled.
    (We have had retailers thinking that this was only for initial setup.)
  • Is the Control 4 - "Linn Network" driver using the correct Kazoo Server?
Composer Pro-Linn Network Gateway.png
  • Is the connnection "Operational"?
  • Gateway is the Kazoo Server - Gateway that Control4 has found during a scan
  • Static Address if you have assigned an IP address to a Kazoo Server running gateway. E.g. a QNAP NAS. (When left blank it will automatically do a scan and pick a Kazoo Server with Gateway enabled)


  • Check the version of Control4 driver that is used.
  • Control4 are still in the process of validating the V145 driver. Control4 are only offering the V129 on their programme editing app, Composer-Pro.


  • Check the Davaar firmware version of the Linn DS/DSM
  • Has the Linn DS/DSM recently had a software update?
This may sometimes cause confusion within the Control4. Go to Kazoo Server and disable GATEWAY, press a button to control the Linn DS, the re-enable Kazoo Server - Gateway and give this a couple of minutes to resync.

Issues

Tidal/Qobuz: “Server error Please browse again from root”

Two options:

Either:

1. The Linn DS/DSM is not powered on or connected to the network

or

2.The Kazoo Server - Gateway has not been setup with the login and password for Tidal or Qobuz. This may work with some Linn DS/DSM as they have been playing music selected from Tidal/Qobuz using Kazoo and this will hold the username and password information within the Linn DS/DSM
Solution:
  • Using Konfig > Kazoo Server setup > Gateway. Add Tidal/Qobuz login or
  • Use Kazoo and play Tidal/Qobuz track. Then go to Control4 select another room and then go back to the original room and reselect Tidal/Qobuz.



When I try and upgrade from an earlier version Linn driver I get red invalid connection on Composer Pro
Due to major changes between Driver V129 and V145 plus Control 4 OS3 changes these drivers are totally different.
Removing the V129 and adding the V145 driver does not always work we recommend creating a new Control4 Project for Linn DS driver V145.



I keep loosing control of the Linn DS from Control4
Is the Linn DS/DSM visible and can you control it in Kazoo?
Check that the Kazoo Server > Gateway is operating:
1. Go into Control4 Composer-Pro editor software
2. Find the "Linn Network" driver within the project and select "System Design"
3. Check the "Gateway" address and that its status is operational.
4. Click on "Actions" tab,
a. Click on "List Rooms found" and click "Lua" tab
b. Lua Output will shown rooms found, check all rooms are in this list.
5. Now find the Room with the Project
a. click on the "Linn DS Series" driver and check the Properties "Status" and "DS or Player (SDDP) shows connected and correct Linn DS listed.
6. Click Tools > System manager
a. Click on SDDP trace and check the Host-name for the Linn DS Ugly name, (Mac address + Serial number + id)



If all of these are visible the next step is with the Kazoo Server Gateway V4.10.XX or later
1. Go into Kazoo Server settings and ENABLE "Verbose Logging"
2. Go into web-browser and type Kazoo Server IP address followed by :4000/dm/logs
e.g. for Kazoo server on IP 192.168.2.27, type → http://192.168.2.27:4000/dm/logs
Click on [SHOW] this will show the Gateway logs down to Network Logs:.
If you do any actions this page will need to be REFRESHED (f5) and [SHOW] reselected
3. To get the full logs for each days activity
Windows 10: File Explorer → C:\ProgramData\KazooServer\Logs\Application
OSX: Go to Folder → /Users/Shared/KazooServer/Logs/Application
QNAP: File Station → Home > .config > Linn > Kazoo Server > Logs > Application
for QNAP: File Station - Settings and enable: "Show hidden folders on NAS" to see the .config folder
4. To get the Control 4 log files (for debug and bug reports)
a. Go to Composer-Pro > System Design > Linn Network
b. Set "Debug level" to 5
c. Set "Debug Mode" to "Print & Log"
d. Click on "Lua" tab. This is a high traffic output and may cause the Composer-pro to freeze. (ALL logs can be retrieved from the C:\Users\XXXX\AppData\Roaming\Control4\Logs folder, check the date/tiem stamp for the last version)