Home Customizing with Composer HE

Last time, we looked at how to customize your Control4 system with a 4Sight subscription. Today, we are going to dive into the nitty-gritty of the Control4 Composer Home Edition software.

Composer Home Edition (HE) is a PC-only software program that allows you to create multiple projects with many different modules for your smart home. Combined with 4Sight, you can access Composer HE from any Windows PC in order to create, change, or delete your customized projects. With the 4Sight, however, you’re only able to access Composer through the Web navigator but if saved it will be on Composer when you get home.

Getting Started

Composer HE is the most important program to have in order to customize your smart home the way you want. While systems like 4Sight and the conditional “If>>>When” features of Control4 have come a long way, there is still no better way to manage your home than with Composer HE. Only with Composer HE can you create a very particular and nuanced smart home that works exactly how you want it and when you want it.

Now, while Composer HE will get your smart home tuned up and functioning how you want it, there are a few things you need to know before getting started:

  • SAVE SAVE SAVE: When starting a new project, make sure and save it and to have a backup of all projects. There is no “undo” button for Composer HE, so if something isn’t configured the way you want it, or if there is a misstep which causes a system error, you’ll have to load up the last project file you saved in order to undo it and try again. To save a new project, click “File → Backup” and select where you wish to save it.
  • Make sure Composer HE is aligned with your Control4 Operating System: Error messages may occur if Composer HE is not the same version as the Control4 Operating System. To check, simply click “Help → About” and this will show you which versions are currently operating. If they don’t match, go to the Control4 customer website to download the correct version of Composer HE.
  • Be patient and have fun: This is your home and only you can make it feel like the home of your dreams. Yes, Composer HE takes some getting used to and you might encounter a setback or two in creating and managing the projects you want. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities of customizing even the smallest of things. The resolution of this video isn’t great, but it will still give you a good starting point in learning how to navigate and use Composer HE.

We want your Control4 smart home system to be functioning perfectly, and with Composer HE you’re one step closer to accomplishing that. If at any point you encounter a problem with it, drop us a line and we’ll help you work it out and get back on track.

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