SnapAV, Control4 Integration Cuts Surveillance Costs 85%

Integrators use SnapAV surveillance DVR and HDMI switcher drivers with Control4 certification to catapult them into security at a cost 85% lower for a 4-camera job.

Jason Knott · July 19, 2012

It’s not often a single product innovation can help move dealers into a new, profitable category of installation. But that’s exactly what some CE pros are saying is the result of the integration of SnapAV’s Wirepath surveillance DVRs and Binary HDMI switchers with Control4.

“[Integrating] security wasn’t as easy before. Previously, about 25 percent of my installations featured security cameras. Now, it’s 75 percent to 80 percent,” says Troy Dunningham of Lightworks in San Diego. Dunningham cites the ease at which he can now hook SnapAV analog cameras and IP security DVRs into a Control4 home automation system, not to mention the lower price point compared to the IP cameras he used over the past two years.

Dunningham says a four-camera installation using IP cameras and a DVR previously would run $4,400 to $12,400.  Now, he can do that same job for a low as $1,800.

“And there is also good margin in those cameras. Plus, by using analog cameras, I also get nighttime vision that I could not get before.” In terms of other types of security installations, Lightworks does not do any burglar/fire alarm, only CCTV.

SnapAV’s Wirepath DVRs can now be directly controlled via IP using its newly-developed certified driver, located within the Control4 Composer programming software.  SnapAV has also developed Control4-certified drivers for its Binary HDMI Matrix Switchers. The certifications make integration into a Control4 system simpler and grants dealers access to comprehensive Control4 technical support when integrating the products.

Related: SnapAV Wirepath Surveillance DVRs Stream Live Video to Control4

SnapAV is the first manufacturer to have a Control4-certified driver for DVRs. Because the DVR is IP-based, dealers can set up clients to view surveillance images on their iPads or iPhones using simple “drag and drop” software.

Lightworks’ experience is echoed by Scott Ross, president at Atlanta Home Theater, a 16-year-old integration firm with 27 employees. Atlanta Home Theater has been doing surveillance systems for years, but the higher price points made it more difficult to sell.

“The [lower] price point has certainly made it easier to offer to clients, as well as our experience with its reliability has given us confidence to offer it more frequently,” notes Ross. “Typically, we would have the same number and types of cameras/DVRs before vs. now, but it has definitely streamlined our offerings and simplified the integration.”

“A lot of SnapAV dealers are Control4 dealers,” says SnapAV senior vice president Adam Levy. “We are thrilled to partner with companies like this and provide easier integration and better support when both of these products are working together. Combined with the recent software update that allows Wirepath Surveillance DVRs to stream video directly into the Control4 interface, these new certified drivers help our dealers save time and money when using our products with Control4 systems.”

“With over 6,500 drivers from 150 different companies, Control4 enables third-party manufacturers to design leading consumer electronics devices that integrate within the Control4 system.

“Control4 has long held the view that in order to drive home automation adoption, everything in the home must work together,” says Jim Arnold, senior vice president of sales at Control4. “Control4-certified products improve the operation of home theaters, multi-room music, lighting, temperature control, energy management, and security by improving both compatibility and functionality before installation. We are pleased to add SnapAV to our esteemed list of partner brands.”

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  About the Author

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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