HDANYWHERE product information on power usage and BTU outputs

The table below details the PSU DC rating, the system power draw in watts and BTU(British thermal unit) heat output of each device.

Product Code Release PSU Rating (DC) Power Draw (watts) BTU

XTND

XTND2K30 2017 5V 1A 2.5 9
XTND4K40ARC 2018 24V 1A 20 68
XTND4K100TPC 2018 24V 1A 12 41

MHUB

MHUBAUDIO64 2018 24V 13.4A 520 1774
MHUBMAX44 2018 24V 2.71A 19.2 66
MHUB431U 2018 24V 2.71A 36 123
MHUB862U 2018 24V 2.71A 28 198
MHUBPRO4440 2018 24V 2.71A 40 136
MHUBPRO8870 2018 24V 6.3A 98 334
MHUB4K44PRO 2016 24V 2.71A 42.72 146
MHUB4K88PRO 2016 24V 6.3A 100 341
MHUBPRO24440 2019 24V 5A 68 232
MHUBPRO288100 2019 24V 6.3A 130 444

SPLITTERS AND SCALERS

SPLITTERMAX12 2019 5V 1A 2 7
SPLITTERMAX14 2019 5V 1A 2 7
SIGNALMANAGER 2018 5V 1A 1.65 6

Voice control with Amazon Alexa* using the “MHUB AV” Skill

HDANYWHERE (HDA) Amazon Alexa App Skill

*Before you activate the Alexa Voice Service with your MHUB, make sure Amazon support your territory and version. We cannot guarantee voice services or offer support to those territories not officially supported by Amazon. Check here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202207000

What you need to get your MHUB to respond to voice commands:

  1. You have completed the first-boot procedure within MHUB-OS
  2. You have MHUB-OS version 8.10 or higher installed on your MHUB
  3. You have an active HDA Cloud account
  4. You have downloaded uControl packs for all displays and source devices you want to control
  5. You have completed input mapping in MHUB-OS
  6. You have an active Amazon account
  7. You have an Amazon Alexa enabled device, such as Amazon Dot/Echo/Show

Setting up AV Skill

Configure voice commands to do exactly what you want

Let’s take the command “Alexa, Turn on football” as an example.

It might appear like a very simple command but there are a number of things that need to happen in order to watch football! First the TV might need to turn on, but in which room? The volume might need to be set to a desired limit. The correct source input might need to be selected on MHUB and finally that source will need to navigate to the channel hosting the football.

You can configure all those actions in what we call a “Sequence”.

Taking the example above:
Alexa (this wakes up your Amazon Dot/Echo/Show)
Turn on… (this invokes the smarthome skill)
football (this is your custom name for the Sequence, it can be anything you want)

Inside MHUB-OS we can configure exactly what “football” does.

  • You can select if you want MHUB to turn your TV on and adjust the volume
  • You can tell MHUB to switch to the source device with has the football on it
  • You can instruct MHUB to change the channel on that source device

Read more about Sequences and Scheduling.

Here’s a table of all the commands you can tell your MHUB to do…

Now you’re ready to go. Take a look at a full list of commands that you can say to your Echo.

Loxone API 2.0 installation guide

The latest control driver from Loxone can be downloaded here

The Loxone API 2.0 driver is compatible with the following HDANYWHERE products:

MHUB431U
MHUB862U
MHUB4KPRO44
MHUBPRO4440
MHUB4KPRO88
MHUBMAX44
MHUBAUDIO64

and the following Loxone products:

Miniserver
Miniserver Go


IMPORTANT

Before setting up the Loxone driver, the MHUB must have been through its first boot process. This can be done by navigating to the MHUB’s IP address in a web browser or in uControl and following the onscreen instructions. No other setup of the matrix is required.

Add the HDANYWHERE MHUB device template as a “Virtual Output”

Loxone 1

Next, assign your Inputs and outputs

Loxone 2

Loxone 3

The video below shows the entire process

 

RTI API 2.0 installation guide

The latest control driver from Chowmain software can be downloaded here included in the download is also an in-depth guide to installing the driver

The HDAnywhere MHUB RTI driver allows for control of the HDAnywhere range of Video and Audio distribution products. The driver allows for direct switching of inputs to outputs,  the ability to switch preconfigured zones, control of audio levels (volume, mute, etc) and the ability to send IR codes as well as being able to reboot or restart the system.  It is compatible with the following systems:

MHUB431U
MHUB862U
MHUB4KPRO44
MHUBPRO4440
MHUB4KPRO88
MHUBMAX44
MHUBAUDIO64

and the following RTI products:

RP-4RF
XP-3
XP-6
XP-6s
XP-8s
XP-8v

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IMPORTANT

Before setting up the RTI driver, the MHUB must have been through its first boot process. This can be done by navigating to the MHUB’s IP address in a web browser or in uControl and following the onscreen instructions. No other setup of the matrix is required, but this step must be completed before the RTI processor can utilise the matrix I/O ports. It is not required otherwise.

Control 4 API 2.0 installation guide

The latest control driver from Chowmain software can be downloaded here

It allows the Control processor to utilise the IR inputs and outputs of the HDANYWHERE matrix as if it was there own. Allowing installers to spec smaller Control 4 processors than they would typically need and is compatible with the following HDANYWHERE products:

MHUB431U
MHUB862U
MHUB4KPRO44
MHUBPRO4440
MHUB4KPRO88
MHUBMAX44
MHUBAUDIO64

and the following Control 4 products:

CA-1
EA-1
EA-3
EA-5
HC250
HC800
HC1000

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IMPORTANT

Before setting up the Control 4 driver, the MHUB must have been through its first boot process. This can be done by navigating to the MHUB’s IP address in a web browser or in uControl and following the onscreen instructions. No other setup of the matrix is required, but this step must be completed before the C4 processor can utilise the matrix I/O ports. It is not required otherwise.

Add the HDANYWHERE driver as you would any other driver, the driver will auto-discover a video matrix or multiple Audio Matrices

The next step is to setup your control and AV connections. Traditionally in a normal Control 4 setup, you would bind the source devices ‘control inputs’ with an IR output on the C4 controller. Instead, with the MHUB Video driver’s you can route the control through the MHUB’s IR ports utilising the IP>IR Engine. Similarly, Display IR is routed through the Display IR ports on the matrix. This video shows how to make these bindings

MHUB-OS 8 and uControl 2 update troubleshooting and FAQ

Below is a list of three issues which have been reported to HDANYWHERE (HDA) after updating older systems to MHUB-OS 8 (MOS 8). If you have encountered any of these problems then you will find a solution below. If your issue is not shown below then contact the HDA support team via email on – support@hdanywhere.com.

Jump to issues and solutions:

  1. My MHUB is stuck in a loop and is always prompting me to update again – I can not access any other MHUB-OS page.
  2. I am having problems connecting with HDA Cloud because there is an error with my serial number.
  3. I have connected to my MHUB and all my settings are gone.
  4. I can’t get uControl to connect to MHUB.
  5. I have an 8×8 system and I can not control my TVs anymore.

1.
I’ve clicked the update from within MHUB-OS and now appear to be stuck on an update page and cannot access any other MHUB-OS page.

This error can occur when MHUB fails to complete the update process completely. This can be caused by a power outage, multiple sessions of MHUB-OS being open at the same time (browser tabs, app) or network issues as the update is applied to MHUB. This has been patched in version 8.02 of MHUB-OS. However, if you find yourself with a problem like this, you will need to contact HDANYWHERE technical support services by emailing support@hdanywhere.com with the subject line: “Update error code:728″ and we will treat this with the highest priority.

2.
I’ve updated to MHUB-OS 8 and when linking to HDA cloud it says there is an error with my serial number.

This error can occur when the MHUB cannot connect with HDA cloud. This can be caused by network issues or power outage. This has been patched in MHUB-OS version 8.02. However, should you find yourself in this situation you can recover the serial number following these steps

  1. Step 1 – Load a web browser on a pc or mac(such as Chrome), and enter the following in to the URL bar [MHUB IP ADDRESS]/diagnostics.php. Then click on “GET SERIAL NUMBER”
  2. Step 2 – Confirm that you want to change the serial number
  3. Step 3 – You will get a notifcation saying that the serial number has been updated, and should notice the serial number is showing in the system information section near the top of the page.

If after using the serial number recovery method above, it still does not appear, you will need to contact HDANYWHERE technical support services by emailing support@hdanywhere.com with the subject line: “Update error code:628″

3.
uControl has updated, when I reconnected to my MHUB all my settings were gone.

This can occur when reconnecting to your MHUB after uControl has updated to version 2 or greater and selecting the incorrect option. When uControl loads you are shown 2 options:

  • “SETUP A NEW MHUB SYSTEM” – This is used when you are connecting to a brand new or unconfigured MHUB system. If you select this option and have a previously configured system, all user data will be removed requiring the MHUB to be fully reconfigured like a new system.
  • “CONNECT TO AN EXISTING MHUB SYSTEM” – This is used when you are connecting to a previously configured MHUB system. Existing data will remain untouched, and uControl will sync the data stored. If you were connected with a previous version of uControl this option should be used.

4.
After the update, uControl can not connect to MHUB

HDANYWHERE released an update to uControl and all MHUB systems on Wednesday 10th October 2018. To ensure that your MHUB works correctly both your MHUB and uControl must be on the correct software version.

MHUB / MHUB-OS = version 8 or above
uControl (iOS / Android) = version 2 or above

If you find that one version of uControl can connect to MHUB and the other can not then it is very likely that you did not complete the update to MHUB-OS. As soon as you have run this process then uControl should work on all devices with no issue. For this solution HDANYWHERE are assuming that your system is already in a pre-configured state and that you are wanting to CONNECT TO AN EXISTING SYSTEM.

Steps to resolve this issue:

  1. Ensure that you have the latest version of uControl installed on your iOS or Android device. Download uControl for iOS or download uControl for Android
  2. Once you have the app installed, please load it up and follow the instructions here:

5.
I have a 8×8 or 8×6+2 system and after the update, I lost the ability to control my TVs

If you are able to control your source devices with uControl but can not control your displays then a quick update to your MHUB will resolve this problem. Instructions detailing how to update your MHUB can be found here. Ensure that you use uControl to update your MHUB and do not try to update your system via MHUB-OS.

MHUB-OS 8: a quick guide to zones

Zones define a physical space in a property where outputs from MHUB terminate.

A Zone can include a maximum of 1 video output and a maximum of 4 audio outputs. For example, you can create a zone called “Kitchen” and assign 1 video and 1 audio output to it to provide you with viewable TV and sound. A Zone must contain at least 1 output from an MHUB for it to be addressable for control. Note: outputs can not be shared or split to more than 1 Zone.


MHUB zones

MHUB-OS 8 first boot process

The first boot process for MHUB-OS has remained largely unchanged with the exception of zones.

The slideshow below walks you through the steps within MHUB’s first boot process and how to setup zones to refect the different rooms or areas within you property.

If you wish to configure a stacked system please watch this video – Creating a MHUB stacked system.

You should be able to complete the process in under 10 minutes.

MHUB-OS first boot steps are as follows:

  1. EULA and Privacy policy
  2. Name your MHUB
  3. Name your source devices
  4. Create zones
  5. Assign outputs to zones
  6. Confirm zones
  7. Connect MHUB to HDA Cloud
  8. Complete setup

HDANYWHERE(HDA) recommends that every MHUB install goes through its first boot process to ensure that the MHUB is setup correctly.

How long does the process take to complete

If you have an update to install then then first boot usually take about 10 minutes. If there is no update you can normally finish the entire process and have an operational MHUB system well within 5-7 minutes.

Yes. You do not need to access MHUB-OS if you don’t want to. But this is only recommended if you intend to control you MHUB via a control system. You will also miss the opportunity to increase your warranty period and open your MHUB to additional features or services.

I don’t want to use MHUB-OS or go through the first boot process, will MHUB work like a normal?

Yes. You do not need to access MHUB-OS if you don’t want to. But this is only recommended if you intend to control you MHUB via a control system. You will also miss the opportunity to increase your warranty period and open your MHUB to additional features or services.

I made a mistake in the first boot process, can I go back or make a change?

Yes. You can go all the way back to the update step and correct any incorrect information you entered. Alternatively, you can also access MHUB-OS (after you have completed first boot) and change anything then.

Updating MHUB-OS to a new version

If you have received a notification in uControl or by email that an update is available for your MHUB-OS then follow these steps to update your system. All updates are now handled by uControl. Please ensure you have installed the latest version.

If you have not connected to your MHUB before, please follow this guide first – Connecting to a MHUB

If you have received a notification in uControl or by email that an update is available for your MHUB then chose the correct option below:

Updating an existing system

The majority of MHUB customers will be on MHUB-OS 7 and their systems will contain user data which needs updating to the latest version. If this is you then follow these steps.

  1. Click ‘Connect to an exisiting MHUB system’, uControl will scan your network for any MHUB systems
  2. Select your MHUB device
  3. Connect to your MHUB
  4. uControl will show popup message that MHUB-OS requires updating, click ‘update’ and follow on screen prompts

 

Updating an New system

This is likely to happen if you have recently bought MHUB and it was shipped to you on older software. You will run through the following steps:

  1. Click ‘CONNECT TO MHUB SYSTEM’, uControl will scan your network for any MHUB systems
  2. Select your MHUB device
  3. uControl will check the current version of MHUB-OS, if an update is required, you will be prompted to update it.
  4. Connect to your MHUB
  5. Perform first boot process.

Updating to MHUB-OS 8.00 from an earlier version

If your version of uControl updates to version 2.0 or above automatically, any previous connection to your MHUB will be reset. This is normal and part of the update process. Follow the process as described in ‘Updating a New System’ and uControl will update your system as part of the connection process.


update-mos

Follow the instructions within the app to connect back to your system. During this process uControl will check MHUB(s) to see if they also require updating.

Watch a video of it here:


Having trouble updating your MHUB, check here -Update Troubleshooting

MHUB-OS Firmware 1.30 update – Complete

The first part of this update roll-out has now been completed. Any new MHUB’s connected to the internet will automatically upgrade when the unit is powered on, this may extend the boot time by 30 seconds

 MHUB Firmware 1.30

HDA Cloud is moving to a new & more sophisticated server.
This will automatically start at 8:00am (BST) Monday 30th July.

HDA Cloud is our secure online portal that allows you to remotely access any network-connected MHUB system around the world. It allows you to remotely manage, configure, and troubleshoot installations to help keep your systems running smoothly.
Perhaps most importantly, HDA Cloud is our central data storage server and we take our responsibility to keep all data super safe and secure very seriously. As such, we have provisioned the very latest server technology and security for a faster and more secure connection. Additionally, the platform will enjoy new features and upgrades which will be revealed soon!

The update will come in two stages; first, we will update MHUB systems around the world and after that is complete we will move HDA Cloud to its new home. You will not need to do anything. MHUB systems will update in the following order:

MHUB systems

MHUB MAX (4×4) – Monday 30th July 2018 – Complete
MHUB PRO (4×4) 40 – Wednesday 1st August 2018 – Complete
MHUB (8×6+2) – Wednesday 1st August 2018 - Complete
MHUB (4×3+1) – Thursday 2nd August 2018 - Complete
MHUB PRO (4×4) 70 – Friday 3rd August 2018 – Complete
MHUB PRO (8×8) 70 - Friday 3rd August – Complete

HDA Cloud Migration - Monday 6th August

– Complete
During this migration, HDA cloud will be unavailable. Starting at 10.00am UTC for 4 hours.

In most case’s this is a background update and should not require any user interaction. However, some systems may need a manual hard reboot (full mains power down for 10 seconds, then reconnect) to apply the update. MHUB video operation will function, but if you notice MHUB control (uControl/MHUB-OS/control system) is not responding, perform the above reboot.

 

To confirm that the unit has been updated either check in MHUB-OS on the MHUB setup page or check on HDA Cloud

EDID management on MHUB systems


What is EDID?
When you connect an HDMI source such as Sky Q directly to a display, the HDMI cable will send a data exchange between the two devices before they both agree to serve and display a picture. This process is called the handshake. One component of that handshake is called EDID and this is where your display tells the Sky Q what its visual and audio capabilities are (resolution, refresh rate, stereo or multi-channel audio, HDR, etc, etc). In return, Sky Q will choose a picture format that best fits that profile and output something specifically for that display only.

A source device can only output a single format, so you could not get it to output a 4K signal and a 1080p signal simultaneously. It has to be one or the other.

EDID in MHUB​
If a device sits in between the source and display (like MHUB) then it must broker that handshake. The complexity comes when you have multiple displays of varying specifications connected to your system. For example, you may have 4K, 1080p, and 1080i capable displays, each with varying audio support. These displays send EDID information back to MHUB. If no EDID profile has been configured in the MHUB system the source will output the lowest common denominator, basically the spec of the least capable display.

This is where EDID management within the MHUB comes into play. You can set a fixed profile that is passed to the source device directly from the MHUB, overriding any information coming from connected displays. Doing this allows you to fix the output of the source regardless of display(s).

The benefit of this would be if you wanted your source device to always output a fixed signal, such as 3840×2160(4k) with 5.1 audio, setting this on the MHUB will ensure that will be what the source outputs.

However, if any display is incapable of receiving the fixed video and audio output you could be left with no video output/audio on those displays unless your MHUB supports video downscaling

MHUB-OS first boot process

Make sure MHUB is connected up correctly before starting the first boot process on MHUB-OS

HDANYWHERE(HDA) recommends that every MHUB install goes through its first boot process to ensure that the MHUB is setup correctly. Please follow the quick start guide (inside MHUB packaging) to make sure your MHUB is connected correctly to your source devices, displays and has an active network connection before proceeding.

I don’t want to use MHUB-OS or go through the first boot process, will MHUB work like a normal matrix?

Yes. You do not need to access MHUB-OS if you don’t want to. MHUB will work distributing video as normal and will be controllable using the included remote controls. Please note that you will not be able to access advanced features such as voice control, the uControl app or build Sequences.

Accessing MHUB-OS (MOS)

There are two ways to access MOS:

  1. Download our app, uControl, from the iOS or Google Play Store and let it find MHUB (and run you through the first boot) for you
  2. Go to your MHUB and press and hold the “MENU” button for 5 seconds to reveal its IP address. Make a note of it then put that address in to any web browser on the same network. You will be forwarded to the first boot process.

First boot process

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  • BEFORE STARTING:Read and agree to the End User Licence Agreement (EULA) and Privacy Statement
  • First Boot Step 1 – Check for MOS updates

    This is where your MHUB requests available updates from HDA cloud so your unit will update to the latest version. This is done before proceeding.

  • First Boot Step 2 – Name your MHUB
    Here you can give your MHUB a personal name, this can also be used to differentiate multiple installations by HDA Pro’s
  • First Boot Step 3 – Name your sources/inputs
    On this page you can label your input devices, such as Sky, Apple or Tivo. These labels are used in the uControl app and with voice control. Please go here for best practices when adding names. [Best Practices]

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  • First Boot Step 4 – Name your Displays/Rooms/outputs
    This page is similar to the previous step. You can choose to label them as display manufacturers or room names. Again please follow best practice guidelines available here – [Best Practices]
  • First Boot Step 5 – Turn update notifications On/Off
    MOS updates are released periodically, here you can choose to be notified when an update is available

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  • First Boot Step 6 – Create or link your MHUB to a HDA cloud account, read and agree to our Terms and Conditions
    MHUB4K(3rd gen) and MHUB4KPRO units can be linked to a cloud based account. When registering as a homeowner this enables a couple of things. Firstly when you register, your warranty period is extended by 1 year, in addition to that cloud access is required when using the uControl IRengine feature allowing you to control source and display devices. Cloud access is also required for voice integration. For a HDA PRO the cloud account allows you to manage your MHUB installations remotely, getting system information as well as a host of other features.
  • First Boot Step 7 – Secure MHUB with a PIN number
    If you wish you can lock local access to MOS stopping any unwanted configuration changes from being made.
  • First Boot Step 8 – Complete First Boot Setup
    Once you have completed the first boot process you can either ‘COMPLETE SETUP’ and go to the MOS DASHBOARD pag, . or goto the uControl page to start adding device/source control. For more information on uControl go here uControl

What is the difference between a HDA Cloud & a HDA Pro account?

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1. HDA Cloud

The HDA Cloud acts as our global data storage and service delivery platform offering an interface for MHUB owners, HDA Pro’s and 3rd party devices to talk to one another.

There are two types of cloud account that can be associated with an MHUB system.
account-types

2. HDA Cloud Account

The HDANYWHERE (HDA) Cloud account is the account that belongs to the Homeowner and/or End-User. The owner of the MHUB has to have a verified HDA Cloud account before any communication between MHUB systems and the HDA Cloud can take place.

Registering the MHUB system provides numerous benefits including:

  • Extending the warranty period on the system by 1 year (must be registered within 30 days of purchase, Warranty is non-transferable)
  • Enables advanced functions for things like voice control, uControl, integration with other IoT devices and Sequences
  • Provide advanced troubleshooting information to your HDA Pro installer and HDA
  • Provide your HDA Pro installer permission to remotely manage your system, they can then modify your system for you without physically being there

3. HDA Pro Account

The HDA Pro account can not be added to a unit unless a HDA Cloud account (outlined above) is present first. This account authorises the installer to monitor the MHUB on their customer’s (the homeowner) behalf. This account sits alongside the Cloud account and gives a 3rd party access to the MHUB’s data and the ability to control it. HDA Pro’s can register Here

The following Settings can be managed remotely:

  • Source Routing (and switching)
  • Edid management
  • uControl sequence configuration
  • uControl IR pack configuration
  • Power management
  • You can also monitor the following:

  • IP configuration
  • Temperature
  • Firmware (MHUB-OS, and MHUB)
  • IMPORTANT: a HDA Pro Account has to be created first Here and authorised by HDA staff before the installer can use their account details to enable monitoring on the MHUB.

4. MHUB-OS

MHUB’s operating system which acts as the bridge between using MHUB and managing it. From MHUB-OS it is possible to connect to HDA Cloud, integrate devices like Amazon Alexa, manage network settings and update software to add new features.

5. uControl

uControl is our remote control app for MHUB 4K PRO systems. It pulls all the information it needs to work directly from MHUB-OS and requires no setup or configuration. Just download it and let it find your MHUB and you’re ready to go.

Voice control with Amazon Echo using the “MHUB 4K PRO Control / MHUB 4K PRO Smarthome” Skill

Setting up the MHUB 4K PRO Control / MHUB 4K PRO Smarthome Skill on the Alexa app

HDANYWHERE (HDA) Amazon Alexa App Skill

We are assuming that you have already downloaded the Amazon Alexa app and have a functioning Amazon account.

Skill types:
There are two types of skill which you can enable on the Alexa app.

  • Custom Skill
    With a Custom Skill we have full control over the voice interaction (a voice interaction is the communication you have with an ECHO device when speaking a command and also includes the response given by the ECHO) between you and your Echo device, this allows for a greater range of voice commands including playhead, change channel, switch sources, increase/decrease volume.Click here to view a the full range of voice commands.
  • Smarthome Skill
    The Smarthome skill differs from the custom skill in a couple of ways. Firstly, invoking a smarthome skill is fixed and defined by Amazon, this also applies to the voice interaction. We currently support on/off commands, allowing you to perform actions quickly by uttering “Alexa, turn on TV” or a custom label like “Alexa, turn on movies”.
  • You can of course, use both. They are FREE!

What you need to get your MHUB to respond to voice commands:

  1. You have completed the first-boot procedure within MHUB-OS
  2. You have MHUB-OS version 7.0 or higher installed on your MHUB
  3. You have an active HDA Cloud account
  4. You have downloaded uControl packs for all displays and source devices you want to control
  5. You have an active Amazon account
  6. You have an Amazon Alexa enabled device, such as Amazon Dot/Echo/Show

Linking the custom skill “MHUB 4K PRO Control”

  1. Go to the Skills section on the Alexa app and search for “MHUB 4K PRO Control”
  2. Click on the skill and select “Enable”
  3. Click “Link Account” – when you do this, you will be redirected to HDA Cloud’s secure login page. Enter your username and password in to the fields.

To enable the MHUB 4K PRO Control Skill you will need to add the skill first by pressing the "Enable" button in your Amazon Alexa app. Once enabled you will be forwarded to HDA Cloud to link your account with Amazon Alexa. Enter your HDA Cloud username and password and your MHUB will be connected to Alexa!

Linking the smarthome skill “MHUB 4K PRO Smarthome”

  1. Go to the Skills section on the Alexa app and search for “MHUB 4K PRO Control”
  2. Click on the skill and select “Enable”
  3. Click “Link Account” – when you do this, you will be redirected to HDA Cloud’s secure login page. Enter your username and password into the fields.
  4. After the account has been linked, visit the “Smart Home” screen then navigate to the ‘Manage devices in Smart Home’ then Devices. Next click ‘Discover’.
  5. This action will communicate with MHUB and pull any devices making them ready to use.

Configure voice commands to do exactly what you want

Let’s take the command “Alexa, tell my TV to watch football” as an example.

It might appear like a very simple command but there are a number of things that need to happen in order to watch football! First the TV might need to turn on, but in which room? The volume might need to be set to a desired limit. The correct source input might need to be selected on MHUB and finally that source will need to navigate to the channel hosting the football.

You can configure all those actions in what we call a “Sequence”.

Taking the example above:
Alexa (this wakes up your Amazon Dot/Echo/Show)
tell my TV to… (this invokes HDA’s custom skill)
watch (this is a special function which tells MHUB to start a Sequence)
football (this is your custom name for the Sequence, it can be anything you want)

Inside MHUB-OS we can configure exactly what “football” does.

  • You can select if you want MHUB to turn your TV on and adjust the volume
  • You can tell MHUB to switch to the source device with has the football on it
  • You can instruct MHUB to change the channel on that source device

Read more about Sequences and Scheduling.

Here’s a table of all the commands you can tell your MHUB to do…

Now you’re ready to go. Take a look at a full list of commands that you can say to your Echo.

Creating and Editing Sequences

Sequences allow your MHUB to make more complex things happen. For example, a single command could be setup to Turn on a TV, switch to your Satellite box and enter the number keys for a movie channel. These sequences can be triggered in a number of ways to provide a better user experience for MHUB owners.

Sequences are setup within MHUB-OS via the ‘Sequences and Scheduling’ page. They can also be setup remotely via the HDA Cloud (Currently only available for HDA PRO’s, coming soon to end users)

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Within this page you can see and edit your current sequences. You can also test all your sequences to make sure they are functioning correctly.

To create a new sequence click the ‘Create New Sequence’ button.

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The first part of the Sequence Creation page contains several naming fields which serve different purposes. They are:

Sequence name – This is the name that will be displayed within MHUB-OS
Description – Provide a short description of the sequence so you can see what it does at a short glance
uControl label – This is how the sequence will be labelled within the uControl app
Voice label – This is where voice control (such as Alexa) reads the title of the sequence so it can be triggered. You may find if you are struggling to trigger a particular sequence by voice that you can improve the function by changing the title that your voice control device is listening for.

The next section contains the tools to build your sequence using the available parameters

Command Type

Switch – Execute a simple switching command, first define the input and then the output you would like it switched to
Source – Deliver a command to a source device via the IR engine. This can be something simple like a ‘play’ command or something more complex like a ‘Go to channel command’ (a ‘Go to channel command’ delivers sequential number inputs so you can direct a TV receiver to a specific channel)
Display- Deliver a command to a connected display (or projector) such as ‘Power on’ or ‘Volume up’
Audio – Will integrate with “MHUB Audio”
Delay – Add a delay between one command and the next (Time in milliseconds to wait, eg. 500ms = 0.5 sec)

You can either choose to save the command or add ‘another command’ to create a more complex scenario. For instance, in the following example, we have first a “source switch” followed by a “Go to channel command” with a 500ms Delay.

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