Sony BD - v 7.0.1
This is a simple inexpensive driver that provides IP control of the 2011 and onwards Sony range of Blu-ray players.
As it's an IP driver there's no IR bug that can get dislodged and that's one less IR port you need to use on the back of the controller.
Like all our drivers the cost is per project not per Sony player. So if you have four Sony players in a project you only need one license.
We provide two drivers in the download which are identical except for the GUI elements. One will show on the Control4 system as a DVD player the other as a media player. Please note the driver does not control the dedicated Sony Media Player devices.
On Series 80 players the firmware was designed so that when the player turned off it switched off the network port. This means that it is not possible to power on the player with this driver.
On Series BDP-S590, BDP-S790 and BDP-S5100 players we are now able to turn the BD player on using a Wake on Lan (WOL) command that we have built into version 5.0.7 of the driver and higher. However this DOES NOT WORK on the entry level BDP-S390, and DOES NOT WORK using the Wireless LAN connection.
On Series BDP-Sx100 players power control is available on players except the BDP-S1000. However this DOES NOT WORK using the Wireless LAN connection.
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The Extra Vegetables Control4 IP Ethernet driver for the 2011 Sony range of Blu-ray and media players implements the following features:
•Reliable IP Ethernet Control.
No bugs or serial ports to use. The Sony is a completely IP controllable device.
•Saves IR bug trouble
IR bugs may not be expensive but when you have to roll a truck to stick one back on suddenly they become very expensive. Reduce your risk - use this driver!
There are currently the following limitations with the driver:
•Control4 2.x Only
This driver is only designed and tested with Control4 2.x. We understand that it can also be used with Contrtol4 1.8. It cannot be used with earlier versions of the Control4 operating system.
•One Way Driver Only
The driver does not allow any content browsing on the Control4 interfaces. Neither des it provide any Now Playing information.
•No Power on with Series 80 players
The driver is not able to power on Series 80 players as they switch off their network ports in standby. It can power on Series 70 and Series 90 players
•Not a media player driver
The driver does not control the dedicated Sony Media Player, Google TV or PS/3
The following are required for successful deployment of the driver.
•'HC' Class Controller
We do not recommend using this driver with older Media Controllers or Home Theater Controllers. They may work but the operation may be slow.
•Control4 2.0 + HC800 Controller for larger systems
The introduction of any driver into a project adds to the processor load. In line with Control4's recommendations we suggest that an HC800 is used for systems of more than three rooms.
All 2011 onwards BD Players are supported. Any model supported by the Sony iPhone control app is also supported by the driver.
This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd. Sony had nothing to do with it (but they did listen to us when we pointed out the problem with the 80 series).