HydraConnect LLC Introduces Control4® Simple Device Discovery Protocol Support for its Matrix Processors

SDDP software was developed in anticipation of the next Control4® OS release (version 2.3)

DENVER (11/1/12) -- HydraConnect LLC has introduced support for the Control4® Simple Device Discover Protocol (SDDP) in its HSS product family. SDDP is a groundbreaking new capability that automatically identifies and loads the Control4® driver for an HSS HDMI and audio matrix processor.


HydraConnect LLC's SDDP software was developed in anticipation of the next Control4® OS release (version 2.3) that extends the HSS's sophisticated auto-configuration capabilities. With SDDP, the Control4 system will automatically discover and add HSS devices to their installations in Composer without requiring the typical driver search. The HSS IP address will also be automatically discovered and configured, eliminating this and other error prone steps.

SDDP defines a discovery protocol similar to SSDP, which is the discovery protocol used by Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). In the protocol, devices/services make announcements on a multicast address when they become available and immediately before they go away.

HSS uses SDDP to identify itself to a Control4® system controller automatically at startup, via its web administration interface, and/or via the button already present on the rear of all HSS units. This identify capability advertises the HSS presence to the Control4® system which then automates the addition of the HSS into the installer's Composer project.

SDDP support comes in the form of new software components that have been included in all new HSS matrix processors. This technology upgrade is also installed automatically on all fielded HSS-2 systems in use worldwide during Q4 without customer or dealer intervention using HydraConnect's cloud based update system. The SDDP technology in HSS products insures that this new Control4® feature will be fully operational when Control4® OS 2.3 is released.

About HydraConnect LLC
HydraConnect manufactures and sells systems that integrate HDMI functionality and connectivity into the Control4® home automation environment. HydraConnect was founded in 2010 by Schanin and Tony Anzelmo, two A/V professionals with over 60 years of combined electronics design, development, and manufacturing experience. For more information, visit www.hydraconnect.com or call 720-583-4364.

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