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Post 1 made on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 21:06
PS2
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Here are some options. Anyone care to comment?

Having received little or no comments, I will try to evaluate these options myself to the extend I have access to the hardware and or software. The are other options available as well and I encourage you to google to your hearts content.

The solution is a single room solution only and consists of five devices: A Hitachi TV, a Yamaha Receiver, a LG Blu-ray player, a Pioneer DVD player, and a Toshiba HDD Recorder. Challenges are provided by the Hitachi TV which does not provide discrete for HDMI inputs and by the Toshiba HDD Recorder which does not provide discrete Power On and Off.

A very common paradigm is the Device vs Activity. Think of a device as the TV, DVD player, the single remote. An Activity is what we really want to do. Whether it is watching TV or listening to a CD. To be able to watch a DVD, we normally would have a number of steps to perform, turn all the devices, set up all the inputs, and determine which device controls the volume. A remote for an Activity would be different from a remote for a Device. We may want to press play or stop on the DVD or volume up, down or mute on our receiver or television.

Activity-based remote controls implement this paradigm with various levels of success including which device has already been turned on and which device still needs to be turned on.

The solutions described below are the solutions I tried myself. There are other solutions as well which may be as good or better than the ones I describe here.

I still hope that others will contribute to this thread and share their experience.

(1) Griffin Beacon - Bluetooth based

URL
[Link: griffintechnology.com]
http://www.dijit.com/

Note: The concept is very similar to Gear4 UnityRemote.


(2) Harmony Link - IP based

URL
[Link: logitech.com]

(3) iRule / iTach - IP based

URL
http://www.iruleathome.com/
http://www.globalcache.com/

(4) DemoPad


(5) TouchControl

URL
http://www.touchapptech.com

(6) Command Fusion

URL
http://www.commandfusion.com/

Last edited by PS2 on November 9, 2011 00:16.
Post 2 made on Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 00:04
touchpro43
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TouchControl (IR, IP, iTach, IRTrans, KIRA, HTPC, etc.)
Post 3 made on Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 19:41
Lyndel McGee
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What about Bitwise Controls? http://www.bitwisecontrols.com
Lyndel McGee
Philips Pronto Addict/Beta Tester
Post 4 made on Sunday November 13, 2011 at 00:41
shaun5
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I use a collage of Global Cache, irTrans, RS232 USB hub, IP controllable devices all controlled through a Girder with an HTML interface.   I am always curious about alternatives, but haven't seen anything that would work better for me.  At this point the only thing I might change is using only irTrans devices vs. Global Cache ones (Global Cache is cheaper, but has some limitations).  
Post 5 made on Thursday November 17, 2011 at 16:05
remoteshoppe
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I try to break up the options into the technology:

Cases
Surc iPhone 4/4S Case
Zero1 Voomote Zapper
Power A for iPhone 3G/3Gs

IR Dongles

Think Flood RedEye Mini
New Kinetix Re (iPad optimized App)
New Potato FLPR
I Got Control IRB1 (closeout)
L5
iWavIt
Zero1 Voomote 1

Bluetooth
Griffin Beacon Dijit (separate versions for iOs or Android)
MiCommand Control It All
MiCommand Control It All with AirDoc (wireless bluetooth audio streaming)
Gear 4 UnityRemote
Acoustic Research Zentral (killed almost immediately in US)

Wifi
Logitech Harmony Link (iOS, Android)
ThinkFlood RedEye Wifi Gen 1 (iOs, Android, PC or Mac)
ThinkFlood RedEye Wifi Gen 2 (adds IR out jack) (iOs, Android, PC or Mac)
ThinkFlood RedEye Pro (iOs, Android, PC or Mac, adds RS232 & routable IR)
SquareConnect SQ Blaster (with zwave) (iOs, Android with TotalControl Remote Edition, PC or Mac)
Peel Fruit

Software Only requires Global Cache or other Hardware
Bitwise Controls
iRule HD
Demopad
Total Control Remote Edition (Android)
TouchControl
Command Fusion
RoomieRemote

Hardware used by the Apps
Global Cache
Square Connect SQ Blaster
irTrans

Don't forget that most traditional control vendors have complimentary apps as well including:
Crestron
RTI
URC
Control 4

Apologies if I missed any.
Post 6 made on Saturday December 31, 2011 at 22:00
SJHart
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Since this seems to be the trend for future remote control, wonder if remote central will add some separate forums for these. SJ
Post 7 made on Thursday January 12, 2012 at 16:17
jojoje
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I just started a thread regarding an interesting open source alternative: OpenRemote

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