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Post 1 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 07:52
sWORDs
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Let's get this table extended and filled or corrected. Shout any input you've got.

AlternativeAMXCrestronRTIIpadAndroid TabletNevoURCControl4
Firm buttonsYesYesYesNoNo (Maybe with a custom housing and USB HID)
IRYesYesYesWith external extender/controllerWith external extender/controller
RS232With external extender/controllerWith external extender/controllerWith external extender/controllerWith external extender/controllerWith external extender/controller
TCPYesYesSome models?YesYes
UDPYesYesSome models?YesYes
VGA or higher resolution availableYesYesYesYesYes
Graphics acceleration Yes Yes
CPU power
Programing language Cocoa (C) JAVA
Prices
Available for DIYNoNoNoYesYes

Last edited by sWORDs on November 1, 2010 17:12.
Post 2 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 08:05
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Is this a list for Dealers/CI only?

DIY won't be allowed or will be extremely difficult to access to AMX, CRESTRON & RTI.
OP | Post 3 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 08:17
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Then that's a nice feature for the list aswell. (available for DIY) However as a DIY it's sometimes possible to get the software and hardware through a dealer. Getting anything from distribor or manufactorer is indeed impossible for those companies. Becoming a dealer of Crestron isn't easy here aswell, they want to see you team up with a current dealer first and if you sell enough you can become a dealer.

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Post 4 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 08:18
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I tried to look at RTI today they would not have a bar of me using it. You need to be a dealer and pay $150 an hour to get it programmed.
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Frank
Post 5 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 08:37
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On November 1, 2010 at 08:18, Franin said...
I tried to look at RTI today they would not have a bar of me using it. You need to be a dealer and pay $150 an hour to get it programmed.

What about a Nevo Q50 or S70?

If you buy through a authorized dealer they will most probably give you the software.

[Link: shop.remoteshoppe.com]
http://mynevo.com/

In OZ the S70 has dropped from $2300AU to $1500AU. The guys I program will sell a S70 with NC-50 for $1800AU. Q50 is $1100AU.

Last edited by Jasonvp on November 1, 2010 09:04.
Post 6 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 08:54
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Just curious but will it work with my RFX9600.
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Frank
Post 7 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 09:36
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On November 1, 2010 at 08:54, Franin said...
Just curious but will it work with my RFX9600.

Not sure.

To be honest we don't use Pronto remotes. The only reason I have PEP2 installed on my PC is to help people here otherwise I would not have it installed.

The Q50 and S70 use Zwave (2-way) to communicate with a NC-50. The S70 has wi-fi and web browser and wi-fi does drain the battery (about 5 hours not docked) but you can turn it on or off on any page. Basically just use it when you need it e.g. weather, sonos, squeezebox, TV Guide, email etc. Works best on mobile sites.
OP | Post 8 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 09:41
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320x240 wouldn't do it for me. I'm also not sure if it can be programmed like the Pronto(script).

Other option would be Control4 (own remote or iPad).

Last edited by sWORDs on November 1, 2010 09:50.
Post 9 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 09:52
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Thanks for this list sWORDs, real help. Suggestions for another column, 'Can communicate directly with 3rd parts products such as iTach'?

I believe AMX needs a Central Controller, but not 100%

Dupe...
Dupe...
Post 10 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 11:42
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I'm not going to comment anymore about Nevo remotes. They have thier own forum on RC were questions can be asked. I don't think it's right for me to comment on other brands in the Pronto Forum...some might get offended.


Cheers
Jason

Last edited by Jasonvp on November 1, 2010 12:02.
Post 11 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 12:16
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iRule is well on its way to building a "PEP" like system for the iPad. See information I posted on another obvious post on this same general topic.
OP | Post 12 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 14:08
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On November 1, 2010 at 11:42, Jasonvp said...
I'm not going to comment anymore about Nevo remotes. They have thier own forum on RC were questions can be asked. I don't think it's right for me to comment on other brands in the Pronto Forum...some might get offended.

Cheers
Jason

It would be wrong to start topics about Nevo remotes and promote them. But I'm pretty sure Lyndel and Daniel wouldn't mind us discussing alternatives in one central topic, now that the line is being shutdown. If they do they can move this to a general section, but I think it belongs here because we're looking at a replacement. So say what you want about Nevo, so I can put them in the list.
Post 13 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 14:11
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Hi Swords

Why did you not add URC to the list?
Pronto still one of the best Wi-Fi Remotes,
www.ikonavs.co.nz and [Link: prontoprojects.com] Axium Control catching up fast :)
Post 14 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 14:25
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Before I discovered the Pronto, I had been thinking of having 2 or 3 networked EEE PC's (with 7 inch touchscreens for each) as my control setup.

Or

A centrally located 'server' with multiple GFX cards giving the possibility of connecting up to 6 touchscreens.

As for hand-held, I would currently opt for either the iPad or the Android.

I'm sure that someday a battery-powered PC touchscreen will appear. There have been USB-powered touchscreens on the market for sometime. Wireless is the next logical step.

The battery-power PC touchsceen would be the ideal for me. If anyone knows of such a device please post me a link?
"Home" is where my Pronto is.
Post 15 made on Monday November 1, 2010 at 14:38
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The trouble at the moment with Battery powered PC's is batterylife the Vantage touch panel (PC) used to have this problem only lasting 2 hours on battery, but there new panel is much better i guess as time goes by it will get better.

I will never get used to not having Hard buttons though, i think people forget how usfull these are.
Pronto still one of the best Wi-Fi Remotes,
www.ikonavs.co.nz and [Link: prontoprojects.com] Axium Control catching up fast :)
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