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CE Control Wiki: beta test/feedback on new feature
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Post 1 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 04:32
Daniel Tonks
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I'd like to announce a new feature section on Remote Central: the Consumer Electronics Control Wiki.

Inspired by Vincent's Mega-Notes post suggesting an industry-wide list of technical notes for components, I thought I'd try to come up with a solution to this suggestion that would be versatile and open (so that anyone could add or edit information), but structured enough that it would collect the type of information that's really needed.

I ended up with a sort of "structured wiki" that allows anyone with an RC account to add a new component, or modify existing components.

There's places to enter basic information about the device, indicate how it can be controlled (IR, RF, RS-232, IP, etc.), if the device itself supports control outputs (such as DC triggers, iPod control, HDMI CEC etc.), whether it supports discrete codes, device timings (power on delay, inter-command delay etc.), plus general notes and a place for infrared hex codes.

The idea is if you know something about a device, you put it into the Wiki, and eventually other members will add more information and fill in a complete profile. So, when you or anyone else needs to install or work with one of those devices, you can quickly figure out the best way to control it, learn about any problems or operation quirks, obtain discrete codes, and so forth. Comments can be added to a device for discussion.

Right now, I'd appreciate it if everyone could give it a look and let me know whether there's any information fields that I've missed, what new ones would be useful, or if there's any control methods I may have forgotten about. Suggestions on how to make it better, along with bug reports if you notice something wrong, would also be greatly appreciated.

Right now it should be fully functional; I've populated it with a few devices that I'm familiar with.

Consumer Electronics Control Wiki

Post 2 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 05:36
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Hey I like it. When I get back to the shop I'll try to enter few of my own.
Post 3 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 10:39
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Maybe I'm stupid... how do you get to the Wiki besides following the link in this thread?
Post 4 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 10:44
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Since its in beta, there probobly arent any additional links on the site yet.. You can always bookmark it...

Looks awesome Daniel......
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Post 5 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 11:45
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Good for you, Daniel!!
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Post 6 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 13:41
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Ability to upload photos would be nice.
Post 7 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 14:03
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Great job!

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Post 8 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 15:37
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This could turn out to be a truly amazing resource! Thanks for working on this!
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Post 9 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 15:50
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Awesome.. Maybe the CI friendly manufacturers could load their products here to make life easier. If everyone populates the list with all the current products life will be much easier when designing a system.

I know this wiki is for control but product dimensions and notes about whether ventilation is on top or in back... scratch that.. A way to upload or link to manuals and other documentation would be better. Scratch that.. you already beat me to it :)
Post 10 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 16:47
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This is great, how about a field for rackmount or not?

Also, a way to copy/paste info from a unit into a new one, would be helpful for updating new model numbers across 1 manufacturer, especially TVs and AVRs.
OP | Post 11 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 18:48
Daniel Tonks
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Yes, it's ONLY linked from this thread at this time until it's a bit more final. But you can get to it via remotecentral.com/devices

Hmm. It's hard to know if this should be a COMPLETE specifications or just control specifications section.

You can duplicate devices (by filling in the new device form with details from another device) - just go to that device, scroll down to the "Wiki Toolbox", and hit [Duplicate]. Everything will be copied except for the model number.

OK, just to recap:

* Upload photos/files
* Rackmount yes/no
* Dimensions (Maybe?)

Keep the suggestions coming!
Post 12 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 19:54
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On April 21, 2009 at 18:48, Daniel Tonks said...
Keep the suggestions coming!

Looks Great. how about the ability to link the discrete code section to the discrete device page in the files area?
Post 13 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 21:06
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It will be nice to link to this for the more common questions and quickly end the thread.
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Post 14 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 21:30
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Daniel, looks cool. Good idea, also dimensions sound cool.

Looks Great. how about the ability to link the discrete code section to the discrete device page in the files area?

actually how about button(s) that search the file area

most don't have but how about FW or revisions sub section (s), sometimes features can change depending on what it is even if they kept the same model or name
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Post 15 made on Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 22:14
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Daniel, That is awesome. Great work.
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