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RFX6000 controlled by a computer.
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Post 1 made on Thursday October 30, 2014 at 06:35
mruesch
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I've looked high and low to try to find a way to send the rf to a rfx6000 to control with a computer. Has anyone seen something that can do this or have any good ideas on how to make something?
Post 2 made on Friday October 31, 2014 at 00:56
Lyndel McGee
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The only way you might even attempt to do this is with a Pyramid RF/IR extender. I am not sure if this would be possible. Depends on whether you have US (418MHz) or EU (433MHz) extender. As you say is RFX6000, then may be 418MHz and would likely not work with the Pyramids.

If you are intested in sending IR, why not just spend the $150 or so and buy a GlobalCache IRTach either wired or wireless.
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OP | Post 3 made on Saturday November 1, 2014 at 05:37
mruesch
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Thanks for the reply Lyndel McGee

I was trying to not go too much into my setup (too complicated) but guess I should give a bit more information on it. All my components are together in the same location. I have 4 Sony DVP-CX995V DVD players, 2 Pioneer DV-F727 DVD players and 2 Pioneer DV-F07 DVD players (the F727s are slaved to the F07s). So for the DVD players I need 2 isolated IR outputs to control them. I also have 3 video switches that are the same so that adds another for 3 isolated IR outputs.

I'm writing a program to pick a DVD with (via a computer with a TV output) and then have it switch to the right player and start the DVD. Kind of a Tivo style menu for watching my DVDs. I have a Tira that can read IR inputs and (very sweetly) can send IR out using Pronto hex codes. But to maintain the 3 isolated IR outputs I'll have to use relays. And hoping with the use of diodes to the outputs from the RFX6000s and the Tira (and two locationfree players but makes it too complex to explain here) to use the same IR emitters for both of them.

If I could send RF right from the computer to the 3 RFX6000s it would greatly reduce the complexity of my wiring. (though I have no out from using relays for the Locationfree players).

My setup has 6 zones 2 of them shared with a Locationfree player. Four 8x3 matrix switches, 3 video switches and 4 receivers. With a TSU3000 for each zone.

I have looked at some 418MHz transmitters and receivers made for the Arduino but don't know if they would work with a RFX6000, or even how I would hook one up to a windows PC. Most of them talk about the baud rates as if being used like a com port which makes me think they can't be used for talking to a RFX6000.

I do know it's almost for sure I'm going to have to go the wired way but thought I might as well give you guys a try. I'm no guru at this stuff.
Post 4 made on Saturday November 1, 2014 at 11:54
Lyndel McGee
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RFX6000 is a proprietary solution and likely is not easily be controlled via a computer. If you need discrete outputs, consider the Xantech RT-8 or the RT-16 which gives you the ability to send an IR code to setup the switch to a particular or all outputs (blaster) and then send the IR code you desire. I used to use this exact solution for controlling 3 Sony DVD Changers all set to Command Mode 1.

If you search on Amazon, I am very sure you will find one for sale in mint condition and I'm sure you can also find them on Ebay.

So, effectively, you could do what you want for each zone with a Single Global Cache ITaq IR and a Xantech IR router (RT-8).
Lyndel McGee
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