Beta test this new feature and help the community document how audio/video devices are controlled!
Posted by Daniel Tonks on April 28, 2009 at 12:10 AM
I’m pleased to announce the beta test of a new feature section on Remote Central: the Consumer Electronics Control Wiki
. And we need your help to fill it with content and make it the best it can be!
Inspired by a forum post by Vincent (vbova27) a few months ago suggesting an industry-wide list of technical notes for audio/video components, I decided to try and come up with a solution to that suggestion that would be both versatile and open (so that anyone could add or edit content), but structured enough that it would collect the type of information that’s really needed. The end result is a sort of “structured Wiki” that allows anyone with a Remote Central account to add and modify entries.
The purpose of this new Wiki is to document exactly how audio, video and automation devices are controlled, so that anyone needing to work with those components can quickly learn about the best ways to integrate them into a universal remote control or other control system. The Wiki will contain information about supported control systems, discrete codes, operational timings, important commands, problems you might encounter as well as their solutions, and there’s even support for uploading related files such as user manuals, control sheets, photographs and so forth. Comments can be added to a device for help or general discussion.
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, everything you need to know will be in one spot for quick and easy access.
Right now I’d greatly appreciate it if everyone could look it over, browse the components that have been added so far, and let me know about any bugs or items I may have missed. Suggestions on ways to make it better or faster to use would also be greatly appreciated, and can be made in this forum thread. And if you know something about how a component works, please take a couple of minutes and add it to the Wiki!