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Post 1 made on Thursday February 16, 2023 at 23:28
Burgerboy
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Hi to whomever is still around, Daniel, Lyndel :)

Still running my 3 TSU7000's. Had to pull apart and reseat the touchscreen contacts on one of them, plus I'm on my 4th set of battery packs per unit, but I'm still chugging away happily.

Still prefer to use these rather than have microphones listening to everything in my house, waiting for me to say (or misinterpreting what I say) the keywords to control my lights and home theater.

Curious how many people are still using these remotes, there might be more (like me) that simply use them, and don't check in here very often.

Take care everyone,

Rick
Post 2 made on Friday February 17, 2023 at 11:50
raiders_fan94
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I'm still using my 2 TSU7000s with little to no issues. Love them, BUT currently migrating everything to a tablet based remote control so that I can integrate all the IP based stuff I now have. I wish there was a different way, but....
Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity
OP | Post 3 made on Saturday February 18, 2023 at 10:26
Burgerboy
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I do find somedays, as I get older, that I always seem to sit where ever the remote is NOT located. I guess that's how I ended up with 3 of them, haha. I run a pretty rudimentary home automation system, X10 based (still) through an IR543 and my TSU7000's but it does what I need it to do. I have never really needed to control things while out and about, so never seen the need to move to an IoT app based model. Maybe as I get older. I'll try and keep this ol' system running as long as I can.

The funniest thing I saw was 6 months ago, a buddy of mine trying to get alexa to turn his lights off - all the time standing right next to the wall switch
Post 4 made on Saturday February 18, 2023 at 12:31
Lyndel McGee
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Yeah, pizazz is nice. Consider having control of all lights for a home theatre. It's highly likely that there's a gang of switches right next to the door as you walk in. Not too terribly difficult to get up out of the seat and flip a switch.

As Insteon and X10 are pretty much dead, as each of my Insteon/X10 switches die (have lost 3 so far), I'm replacing them with the Good Ole Leviton 20th century switches as I found that I too can get up off my butt and flip a switch. My cardiologist will be happy, wife will be happy, life will be better. Exercise!!!
Lyndel McGee
Philips Pronto Addict/Beta Tester
OP | Post 5 made on Sunday February 19, 2023 at 10:03
Burgerboy
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I agree. I did stock up on light switches and appliance modules so I'm hoping I'll be good for a few years yet. I got all the X10 bugs out (95%), but seriously, I spent 10 times more time trying to get the system working than what I would have spent just getting up to flip the switch, haha. I see that these days as well. Another friend's smart bulbs stopped working because of a failed firmware update in his hub I think. He gave up trying to fix, tossed them and bought new.

I bug my girlfriends daughter - she has a gym membership, and when she goes to the gym, she drives up and down the parking lot, looking for a spot closest to the door. Get out and walk! haha
Post 6 made on Friday October 27, 2023 at 06:47
Amnesiac
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Still using my 990s and 980s - I prefer them to the internet connected remotes - or interconnected anything - such as harmony (I keep a harmony to learn discrete IR codes for new stuff then learn the codes on the prontos). I bought a few of ebay some years ago when they were cheap so that I have spares if I need them.

My X10 all went about 10yrs ago. I currently use Zigbee devices attached to a Home-Assistant (a rasberry pi) with a Zigbee dongle. The whole house has either Zigbee bulbs or Zigbee switches.

I also have an RFXCOM receiver attached to the Home-Assistant that picks up RF from my Pronto and so I can use the pronto X-10 RF codes to automate stuff from the handset. This is easier with the European devices as the prontos use 433Mhz like most RF controllers of the time.

A lot of equipment is moving to bluetooth remotes but everything I have still has IR in it so can be Pronto controlled.

I am messing around with a Pi Zero, touch screen and LIRC to see if I can make something that will read the Pronto pcf files (which are zipped XML and relatively simple to understand) and mimic a pronto before adding in TCPIP and bluetooth so that I can make a modern device that works like I'm used to. That is slow going since there is no urgency or need for it, and I like everybody else I'm sure has real life stuff intrude.
Post 7 made on Friday October 27, 2023 at 22:02
Lyndel McGee
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With regard to the Pi Zero and the Pronto IR format. You may be successful with a PCF but for sure the XCF IR format will elude you.

I actually have a Zero2W running an emulated RFX9600 (NodeJS and some Typescript) without IR as have not ventured down that road. But my extender support software and hardware based serial ports, input ports, and relays.
Lyndel McGee
Philips Pronto Addict/Beta Tester


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