Dunnersfella:lchiu7: I love Harmony remotes and have a 880 and a Harmony One.
But I am now experimenting with iRule and using an Android tablet to control my devices. One of the advantages of tablet based control (whether it's iRule for Android/IOS or Roomie Remote for iPhone only) is IP control.
Most of my devices are now IP controllable so I don't have to worry about line of sight from the control to the unit.
Of course it does mean you have to invest in some like this
And the programming effort is not trivial (well it's not for iRule) but the end result looks like it will be cool.
I'd be very interested to hear about your experiences with this sort of kit.
A step by step / photo project could be quite a cool sticky for this forum... if you have time, that is.
It's been a bit challenging so far. The programming itself isn't hard once you get what they are trying to do but if you use the Wizard and you have any complexity in your system then you don't know where the tweaks are. But iRule have been great so far for support.
For me the main challenge has been programming the T-Box. The codes don't appear to be in their database so I have had to learn them. But the iTach learner is rubbish. It hardly ever registers the remote signal. Then I went to their forum and found I wasn't alone and many folks took the case off to make learning easier. That worked for me but the codes never captured properly.
Since I have a USB-UIRT I use for GBPVR to change channels on the T-Box I at least knew the codes from 0-9. I then used the USB-UIRT and a free utility to learn all the other codes. That also was challenging as I at first tried it on a XP box (which is where the USB-UIRT runs) and that didn't work. Then I tried a Windows 8.1 Pro Surface and while it learnt codes, they all had the same hex value! Finally I dig out a Windows 7 32bit machine and was able to learn all the codes I needed.
So far I am able to use two activities. One is to watch OTA TV using an antenna and the second to watch T-Box and control the channels and DVR playback via the app. It's pretty cool so far but I must have spent several hours doing it. What is nice is you don't have to aim the control at the equipment since the iTach has a IR blaster than can be set to aim at all your equipment and the IR signals are triggered over IP. I suspect many of my devices are IP controllable so I am going to investigate that path.