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post #21 of 94 Old 01-09-13, 12:59 PM
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Re: ALM Family Theater automation using iRule

Oh ok. 7" seems to be the new favored form factor based on what's coming out at CES.
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Re: ALM Family Theater automation using iRule

Yeah I already have a Nexus 7, I was looking for something a bit larger in the 9-10" range for the remote but also with a decent resolution. I want to pick up the Nexus 10 but I don't want to leave it in my living room as a remote lol. There are a good bit of cheap 10" tablets out there, but they all have pretty resolution (lower or equal to my Nexus 7).
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I love it! Keep the posts on iRule coming. I am a LOOOONG way from setting mine up but I did pickup 2 GC-100-6's for $29/each off ebay. Still quite a few there if you need more. I was wondering how you control the GE with it. Thanks for the clarification. Did you use any wallstations with your GE? I'm thinking I might need at least one as my GE will be on one end of the room and I have my office 30' from the GE. Do the wallstations operate like 3 way switches?
I used the IR ports on the GE - the ones in the orange block. I then used a standard phone line using two of the wires from there to my av closet where the GC-100 is. At that end, I put a 3.5 stereo jack on and plugged it into one of the 6 IR ports. It actually worked the first try.

I do not have any wall stations. My wife and I both have iPads, I have an iPod, and I have an Android based phone. Between the four of them, I figured at least one would be accessible.

Honestly, I did not pay much attention to the wall stations as I knew I would not be using one, but I think (and don't quote me here because it has been a while since I researched it) that the wall stations wire into the side of the unit next to the IR connection points.


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Would like to hear more about the control of the lights and equipment. Really want to use the Ipad for the controls but need to get all the details of the head end equipment. What parts are all required?
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If all your devices are networked, then you don't need anything more then the iRule software. If you need IR, or RS232 control, then you need to get iTach or similar devices.

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Re: ALM Family Theater automation using iRule

Apologies that I have not posted to this thread lately - I have been in full on construction mode recently.

As Harold said, if you have everything networked, you would be good to go with the software. For myself, I am using R232 communication for the projector and IR for the cable box so I purchased a Global Cache GC-100 unit. So, I ended up connecting all the devices through the GC-100 via IR (other than the projector).

Besides that, the only other thing needed was the cables to connect the devices.


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Have you already figured out the changing IP issue? I was struggling with this issue for a while. Despite iRule's advice to set up static IP's for all of my devices, I left it up to the router's DHCP capability to assign them. I finally went in to my router's set-up (Netgear WNDR4500), and created IP Reservations for each device I wanted to control with iRule - including the gateways (iTach IP2IR and GC-100-12). Apparently, this method doesn't cause the "problems" assigning static IP's does (not sure what problems, iRule community forums mention them).

This may be a simple-fix to a simple-problem, but thought I'd post it nevertheless. These little steps sometimes stump me for much longer than is necessary I'm sure

Any-who, thanks for the posts and for the threads you have going on! --Mario
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I always use IP reservations rather then static IP's.
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Re: ALM Family Theater automation using iRule

Hi Joe,

Nice work creating the thread. Sorry I've only just seen it

A couple of the things you mentioned caught me out as well. The baud rate for particular devices was an important one. I have two devices running off one of the GC serial ports and for a while couldn't work out why one worked and the other didn't.

Finally as a last resort, I read the manual and noticed that one had a different rate. So I moved it to it's own port and combined two that I knew had the same rate. Worked like a charm

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Have you already figured out the changing IP issue? I was struggling with this issue for a while. Despite iRule's advice to set up static IP's for all of my devices, I left it up to the router's DHCP capability to assign them. I finally went in to my router's set-up (Netgear WNDR4500), and created IP Reservations for each device I wanted to control with iRule - including the gateways (iTach IP2IR and GC-100-12). Apparently, this method doesn't cause the "problems" assigning static IP's does (not sure what problems, iRule community forums mention them).

This may be a simple-fix to a simple-problem, but thought I'd post it nevertheless. These little steps sometimes stump me for much longer than is necessary I'm sure

Any-who, thanks for the posts and for the threads you have going on! --Mario
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I always use IP reservations rather then static IP's.
I did reserve an IP for my GE unit as I was having issues with that one not connecting - all the rest of my equipment has never had an issue.

And, you bet Mario. I really wanted to capture as much info about iRule as we could in one spot - so that when someone asked me a question later (and my tired old mind cannot remember) I would know exactly where to look for the answer!

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Hi Joe,

Nice work creating the thread. Sorry I've only just seen it

A couple of the things you mentioned caught me out as well. The baud rate for particular devices was an important one. I have two devices running off one of the GC serial ports and for a while couldn't work out why one worked and the other didn't.

Finally as a last resort, I read the manual and noticed that one had a different rate. So I moved it to it's own port and combined two that I knew had the same rate. Worked like a charm

Cheers,
Simon
Yeah - that one stumped me for quite a bit. My biggest hurdle coming up is going to be that I am a complete and utter novice when it comes to using any picture editing packages - creating my own buttons is going to be painful.


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