Originally Posted by DavidPotter
That looks interesting. I'll check it out. Music integration is certainly a big part of it, if not the main issue I have with my Landmark system. I have all my music in lossless WMA format, and I recently added iTunes AAC format since I bought an iPhone earlier this year.
The issue I have with Landmark is that it can't feed the information about my music to the keypads scattered throughout the house.
I checked out the website for that product (http://www.autonomichome.com/
). It looks like it feeds up to 4 streams of audio over the LAN to a variety of control systems. They integrate with AMX's Netlinx, but not Landmark (not surprising), so it looks like I'd still need to replace the main control system to support this, not to mention all the switches and keypads :-)
I don't want to lead you on, though. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to make a big (thousands-of-dollars) investment right at this moment. I am, however, very interested in checking out my options for making forward progress towards a system that isn't completely unsupported and will eventually die off. I really appreciate your input on this topic.
Who knows maybe you will win the lottery next year?
We have an IP patch for RTI that allows us to put the polytone version of Mirage into single zone per keypad or multiple zone mode as needed, the number of audio outputs is only limited by the number of output channels that are available on a PC. The Mirage setup utility allows us to break a 7.1 sound card up into 4 stereo assignable audio pairs, if you have two sound cards you then have 8 available stereo sound outputs. You can even assign one card to 7.1 and another to separate stereo outputs for multiple zones, you can even use USB external sound cards, Mirage does not care. Mirage farms content from both MCE and Itunes.
If you want to take the grow as you go path, all RTI controllers, like the RTI K4 touch panel can be used in a standalone capacity, meaning it works all buy itself , all it needs is a 16 volt power supply and Ethernet access. Even if you only have a single cat5 running to a touch panel location, we can break that out into 2 way RTI control and Ethernet, just so long as that run is not over 80 feet to the head end.
To control the mirage software installed on your PC, We simply program in a standard IP viewer on the K4 and point it at the server where Mirage is installed. Audio feeds in turn shall be sent from your server to the 16 channel landmark audio switcher. You could actually have several K4's installed the same way without having to buy any processors or other interfaces. In the future if you want to expand into actually replacing the Landmark stuff, everything RTI you have purchased is already forward compatible.
When, or if you decide to upgrade, we will remove the Phast brains, but we will retain the switcher, amplifiers and any other compatible components; we can still use your sprinkler relays, garage door contacts and so forth, they will work just as before. Except you will be able to do more.
Whole-house audio (13 zones) using the 16-zone audio switcher and Parasound amps. Good amps! We can re-use the switcher as well
MLC light switches. Replace with low cost leviton Zwave switches
DMS and IMS keypads in most rooms. Replace with RK3V and RK1 keypads
Relays for controlling a 7-zone sprinkler system. Re-integrate
Button keypads in a number of places to provide 4-position dimming or to provide control of lighting scenes or a fireplace. Replace with RK1 4 or 8 button keypads
3 garage door sensors. Re-integrate
Two closet door sensors for turning the light on and off when the door is opened and closed. Re-integrate
IR receiver to allow control in the home theater room. You wont need this as you will have a Z wave handheld remote
IR senders for home theater components. I no longer use this, however, as the stick-on emitters didn't stay stuck on for long. If they are not damaged we can reuse these parts
Old DMS Key Pad (below)which would be replaced with the RTI RK3V
RTI RK3V replacement for above seen Below
New pop out of wall 7 inch Zwave panel only needs a local power supply, no wire to fish, and its aforadable
New 10 inch panel