Hello everyone this is my first time on this form so if I am doing things wrong let me know and I apologize.
The equipment I have right now is an Elk-M1EZ8 security system which is compatible with X-10 and Insteon systems.
I also have a 6 zone Sonance Navigator Harbor system with 4 Navigator K2 Keypad’s.
My theater room has 6 lighting zones using Insteon switches to do the automation control and one old plug in controller so that I could program in a all on all off commands for a movie light scene.
Finally I have a Denon AVR-4306 receiver running my theater room then.
What I am trying to do is combine all of my equipment into one home automation system. Right now the Sonance system works great for distributing audio and composite video to each of the zones. But it is a IR and trigger voltage system only so no feed back as to what is going on. I programmed a rather in-depth IR program so I can select most functions but have reached its limitation now with my media server and wanting internet radio. Also not being able to incorporate lighting sense when I select movie on the remote.
Due to this I am trying to incorporate probably 2 new touch screens into the mix. I am trying to have them still work with my Sonance system so I need it to put out IR codes and a way to program that. I also am trying to connect it to the Elk security system for monitoring. The last thing is to control the Insteon Lighting system.
I have looked into mounting a tablet on the wall as one option but would require multiple apps to accomplish everything also how to do all the IR communication.
The Other option is a Home touch screen as I know you can program all of this into one system but do not know what my options are. I can not use a control 4 touch screen unless there is a way to program them with out there equipment or Crestron but am open to building a home automation computer if that is the solution or any other touch screen ideas.
What ever ideas would be great and software options to get all of this done.
Thank you in advance for any and all help given
Web site for all my equipment if that helps anyone
Key pads http://www.sonance.com/products/accessories/detail/191
Security system http://www.elkproducts.com/product-catalog/m1ez8-cross-platform-control