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I have used Crestron, Pronto, and RTI and all are excellect provided they are properly programmed and suit your ergonomic needs...as far as these three are concerned I would note the following:
1. Crestron: You will need an installer to do this as Crestron software is very difficult to get and, even were yo to get it, not the most intuitive to use.
2. RTI: You may be able to get the software (i.e. I did) and witha little patience this is very easy to program (i.e. I am self taught). I designed my own interface to suit my way of thinking / working and it is bullet proof...the CI who is programming my Crestron system did not make one change / improvement to it when he used elsewhere.
3. Pronto: Software is easy to get, programming is easy and lots of help / support available from end users.
I have been using universal remotes for years and for me the best bang for the buck are the RTI offerings and, were it in your price range or even a stretch, I would go for the RTI-XP8 and one of their 2 way RS-232 remotes...
I would also add that onc eyou have gone RF you will never go back to IR and, once you have gone RF + 2-way RS-232 you will never go back to simple RF again...
The key is spending the time to get the right ergonomics / functionality becuase without this you will be frustrated...teh fancy icons, colours, etc. come last / next...
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