Originally Posted by ellisr63
I am thinking of moving from CQC to iRule,
I've looked at getting away from CQC as well. The good news for CQC is that it does a great job of talking to a lot of diverse hardware, and it uses few resources to do it (you could put it on a tiny computer that draws almost no power). The bad news is, the front-end interfaces are weak, and I don't imagine them ever getting good enough to use.
I'm also an iRule user, although not active. The problem is, I'm not too impressed with the front end interfaces there either. When I see someone use an entire page to control a single light, I think, who has the time to open an app, and navigate through several pages to get to one page to turn on a light? Maybe someone who wants to show off their automation system, but for me, it's too slow for regular use.
Here's my current solution (and I'm open for suggestions). I use CQC to connect everything. I have remote controls with hard buttons in every room where I typically control things (9 remotes). It's much faster for me to grab a remote and adjust lights than it is to pull out my phone, unlock it, open an app, etc. I also far prefer hard button remotes to control media as I can do it without looking, unlike an app. I get visual feedback when needed from the media program on the nearest television. Not to mention, when I'm watching television, I want my phone available to look things up.
I have a lighting system with 3-button switches to control lighting scenes (Jetstream).
When I'm near a computer, my browser homepage has a series of links that control whatever I want. I'm typing this in my office. I could click control-T to open a new tab, then click on links to turn/off lights, scenes, etc. (this also works on android phone/tablet browsers.)
But the best interface for android phone/tablets: If I double-click the Home button, it pulls up a voice command window and I simply say what I want. I'm using Tasker and AutoVoice to communicate back to CQC. I wouldn't use this to try and adjust volume, for example, but it's faster and more hands-free than anything else on a phone for basic control.
A final philosophical point. I use a Ceton cable-card tuner for my DVR. They have a great app, and they spend a lot of effort constantly making it better. CQC, nor iRule will ever be able to compete with that. Why bother trying? Same thing with Media Browser. They have a great app, and a much bigger user base than CQC will ever have. Once you take the time to go to app level, I'd rather use these apps.