Originally Posted by CentralCoaster
I'm using a similar setup...
Thanks - I've been playing with the one iTach Flex IP I ordered. Overall I like it, but ran into a Zone 2 issue with Denon's IP control. My problem is that I can't get Zone 2 to power on (single handset, but I have launched the Denon app on a different handset within the last few days). This is the zone I'm trying to "fix" with a new remote solution.
Everything else works fine including the Denon Main Zone IP control. The only adjustment I had to make was to the very helpful auto-generated delay in the builder - (.7 sec delay for xfinity x1 box commands).
The included blaster seems really weak to me, or the ceiling mounted Epson is not very sensitive. I spent over 30 minutes trying to find a spot where the blaster would actually hit the Epson. The distance is about 10-12 feet. But worse is that the placement allowing the blaster to hit the projector is outside and facing away from the equipment cabinet, making it useless for the other devices. I have to place the blaster upside down and at a 45 degree angle to the projector on the ceiling. If I'm off two degrees on either plane the signal doesn't register. That leaves me with two emitters for five devices (xfinity box, Blu-ray, ATV, Vizio TV, and Vizio sound bar).
I planned to get an iTach Flex WF Serial for the Epson, but it sounds like I'll also need an iTach Flex IP Serial for the Denon. I originally figured iRule Pro + Denon and iTunes modules + two iTachs is what I'd need. At about $350 I consider it a significant step up from my old Harmony One. However, I've spent a TON of time working with the builder and consider that a flag for some other people. Add another one or two iTachs to my original setup and we're at $550 + my time (diy vs CI).
On one hand I enjoy the ability to customize, iterate, etc. There is a lot of flexibility in iRule. If an AV enthusiast likes to tinker, this is the adult version of tinker toys - build it however you want. It's great if you're skilled in Photoshop and have any sort of front end experience. I imagine the CI world loves this. Once I got over the learning curve I found myself enjoying the building process.
On the other hand there are alternatives like Roomie which require less time, but also offer less ui customization. After running into some bumps with iRule I checked out Roomie. There is some consternation regarding their pricing plans and upcoming/current changes. I thought the pricing was fine. I wasn't completely sold and decided to keep customizing with iRule.
Right now I've repurposed a 1st gen iPad. In the future I'm sure I'll introduce a handset type for the other household iOS devices (3x iPhone 5s and 1x iPod touch). First I plan to setup an IR path to another blaster/emitter in order to hit all of the devices. If that works I'll just deal with a single handset connection to the Denon. If that doesn't work I'll go all in and order more iTach Flex (w/serial connections as well as one w/IR).
I do like iRule so far...I already have a long list of custom panels that I want to setup (with about 15 pages done, working on 5 more). I can't imagine what I'll do once I introduce lighting, then variables.