Originally Posted by jayworth
Roomie is half the price yet comes with an awesome guide, a lot more device support, and is orders of magnitude easier to setup and use. iRule finally added Sonos a few weeks ago but it's only for the music library. Roomie has Sonos Radio, Sonos Pandora, iTunes with Airplay that links up with Apple TV in one remote, etc. The latest iRule talks about adding an Onkyo "module" when Roomie supports basically every brand for all of that kind of integration rather than just Onkyo. Then there is the fact that you're going to sit there for a week with iRule just moving your buttons around and creating different templates for iPad/iPhone and whatever else you have. And you have to do it on a computer instead of just doing it on your device so just testing it is a huge pain rather than being right there. Roomie just sets it up for you and then you can customize it later if you need. Roomie is very public about all kinds of devices that it supports whereas that kind of information is basically impossible to find for iRule. You have to wonder why.
Remember also that with iRule, some of its plans are subscription-based so you pay again every year. So that's double the price but then multiply that by 2 every year.
Roomie is definitely half cheaper, but given your comments, I take that you have not use irule before, as some of your information might be questionable:
1) Roomie had more device support --> For IP controlled device, Irule should be at least the same as in Roomie. Also, if you do the Pro license, you can share and get libraries that other users create, which is A LOT. Those are not easy to "find" though, but there are a lot out there.
2) The Onkyo module that you refer to is not the same as adding Onkyo to the control. For that, they already support it via IP or IR. The Onkyo module is basically an app to control Onkyo network music (nternet radio, home DLNA etc) and display the album arts, songs, control. Now, if Roomie can control all the internet radio/home DLNA with album arts and can do that with every brand, that's really great, but I don't see that in roomie website. It seems like they do support itune (no additional charge, so that's really good) and Sonus.
3) You are correct that it is harder to program and you need to do that in front of a computer. It is better than Harmony though as I don't have to plug in, so I usually just bring my phone with me and sync after I make changes.
4) Irule do have a list of supported device on their web. Granted that their website is like at the beginning of the web era, compared to Roomie. I constantly just go to Roomie for information (like find the port# for a particular device), and just use it for irule
5) I don't know where you see that irule is subscription based and need to pay every 2 years. I never see that and certainly hope that's not the case. In fact, they offer i think 2 weeks free trial and you can always get a refund if you are not satisfied. This is taken from their website:
Once you're logged in to iRule Builder, you can purchase a full license at any time. iRule Basic is only $49.99, and iRule Pro is just $99.99. Purchased licenses are non-expiring and include updates and improvements. Reference the table below to see the differences between iRule Basic and Pro. If you'd like to try iRule Basic first, you can even upgrade to Pro later for just $50. You can also add any of our Modules to your iRule Basic or Pro remote, including iTunes, Sonos, Onkyo-Integra, and Automation for Leviton Z-Wave.
Another thing that I think irule does things differently compared to Roomie is the "handset" design concept. Irule support more than 1 handset design. That is not to say that you can only connect irule to onyl 1 or 2 handset. It is the "design" that you can use. For example, you can create an 2 iphone4 layout, with one for your kids/wife, and one for yourself. I don't think Roomie can do that, but they probably do not need to as their design is pretty much set and you don't need to mess or tinker around anyway. And last but not least, if you have Android, then I think your only option is Irule for now, as Roomie had no Android version yet (although irule on Android is NOT on par with their idevice...)
I know this is a Roomie forum, and I am not trying to "sell" irule here, but just want to get some of the facts straight so folks can compare straight.
now, back to my irule programming