Originally Posted by swassbac
Did either of you find a good iPad/Hardbutton hybrid solution?
I've not arrived at an easy solution. So, I'm debating holding off until something easier comes out... or forging ahead. On the waiting front, URC has some new stuff on the horizon that will do what we need... but, it's already delayed and is not likely to be available for 6 months or more. Even then I've not seen a demo of their iPad software, so, it's a bit of a guess at this point that it will wow me.
So, the difficult way, at least for me, means some sort of computer automation controller in the middle. The reason for this is I still want to use my URC remotes via RF. So, I would need the URC remote sending RF commands to my MSC-400. The MSC-400 would need to be programed to get the RF command and send out an RS-232 serial command to a computer automation controller (running Premise or similar). The automation controller then would send an IP command to the various i-tach devices attached to my equipment.
The ipad would use irule (or similar software) to interact with the itach devices directly.
The Elk (security) would also send RS-232 commands to the computer automation controller to issue commands that are security related (vacation mode lighting and shade control, intrusion lighting, etc).
I've bench tested this arrangement and it works... but, it's going to be a bear to program. I'm guessing 60+ hours at least, just on the back end work - MSC-400, RF remotes and Automation controller). Add in iRule and I'm probably looking at another 20-30 hours.