Originally Posted by jkbs
Originally Posted by cshepard
A good one? How about Control4?
I disagree with your assertion that dedicated handheld remotes are a waning product.
I took the OP's comment to mean that Harmony was waning, not handheld remotes in general. I agree with that as each new generation has some functionality removed that its predecessors had. I agree with you also, the ipad type solutions have a WOW factor, but the handheld remote cannot be beat for some uses, such as DVR.
Yup, the comment was specific to the Harmony 890 Pro, not handhelds in general.
That said, my requirements (albeit far and wide) seem to be pushing handhelds out of the equation. I am looking for affordable, RF (non-line of sight), super macros, multi-zone, fully customizable, 100% reliable and most importantly usable by anyone, not just the technically gifted
The RF part generally means they are not affordable when looking for a handheld solution. When I decided to bite the bullet on price and go with the Harmony because it was RF and customizable, it proved to be reasonably reliable (not 100% but pretty close) but it was a bear to set up and only lasted a couple of years... and they did not stand behind their product - No affordable replacement option nor a solution that was backwardly compatible, which would have meant more time spent setting up a new Harmony model (uhhh, NO - once bit, twice shy).
For me, today's remote technology means:
* RF = 802.11
* Affordable = using a smart device that I have justified for other reasons.
All the other high tech functionality also seems to be pushing me toward a PC or iPxx device.
Originally Posted by Heavy As Stone
I just discovered TouchControl. It is meant for iPhone/iPod/iPad BUT you can also have a remote on your PC. There is a function in the program for exactly what you're talking about. And it is completely customizable. Give it a look.http://www.touch-ir.com/
I am definitely going to try TouchControl. So far what I have read seems to meet all of my requirements. I have not looked at Control4 in any depth yet, but the MyHome product says "must have a Control4® system" and to contact a dealer - sounds expensive.
Thank you all for the input. I appreciate it as I now have a direction to take.