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post #1 of 5 Old 03-16-2012, 09:35 AM - Thread Starter
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I just bought an LG led with wifi. I see there's an iPad app called LG TV Remote that controls the tv via wifi connection. I'm planning on getting the Panasonic 3d blu ray player with wifi, but I'm not sure if the app is just fo LG products. I might just go with the LG player with wifi if it only controls LG. Anyone know of an app that can control multiple devices that aren't the same brand?
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Check out iRule, Roomie, DemoPad, et al on this forum - lots of good stuff!
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Check out iRule, Roomie, DemoPad, et al on this forum - lots of good stuff!

What's the overview on that stuff? These apps. interface with Global Cache units by Wifi or ethernet and they in turn interface with AV components by infrared or by RS-232?
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What's the overview on that stuff? These apps. interface with Global Cache units by Wifi or ethernet and they in turn interface with AV components by infrared or by RS-232?

Global Cache seems to be the weapon of choice for all of the apps - but there are other alternatives that may have slightly more favorable price-points and/or feature sets.

GC has wired and wireless models that work just about identically.

I don't have first-hand knowledge of DemoPad, but assume it is very similar to iRule and Roomie - the latter two provide IP, IR, 232 and on/off (relay-type) control capabilities, depending on the hardware being controlled and the chosen controller.

My perception is that iRule is more customizable than Roomie, but it has a steeper/longer learning curve. I've been able to get a functional Roomie setup configured in under 15 minutes. Both good products, but each has a slightly different appeal.

There are dedicated threads for all these products in this forum, but hopefully this gives you a rough idea of some of the high-level product capabilities.

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But the advantage over something like the Unity would be that these controllers can do more than translate commands to IR -- for instance, control motorized screens or curtains.

And also a fully customizable layout for the remote UI.
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