I've just ordered a new Denon AVR-4520CI to replace my aging Pioneer AVR in my basement home theater. I am going to use the Zone 4 HDMI output to provide the sources in the basement to a second viewing area in the upstairs living room. I am trying to figure out what I need to purchase to control the equipment in my rack (in a closet) from both the living room and home theater via IR.
Here is what I currently have:
Basement Home Theater
Primary Control: iRule on dedicated iPad
GC-100-18 installed in the equipment rack in the closet (for RS-232 and IR devices)
Upstairs Living Room
Logitech Harmony 900 RF Remote
I want to add two new control options to my system. First, the ability to control my new AVR (and other sources) from the upstairs room. Second, to add a backup IR control from inside the home theater. This is for use of my wife when iRule isn't cooperating for her. I've been researching Xantech components and that seems like my best bet to achieving what I want, but I have a few questions.
Ideally, I want to keep the Logitech Harmony 900 in use upstairs as the family is already very familiar with it, but this seems like the biggest issue with the Xantech system. Does anyone know if it's at all possible to integrate the RF-to-IR box of the Harmony 900 into a Xantech IR distribution network? Theoretically, it looks like it might just plug into a CB12, but I can't find any documentation of anyone who has tried this.
Also, to those who have used and installed systems like this. What type of cable is generally ran between rooms to transmit the IR signal. I currently have a 3.5mm stereo cable ran between rooms, but can easily run anything else if necessary.
Finally, If anyone has any other solutions that might be better for my situation, please let me know.