Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Putnam County, NY
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I'm helping with the design of a boutique lodge (about ten standalone buildings) and the designers want all the AV equipment in a remote closet (about 15 feet from television). So, the guest would only see the television and speakers in the ceiling.
TVs will connect to the closet via HDMI. Speakers via speaker cables.
In the closet, we'll have a satellite receiver, AppleTV and likely an HDMI and stereo audio cable to a desktop for people to connect their personal devices.
We have most of it under control EXCEPT we haven't figured out a *reliable* was to control everything. We need a way to change sources, volume, channels, etc. The Harmony line from Logitech *seems* unreliable if the closet is locked and people can't get to it after a power outage, missed command, etc. Crestron is great, but ridiculously expensive and equally expensive to support. CEC doesn't seem quite mature enough yet. Control4, similar to Crestron in terms of support complexity.
I think I know the answer ("someone really should standardize and solve that problem") but does anyone have an idea for this?
Thanks in advance for your help!