I've continued to read up all the postings on the new Smart Control and Ultimate. I like the Smart Control, but since it doesn't emmit IR and the hub would have to be downstairs in my media rack, there would be no way to turn on the TV. HarmonyIan also confirmed that the remotes talk to the hub via RF, not WiFI, so range may still be an issue.
So that leaves me with two possible solutions. 1. Buy the ultimate and hope the RF reaches, or 2. move the currnet RF unit in range (say behind the TV) and run a cable from it all the way back to the media closet like I do for the cat5 and HDMI. Think that would work? They only pitfall I can see is if I'm outside BBQing and want to listen to music or something the RF would probably not reach again b/c it would be too far UPstairs. can you use 2 RF for the same remote on the same equipments or would that mess it up if the both received commands from the the remote?
Thanks for your help!