Originally Posted by dalto
1. The complete lack of flexibility.
2. I have a somewhat complicated home theater setup with 15+ devices and I like it to work in a very specific manner that I have found works for me. I use macros, conditional logic and variables in a bunch of different places.
3. Harmony prioritizes ease of use/setup over functionality almost to the extreme. It works the way the product developers want it to and no other way.
4. SimpleControl is a little better with flexibility but in my limited time with it I didn't see any way to have custom macros/scripts or set and read variables. Also, doing all the config on an ipad for an entire system seems pretty cumbersome.
5. OpenHab looks somewhat interesting. I will need to spend some time with it. Hopefully it is not the opposite extreme of Harmony where absolutely everything needs to be hand-coded.
1. Hmm, that is not my experience. Right now, I just have a older Harmony-670 in main room and a Harmony-650 in Bedroom. I don't even have a Harmony Hub.
2. Yes, Harmony has Macros ... Sequences as they call them, IIRC. You can also train any missing button from OEM remote.
3. Again, not my experience. While not perfect, it is sufficiently flexible for my needs. Yes, sometimes, on complicated or branching Activities, I present myself with some choices and press my own final buttons.
4. A list of Commands could be considered "a Macro". I recently discovered that any button on a Virtual Remote can have it's own List of Commands under it (doesn't have to be an out-right Activity).
5. Agreed. Please let us know how you like it.
My perception is that Harmony and Simple-Control are the major players because they have taken the time to compile the working codes for all the common AV-Components. Harmony is mostly IR. Simple Control does IR, but also IP and RS-232.