Originally Posted by R Harkness
What is it you guys want to achieve using 2-way?
Many things. Here are a few:
Volume level status. This is probably the most common use of 2way.
Meta Data from XM, FM, iPod, Music and Movie servers.. so that you can navigate them from any zone.
Feedback from subsystems like lighting and security and hvac. You can see what the temperature is in all areas of the house. You can see what lights are on or what security zones are tripped. This data can be displayed in a text list or it can be displayed visually with floorplan views. It can be used to show what sources are in use by having the icon highlighted or text under the icon that says "IN USE".
This is the Home Page of an interface i am working on. It has many examples of what 2way can give you.
Time and date.
What room you are in.
Latest Caller ID information.
What music and/or lighting scene is currently active.
What the status of the security system is.
What the inside and outside temperatures are.
You can also see what page you are on by the highlighted Home Icon and you can see what camera is selected. These are things that can be done with a 1way system by creating multiple pages that show different states. But with a 2way system things can be driven by the processor. That doesn't mean much for the end user for things like what page you are on or what camera is selected IMO because a 1way system can be programmed to closely mimic this but think about the fact that you could create one interface for the entire house. 1 File. Then let the processor drive the necessary elements for each room.