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post #5911 of 9753
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

Serial connection should be equal in all aspects to IR as far as commands in most cases. Advantages are that it also allows 2-way feedback from the device, which combined with an iRule pro license enables you to display that feedback on your ipod/ipad. With a reciever it can be especially nice, giving you volume level display, input display, surround mode, etc.

I have a GC-100-12 in my system and it works very nicely. One caveat is that only 1 ipod/ipad can connect to it at any given time. If you have 2 idevices and say the GC-100 is set to control 2 TVs, only 1 person can control either TV at once, and would have to close the iRule app before the other ipod could connect and control.

For that reason many users use the itach devices, especially with multi-room systems and centrally located components with many ipods/ipads/android controllers and users.

I use my GC-100 in the theater and have itachs for control of the rest of my home.

What exactly is an itach?
post #5912 of 9753
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Originally Posted by johnsills1 View Post

What exactly is an itach?


iTach

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post #5913 of 9753
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post #5914 of 9753
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

Ok, coming here for some general ipod touch/router support. Internet hasn't turned up anything helpful.

Had to buy a new router, when with a D-Link Extreme N.

My ipods use static IP addresses, D-Link is set up with WPA2.

I can connect to wifi, takes a bit longer from wake up than it did with my old linksys, but that could be the change from WEP to WPA, not sure.

It also is much slower in connecting to my gateways. It does send commands to all my 3 global cache devices and my 5 HTTP gateways without problem.

This is tolerable though not ideal.

The issue is that I can't connect to the internet. It doesn't show up in the listed wireless devices in the router log, I can't get to itunes or the app store. It just has the little spinning wheel with loading message, never times out or anything. Let it sit for an hour and it didn't change.

I'm no networking guru, but certainly not a novice either, I can't figure this one out. Any ideas?

You can't get on the internet with your iPod? usually when a device connected to the LAN can't connect to the internet, but connects just fine to the LAN there are issues with the DNS server. Make sure your iPod is using the same DNS server you have set up in your router.
post #5915 of 9753
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

I have a GC-100-12 in my system and it works very nicely.

Does the GC-100-12 come with the IR cables or do you need to purchase those separately? I assume that it does not come with serial cables.

Also - noob question - what does one hook up through the three relay connections??



Thanks,
dr
post #5916 of 9753
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Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Does the GC-100-12 come with the IR cables or do you need to purchase those separately? I assume that it does not come with serial cables.

Also - noob question - what does one hook up through the three relay connections??



Thanks,
dr

I don't use them, but I've heard they can be used to trigger things like shades, garage doors, etc. things with 2 positions, on and off.
post #5917 of 9753
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Originally Posted by mborner View Post

You can't get on the internet with your iPod? usually when a device connected to the LAN can't connect to the internet, but connects just fine to the LAN there are issues with the DNS server. Make sure your iPod is using the same DNS server you have set up in your router.

Mmm, that is so weird. DNS was set to the first value that was set automatically by my router. The IPOD grabbed the same one when I tried a DHCP IP address as a trouble shooting step. Neither worked.

I changed it to the 2nd value and bingo, internet and app store pops right up.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I wouldn't have come up with that one.
post #5918 of 9753
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

I don't use them, but I've heard they can be used to trigger things like shades, garage doors, etc. things with 2 positions, on and off.

Would I use these to control lights (dimmer) in the room or is that something else?



Thanks,
dr
post #5919 of 9753
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Originally Posted by denrusso View Post


Would I use these to control lights (dimmer) in the room or is that something else?

Thanks,
dr

These are low voltage so no lights. Simply the contact closure type things like a fireplace with a switch.

Alex
post #5920 of 9753
Quote:
Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Would I use these to control lights (dimmer) in the room or is that something else?



Thanks,
dr

No, lighting control would not work with the relay as far as I know.
post #5921 of 9753
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Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Just realized that both my tv and avr have ethernet ports. Can iRule control these devices through this type of connection? If so, does it also provide 2-way feedback?



I don't foresee this being an issue. It's a one room setup that would be controlled via iPad.



I wasn't aware of the itach devices - will have to research them.

Thanks for the input!


dr

An Ethernet port does not automatically mean it can be controlled by IP commands and no extra gateway with iRule. TVs in particular are a problem with this as more and more come with ethernet but do not allow external control via published protocol. Many have found that some level of control is possible, but powering the device on is not due to the ethernet port being turned off when the TV is in stand by.

I do believe that many of the Denon receivers allow full control via IP, but I am not sure about your specific model.

IP control does support 2-way feedback in iRule if the device supports it.
post #5922 of 9753
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

Ok, coming here for some general ipod touch/router support. Internet hasn't turned up anything helpful.

Had to buy a new router, when with a D-Link Extreme N.

My ipods use static IP addresses, D-Link is set up with WPA2.

I can connect to wifi, takes a bit longer from wake up than it did with my old linksys, but that could be the change from WEP to WPA, not sure.

It also is much slower in connecting to my gateways. It does send commands to all my 3 global cache devices and my 5 HTTP gateways without problem.

This is tolerable though not ideal.

The issue is that I can't connect to the internet. It doesn't show up in the listed wireless devices in the router log, I can't get to itunes or the app store. It just has the little spinning wheel with loading message, never times out or anything. Let it sit for an hour and it didn't change.

I'm no networking guru, but certainly not a novice either, I can't figure this one out. Any ideas?

I'm not a guru either but is the gateway IP set correctly on the devices with static IPs? I switched last year from a G to N device where the default IP for the router went from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.11.1 which meant my gateway changed in the network settings for one static IP device. The other devices with DHCP set were fine however.
post #5923 of 9753
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

No, lighting control would not work with the relay as far as I know.

Can you point me in the direction of a self install system that would allow me to control lights through iRule? Is this something easy to do or something better off left for the pro installers?

The iRule setup seems straight forward. Purchase the hardware that receives the command via iPad and forwards it the appropriate device through a signal it can read (i.e. IR or RS232). Is it different for light control?


Thanks,
dr
post #5924 of 9753
Quote:
Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Can you point me in the direction of a self install system that would allow me to control lights through iRule? Is this something easy to do or something better off left for the pro installers?

The iRule setup seems straight forward. Purchase the hardware that receives the command via iPad and forwards it the appropriate device through a signal it can read (i.e. IR or RS232). Is it different for light control?


Thanks,
dr

I am controlling a Lutron grafik eye with irule using IR. I recently converted several of my light switches to Insteon and I am controlling those through irule. Insteon isn't exactly cheap but it is an option at least.
post #5925 of 9753
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Originally Posted by jmhug View Post

I'm not a guru either but is the gateway IP set correctly on the devices with static IPs? I switched last year from a G to N device where the default IP for the router went from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.11.1 which meant my gateway changed in the network settings for one static IP device. The other devices with DHCP set were fine however.

The default for the D-link was 192.168.0.1 for some reason, I had a difficult time changing it, figured that would be easier than changing the gateway on the 12+ static devices in my home. Once I got that figured out and set back to 192.168.1.1 as it was before, all was well.

The ipod connection was a DNS issue, for some reason the first value populated by my router doesn't work. Setting it to the 2nd one got me up and running. Same issue on one of my directv boxes, of the 3 in my home that are internet connected 2 use the first DNS without issue, but 1 doesn't. Changed it to the 2nd and it connected to the internet.

Strange, but resolved.
post #5926 of 9753
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Originally Posted by No Clue View Post

I recently converted several of my light switches to Insteon and I am controlling those through irule. Insteon isn't exactly cheap but it is an option at least.

Can you tell me what the interface is between iRule and an Insteon SwitchLinc (i.e. is there additional hardware required to receive the iRule command and 'translate' for the Insteon)? I only need 5 dimmer switches so this may be a possible solution for me...


Thanks,
dr
post #5927 of 9753
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Originally Posted by No Clue View Post

I am controlling a Lutron grafik eye with irule using IR. I recently converted several of my light switches to Insteon and I am controlling those through irule. Insteon isn't exactly cheap but it is an option at least.

Compared to the stuff the Pro Installers use, Insteon is very cheap.
post #5928 of 9753
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Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Can you tell me what the interface is between iRule and an Insteon SwitchLinc (i.e. is there additional hardware required to receive the iRule command and 'translate' for the Insteon)? I only need 5 dimmer switches so this may be a possible solution for me...

Yes, there is additional hardware required to convert the commands to power line commands.

There are a number of different options you can get.

Personally I use the PowerLinc Modem USB connected to my iMac. This gives me control via IP from iRule as well as intelligent triggers (eg. turn all lights off when the light sensor triggers to say there is enough light to see by).

You can get self contained boxes like the ISY-99i or the MiCasaVerde Vera rather than have a computer on 24/7.

There is also the SmartLinc that connects directly to your ethernet network. Another way is the PowerLinc Modem Serial with an iTach. These will allow iRule control but you lose all the intelligent stuff that other solutions give you.
post #5929 of 9753
Quote:
Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

Can you tell me what the interface is between iRule and an Insteon SwitchLinc (i.e. is there additional hardware required to receive the iRule command and 'translate' for the Insteon)? I only need 5 dimmer switches so this may be a possible solution for me...


Thanks,
dr

I am using the ISY-99i as an interface but there are less expensive options. I purchased it as it seems to be fairly user friendly. I read a very good tutorial on integrating everything with irule linked below. For me at least, it worked the first time:

http://forum.universal-devices.com/v...irule+tutorial



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Originally Posted by Valdhor View Post

Compared to the stuff the Pro Installers use, Insteon is very cheap.

Glad I didn't call one!

Have you attempted to integrate any feedback into irule? I've been looking but haven't found any answers.
post #5930 of 9753
Has anyone used the Docklight Scripting v1.9 program?
I am wanting to use the 'Volume feedback' from my processor, but looking at this program I not sure where to start???
post #5931 of 9753
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Originally Posted by Valdhor View Post

There is also the SmartLinc that connects directly to your ethernet network. Another way is the PowerLinc Modem Serial with an iTach. These will allow iRule control but you lose all the intelligent stuff that other solutions give you.

So it looks like I can get a SmartLinc and a few SwitchLincs. From what I've read, it seems that the SmartLinc just plugs into an outlet and then it needs an ethernet connection. Once that is setup, it will be able to communicate with the 5 SwitchLincs? Is this done via WiFi?


Thanks,
dr
post #5932 of 9753
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Originally Posted by johnsills1 View Post

Could you do me a favor and aid me in finding clear and concise instructions for using Eventghost. I use MCE Controller, so that's where the difference lies between our systems. I hear that MCE Controller is alot easier to set up, so that's why I went with it. I would love to use something mroe comprehensive.

First check out the Short manual at http://www.eventghost.net/docs/ to get familiar with the basic concepts and structures of EG. Then follow the instructions on iruleathome.com. Once you get over the initial learning curve, you realise how simple, yet extremely powerful EG is. It runs circles around MCE Controller and is fully comparable to commercial home automation software. If you have some programming skills and want to get into more advanced scripting or develop your own plugins (simpler than it sounds) you should read up on Python and find some good tutorials.

EG is probably not for the average user, you have to be into computers, programming, configuration etc to get it. The same can be said for iRule though, so you should be OK! This is getting a bit off topic, feel free to shoot me a PM if you need more specific guidance.
post #5933 of 9753
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Originally Posted by mickelin View Post

First check out the Short manual at http://www.eventghost.net/docs/ to get familiar with the basic concepts and structures of EG. Then follow the instructions on iruleathome.com. Once you get over the initial learning curve, you realise how simple, yet extremely powerful EG is. It runs circles around MCE Controller and is fully comparable to commercial home automation software. If you have some programming skills and want to get into more advanced scripting or develop your own plugins (simpler than it sounds) you should read up on Python and find some good tutorials.

EG is probably not for the average user, you have to be into computers, programming, configuration etc to get it. The same can be said for iRule though, so you should be OK! This is getting a bit off topic, feel free to shoot me a PM if you need more specific guidance.

Thank you very much
post #5934 of 9753
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Originally Posted by denrusso View Post

So it looks like I can get a SmartLinc and a few SwitchLincs. From what I've read, it seems that the SmartLinc just plugs into an outlet and then it needs an ethernet connection. Once that is setup, it will be able to communicate with the 5 SwitchLincs? Is this done via WiFi?

Once it's on your network it is just another device. Your router will give it an IP address from the DHCP server and then you can browse to it to set it up. You may like to read the manual over at SmartHome to familiarize yourself.

One thing you may not be aware of is that there are normally two 110V feeds in your house and you will need to bridge both segments. Insteon uses an RF bridge called a phase coupler. You put one in a socket on each side of your house and the signals will be bridged so you can reach both segments.

So, you would need a SmartLinc, two 2443 SignaLinc's and however many SwitchLinc's. You may also like to look at ICON Dimmers. These can only handle half the wattage of a SwitchLinc but at half the price.

Also, Ebay is your friend here. I got a kit with a KeypadLinc, 2 x SignaLinc's and 2 x SwitchLinc's for $99. You just gotta wait for them to show up.
post #5935 of 9753
Just in case some of you may have missed the original question that I posted.....

Does anyone know how to start an Android application on your Android tablet from within iRule.

I want to link a button to the Xfinity App so that I can run it inside of iRule similar to how Remote for iTunes can be ran inside of iRule on an iPad
post #5936 of 9753
Has anyone found a way to upload a larger amount than five images into iRule. It doesn't seem to allow a shift select to grab more than one at a time. Very time consuming.
post #5937 of 9753
It's been a while since I last touched my iRule config so I'm rusty. I finally got around to setting up my global cache. It the three Ir model with Ethernet in.

I have the ir blasters sent to my Panasonic plasma and a Yamaha receiver. When uploading the devices into iRule builder am I looking for the devices to have GC commands, network, hex, or database?

It seems as if the database commands and network commands don't work. I tried just powering the units on and off to no avail.
post #5938 of 9753
Have you set up the gateway correctly in the iRule app and attached the devices to it? Do you get a green light lower left on the iPad/iPhone when you press a button? You should be using the GC codes if they exist for your equipment.
post #5939 of 9753
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Originally Posted by lilwheezy75 View Post

It's been a while since I last touched my iRule config so I'm rusty. I finally got around to setting up my global cache. It the three Ir model with Ethernet in.

I have the ir blasters sent to my Panasonic plasma and a Yamaha receiver. When uploading the devices into iRule builder am I looking for the devices to have GC commands, network, hex, or database?

It seems as if the database commands and network commands don't work. I tried just powering the units on and off to no avail.

Any chance of sending me the codes for the Panasonic plasma please.
Just got a global cache and would save me having to learn the codes
post #5940 of 9753
there in the builder. im just having trouble getting them to work
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