I would prefer the IP controlled route, but other than the commands, I can't find any other information on how to implement this into iRule (ports, method...). I already have Ethernet ran to where the TV is so no additional wire work needs to be done.
The second most desirable method would be RS232, but I will need to buy another IP2Serial unit and make a cable (which would require knowledge of the RS232 jack's pinout on the TV) as well as run another line from my AV room to my TV.
The least desired method would be the IR. Again, I would need the IR pinout on the TV (is it just signal and ground; does it need a +5 added to it; is it a 2 pole or 3 pole male plug) as well as run the line from my AV room to my TV. The reason this is the least desirable is if the TV provides feedback via IP or RS232, I will not be able to use this information via an IR control. Again, I'm not even sure the TV provides any type of feedback. If it doesn't, then IR is a very viable solution.
Any and all help is welcome with this. If you have had experience with controlling any Sony TV, it is likely it will help me in my endeavor as well.
Many thanks in advance!