If I need to start a new thread for my questions please let me know...
I thought I knew a lot about home theater until I started reading more threads than I can count! I saw a lot of people kept mentioning iRule. Decided to check it out and want to implement it into my home theater I am putting together. I am having some trouble understanding what specifically I will need for hardware to make this work. For now I want it to run everything in my basement theater setup but would like it eventually to be able to run my television and sound bar upstairs. I am still learning how IP, IR, and RS232 work and which is better. Any help there would be great as well.
What I will have in theater room…
Epson 6030UB Projector
Denon X4000 Receiver
Cox Cable Box Motorola DCX3200
Linksys Wireless Router
Possible Media Server (Not sure how that works)
Upstairs Living Room…
Panasonic TCP50S60 (Plasma)
JBL SB400 (Sound Bar)
Cox Cable Box Motorola DCX3200
Any feedback as to what hardware items that are on the iRule website I will need would be great or any other items I may need to purchase.
Ethernet is hardwired where all the theater room equipment is. The equipment is in the same room as the projector. It is approximately 15 feet away from the projector. Eventually in our next house all of this will be hidden away.
It is not hardwired in upstairs living room. I could possibly run cable to that area. What are my options if I run the cable vs not running the cable regarding hardware?
There is--you can set the application to disable the screen lock. I can't remember where, but go through the iRule settings ON the tablet, and you can disable it. Mine stays very dim and fully functional during a movie--and if I want to pause, I just pick the tablet up and tap the screen to pause the movie. No sliding required.
The resolution is really good. I don't notice any difference in resolution between the iPads that I run iRule on and the Kindle Fire. It's like the 720 v. 1080p difference on TV's 32" and below. The size doesn't lend itself to a noticeable difference between the two technologies. But since I prefer the Kindle fire, I've been slacking on updating the iPads to match my extensive configurations on the Kindle. Thankfully, ten minutes of copy, paste, and a little tweaking and the same settings can be transferred to the iPads when I have some time. I've also found that I'm less inclined to leave the iRule app to check other things (email, web, etc.) when I'm using the Kindle Fire. I'm using it as a dedicated remote. It's definitely worth picking up if you get a chance. I think Best Buy has them on sale this week (I only briefly skimmed that email--so I could be wrong).
Guys and Gals, I wanted to share the iRule control scheme that seems to really work the best. Touch based controls work best for me, since I can use them without looking at the remote. Here’s what I use. It seems complex, but it’s so intuitive, it becomes second nature after just one or two uses:
Select/Pause/Play—Tap Screen Once w/ One Finger
Go Back—Double Tap Screen w. One Finger
Fast Forward—button on screen
Rewind—button on screen
Volume Up (5db)—Swipe Right w/ Two Fingers
Volume Up (15db)—Swipe Up w/ Two Fingers (switch from moderate volume to reference volume)
Volume Down (5db)—Swipe Left w/ Two Fingers
Volume Down (15db)—Swipe Down w/ Two Fingers (switch from reference volume to moderate volume)
Return to JRiver Theater View Home Screen—Tap Screen w/ Two Fingers
Navigate Right—Swipe Left (although it seems counterintuitive on paper, this is intuitive if you've used a smartphone or tablet)
Navigate Left—Swipe Right
Navigate Up—Swipe Up
Navigate Down—Swipe Down
I hope this helps anyone thinking about exploringi iRule's touch capabilities. It's far more natural to use gesture controls.