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post #481 of 1422
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Originally Posted by Brian Hampton View Post

New version 1.5 is up with lots of new features and fixes!
Downloaded and installed but won't get a chance to play around with it for a few days at least.
post #482 of 1422
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Originally Posted by Brian Hampton View Post

New version 1.5 is up with lots of new features and fixes!

Thanks for the heads-up - I always get excited when the Roomie guys announce that a new version is imminent, but it's sometimes 3 or 4 weeks before Apple rmakes it available for general release it, so I haven't been checking recently.

[As a total aside, does "Brian Hampton" = "BHampster" on the Roomie forum? ]
post #483 of 1422
FYI: It's already available from apple. Downloaded the update today!biggrin.gif
post #484 of 1422
Is there anyway in which roomie can display the output of a ip camera. I would like to monitor the baby's room
post #485 of 1422
Yeah, Brian Hampton = bhampster on the roomie forums.

I love the new iTunes music server support in version 1.5.
post #486 of 1422
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Originally Posted by Brian Hampton View Post

Yeah, Brian Hampton = bhampster on the roomie forums.
I love the new iTunes music server support in version 1.5.

Your secret is safe with me! cool.gif

I now need to find time to check out the new iTunes features.

I wish the guys at Pandora were more open with their APIs - I use Pandora a lot, but having to switch between the two apps always feels a little clunky - maybe I'll use iTunes a bit more if the integration with Roomie is as tight as I'm hoping it will be.

Dave
post #487 of 1422
Pandora support is part of roomie 1.5 also.

I have not been a pandora user but it was easy to set it up. (with my gear anyhow... Denon 1912)

I will look more into pandora now ....
post #488 of 1422
I ticked the box in itunes but nothing happens automatically in Roomie. What do you have to do to get the itunes part running?

Thanks
post #489 of 1422
Setting up iTunes :

Not exactly sure I understand what you mean by ticking the box but here is the process I used to get it going. There are probably a number of ways to do this but this works for me.
Think of iTunes as another activity. First step is to add your iTunes device ( I am assuming this is a computer that is not directly wired to your stereo)

1. When you add a device it will pop up the iTunes and when you select that it will give you a 4 digit code. Go back to iTunes on your computer and find your device (iPod/iphone/ipad on the left hand sidebar of iTunes) Click on it and a screen will come up where you enter the code. Finish off the pairing as per that screen.

2. After doing that (adding device) Roomie will ask if you want to create an activity. Allow it to do so.
3.) Edit the activity and make sure the commands to switch to the appropriate input are in your list of commands. This could be an airport express, ATV as you need some method to get sound from your computer to the stereo.
4. Run the activity and the iTunes media controller remote should pop up. Below the normal transport controls for start/stop/skip you will see 4 symbols that may look familiar. They are shuffle, repeat, airplay/airspeaker device selection and playlists.
5. Pick your playlist and start it. Then select your airplay/airspeaker.
6. iTunes should now be playing thru your speakers.

If your computer had a direct connection to the Stereo you would not need to bother with the airplay/air-speaker selection

Note: This early implementation does not allow you to select individual songs or to automatically tell airplay where to go. I understand those things will be released shortly. I also understand that Roomie will also be allowing multiple speakers at a time to be selected in a later release.

Hope that helps

I have found Roomie support to be quick as well if you email them. They also now have a support forum that is worth looking at .
Edited by hgmobile - 6/29/12 at 7:30am
post #490 of 1422
I too am struggling with getting iTunes up and running with Roomie.

I must be particularly inept this morning - I'm lost at step 1!
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Originally Posted by hgmobile View Post

Setting up iTunes :

1. When you add a device it will pop up the iTunes .............

...I'm not sure where specifically you are adding this device, and I'm confused at what stage the popping up of the iTunes will occur. [Wondrous though it sounds]

To be fair I think my scenario is slightly different from the one you are using as an example - I just want to access my iTouch-based iTunes media, push it to my Apple TV and then into my B&K whole-house system - is this doable or am I misinterpreting what the Roomie/iTunes integration is intended to do?

Is there any Roomie-provided guidance on how to do this? ....I get frustrated in trying to remember all of the places they hide their documentation!

Dave
Edited by DGF - 6/29/12 at 11:03am
post #491 of 1422
Hi Dave,
You are correct I was talking about a totally different scenario.
Roomie documentation is minimal. Its not a struggle at all - just takes a little fiddling now and again depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
Before I try to walk you through the steps I think we need to go back to very start.

The Roomie Itunes integration I believe is aimed at controlling the iTunes and songs/movies etc on your computer and getting that to your sound system rather than controlling the music app on your handheld I-device.

If you want to send music from your iPod to your ATV all you need to do is use the airplay tools on your music app right on your i-device. Start the song/playlist and then send it to your ATV using the airplay box selector right on the device. Use Roomie to control the stereo equipment. e.g.: Turn on the receiver, switch to the correct input, set volume etc for your music to be heard.

Warning: If you are going to try to play the audio from ATV anywhere but the main zone you will likely have some issues as almost all receivers will not pass or play digital HDMI signals to secondary zones. There are several workarounds that people use if you need to do that.

Harv
post #492 of 1422
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Originally Posted by hgmobile View Post

Hi Dave,
You are correct I was talking about a totally different scenario.
Roomie documentation is minimal. Its not a struggle at all - just takes a little fiddling now and again depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
Before I try to walk you through the steps I think we need to go back to very start.
The Roomie Itunes integration I believe is aimed at controlling the iTunes and songs/movies etc on your computer and getting that to your sound system rather than controlling the music app on your handheld I-device.
If you want to send music from your iPod to your ATV all you need to do is use the airplay tools on your music app right on your i-device. Start the song/playlist and then send it to your ATV using the airplay box selector right on the device. Use Roomie to control the stereo equipment. e.g.: Turn on the receiver, switch to the correct input, set volume etc for your music to be heard.
Warning: If you are going to try to play the audio from ATV anywhere but the main zone you will likely have some issues as almost all receivers will not pass or play digital HDMI signals to secondary zones. There are several workarounds that people use if you need to do that.
Harv

Hi Harv,

Thanks for the reply.

I actually have quite a diverse Roomie configuration up and successfully running, so have good familiarity with working with the App. I used to be a big fan of HTPCs & JRiver's Media Center, but have enjoyed the simplicity of using just the iTouch. The one aspect that I feel lets down my implementation is when I play music - I typically use either Pandora or iTunes - I have to leave Roomie to interact with the selected music player and then do the reverse if I need to adjust individual room settings. I can manipulate each app to my satisfaction - but it definitely always feels like two discrete domains, with zero access between the two.

Is there a way I can integrate basic iTunes commands into a Roomie screen to alleviate the need to leave Roomie? I know how to set buttons up to initiate an http call etc., but this is typically a one-way trip - unless the target destination has a similar mechanism to get back to Roomie. My hope is that the 1.5 version of Roomie has iTunes integrated sufficiently well to make things feel a little more seamless between the two apps - is this a realistic expectation or am I mis-understanding the whole premise?


Thx!

D
post #493 of 1422
Firstly I am a big fan of Roomie but I am not the developer.
I am a big user of Pandora and Sonos and understand exactly what you are talking about.
1.5 which has now been released has very basic controls for iTunes residing on your computer as well as some basic Sonos commands. They will be expanded I am sure.
Some new receivers have Pandora built in ( I can't test it where I am in Canada - no official way to get Pandora) and I think the 1.5 release gives you some control of the receiver and the way it handles Pandora.

But if you do as I often do - and just stream from the handheld to the AVR then I think we are stuck with paging between the 2 apps.

The iTunes integration that they have begun on 1.5 is still a bit early but it is a great start. Suggest you give a try to setting up your main iTunes in Roomie. The developer has openly said on the Roomie Forum they are working on allowing multiple air speakers and individual songs to be selected from the iTunes Media Player remote (the virtual device that needs to be set upon Roomie). I don't think they are talking about integrating the music apps resident on our iPhones/touch or iPads - but rather the main iTunes repository that sits on a computer.
post #494 of 1422
Thanks Harv - yup, I wondered if my enthusiasm for more integration was causing me to lose the plot!

I just paired Roomie with my laptop-based iTunes - all very cool! Now if I could just get it to do that with the iTouch iTunes instance.......rolleyes.gifsmile.gif
post #495 of 1422
We have a
Yamaha RX-A1010 (we use both the main zone and zone 2) Has IR IP and RS232 interfaces

LG 47LW5600 HDTV Has IR IP and RS232 interfaces

Motorola DCT3416 I HD cable box Has IR interface

Panasonic BDT-220 Blu Ray Has IR and IP interface

We're looking to tie our new system together and like the Roomie approach.

Is there an advantage for the tuner in particular to use the RS232 interface over the IP?
and what interface combo would you recommend for our setup IP & IR? or RS232, IP & IR?
Any suggestions?

Thank you
post #496 of 1422
I love that Roomie is integrating iTunes and this version is a great start. I find it a little glitchy, but I'm sure it will become more stable over time.

For example, I could not get it to control iTunes until I turned off the activity confirmation switch. With confirmation on, the controls would not respond. With it turned off, it responds.

Also, the double-arrow button to reverse music and movies only works the first time; after the first time, it ceases to work.

It has the feel of a beta version in terms of iTunes integration, but I'm not complaining because I know it will improve. Roomie's management and developers are great about that.

Keep up the good work!
post #497 of 1422
I have bought the basic Roomie intro app for my iPod touch. I am using it now to control WMC on my HTPC. I want to expand roomie to my other equipment. I have a Pioneer Elite Kuro 111-FD, a Rotel RSP-1570 pre-pro, and an Oppo BDP 83SE.

I will accept that serial is "better" than IR. However, if I am currently using my IR remote controls to control these devices, and I am satisfied with them, why would I spend the extra money to go serial. Is there some functionality that I would lose on an IR through Roomie that I currently get on the unit's proprietary remote?
post #498 of 1422
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Originally Posted by hgmobile View Post

Firstly I am a big fan of Roomie but I am not the developer.
I am a big user of Pandora and Sonos and understand exactly what you are talking about.
1.5 which has now been released has very basic controls for iTunes residing on your computer as well as some basic Sonos commands. They will be expanded I am sure.
Some new receivers have Pandora built in ( I can't test it where I am in Canada - no official way to get Pandora) and I think the 1.5 release gives you some control of the receiver and the way it handles Pandora.

Possibly setup a VPN connection at the router level, not sure if that is possible, and then you could get it to work. I use StrongVPN on my devices and Pandora, etc work great when I am visiting Canada on business. They have good support so if it is possible to do this at the router level I am sure there is documentation for it.
post #499 of 1422
Thanks for your suggestion.
Wish it was that simple. Denon seems to cripple Pandora on the Canadian AVR models so that a login is not possible. I am however able to get Pandora on Sonos and computers and I- devices using something like what you suggest. That is why I cannot test the Roomie implementation of Pandora control through the receiver.
post #500 of 1422
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Originally Posted by colleycol View Post


With Roomie am I able to use the $99 dollar controller ( http://www.smarthome.com/2412N/SmartLinc-INSTEON-Central-Controller/p.aspx)?
I will basically have 4 zones.
1. Home theater seating area and rope lights in riser
2. Rope lights in riser
3. Screen lights
4. Lights behind screen
I would use these at each zone, http://www.smarthome.com/2476D/SwitchLinc-Dimmer-INSTEON-Remote-Control-Dimmer-White/p.aspx.
I basically want to use it for macors when starting and stopping movies, entering, displaying the speakers behind the AT screen.
I would be able to save on a Lutron system.
Thanks

I'm trying to follow you here but I may have missed some posts.
Are you saying RR can control the lights using those 2 specific devices (SmartLinc INSTEON Central Controller and SwitchLinc Dimmer)?
post #501 of 1422
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Originally Posted by mashenden View Post

Also I am not posting this here to bash Roomie, but instead to encourage the development of a side app that can be used on a laptop PC as well as give direction to people searching for this as a firm requirement. If this is or becomes available in Roomie I would like to know..

This is a firm requirement for me, and I am trying to decide between Roomie, which I think I would prefer, and RedEye, which definitely has this feature, as well as a scripting syntax that doesn't suck. I've been searching (via Google) for any hint that I have missed something, but am losing hope.
post #502 of 1422
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Regarding your message, we have no plans for web browser control.

Thank you.

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post #503 of 1422
Can anyone point me towards instructions for setting up IP Control of a First Generation Apple TV?
post #504 of 1422
I just got Roomie and the IP2IR adapter, and programmed everything to work correctly with my dedicated home theater except for 1 item:

The Roomie support for a Velodyne DD-18 subwoofer doesn't work properly; the infrared commands from the IP2IR IR flasher are completely ignored. All I need is to toggle the sub's power on/off, the rest of the infrared controls are unnecessary with the subwoofer already configured.

So I need to get Roomie to learn one command from the Velodyne IR remote.

The good news is that I was able to use iLearn and IP2IR to record the button press and save it as a Global Cache .txt file.

But I discovered you then have to learn XML programming to convert the .txt file into something readable (a .plist) by Roomie!! This is ridiculous, there's got to be an easier way, right?
post #505 of 1422
I'm not sure what the Global Cache text file structure looks like, but there was a discussion about adding custom devices/codes starting at post #320 - not sure if you had the opportunity to check it out.

If you can isolate the actual hex codes within the GC .txt file, integrating them into Roomie is very doable - all without having to learn XML!
post #506 of 1422
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Originally Posted by uberanalyst View Post

I just got Roomie and the IP2IR adapter, and programmed everything to work correctly with my dedicated home theater except for 1 item:
The Roomie support for a Velodyne DD-18 subwoofer doesn't work properly; the infrared commands from the IP2IR IR flasher are completely ignored. All I need is to toggle the sub's power on/off, the rest of the infrared controls are unnecessary with the subwoofer already configured.
So I need to get Roomie to learn one command from the Velodyne IR remote.
The good news is that I was able to use iLearn and IP2IR to record the button press and save it as a Global Cache .txt file.
But I discovered you then have to learn XML programming to convert the .txt file into something readable (a .plist) by Roomie!! This is ridiculous, there's got to be an easier way, right?

I notified the Roomie customer support folks about the problem with my Velodyne DD-18 subwoofer not responding and they responded almost immediately with a new "DD Series" RoomieCodes.plist. It works perfectly -- these folks are great! smile.gif
post #507 of 1422
just downloaded roomie and received my ip2ir controller. i am a complete and utter newbie when it comes to universal ios remotes and this was a breeze to set up. i am coming from a harmony 1100 remote and i must say that using this system is like night a day. while i pretty much have everything set up, i had a question about activities. is there any way to have my lights dim when i press pause while watching a movie on my ps3?
post #508 of 1422
Just bought roomie got it controlling directtv and denon as of now ordering a itach so I can control lg tv ps3 and hopefully Lurton ir dimmer switches. My questions is with the itach my wireless signal is weak at this point in my home so I ran an Ethernet cable to connect my denon, however I only ran one I don't believe the wireless signal will be enough for the itach is their some kind product that take ethernet and kind of spilts it where both the itach and the denon and possibly the ps3 could use it at the same time? Also this question was asked earlier about the baby monitor for the roomie I guess the easy way to do that would be to buy a camera that had an ip address and set up and activity to open that ip address in roomie? Also can roomie control ceiling fans that are rf powered? Thanks so much for your time
post #509 of 1422
Why don't you buy a switch ? You can run ethernet to all 3 devices.
post #510 of 1422
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Originally Posted by gatorpit View Post

Just bought roomie got it controlling directtv and denon as of now ordering a itach so I can control lg tv ps3 and hopefully Lurton ir dimmer switches. My questions is with the itach my wireless signal is weak at this point in my home so I ran an Ethernet cable to connect my denon, however I only ran one I don't believe the wireless signal will be enough for the itach is their some kind product that take ethernet and kind of spilts it where both the itach and the denon and possibly the ps3 could use it at the same time? Also this question was asked earlier about the baby monitor for the roomie I guess the easy way to do that would be to buy a camera that had an ip address and set up and activity to open that ip address in roomie? Also can roomie control ceiling fans that are rf powered? Thanks so much for your time
The answer as stated above is a network switch. With one network input a Switch can control multiple network devices for $20 - $30 .
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