Originally Posted by mborner
Sodbuster, would you mind giving us some quick thoughts on your opinions of both?
Happy to comment, but I'm dubious that my limited experience will be very helpful.
To start with, I had a bad time setting up the WIFi2IR device because my router was not set to the required standard, but eventually it was sorted out with help from the DemoPad help desk.
I also purchased the GC-IRL device which works with iLearn to capture the IR codes from remotes. At the time, I hadn't
realized that the iTach gizmo had this capability, too. So I spent unnecessary dollars, but this device is very handy and I don't regret it.
I spent some time working with DemoPad, creating very basic pages for each component I wanted to control. Fancy graphics are beyond me, so my pages are just a series of buttons. I do like the way iLearn can save all the commands from the GC-IRL and how these commands can be dragged and dropped onto a button.
DemoPad makes it easy to create a page of commands for equipment Roomie has never heard of, for example, to open or close the curtains covering my screen. I have learned how to insert a series of commands into a virtual remote that already exists on Rommie, but I haven't yet learned how to create a new remote from scratch. I tried to plug in the curtain commands as Inputs on my AVP remote, but no luck. Curtain control is a cinch on DemoPad.
I very much like the easy method of selecting repeat "sends" in Roomie, and in setting delays between commands in a macro...fiddling with these has been essential to success. These variables are available in DemoPad as well, but not so intuitive.
One area where I still hope to gain better control is lighting. There are three sets of lights in my HT, each controlled by an X10 wall switch. Roomie does have a simple virtual remote which works withu X10, especially after setting up Activities with macros. I can select the lights I wish to turn off and on, but no luck with controlled dimming. This is true in either Roomie or DemoPad, and I'm reasonably sure this is a deficiency in the X10 system itself and not in Roomie or DemoPad.
Perhaps I should mention that all my gear is controlled using IR commands sent by the iTach wifi2ir gizmo and distributed via a Xantech block. There is an X10 receiver which translates the IR to X10 commands on the powerline in the mix as well.
I have found much useful advice on the AVS forums, and after long absences I return here when contemplating something new for the HT. I discovered these clever apps only after my Pronto failed to allow updating after a decade of faithful service, and I needed a new universal remote ( I hated the Harmony I tried a year or two ago).
So Three Cheers for AVS!!