Well I found the answers to my questions from iRule & Roomie's support personel;
1)It seems as though iTach devices are compatable with dual and triple ir emitters but my 6 eye ir emitter
is not suggested.
According to the GlobalCache support team..."Our units can support dual or triple emitters, but it is recommended to use non-blinking split emitters due to the fact that non-blinking type emitters are vastly more powerful than their blinking counterparts."
The cheapest non-blinking dual emitters I could find were from Smarthome
. I also decided to use a Xantech 4 zone powered ir distribution block
in conjuntion with a 6 zone expander block
that I got cheap from Ebay. Both units (with power supply) cost me $90. This combination gives me ultimate ir expandibilty without having to purchase additional iTach devices for my equipment room.
(Globalcache response; " our units can be used with powered connecting blocks, but the GC-CGX conversion
cable must be used.")
2) iRule has the ability to remotely control equipment over a cellular network.
iRule support response....."You simply setup port forwarding in your router for the IP address and port number of the Global Cache gateway and then in the iRule app, use your External IP address or Domain name in place of your internal IP address."
Roomie has a different approach.According to their support team...
" This is something you can setup, but is not per se something Roomie has anything to do with. One way to set that up is to use VPN software on your local router, and connect that to the VPN software on your iPhone. Once that kind of setup is in place, you should be able to act like you're on your home network wherever you are and Roomie should work fine."
While setting up a VPN is rather trivial..if you don't own the software already that is an additional cost consideration. Although I don't see why Roomie suggests using a VPN over just connecting to the Globalcache gateway directly minus an encrypted tunnel like iRule suggests.
Hope this helps anyone else that's been looking for the answers to these questions.