Originally Posted by BornSlippyZ
Ah man I hope you are doing ok now!
Also good to hear from you again!
Thanks man! I wasn't doing very well after the accident, not sure if you ever saw it on my350z but I had a 2012 Xterra Pro-4x with thick plate steel offroad bumpers I posted in 'other vehicles' back in the day and rear ended a vehicle at like 55mph and went straight into a guardrail. Accident was so bad it split the block, I was unconscious for like 40 minutes I guess. Outwardly it was pretty amazing because I barely had a scratch on me... but my back, neck, and brain were a wreck. I wasn't putting together very coherent thoughts for at least 3 weeks. LOL
Pretty much goes without saying that the Xterra is totaled. We're back in the Z/G platform with a pretty decent condition 2005 Laser Red G Coupe w/58k miles, stock with the factory Sport package/19" Rays wheels and factory junk Nav. I will need to get a new 4x4 at some point so that I can enjoy my Seadoo RXT-X this next summer but I've got some time, which is good as I'm still healing anyways. Overall doing decent, but not great.
iRule is definitely a love/hate deal. It's got a lot of options to configure things all different kinds of ways, really just limited by your own imagination and thoughtfulness you put into it when it comes to the UI experience. However the challenging part comes when its time to actually make all those functions work as intended. I'm probably about $400 deep into it at this point with a Pro license, 1 IP to IR gateway (supports 3-6 IR devices) and 2 IP to RS232 gateways that support 1 device each. I have my receiver communicating via IP control so no additional gateway box needed.
If I can get my current setup looking good and, more importantly, working well on my over 2 year old original Galaxy tab 10.1 I will probably buy an iPad Air for the central remote device as the Samsung is on it's last legs and pretty busted up as it's been a daily carried, transported and used device for over 2 years and has a very low res screen by today's standards. I guess that puts me about $1000 deep into iRule, but compared to custom Crestron etc systems that's still a fairly good value, has a better/more useful control device, and can be modified myself in the future in case of equipment changes or desired UI changes without hefty costs.
Even with the Pro license which affords using user generated images and whatnot, there still aren't a ton of decent visual options to use if you don't want to photoshop everything yourself (and I don't!) and even though I have very common equipment, there is still a lot to figure out on my own in regards to getting stuff to work. iRule's documentation isn't great, actually it's fairly poor for a product as diverse and complicated as it is.