Originally Posted by horsegoer
Sorry still confused. So instead of controlling your receiver wirelessly you would run cat 5 or 6 from reciever to some sort of control interface? What the benefit over controlling everything wirelessly from iPhone, tablet etc.? Thanks
cshepard answered the "what for" question.
scipper77 explained network enabling a receiver, you would run a Cat 6 cable from your internet headend (modem) to a receiver. Your reciever is now on the network, my Denon has Pandora built in which is enabled for use when it is on my network using a Cat 6 cable.
The benefit of controlling a receiver with a control system is redundancy each of the rooms in a home with a control system will act the same when you pick up a remote and push on, the receiver and TV will turn on. And that function will act the same in every room. In some of the projects (homes) a client will have the same control system in 3 homes, so everyone that stays in those 3 homes will get to know the control system and how it works. That doesn't only apply to turning the TV on it applies to camera control and interface, climate control, lighting control, motorized window treatment and pool/spa control.
The reason, in my opinion, one would decide to use a handheld device to control a receiver rather than using a control system is size of a home and end user. In this area of AVS you have folks working on their own homes using the latest technology to their benefit and asking members who are in the home integration business for advice. So many of the end users that are participating here, like you, would use a down loaded application on their handheld device to control a receiver.