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OBJECTIVE: Identify optimal remote control configuration for new home construction

My house burned down last September and I'm in the process of building a new home. I've worked in IT for 30 years, and have dome some initial design for comm equipment, network, surveillance, cable runs etc. I'm far from being an audiophile or videophile, but am looking for an optimal single solution to manage A/V throughout my new home. The "Presentation Layer" in my house will consist of:

  • LED TV with 5.1 surround sound speakers in main living area
  • LED TV on rear deck
  • LED TV with speaker bar in Master Bedroom
  • LED TV with speaker bar in Office/guest bedroom
  • Ceiling mounted speakers in Master Bath
  • Ceiling mounted speakers on rear deck ( would be nice to tie this in with the audio for the TV in same area)


I'll have a dedicated, 4'x6' walk-in closet serving as my comm room. This closet/comm-room will have a sub panel to ensure adequate power, and an air-return and vent to manage the thermal environment. All A/V equipment will be installed in a 70" tall Mid-Atlantic Pivot Rack. All Cat 6 wires originate in this closet from a wall mounted patch panel to support HDMI and LAN. I'll also run speaker wire from this room as well. The intent is to have all A/V equipment sans monitors and speakers in this room. Equipment in the room will include:

  • Multiple Cable Boxes/DVR ( may possibly changed to satellite)
  • Surround Sound A/V System (brand & model TBD)
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • PS3
  • Cisco EA4500 Router
  • Cisco Telephone Adapter
  • Surveillance System (TBD)
  • HDMI Switch (if needed)
    [*} Addl. Network Devices e.g. SANS, & PC to serve as Streaming Media device

I've been pretty overwhelmed dealing with insurance company, builder, permitting authorities, lenders cabinet companies, appliance vendors, etc. and have not invested sufficient time to fully understand all the issues and research available products for a remote control solution. . I've had a Harmony One for the past couple years, and it's served us well for our limited needs; however, after purchasing some new a/v equipment after the fire I've learned that the Harmony One does have some quirks and limitations depending upon the A/V equipment you're using (e.g. Vizio 65" Smart LED 3D) My instinct tells me that an RF solution would likely be the best approach for my configuration, but I'm not familiar with available products or RF device configurations. Looking for suggestions/recommendations on a remote control solution to control devices centrally located in my comm room, as well as any specific components (e.g. surround sound system, switches, etc.) that will improve upon this current design.

Any help/ words of wisdom will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Jim

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I'll leave the specifics to others, but my first recommendation would be not to do this. Personally, I find single remote solutions to be more trouble than they're worth. One remote per room (system) is far simpler to implement and use. If you need a remote or two that can be carried from room to room, that's fine, but I wouldn't attempt to put every system in the house on a single remote. While it's do-able, imagine all the steps required to use it, and the issue of simply keeping track of the remote physically and the ability of others to use different systems simultaneously.

The second thing to consider is that a rack of satellite boxes is far easier to control than a rack of cable boxes since satellite boxes are addressable.

What is the purpose of the ATV and the Roku. Aren't those redundant?

Won't it be inconvenient to have the PS3 or disc player in a closet?

I realize these centralized A/V systems are popular, but distributed systems are far easier and cheaper to implement and use. Something to consider.
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Thanks for the input. I wasn't necessarily suggesting a single remote for the entire house. Not being familiar with the RF remote technology, I assumed that multiple RF remotes could be used and programmed to control the devices wired for that room, or have redundant remotes each with the option to control all devices. Perhaps this configuration is not possible with RF remotes.

I already own both a ROKU and ATV. ATV provides features for apple devices not supported by ROKU, and ROKU has channels not available on ATV.

Not too concerned about the PS3 or media players in the closet. Don't want to clutter the living area with components and media storage and comm closet will work well for both.. The frequency of actually using that media is pretty low, and the aesthetic benefit of no media storage in the living area.outweighs the inconvenience of occasionally walking into the comm room to insert a disc. The PS3 is principally used as a bluRay player since my teenage son is off to college.
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