I'm finishing my basement and have a closet set aside to put all of my AV gear in. Now, I am trying to figure out how to distribute everything correctly, and I am hitting a snag on how to handle the remotes.
My initial thought was to use Android devices along with some of the Global Cache gear to control the devices that can't be controlled over IP. However, I would also like to be able to use a traditional IR remote in some locations as I have a 3 year old that I am not ready to turn her loose with tablets and phones.
From what I have read, getting things going with Android & the Global Cache gear is doable with a little bit of work. However, I have not seen anyone doing anything with a mixture of that and IR remotes. If someone out there is doing it, I'd love to hear what you are doing.
(This part is going to get in to the home automation area, but my question seemed primarily remote based so I put it here.) My thought to handle the IR remotes was to use Insteon IR receiver units in the room and have my ISY handle issuing the commands over IP. For those that have IP based control, have you tried something like this? Or is there a better choice?
Finally, I need to figure out how to control the TVs that are going to be spread through the house. My thought was to use a Global Cache unit in each room. However, it is unclear if any of the remote apps available can handle sending commands to different units. For example, if I am in the master bedroom, I need the remote to send the on/off commands to the Global Cache unit that feeds the TV in that room, but send the commands to control the source to a different Global Cache unit in the basement. Is anybody doing something like this?