QQQ and Dean,
There is Plenty of room in this world for both systems. Both systems are evolving. No one is standing still or old school, they would have been flushed by now, especially in this market.
I am glad you are pursuing your project and I have your site bookmarked and I enjoy reading and hearing the details of your program. When Time allows, I would be glad to experiment and have fun with this piece of software. I would see no problems running this on a dedicated server locked up tight.
|Crestron's new lighting system is the first residential lighting system to allow for a backup processor, if the first fails, the second takes over.
Vantage lighting systems have been doing this for years. I think about fifteen or more years. Excellent product and software. It is an over all great company to do business with. They can easily be interfaced with Crestron, AMX. Elan, hopefully CQC too! Flash EEProm in the Master controller and another in the cabinet. All units are modular and replaceable by the homeowner. Usually only done in the event flood or lightning. A step above
Crestron in this department of control.
|I know that Crestron and AMX are at the top of this field but there are millions of people like myself who can't (or won't) afford the high price of such systems. Have any of you looked into less expensive systems such as HAI?
I just finished programming a Omni system for someone. Nice product for security and easy interface for some simple HVAC and lighting automation. I can do some other features too. It would not be my choice for a COMPLETE control system in my house, but because my needs are greater. I have to have touchpanels and easy interfaces for multiroom music, Media Room, security, video surveillance and lighting control. But, The Omni would be a great start or part of a larger package because it can easily be controlled and interfaced with quite a few products on the market.
If you are one of those millions that just bought the latest Sylvania TV with the Samsung Home-theater-in-a-box package from BB, I can't help you. You and a Philips pronto can work it out. IF you are beyond that, then I think you can afford a Crestron system. I know Millions of people out there can.
1. How much do you think a Crestron system cost?
2. How much money do you have wrapped up in your entertainment equipment?
3. What is your current method of controlling it?
4. Go over to your kids and wife and ask if they find the equipment easy to use?
I honestly would like to know so I can give you some ideas to help and A budget that you and others can see. Most people don't look at the control system as part of the "list" of entertainment equipment. Look at a typical Room of a Boomer:
Televison-maybe more than one in the same room.
VCR, Surround Receiver, SUbwoofer, Lights, Tivo or Replay, WebTV or Computer, Digital cable and/or satellite. HD receiver. DVD player or
worse->DVD CHANGER, CD player, and ye OLe Laser disk (I hope the remote still works), etc. All of this bought at different times, because it was a deal or the latest "had to have". A big mosh pit of remotes on the end table might be there as well.
Once I show you a Crestron 1700c Touchscreen with a AV2 Processor and the capabilities, you will be suprised how little it cost (money and time) compared to some other solutions.