Originally Posted by JaserLet
I am almost ready to pull the pin and go with a Grafik Eye system for my home theater. It seems to be the most reliable way to do these sorts of things. However I am tempted to go for more than just a 4-zone for the theater itself. Since my home theater is actually a portion of the basement and has no distinct doorway I am thinking of running all of the open living areas of the basement (the family/theater area, the fireplace room area and the stairway landing area) from a Grafik Eye system. But this will probably require more than 6 zones...
Can I use two 4-zone Grafik Eye systems, one for the theater area, and one for the rest of the basement... and link them together so some scenes modify all 8 zones instead of just the 4 from that controller? I would like to put a SeeTouch upstairs at the top of the stairs so I can turn the basement lights on to a certain scene before walking down the steps. So maybe my exact quesion is this ---- what are the limitations of having two 4-zone GE systems + 1 SeeTouch all linked together?
You can tell each GE to "listen" to the seetouch panel. That panel should probably be for scenes 5-8 (or 9-12, etc.), and that grouping is set via a dip-switch. You can have one GE listen to the other as well. The problem is it will always listen to it and since you'll be controlling it from one GE, it will push scenes 1-4, and possibly 5-8 (via a remote).
What might be better is to get two seetouch panels. Put one at the bottom of the stairs and have all GEs listen to it for scenes 5-8. If you like you can have redundant scenes. When you go down stairs you can turn them all off, and you can also have regular scenes for the rest of the room trigger some kind of entrance scene for your HT. Put another in yout HT and have only your outer-room GE listen to it. By the way, when you wire these you daisy chain them all together, so you can figure out your combinations later.
I have a similar set-up, but both of my seetouch panels are at the bottom of the stair. One ST controls scenes 1-4 of the outer rooms, and the other controls scenes 5-8 in the HT. Since the kids (ages 1-3) like to go down and hit the buttons, I have it set up so the HT goes into ambience mode for the buttons they like.