Looking to be pointed in the right direction
I am looking for how to start in on making my own simple control system. I am a tech-savvy type with programming experience, but this is a whole new world for me.
I have devices with varying control methods: a projector with RS-232, direcTV and AppleTV with IR, a blu-ray player, a laptop, so on. I would like to be able to do things like push a button that starts the projector, switches to the correct input, starts the DirecTV, and puts on the sound. If I can do the lights too, I will!
I'm expecting to do this all myself, and would like to avoid getting a whole lot of hardware (but I know I will need some). Mainly I just don't even know where to start. Crestron wants to set up a 500 person auditorium or something, and other things seem to be way out of scale like this.