IP Control of VPLHW45ES
One of the features Sony does not include with the VPLHW45ES is IP control which is found on higher end models of the current line up.
What is IP Control ? ... In short it's remote control via the network.
I rely on IP control because it's what I find to be the most reliable and because I have gear inside and outside my theater room. And finally, because I prefer to use my iphone as a remote because I carry it with me 24/7 and it should have at least one purpose.
Every component of my Home Theater is controlled via the network including the lights and the projector.
So even though it's not built in, I wanted to share the information about how I use a add on gizmo to add IP control to my HW45ES. *it's even wireless IP control via Wifi (wired ethernet gizmos are also available)*
This charming fella pictured above is the Global Cache wifi2sl adapter. It can hook up to the RS232 connector on the HW45ES which is lableled "Remote."
You need to also use a null adapter for some reason. This is just the fact of certain RS232 components... some just require the null port adapter. And it has to be male to female as shown here. These sell for ~$3.99 so it's not as much of a deal breaker as it sounds like it could be.
Anyhow.... plug that stuff into the remote port on the VPLHW45ES and presto you have given it back the IP control Sony removed from it to keep costs down.
After that, some setup or configuration is required depending on what you use as a control method. I use Roomie Remote (now called Simple Control) and codes are already pre programmed for several Sony SXRD projectors like the VPLHW55ES. If you tell your remote it's a VPLHW55ES it will never know that it's really a VPLHW45ES.