Originally Posted by bmock17
Just came across the roomie remote. I purchased the new harmony elite remote a couple weeks ago because I need a remote that controls devices in another room; through walls mainly. Is the roomie app capable of this? I am really confused on the pricing for this and if/what kind of adapters I would need to buy. I spent $350 on the harmony so if the roomie would work, for less money, with a better interface than I would like to try it. Any help is appreciated.
Cost depends on how many devices you want to control, what control methods your devices support, and whether or not you want extra guide features available from within the Simple Control app. If you are only looking to control 3 devices, all 3 are fully controllable via IP, and you don want/need any of the extra guide features then the initial price for the app is all you would need to pay. If you need to control more than 3 devices then you would need to pay an additional 1-time fee to increase the number of devices supported. If you have devices that you want to control that are not controllable via. IP, then you would also need to purchase the appropriate IR or serial adaptor. The additional guide features require a recurring subscription fee.
With IP controllable devices, the commands are sent via. your network, so your phone/tablet and the device being controlled must be connected to the same network (using wifi and/or Ethernet). As long as you are connected to the same network, the device can be controlled without needing line of sight. For devices controlled via. IR or serial, the app on your phone/tablet communicates to the adaptor over your network and then the adaptor relays those commands to the device via. IR or serial. So, again, you do not need line of sight between your phone/tablet and the adaptor. However, you do need either line of sight (if using IR blasters) or a wired connection (if using serial or the IR port on your device) between the adaptor and your device.
The best way to figure out the cost of a Simple Control setup is to make a list of all of the devices you want to control in each room, including make and model number, and then go to Simple Controls website to check for device compatibility. Check the IP compatibility list first and then the serial and IR compatibility lists. Once you know how many devices would need to be controlled by what methods, you can figure out how many adaptors (if any) you would need.