Originally Posted by Peter M
I've been away for a few days so just catching up on your progress.
Glad to hear that it's now working. The Panny latency is an interesting issue that I haven't come across before.
I still believe that the macro we've come up with is the best solution for your situation, and it's an improvement to some of my power status tracking so I intend to implement the same. I think about it this way - we are using the absence of feedback to trigger the OFF state, so the process cannot be fully dealt with in the feedback section.
Have you tried changing the delay on the last two macro commands from 1.0 to 2.0 secs ? And then 3.0 secs and so on until it works reliably.
The repeat interval in the page load should then be changed to this delay + 1.0 secs. I think this will stop the commands tripping over each other.
I don't pretend to fully understand what is going on here, but the Panny Plasma is a peculiar beast. I have investigated further and made some observation that may or may not be generally true. In the macro I was able to reduce the delay of the query to 0 from .2 sec and the flag setting to .2 from 1 sec. I tried all 0 and that was a no-go, so some minimal delay between the query and the flag set is required. That is where I have left it and it seems fine. I understand that the delays are not supposed to be cumulative, but in the case of a macro I think they are since the macros commands need to be treated as a single command and executed sequentially. Again I may be wrong, but that is my observation.
For the Page Load actions, I have tried a repeat cycle as short as .5 seconds with the current macro settings and it works. I have also gone as long as 5 sec and that works as well, but in a different way. Peculiar to the Panny is that fact that I have to Query Panny Power Status twice in succession with exactly the same repeat cycle or I get no response no matter what delays I choose in the macro. Nothing. This is not the case for the HTPC's where a single query gets the job done. Because of the double call, commands get out of sequence and trampled. As a result I get an intermittent, non-periodic flash of the Panny Power Button. The power button off state length is related to, but not 1:1 correlated with, the length of the repeat cycle. The longer the repeat interval the longer the button stays in the off state, but not for the full the length of the repeat. Further the intermittent flash is also related to the repeat length, but again not 1:1 correlated with the repeat cycle length.
Since my Panny Power Button only is present on the Power Center Page that contains all of the Power Buttons for all Devices in the system, it is not something that I sit and stare at so having an intermittent flash, with a relative short off state is no big deal for me and so I what I have "finally" (until the next tweak) settled on, is a repeat of 1.5 sec. With these settings there is no mistaking when the Panny is on or off.
Coming from iRule, knowing nothing about DemoPad and given I was at ground zero 2.5 months ago and now have a fully functioning whole house, multi zone, multi device automation remote is pretty amazing. I'm more than happy with the transition and the product, and so is my wife which is saying something