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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: East Central Iowa
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I know you are looking for ultimate control and a remote, but here are my two cents. Buy an Amazon echo dot (or a few) to control Insteon, Sonos and Rachio with ease. then you don't need to have the remote in hand to control some of your devices. I recently finished building my house and like you I was looking for a remote to control everything from the Lutron dimmers/switches to the Sonos equipment throughout the house and even the Rachio irrigation system.... and more. I was starting to sweat the small stuff until I thought to keep it simple. I purchased the Echo Dot for $30 (on sale). I ended up putting five throughout the house and they do a great job of picking up your voice from another room. No need to have a remote in hand to control almost anything. I can walk in the house with bags in my hand and with my voice turn on my TV, lights, close garage door, start playing music, etc.
For your specific equipment, I assume Insteon with the Insteon hub is like Lutron gear I have. I will have Insteon products in my theater so I'll know soon. I can control any light I want with my voice or app on my phone. "Turn on kitchen lights" or "Turn off bedroom lights". I also created scenes to turn lights on and off and specific times in the day.
I can control the Sonos system room by room using my voice and Alexa or the app on my phone. "Alexa, play holiday favorites in garage" or "Alexa play 90's music everywhere (all rooms I have Sonos)."
The Rachio system is something you should worry about the least. Once it's setup and you have a schedule set, you never really need to mess with it. It will monitor the weather and adjust its schedule as needed. But with Alexa if you want to water outside the normal schedule it's easy. You can say things like "Alexa tell Rachio to turn on Zone 4 for eight minutes". Again, you also have the app on your phone and can control the system from anywhere you have an internet connection.
I realize this doesn't answer your remote control question, but I think Alexa is a better solution to control a lot of your homes devices and leaves a actual remote to control just AV gear for the room you and the remote are in.