Originally Posted by Garet Jax
I wasn't aware of that, but was planning on using the AT-PRO3HDREC receiver so 12V or no, the IR functions should still work.
I am planning on using a Simple Control system to control everything. I am also trying to plan for other options in case I run into problems with what can and can't be done. It seems to me that getting HDMI, IR in and IR out all over one Cat 6 cable is pretty cool. This is a reason I would buy this HDMI switch vs another competing switch. My intention is to use a Simple Control box to control the TV, but love having the IRs as backup. Let me give you an example, my Marantz AV receiver gets a firmware popup and I can't update the firmware without help from the wife or kids because the receiver is downstairs and the TV is upstairs. My Crestron remote was programmed only for minimal control of the AV receiver and can't be used to upgrade the firmware. I more or less leave the firmware popup until I can't stand it any longer and then enlist the necessary help. It would be great to be able to attach an IR in to the HDBaseT receiver, plug the other end in and connect it to the receiver so I could upgrade the firmware from in front of the TV.
Can I assume that the Global Cache and the Simple Control boxes are essentially the same thing?
I am late coming to this party as I have had a Crestron controlled system for years. My hardware is mostly older stuff too and I don't want to replace all of it right now. I want to get Crestron out and replace it with stuff that gives me 100% control. Then if I find I am lacking, upgrade hardware as appropriate. 1080P is more than enough for me right now. I expect I will upgrade the Switch at some point to the version that supports HDCP 2.2, but at thousands vs hundreds especially when none of my stuff (except one TV) supports 4K, it is a no brainer.
I bet the 12v ir is better but on the box I have the 5v is weak and ultimately not robust. I got it working but the receivers aren’t sensitive enough and generally it was disappointing. I thought exactly as you how slick it all was but in the end the global cache boxes are like an M1 Abrams against a B.B. gun.
SC can control everything 100% in my experience, as long as the device is compatible, take a look at their compatibility page. I say 100%, really what you have is a standard template of large buttons for each device, then at the bottom of that section there’s a logo you can tap that expands to all the available functions for that device. See pic for my TiVo as example. First pic is the default view and second pic is the expanded commands. You can definitely update firmware etc. The things I’ve run into for example is on a demon receiver there are lots of buttons that may or may not apply to your device, and some may be missing, obscure ones like the video select that lets you toggle the video source while staying on the current audio source.
Yes I believe the SC box is actually made by GC. Supposedly the SC box is more stable but gc boxes are very reliable already so I’m not sure what else you’d want, except SC box has more functions built in like ir and serial in one box I think. Oh and the old gc boxes are 802.11g so that’s annoying, I just used some older ap to keep them off my 802.11ac wlan. So yeah the SC boxes have some advantages.
If I were you I’d drop the ir and try network, less wiring, no receivers to mount and wire at the TVs, one consistent interface.
Expanded commands after tapping TiVo icon at bottom:
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