For those that want more information about how the Roaming Remote system (RRS) works, I encourage you to browse the website at RoamingRemote.com
. There you can find more details and some FAQs.
However, I will try to explain how the system works for the benefit of AVSers that stumble upon this thread.
The core of the RRS is basically your media computer or preferably your HTPC. In addition, most computers nowadays and virtually all HTPCs are networked. By connecting peripheral audio/video devices (such as receivers, TV tuners and display devices) to your HTPC you create a total media playback system.
The Roaming Remote system uses a Pocket PC or compatible mobile phone to control your HTPC and any supported connected devices. It does this by sending commands to the HTPC using your WiFi network.
For instance, it can send a command to your HTPC to switch the input on your reciver from CD to DVD. The HTPC in turn sends the command (via rs-232 serial) to your receiver which recognizes and executes the command.
This essentially is how high-end touch screen systems like Crestron work, but the RRS is a LOT less expensive, uses off the self components and does not require a trained factory rep to program it for you. It just works, for your equipment out of the box!
Therefore to use the Roaming Remote system, you should, at a minimum have:
1. An HTPC or computer media player with available serial or USB ports.
2. A receiver with an rs-232c control port. Onkyo, Integra, Denon, SONY, Yamaha, Krell, Lexicon etc. all have models with this feature.
Roaming Remote currently syupports receivers from Onkyo, Integra, Denon and Pioneer
Actually, you don't even need a compatible receiver to get started with the Roaming Remote. You can use it to control your (supported) software media player without any other connected devices (although you lose the capability to adjust master volume in this configuration).
EDIT: With the latest versions of Roaming Remote, you CAN control volume of your supported Media player without a receiver or preamp!.
Please see here
for more info.
Fell free to PM me or contact me at the website for more info.