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Hi,


I have replaced my outdated HTPC with a Sigma 8500 player and I like that route better but I'm thinking about perhaps working that PC which is far outdated by todays standards back into the gear as a controller.


I use a Sony CRT projector currently but I have a Electrohome Marquee that I will someday replace the Sony with and the Electrohome remote has codes that are hard for universal remotes to learn. It isn't hard to control the PJ with Girder though.


Also,.. I may want to have the gear in the next room from the theater. I have a IR receiver that can read any IR and give it to Girder at the PC end. Then, I guess the PC could control all the gear and perhaps the lights too. It can send out IR, RF and RS232 commands to anything.


Anyone think a HTPC simply for controlling the gear is a good or bad plan?


-Brian
 

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Good plan - I love automation! My controller sits in the basement and controls things throughout the house. My theater is in the attic and commands from the basement are sent to the attic to an Ethernet to RS232 device.
 

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I am using a pc to control lights, RS-232, and IR for all of my equipment. I have the PC in a rack with the rest of the equipment in another room, which makes everything quiet. I also use the PC for DVD playback


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I'm using a dedicated pc to control all of my HT equipment including a Marquee. Using a Slinke/Xantech for IR control, lights/garage door/Thermostats via network connection to Homeseer/Stargate, Marquee is hooked up to this PC via RS232. Mainlobby is the control software and there is a plugin specifically written for Marquee projector control. The pc also controls the Bedroom Lex DC1 and TV via another IR run and Xanteck block.


Touch screens in the Theater and a Progear in the bedroom are the input devices. Works great, extremely flexible.
 

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HI Brian,


I'm using a Fujitsu 3400 tablet (touchscreen) as a control PC. It runs Netremote for the GUI emulating the pile of remotes and their functions. Netremote communicates to the HTPC via a Girder TCP/IP plugin called "Internet Event Server". This enables Netremote and Girder to handshake.


Girder then controls all IR functions (input and output) via a UIRT2, Firecracker for X10, and Girder for all PC commands.


I'll post a couple of Netremote "remotes" pictures when the system gets free.
 

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windtrader,


I just got my progear going and would like to see your NetRemote design!
 
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