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matt@iliumsoft.com
2003-12-05, 01:29
The showstopper for this device for me?

IR remote.

Maybe I'm being picky, but why would an *audio* device have a remote that
requires line-of-sight. Why not do an RF, X10-style remote?
(http://www.mousehouse.net/ha-products-4xxx.asp?id=H4500&p=details) My stereo
is in the living room but I'd prolly do most of my listening in the kitchen and
dining room. I don't want to have to pop into the living room every time I want
to skip a song.

Apologies if this has already been discussed on this list, I scanned the
archives and I didn't see it mentioned.

Kevin Deane-Freeman
2003-12-05, 01:42
Quoting matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com:

> The showstopper for this device for me?
>
> IR remote.
>
you have the option, of course, of using a wifi device with a browser.

btw...how do you operate your tv, sattelite, dvd or vcr? are those outlawed too?
the only RF remote I've seen anywhere is those found on the ATI Radeon AIW video
cards. nice bonus tho.

-kdf

dean
2003-12-05, 09:14
The best solution for RF control is a PDA with 802.11 support. We have
a skin called Handheld that works great on these devices!

-dean

On Dec 5, 2003, at 12:29 AM, matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com wrote:

> The showstopper for this device for me?
>
> IR remote.
>
> Maybe I'm being picky, but why would an *audio* device have a remote
> that
> requires line-of-sight. Why not do an RF, X10-style remote?
> (http://www.mousehouse.net/ha-products-4xxx.asp?id=H4500&p=details)
> My stereo
> is in the living room but I'd prolly do most of my listening in the
> kitchen and
> dining room. I don't want to have to pop into the living room every
> time I want
> to skip a song.
>
> Apologies if this has already been discussed on this list, I scanned
> the
> archives and I didn't see it mentioned.
>

Matthew Henry
2003-12-05, 10:19
At 12:42 AM 12/5/2003 -0800, Kevin Deane-Freeman wrote:
>Quoting matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com:
> > The showstopper for this device for me?
> >
> > IR remote.
>btw...how do you operate your tv, sattelite, dvd or vcr? are those
>outlawed too?

Well, the answer should be obvious of course, but I'll spell it out. tv,
dvd and vcr, by definition I am in the room with a line of sight to the
device. Not so with audio.

I currently have an X10 RF remote connected to my computer upstairs, with
their cheezy lo-fi analog transmitter. The concept works great, but in
practice the sound quality is pretty lousy, so I'd like to step up to
something higher end.

I suppose I could get out my Perl books and get the slimdevices server
working with my X10 RF remote, but for $300, I want something that'll work
out of the box! :-)

>The best solution for RF control is a PDA with 802.11 support. We have a
skin called Handheld that works great on these devices!
>-dean

PDA control might be nifty, I do have a BT Palm. But I may need something
a little simpler for The Wife. ;-)
..

jason@pagefamily.net
2003-12-05, 10:29
I am using an X10 powermid remote extension system which works very well. It
converts IR to radio and transmits it to a basestation then converts it back
to IR and beams it to the equipment.

I have cheap IR universal remotes throughout the house that can drive the slim
stuff as well as the satellite reciever this way.

Quoting Matthew Henry <matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com>:

> At 12:42 AM 12/5/2003 -0800, Kevin Deane-Freeman wrote:
> >Quoting matt (AT) iliumsoft (DOT) com:
> > > The showstopper for this device for me?
> > >
> > > IR remote.
> >btw...how do you operate your tv, sattelite, dvd or vcr? are those
> >outlawed too?
>
> Well, the answer should be obvious of course, but I'll spell it out. tv,
> dvd and vcr, by definition I am in the room with a line of sight to the
> device. Not so with audio.
>
> I currently have an X10 RF remote connected to my computer upstairs, with
> their cheezy lo-fi analog transmitter. The concept works great, but in
> practice the sound quality is pretty lousy, so I'd like to step up to
> something higher end.
>
> I suppose I could get out my Perl books and get the slimdevices server
> working with my X10 RF remote, but for $300, I want something that'll work
> out of the box! :-)
>
> >The best solution for RF control is a PDA with 802.11 support. We have a
> skin called Handheld that works great on these devices!
> >-dean
>
> PDA control might be nifty, I do have a BT Palm. But I may need something
> a little simpler for The Wife. ;-)
> .
>
>
>