I had the unit up an running in a few minutes and it learned commands from my remote in no time. This is the first device I've reviewed from the UK and I'm impressed with the functionality. Frankly, I think much of the equipment coming to market these days is unnecessarily complicated as manufacturers try to do too much with one device.
"Controlling devices in the selected house code is easy but you must know the correct phrases to use. For example "Turn on Coach Lamp" commands the lamp on and "Shut off Coach Lamp" turns it off. "Set Coach Lamp to 75%" ... Brighten Coach Lamp by 10%" etc. Once you learn the key phrases you're all set and with proper training, the voice recognition is quite accurate."
"Building the PC Remote is simple when following these instructions. You can purchase a kit which includes all the components and a pre-fabricated circuitboard, or build it yourself from scratch using the included Layouts."
"EZHome is the CM11A controller. It runs quietly in the background and monitors for signals coming from the CM11A or from ARexx. When it gets one from the CM11, it checks a list of presets to see if any match the X10 code. If any do, it then executes the corresponding command(s) which can be programs, ARexx scripts, soundfx, or whatever you want it to do."
"URC lets your home PC reach out and control many common appliances in your home - your CD player, TV, VCR, DSS, DVD, stereo preamp, radio tuner, cassette player, or anything else which accepts infrared remote control signals. I've given a very simple illustration in this column: pausing and muting everything when the phone rings. There are many other cool applications you can create."
http://www.marantzamerica.com/rc-2000.htm "Beyond the obvious multitude of buttons allowing control of every device you own, there are 4 macro buttons situated beside the LCD display. These can be programmed with up to 20 steps each. For example, you can program one button to turn on the TV, turn on the VCR, Change to channel 6, Set the amp to surround sound and take out the dog."
"When you are entertaining or just watching a movie by yourself on a Saturday night, you don't want to be fiddling around will all of these remotes. If you do not do something about this, your couch will have a wonderful display of large, and usually complex remotes for which you need an engineering degree from MIT to use. Don't worry, there are some solutions. "
"I haven't had much luck convincing my better half that home automation systems are easy to use but when I asked her to look at the touchscreen operation of the Cardio, she was enthusiastic and understood immediately what was required to operate the system. That fact alone is enough to convince many that the system is worth the effort."
"The most innovative feature of this remote is it's ability to control your PC. Once configured, buttons can be used to launch programs, edit documents, send email, logon and browse the web as well as navigating using the mouse pad."
"HouseLinc is one of a new line of home control products from SmartLinc. Shipped with PlatoTW software, it provides stand alone control of X-10 and IR devices."
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