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Pronto and RF and RS232.

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by JetJockey, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. JetJockey

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    Hello

    Does the new colour pronto transmit using RF as well as IR?

    In addition, is there a secondary box available for it that re-transmits
    these commands to the equipment?

    Further to the above, does such a box also output RS232 for transmission to control other equipment such as the RS232 input on most plasmas?

    If not, does anybody know of such a system (please don't say Crestron).

    Thanks, Gerald. :)
     
  2. LFCRules

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    Hi Gerald,

    If you mean the Pronto RU980, then a couple of answers are yes. It will transmit RF signals, and you can by an RF extender to transfer the IR signals to your equipment. See here for the specs

    As for RS232 control, I don't think this has it built in. You may be able to buy a middle man bit of equipment which will receive the RF or IR signal and convert to RS232. But someone with more experience of such matters may be able to confirm.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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  4. JetJockey

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    Thanks.

    Do I really need RS232? Dunno.

    I am thinking that it allows feedback from the item being controlled.

    For example, If I assign a macro on a remote, to switch on plasma, then switch on Amp, then switch on DVDplayer and start playing. If the Amp is already on then the macro will switch it off again, yes??

    At least RS232 will have a discrete power on command which will leave amp on even if amp is on already. Am I making sense?

    Unless of course, one can obtain the discrete IR codes for these devices and plumb them into a pronto or something??

    Gerald.
     
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    Discrete codes are the way to go, but there is usually a work around to get the device into a known state...
     
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    What equipment do you have? Most amps have discrete on and off codes, if not discrete inputs etc. Check remotecentral for discrete codes before making expensive hardware purchases. In fact even most plasmas have discrete codes so the RS232 issue may not be relevant.
     
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    Good point dood.

    It's going to be a Panny PHD8 fed via a Lumagen mainly. Source will be Panasonic Sky box + DVD

    DVD yet to be decided but currently a lowly Pioneer DV454.

    Gerald.
     

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