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Programmable Controllers?
#1
Does anyone know of any remote controllers compatible with CQC? The only methods of user input control to CQC is touchscreen and voice control. Please advise

-Thanks
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#2
Your question confuses me a little, but for a programmable controller I always recommend the ClickPLC. We have a serial driver for it and it needs to be upgraded to handle the Ethernet version of this PLC. The even newer PLC has MQTT support so you could in essence for go a driver and just use the MQTT driver with it to achieve everything you need.

What example of remote control are you trying to achieve.

I use a garage door remote to arm and disarm the alarm through CQC (via the PLC) - but it could equally do any task I requested. SMS used to be used a lot by me as well, but they turned off 2G and I lost the use of my modem.
Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
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#3
(01-15-2022, 02:19 PM)znelbok Wrote: Your question confuses me a little, but for a programmable controller I always recommend the ClickPLC.  We have a serial driver for it and it needs to be upgraded to handle the Ethernet version of this PLC.  The even newer PLC has MQTT support so you could in essence for go a driver and just use the MQTT driver with it to achieve everything you need.

What example of remote control are you trying to achieve.

I use a garage door remote to arm and disarm the alarm through CQC (via the PLC) - but it could equally do any task I requested.  SMS used to be used a lot by me as well, but they turned off 2G and I lost the use of my modem.
I meant a programmable hand held remote controller that is compatable with CQC. Something like a Logitech harmony, or a URC dealer programmable remote.
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#4
There are a few remotes with drivers or ways to make them work via generic IR receivers. See https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/CQCDoc...=/Overview

The HTTP Trigger driver is very useful for newer input methods.  You can program it to receive HTTP Get commands from just about anything with an ip address that can send a GET command. Tasker/IFTT and many other apps can do HTTP requests like this.

You would still have to setup triggers via the event server to do things based on the remote controller inputs for all of these devices.
-Mike G
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#5
I use USB-UIRT to do what you want.  It is a receiver / blaster that CQC has support for.  You will need a computer to plug it into, but could probably work out something with baluns back to the server if your server isn't in the same room where you want to work the remote.

In my case, I have keypads (B&K) that send an IR signal back to my wiring closet, and the USB-UIRT reads that signal and performs an action based on the code received.  Not super clean, but mine has been working for 10+ years, and once set up, it has been rock solid.

http://www.usbuirt.com/
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(01-16-2022, 03:15 PM)Darrie Wrote:
(01-15-2022, 02:19 PM)znelbok Wrote: Your question confuses me a little, but for a programmable controller I always recommend the ClickPLC.  We have a serial driver for it and it needs to be upgraded to handle the Ethernet version of this PLC.  The even newer PLC has MQTT support so you could in essence for go a driver and just use the MQTT driver with it to achieve everything you need.

What example of remote control are you trying to achieve.

I use a garage door remote to arm and disarm the alarm through CQC (via the PLC) - but it could equally do any task I requested.  SMS used to be used a lot by me as well, but they turned off 2G and I lost the use of my modem.
I meant a programmable hand held remote controller that is compatable with CQC. Something like a Logitech harmony, or a URC dealer programmable remote.

(01-16-2022, 05:07 PM)Shaky Wrote: There are a few remotes with drivers or ways to make them work via generic IR receivers. See https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/CQCDoc...=/Overview

The HTTP Trigger driver is very useful for newer input methods.  You can program it to receive HTTP Get commands from just about anything with an ip address that can send a GET command. Tasker/IFTT and many other apps can do HTTP requests like this.

You would still have to setup triggers via the event server to do things based on the remote controller inputs for all of these devices.
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The HTTP Trigger driver is very useful for newer input methods.

As Shaky mentions, this is a great trigger driver, but I use a similar serial trigger driver used with an old URC MSC400 RF controller box and compatible remotes like the MX-880. I have configured it to send out rs-232 triggers that function the same way. There are newer solutions as well but may require dealer intervention. I abandoned the use of US-UIRT as I found it unreliable at times. Reliability is the key.
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#8
Nothing is "plug and play", but you can pretty much get anything working with CQC. I use the harmony remote in my Den to control my A/V system which includes using CQC to change a lot of stuff.

For example, these universal remotes are designed to be programmed with every device entered into it. So if you have a Sony TV and a Integra receiver and a DVD player or streaming device, then you have to have all of those entered into the remote and the "watch DVD" macro will send a ton of IR commands to turn the TV on, set it to the right input, turn on the DVD player and receiver, set the receiver to the correct input/output, etc, etc, etc. It's likely that the total length of this start command is many seconds long. f you move the remote away from the IR receivers during this time, it is very likely that some of them won't be received properly and the system won't work as expected.

Instead, I have set my remotes to send a single command (usually a number using a TV that I don't own) to start these macros. I have the Harmony remote output it's IR signal via a IR blaster that is taped onto my USB-UIRT. The USB-UIRT is plugged into the computer and allows CQC to "read" any IR code. So when I want to start a DVD, the remote sends out a "Number 3" command that CQC picks up. When CQC receives a "Number 3" command, it triggers a whole set of commands to turn all my equipment on to watch a DVD. In the end, the result is the same, but the IR command is so much quicker the way I have it set up that it is nearly impossible to get a bad sequence.

Hopefully that makes sense. It's probably not how most people set up their universal remotes with their A/V system, but it has resulted in a much more reliable system.
Brian - a long time user that rarely messes with the system now
Other systems used:
SageTV w/ cablecard tuner & multiple extenders for viewing
BlueIris and IP cameras for CCTV
Incredible PBX for home phone
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