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  • #310
     AndreWilley says:

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    OK, time to christen this forum with a few ideas for new products for the range…

    IR-to-RF convertor box. This would be a simple infra-red sensor in a small tabletop box which would allow the use of a standard infra-red remote control in order to pass signals to the LightwaveRF system. That way, users of any of the smart/learning remote controls on the market could control LightwaveRF devices in the same way they control their TV, home cinema system, etc.

    Andre

    #843
     AlexS says:

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    In terms of the IR to RF box this is very possible for us to do and it is something we have considered and may do in the future if we believe that the demand is there. We have concentrated on power/lighting/heating based on radio because we believe that there are other systems that now do audio and video (oftern largely ir) quite nicely already for a reasonably affordable price (from apple to harmony to sonos etc.) unlike in home automation. However we could bring an ir/rf box into the range reasonably quickly if demand was there – one for the future perhaps.

    #844
     AndreWilley says:

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    Thanks for that. Yes, I do agree that there are a lot of home cinema products out there, and your system is definitely more aimed at ‘home automation’ than A/V use. However, a great many people already use universal remotes – especially the sort of people who are likely to be early adopters of LightwaveRF – and it’d be a great idea to allow some method for your system to be controlled from an existing IR learning-remote, e.g. to use macros to set the mood lighting levels, turn power sockets on/off, etc. Don’t really want to have another remote to fall down the back of the sofa after all…

    Otherwise my trusty Marantz learning remote will feel left out, as it controls everything else in the room! :)

    #940
     kongomush says:

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    I’m with Andre on this one. I install A/V systems and have a lot of clients with IR remotes. I’m keen on installing lightwave products in their homes and it would be cool to interface with their remotes…. that’s two votes now <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #945
     AlexS says:

    AlexS
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    ok i will pass it on. This was on the radar at some point but got overtaken by other priorities. Maybe i could resurrect it sometime later this year.

    #949
     AndreWilley says:

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    Sounds good to me, as so many people use learning remote these days it would be a great addition.

    It would even allow other RF-based remote devices (such as the popular Logitech remotes) to work via their own IR extender system, which would simply feed an infrared signal into your new IR-to-LightwaveRF sensor.

    Andre

    #885
     GeorgeGhir says:

    GeorgeGhir
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    Firstly, great procduct! I received mine today (1x LightwaveRF 1 Gang Dimmer 250W White + Remote control). I would love to see some sort of IR covertor for this product. Would also love to get my hands on a wifi link to see what it can do.

    Cheers,

    #886
     AlexS says:

    AlexS
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    Hi – thanks.

    IR convertor may be brought into the range – to be honest there are a few good solutions we could buy in from 3rd parities. this would be quicker solution that devoting resources to make our own so i think i may look into it if there appears to be demand.

    Wifi links due on friday by the way – i will send word via email.

    #1118
     foxy says:

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    Sorry for resurecting an old thread but this is something I’d really want.

    I take your point about others are doing Media setups – but after spending all the time (and money) to get my 4/5 AV remotes into 1. I’d prefer to not add a new "Lights" remote but use the exsisting one.

    Obviously in the most ideal world the remote would just work with the RF – I specfically am looking at the Logitech Harmonies – that has to be the ultimate setup but convertors would work as well.

    #1142
     AlexS says:

    AlexS
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    request noted. Rest assured to do raise these issues.

    #1157
     mr flibble says:

    mr flibble
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    Another vote for this product.

    Ideally there’d be a slightly more expensive master wall switch, that allows activation of its buttons via IR. I’d have thought that most IR users would only want to control the current room (e.g. dim lights, activate blinds etc)

    #6847
     pedro says:

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    +1 for this idea.

    reason is i have my AV/home automation in a good state, however at the moment I use the B&Q Varilight switch, this works well with virtually all remotes, inc the Harmony etc, however they aren’t the most reliable, require line of sight (ish) and don’t fit in with the rapidly increasing array of LightwaveRF products i have, resulting in a few specific switches not being ‘part of the family’ etc.

    In addition i have configure the LightwaveRF system to ‘power down’ rooms, very handy for when the kids leave the room and forget to turn the lights of etc, with the Varilight control i have no way to control this, however as we all know this is quite simple via LightwaveRF.

    so my request is for some IR type interface, preference being a small ‘box of tricks’ that receives a code and translates to LightwaveRF please

    #7606
     psw1 says:

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    I have made an ir to rf converter to use with my Logitech Harmony remote; it works flawlessly to control all my rf switches around the house from buttons and macros on my Logitech. The challenge was to design an rf to ir converter to teach the code from the original rf remote to the Logitech.
    If anyone is interested, I will keep an eye on this forum.

    #7694
     durosity says:

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    PSW1.. that sounds pretty awesome, how did you do this?

    #7697
     coxy says:

    coxy
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    Am very keen to hear more about this too

    LightwaveRF for electrics, Harmony Home for gadgets, Heat Genius is next, and Now toying with IFTTT
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