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Why I Chose iRule

After about 10 years of use, I recently decided to move on from my old Pronto remote. I started by purchasing a Samsung Tab 7. I have been experimenting with the following:

TurboSquid: Pros: - allows quick setup of all devices
- nice macro capabilities
- utilizes the ir transmitter on the Tab 7
- great support (added my receiver's ir setup overnight)
Cons: - very little UI customization
- no IP control

OpenRemote: Pros: - very nice screen designer
- open source
- integration with anything imaginable
Cons: - controller software needs to be running at all times on a separate computer. I loaded this onto a Raspberry Pi, but I would still consider it a negative.
- doesn't utilize IR transmitter on Tab 7
- IP devices limited

I have decided on iRule because it doesn't require a separate controller to run and it feels like the iRule product is more mature than OpenRemote. The documentation is also better. Once I played around wih iRule for an hour or so and viewed a couple of videos, things are really easy to setup. So far I am happy with iRule. I wish there were more devices to select from using IP. I love the feedback provided by IP control.

Thanks iRule.

Gary Keefe
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  • Hi Gary,

    Thank you for choosing iRule! Thank you also for taking the time to post and tell us why you like iRule and what you like or dislike about a couple of the others. We always appreciate the feedback.

    We also look forward to adding more IP-controlled devices. Anytime a manufacturers builds hardware and/or protocol which supports third-party IP control, and which doesn't have serious use limitations, we enthusiastically support those manufacturers and their products. Is there a specific device you have that we're not supporting via IP?

    Thanks again for posting!

    Regards,
    SC
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  • Hi,

    I need to add to my pros: - GREAT Service.

    I requested the addition of IP control for Sony ES receivers and by the end of the day I had it.

    The last device is the Marantz UD 5005 blu-ray.

    THANKS.
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    iRule Pros:

    - great service
    - allows RS232, and IR (with Global Cache or like hardware) control of devices
    - IP CONTROL of devices (growing number of devices)
    - doesn't require and always on controller to run on a separate pc
    - plenty of tutorials
    - sweet gui designer
    - lots of .png files (can also use your own files)
    - repeating buttons (great for volume buttons)

    Cons:

    - hard to stop trying to improve your remote
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