Multiple brains in multiple rooms

I am wondering if it is possible to set up two Brains in two rooms? I have not figured out how to do so. Ideally they should be able to control the same things, but there are TVs in multiple rooms that all require IR.

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  • According to Raphaels comments on kickstarter it should be possible to have two brains in sync. When you also have two remotes both remotes should be able to control both brains.

    How to setup I dont know as I'm a EU backer... hopefully they didnt cancel this feature in the initial firmware...

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  • It is absolutely no problem to have multiple NEEO Brains and NEEO Remotes running together, you may even connect up to ten NEEO Remotes to one single NEEO Brain. The NEEO Brains are currently not synced though, this feature will come along with a later firmware release. This means that a NEEO Remote is currently always connected to a specific NEEO Brain and it can control the devices on that specific NEEO Brain. 

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  • Do I have to set up a new account for the second brain or how do I set it up?

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  • You should be able to use the same account.

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  • I wonder how hard it would be to write a driver for one of global caches IP to IR devices? That would allow you to get around needing a second brain.

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  • Ok, here's the topic I was looking for! Just tried setting up a second brain upstairs, with the downstairs one still on (original brain and remote works fine). However, while the app seems to find the downstairs brain just fine, it won't find the upstairs one to let me set it up. Can I assume that, at this time, it is only possible to have one brain active at a time for setup purposes? Or is this a glitch?

    (Also, it would be REALLY useful to have an "Add A Brain" option in the app instead of just "Change Brain.")

    ETA: OK, so here's a funny thing. Now, at this point, I am assuming that the new brains did not download any information (WiFi) from the original when they were powered on. (I assume this because when I attempted to pair a remote with one of the new brains, it says there is no WiFi configuration on the brain I'm trying to pair it with.) When I unplug the original brain, leaving only the one I'm trying to set up connected, the app tries to find a Brain, connects, and goes straight to the home page for my NEEO Brain/account. In fact, it's doing this even with no brains actually plugged in (the only NEEO device plugged in was my original remote, and one of the new ones).

    Soooo..... any advice for getting the new brains set up? (I'm going to re-plug in the original for the time being until I can figure out what to do next...)

    ETA2: IGNORE MY PREVIOUS ETA!! I was being an idiot (I blame the never-ending Texas summer heat). I don't know what the heck I unplugged, but apparently it wasn't the original brain. Once the brain I was connecting to WiFi was the only one actually powered on (and hardwired to my router), I was able to set up the WiFi, and add devices with no problem (although I wish it had been able to copy the info from the previous brain, as I already had those devices set up).

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    • Vidya Travis if you have a running brain and want to use the app for the next use this option in the neeo app on your mobile device: settings -> NEEO BRAIN -> change brain 

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      Niels de Klerk I tried that earlier, but it would just go straight back to the home screen without giving me an option to pick another brain. That said, that was before I had connected the WiFi on the second brain, so maybe it will work better now that it's connected? I'm running a firmware update on the newly connected brain now, so I'll try it out again after that.

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      • Vidya Travis
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      Ok, so the secret is that you do need to hardwire each brain to the router for the initial WiFi setup, but once it's plugged into the router, I can change between the brains without any problem. Again, I just wish they could read each other so that I wouldn't have to enter device information in again and again, but oh well. I expect that will come in time. :) In the meantime, I'm only going to add the devices I want each one to control. At the moment, there's not a whole lot of overlap, but the more smart devices I have, the more I'm going to want on all the remotes/brains. I'm looking forward to when they can work together better.

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    • Vidya Travis oh sorry, Yes you need to have the brain connected to your network before the app can find it, initially through a wired connection. I assumed it was.

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      • Vidya_Travis
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      Niels de Klerk Yeah, it wasn't. 🙂 But, I learned. :)

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      • Patrick@NEEO
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      Vidya Travis The ability to have the multiple NEEO Brains synced so that you can control all devices on all NEEO Remotes on different NEEO Brains will come. Unfortunately, I can not yet give you an estimate on when this will be ready. 

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      • Vidya Travis
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      Patrick I'll be waiting! 😉

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  • Vidya Travis said:
    Also, it would be REALLY useful to have an "Add A Brain" option in the app instead of just "Change Brain.")

     I fully agree. Especially with a second brain setup this would help a lot.

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      • Patrick@NEEO
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      Since it is going to take a while until full syncing of NEEO Brains will be possible I kind of do see this as a nice addon until then, this way you could quickly change in between NEEO Brains. I will discuss this with the app developer team.

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  • I just set up a second brain. I have one in the living room and another in my office. I'm wondering how rooms versus second brains will work out... I added a room "Office" to the office brain, and then added my tv/set top box/avr. I had added the same trio to the Living Room room of the living room brain.

    So, at this point for me Brain = Room.  So, what do I do with the other rooms?  Are they essentially just for navigational organization on the remote?  If I have AV equipment in the kitchen and bedroom, how can I control them? Third and fourth brains only, or I was thinking, maybe I can run an IR extender to the kitchen.  Just thought I'd ask in case I'm missing something... 

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  • If it comes to IR controlled devices your approach of "room = brain" is almost correct since IR can physically just not go through a wall. Users here on Planet NEEO have already found workarounds for that, like this example .

    In the future the will be much more drivers based on other protocols like control over WiFi, Zigbee or Bluetooth. That means you will need less NEEO Brains. 

    Multiple rooms can already be used now, for example, if you have rooms with no IR equipment. An example is my kitchen, which has only Sonos and z-wave controlled lights, no need for another NEEO Brain.

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  • Has anything happened regarding this topic?? Still waiting on being able to control multiple brains in deferent rooms just by selecting the room you are in on your remote!

    Thanks

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