Can I control two "Brains" with one "Remote"?
I just purchased a remote/brain combo. I have a couple of questions as unfortunately I can't seem to find any thread with up to date or "definitive" information.
1) If I want to control another TV and Apple TV in another room, what are my options? Can I purchase another "Brain" to accomplish this?
2) Does the remote itself emit IR signals? I thought it did, but maybe it doesn't by itself? I tried setting up TV/Apple TV in another room and the remote itself does nothing.
I'd appreciate knowing what is possible here. I am really discouraged by what I am seeing on these message boards as it seems to me Neeo has pretty much bailed out given that I see lots of "that feature is coming soon" and they are dated a year or more and there is no indication of progress.
I want to like this remote but I have a very strong suspicion this will be headed back to Amazon. I need some sort of multi-room functionality here without having to spend another $360 for brain/remote.
Thanks for your help!
Scott Hatland 1) There are different possibilities which also depend on what you already own.
For most options, you need an external computer or home automation system.
First, it is possible to control the devices in another room via IP and not IR then you do not need visual contact from the brain to the device. The problem is that NEEO is currently hardly able to control devices natively via IP. Therefore, one needs as a supplement either a small computer e.g. Raspberry where you can install an NEEO SDK driver or run a home automation software/ system. The device is then controlled via IP.
Second possibility if it concerns an IR device you could send the data by foward action of the NEEO likewise to a computer or a house automation. There you get a JSON String with the command that the NEEO had sent. Then you can use in more rooms either existing IR gateways as IRtrans, Logitech, Broadlink, AIO Gateway, etc. if you own any of them and send the IR signal there with a command from the computer or home automation system or you buy a cheap IR transmitter which is controlled by WLAN, for example. Broadlink RM Mini and send the IR signal via the second gateway.
2) imho think only the brain is sending IR.Reply
Thanks for the detailed reply. Unfortunately I have none of the above equipment at this time. The IP option sounds appealing but I can’t say I’m motivated to try that option if it barely works as you indicate.
is adding another “Brain” in the other room(s) an option? If so, am I limited to controlling via my phone or other mobile device? I’m guessing the remote interacting with two “Brains” isn’t possible?Reply
Scott Hatland A multiroom solution currently does not work natively, this feature will come with one of the next releases, that was announced via the NEEO Pro Remote Topic.
Currently the only way to have multiroom availability is the usage of IP Control (needs additional Hardware to run self or community created drivers), or a ir forward system (e.g. IR over RF transmitter) but is such a system is used with two appleTV's as example both will be switched simultaniously.
The community and the NEEO Team are bulding more and more TCP/IP (LAN / Network) drivers but due to the different implementations and Protocols used, this needs time.
Also there are create Drivers available for Homey and openHAB both build by two Community members ( Niels de Klerk and Tim Roberts )Reply