How to setup RS232 control

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Chris_Liberti, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. Chris_Liberti

    Chris_Liberti Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 25, 2003
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    I am looking at automating my theater and was looking for info on what software I need in order to do RS232 control as well as IR? I have all of the RS232 commands for my devices that have RS232 now I just need advice on what software to use to control my devices. Thanks.
  2. Leo Kerr

    Leo Kerr Screenwriter

    May 10, 1999
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    Well, if you want to be fancy, take a look at AMX.

    How many RS-232 devices are you looking at, anyway?

    To be honest, AMX is probably wildly expensive for what most home users want to do.. but it will do contact-closures, RS-232/422/485, and IR transmission.

    If you just want to do a few limited things, I've been thinking about building a PC out of spare parts... run a BASIC program that just sits there, reading the keyboard... (GET KEY$ anyone?) and spits out a number of serial commands... add a multi-port serial card if need be.

    Since I've just the one device right now (projector,) I've been thinking about some basic stuff:

    1. power on/off
    2. 16:9/4:3/small 4:3
    3. Input select

    And I've even got the tiny little Toshiba Libretto to do it with...

    Leo Kerr

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