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Old 02-16-2016, 02:09 AM   #171
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This. This is my life goal. Great thread. Thank you for the inspiration.
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:05 PM   #172
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How's the build coming. I passed on the VanHool and got an older MCI. Let the fun begin!!!
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Old 03-02-2016, 03:35 PM   #173
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Not much construction in the last few weeks - I've gotten sidetracked with the sound system install - Been doing wire install, amp racks, soldering and relay control circuits with DMX for the iPad remotes. Was waiting on parts in mail - and need to make a wood supplies run.

Next up will be lounge air handlers and vent runs..

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Old 03-02-2016, 05:11 PM   #174
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I am looking forward to the sound system the most I think. Get to put all the car audio experience from my college days to use. Pulled the seats and am at a standstill until the weather warms up a bit.
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:32 AM   #175
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So I got the TV remote modified to use on the home theater controlled iPad system. I have decided to make ALL control systems use DMX. This way both sound volumes, relays for water pumps / vacuum and other items can all be from the same Raspberry Pi running the OSC software.

Im using Touch OSC to make the interface on the wifi tablets.
I have 3 Amazon FireHD6 tablets and 3 iPads that will all have a similar but slightly customized display for each zone.

The zone will have volume, and lighting control for that area - IE: Bathroom has its own volume control and source select and light controls.
Main iPad at driver can control any zone / light in entire bus.

Video below shows the modified TV remote ($12 Amazon replacement) opened up and buttons I want to used jumped to the relay packs that get 12v from the 24ch DMX dimmer set to full off/on.

This is my poor mans way to do a Crestron control system yet doesn't cost $1000+

LED dimmer is $54
Relay boards $12 each
Remote $12 (or get a cheap universal)
Raspberry Pi $30 (runs QLC+)
ArtNet controller $99

Touch control system totals at about $225 not including your touch tablet of choice with Touch OSC app installed. (Fire tablet 6 inch is $49)

With this system there is 1 DMX universe and it can control 512 dimmers or relays just by adding the 24ch devices and relay boards.


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Old 03-04-2016, 01:04 PM   #176
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I'm assuming the modified remote is serving to control devices that have IR remote control but no wired control capability? I'm a little bit sad you didn't just hook up an IR LED to the raspberry pi and let it send the IR codes directly!

Seriously though that's pretty neat. Like you I'm interested to build some kind of wired network to interface the lighting, sound, mechatronics... So far I've only looked at RV-C (CAN bus for RV), RS-485, and LIN. I'll have to add DMX to the list of candidates now.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:54 PM   #177
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I wish I could have just had an IR on the pi, I know people have written software for that, but to unify the systems I needed custom software written as I'm not a programmer to write code. This way I can make my own touch interface and accomplish the control task. plus the Pi is already running lighting control software, so I would need two raspi' if I went that route.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:14 AM   #178
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Crestron is way overpriced anyway. You'll get more control how you've decided to do things. Love it.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:44 PM   #179
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Wow this is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:46 PM   #180
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May i ask you approx. What a bus like that cost
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