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Old 04-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #1  
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I know that this is an ever evolving technology and there are several companies out there that are marketing wifi for use in home theater. I had a savant rosie demonstration and although it was cool as hell, I am not about to spend at least $3800. I hear that there are other options out there, but I haven't heard any reliable feedback from anybody on these products. Obvious choice for remote would be ipad or itouch and there was the redeye which converted wifi to infrared. This is cool and not cool. I can definitely see the limitations in it. Is there a way to use an ipad/itouch to send signals to devices via wifi with an included dongle plugged into the device. I know that some other items may have wifi built into them, but not everything I have is wireless. Most everything I have at least has a usb port on it. So if there was a usb dongle plugged into every device, the ipad/itouch could be used to control it via wifi to the usb dongle with a software app for the ipad/itouch. Am I way off base? Is this something that is already in use? I think it would be a great idea to introduce wifi controllability to items that dont have that capability. What does everybody else think?
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eher, that's great.
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for ipad wi-fi, this article might also worth reading.
"Tips to Turn iPad Wi-Fi Into 3G"
http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/ti...i-into-3g.html
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I know that there are applications for use in the ipod/ipad/iphone world to control other things. I have seen this work, on the savant rosie system. Just wondering if there was a cheaper version than $3800. Not ready to plunk down that kind of cash. Also, something easier to use/program.
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I would be considered about many factors. The device with the dongle would have to have an app for the Ipad. Lag could be a factor also. What devices are you actually trying to control? I've seen apps that you can control your PC's media from your iphone/ipad, and you could just have that hooked up to your entertainment center.

If you mainly want to do music I'd look into a sonos, I know they have an iphone app. Maybe you could do something with apple tv or an airport express.

Problem is if they did make dongle devices for everything you own. Every item would probably have a different app.
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