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Offline Abscam

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Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« on: April 07, 2012, 07:40:17 pm »
Hi;

Which of the Apps has proved to be the better choice to use on iOS and Android?  I've got my Vera on order, comes Tuesday and then I'll setup the house and want to setup mobile access.  Thanks!

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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 07:44:11 pm »
Make a vote here perhaps?

I don't have android, but for iOS it has to SQremote for flexibility, and the only real choice if you want to throw AV control into the mix!
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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 08:26:29 pm »
Automator.app for iOS works very well for me. The support for the Automator.app seems very solid as well.

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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2012, 01:16:05 am »
If you are using Android AutHomation, Home Buddy, and Vera Mobile are all free so you might as well try all of them. Both @rakstar (Home Buddy) and @garrettwp (AutHomation) seem very response to requests to add support for new devices, etc.

Vera Mobile just showed up recently in the app store with very little fanfare. I think it is an official micasaverde app. One feature that Vera Mobile has that I don't think is present in the other two is recording new scenes.

The the interfaces are fairly different between the various apps. Vera Mobile doesn't break down devices by room, just type. It provides a list of rooms, but I'm not really sure why. It lets you create new scenes where the other two programs don't. Home Buddy provides a typical Android list view of either devices or scenes by room. This makes it easy to control a lot of devices sequentially. AutHomation has a very nice UI that is a bit more customized. For devices it doesn't know about (mostly user developed plugins) there is an option to show extra information which is useful.

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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2012, 06:41:36 pm »
Great.  Thanks for the input.

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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2012, 07:01:31 pm »
I just threw in the towel on iVera and bought Automator because it is still being actively developed.  Excellent choice - it blows iVera away!   ;D
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Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 12:40:30 am »
Automator app supports push notification on iOS devices which is really cool. But the GUI is not so great.
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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 10:33:10 am »
Definitely Automator.app.... Its also only half the price of iVera I believe!
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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 11:03:15 am »
Another vote for automator.app here.  Use it every day, and the push notifications are great  :)
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Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2012, 12:27:51 pm »
Automator.app for my iPhone and Home Buddy on my tablet. Both are solid and support is great. Please donate to Home Buddy he has a lot of time invested.


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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2012, 09:28:10 pm »
I use Hal Remote ... I control on Android via voice ... The only thing I can't do is manipulate the camera ... I will add that soon.


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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2012, 07:49:57 am »
I use AutHomation for android, than again I am also the developer of the app. I have used in the past ivera, automator.app and sqremote. Automator.app for the iOS platform wins with sqremote coming in second.

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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012, 10:40:17 pm »
In order of frequency of usage:
a) SQRemote on iPhone (Home Control only)
b) SQRemoteHQ on iPad (Home & AV Control)
c) AutHomation on GoogleTV
d) Automator.app for Testing Alarm Plugin extensions

The SQRemote stuff takes a little longer to get setup, but once you do it's hard to go back.  I have customized panels/layout for Power Monitoring, Alarm Monitoring/Management, AV Gear and Home Control...


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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2012, 07:13:44 pm »
I agree with guessed; SQRemote takes time to set up well, but it's worth it.  You'll end up with an interface tailored to your particular needs.

Still, none of the current apps meet my needs, so I've started developing my own :)  I want something that looks and functions somewhat like a remote control or a wall mounted control panel: easy enough to use to trust your (grand)mother with it: the true test of any interface :)  The current crop of Vera apps seem to be aimed at the administrators of the Vera network rather than the end users.
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Re: Best iOS and Android Apps for Vera remote control?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2012, 01:29:28 pm »
I do use iVera a lot, for a quick swipe to check the status of all the Lights, for example. It appears that iVera loads the config faster than Automator.app, in my case.
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