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Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:04:53 pm »
Does anybody have recommendations for hand held remotes that work well with Vera?

I know the Intermatic HA-07 and HA-09 work well.  The HA-07 is a little bulky and HA-09 only does 6 scenes.   Any remotes that will operate 12-20 scenes that will be reliable with Vera?  I am not really interested in AV remotes unless that is the only option.

Any help would be great thanks.

David
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 04:07:34 pm »
How about your smart phone!

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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 06:02:30 pm »
I have Vera on my iPhone,  but I don't keep my iPhone up my butt when I am at the house.  I am looking for cheap remotes to have laying around the house at various points to ease in automation.

Plus with a remote, I just hit a button.  I don't have to slide my lock scree and enter a code and then pull up the app and start it and then find the scene I want an select it.
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 06:10:27 pm »
I am looking for something similar too. I use my phone right now but my wife has told me hers is off limits and I gotta keep it functional for her as well as keep her happy. I want something that just works without a lot of hoops.

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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 06:32:17 pm »
The MiniMote's from AeonLabs support 8 Scenes (4 press, 4 press-and-hold) and are very compact and rechargeable.  Whilst not supporting the 12-20 scenes as requested by the OP they do work very well with Vera.

I use one for start-of-day, end-of-day scenes, and it's located permanently in the Bedroom.  The challenge is that they don't have a lot of options for labeling the 4x buttons, so you tend to forget what each button does ;)

By far-and-away, I prefer using this to my iPhone control for start/end-of-day use.  It's simpler/quicker than the typical unlock-loadApp-navigate sequence for a phone app, especially when you're bleary-eyed.

Given it's in a fixed location, I haven't found myself needing more buttons - each is set to a scene targeted for that location, which keeps it simple to use.

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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 06:42:58 pm »
I'll take a look at the MiniMote.  Do you have any issues with not holding the button long enough and getting the wrong scene to run?
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2014, 06:57:28 pm »
My usage, is fairly simple.  I have the most common scenes on the "single-press" and rarely used, often counterpart "Off" stuff, on the "press-and-hold".

For me, they're set as:

a) Goodnight (press) and All-On (hold)
b) HotWater Pump On (press) and Off (hold)
c) Sonos On (press) and Off (hold)
d) spare

I rarely activate the "Off" options, since they naturally turn off as a result of some automated action (like leaving the house, or a period of being on)

I've most often use the Press-and-Hold for the Sonos, and I've never had a problem with it.


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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2014, 07:02:26 pm »
I have some of the GE 45600 and I have problems with them
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2014, 07:44:53 pm »
Get a couple of budget Android tablets. Sit them on charging docks so they are always on and ready for use. Add AutHomation and set-up a few scene and device shortcuts with your choice of icons.

I have mine run DreamTime (screensaver) with a dim clock display so they are unobtrusive at night. It takes one touch to show the desktop and one more to select the scene/action icon.

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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2014, 08:05:14 pm »

Get a couple of budget Android tablets. Sit them on charging docks so they are always on and ready for use. Add AutHomation and set-up a few scene and device shortcuts with your choice of icons.

I have mine run DreamTime (screensaver) with a dim clock display so they are unobtrusive at night. It takes one touch to show the desktop and one more to select the scene/action icon.

Great idea. Going to do this


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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2014, 08:17:42 pm »
If you have a Frys nearby, they have some 7 inch android tablets on sale today for 57 bucks. Not sure how good they are, but I noticed they have capacitive touch.

http://www.frys.com/product/7971930?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2014, 11:17:27 pm »
The Android might just be the ticket.

Thanks
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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2014, 11:29:15 pm »
Get a couple of budget Android tablets. Sit them on charging docks so they are always on and ready for use. Add AutHomation and set-up a few scene and device shortcuts with your choice of icons.

I have mine run DreamTime (screensaver) with a dim clock display so they are unobtrusive at night. It takes one touch to show the desktop and one more to select the scene/action icon.

What kind are you using and dock? I really like this idea and if cheap enough could use it as a clock at bedside as well.


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Re: Hand Held Remote That Works With Vera
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2014, 12:45:24 am »
Would like a 10 or 11" tablet...with a dock too.  Any suggestions?
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