I’ve now been using Openhab for well over 6 months and slowly adding more and more devices into it. Next in line are my home entertainment devices. These seem to be the biggest issue since there is no unified way to control them. I already added my Receiver and my TV because they expose a notwork API. But some devices don’t…
I would like to control my Blu-Ray player and my IPTV set top box through openhab. And maybe even better - use some old IR remote to control my openhab setup. That way I could use one remote to turn on/off the lights, and control the playback of my player.
I am looking at different options for adding IR blasters into openhab. I’ve already tried one of them - Using a separate Rapberry Pi W I added some IR LEDs and a receiver and configured LIRC so it connects to my openhab. And this has been working reliably for a long time now. The only downside - setup is very much a hassle. Configuring a new remote with LIRC is very painful and annoying. The upside - does everything that I want.
The other very popular option seems to be the Harmony Hub. It can be found cheaply online and when it comes to controlling devices does pretty much everything that I want. Even more - it supports controlling my Nvidia Shiled through Bluetooth which is something that I really want. I’ve been trying to find a way to control my Shield for a while now. Downside… The harmony software sucks. I own two products from the harmony line already and they are absolutely horrible. So much that I never use them. Also… what is the status with the Harmony Hub these days? I know that they killed the API at one point, but then quickly released a firmware that enabled you to re-enable the API. Is that back in the official firmware now? Also… if I understand this correctly the Hub doesn’t actually enable you to read IR commands?
What are the other solutions? Boradlink makes some cheap IR blasters… but there isn’t an official binding for OH as far as I am aware? Anything else? What do you guys recommend?