Anyone know of a COTS (or easy to construct) X-10 based 4, 6 or 8 channel AV switcher capable of taking the typical yellow-red-white RCA type AV connectors? Those are the kind found on VCRs and such and I want to switch them, cascade style via a "pulse" from X-10 controller. I want to be able to remotely switch a DVD player, the front door cam, the doggie cam and the VCR into a NEC AV monitor.
I'm using a 4 input autosense box from RatShack that occasionally goes senseless and selects the wrong source and has no provision for a remote. I have two different IR remote switchers that my learning remote has been unable to learn. I could get by with a unit that could "learn" an IR code the way my remote drape control works. Put it in "learn mode" and then press an infrequently used key your TV remote and the controller would cycle each time it saw that single learned command. Cycling through the inputs would be all I would need.
The key requirement is that this can't generate the need for another remote or even learning another remote IR command - my learning remote is very much maxed out. I still have two free "devices" CABLE and SAT I don't use in my setup (no cable box, no satellite!) that I could use to control a lot of gear if I could translate those codes quickly into something an IR controlled device like a switchbox, a fan, or even my AC window unit can read
I've been looking at the Global Cache units
The ability to make the remote independent of the device would be nice. What I don't want is excessive latency. More than a fraction of a second become noticeable. Anything close to a second is unworkable. If it takes too long for a translator to respond, the user begins pressing other keys and pandemonium results.
-- Bobby G.