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  • Which screen interface to choose?

    There's a lot of interface packages in the forums here. And there is HSTouch that seems to be coming out some day.

    Is there a favorite?

    Has anybody compared features of the solutions?

    I am finally getting tired of the web screens in HS. I would really like to find one that shows real time updates and allows some customization of look. I think I still like Fungun's Star Trek look the best.

  • #2
    Jon00's is the newest, then there's MainLobby, Maestro, and Touchpad.

    Jon00's is paid but I'm not sure how much.

    MainLobby is a paid plugin that requires quite a bit of setup but is highly configurable.

    Maestro is a paid plugin and is nearly plugin and play.

    Touchpad is free and is only customizable from the aspect of what you can change using a cascading style sheet.
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    • #3
      I don't mind paying. It's a matter of getting something useful that will work for a while. I will download the maestro manual and take a read for starters.

      You didn't mention HSTouch. Looks like it's something in the works but I couldn't find out much about it.

      I would like real time status. I am hoping it's in there somewhere.

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      • #4
        I didn't mention HSTouch because it's not released. I would recommend downloading the Maestro 30 day trial and have a look. It's a nice looking Interface that doesn't take a lot of effort.
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        • #5
          I used Maestro and allthough it was nice. I just ripped it out due to the lack of options. I paid close to $200.00 for it with the promise that new features would come about every month and they never did.

          So now I am using Jon00's My control and like all of his other plugins it is rock solid. I also do not yet know the price but I am ready to pay for it.

          I like a person who gives you what is promised. And his support is A1 and is very helpful.

          Thanks

          Thom

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          • #6
            Check Out xLobby

            Aaron has written a great plugin that allows xLobby to become a very customizable front end to Homeseer.
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            Last edited by gelessor; February 24th, 2008, 10:12 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GreenAcres View Post
              I used Maestro and allthough it was nice. I just ripped it out due to the lack of options. I paid close to $200.00 for it with the promise that new features would come about every month and they never did.

              So now I am using Jon00's My control and like all of his other plugins it is rock solid. I also do not yet know the price but I am ready to pay for it.

              I like a person who gives you what is promised. And his support is A1 and is very helpful.

              Thanks

              Thom

              Can it report real time?

              Can you change screens to your liking?

              I will look to see what docs he has.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gelessor View Post
                Aaron has written a great plugin that allows xLobby to become a very customizable front end to Homeseer.
                I hadn't even seen xlobby. Look there too!

                That's just it, there's so many choices, it's confusing.

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                • #9
                  I use mainlobby, but I'm reluctant to invest more time into it right now while waiting for HSTouch.

                  I've done a ton with mainlobby, and the fact that's it's a Flash back end for everything is actually frustrating. The screens look good, but it's not quite as intuitive as I'd like. I'll give HSTouch a chance when it's out, and then decided if I should invest my time in making my main lobby screens better, or converting to HSTouch, or a combination of both. With homeseer teasing about products I'm sure we'll still see HSTouch sometime this year although I'd like it sooner, I'd also like it stable and complete.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gelessor View Post
                    Aaron has written a great plugin that allows xLobby to become a very customizable front end to Homeseer.
                    Which version of XLobby is that? I have been playing with an older version for a while.

                    --Dan
                    Tasker, to a person who does Homeautomation...is like walking up to a Crack Treatment facility with a truck full of 3lb bags of crack. Then for each person that walks in and out smack them in the face with an open bag.

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                    • #11
                      NetRemote fan here...

                      Don't forget NetRemote from Promixis. I haven't found much that I can't do with it. There's also a free plugin to link NR and HS to provide realtime updates in both directions...

                      K

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                      • #12
                        xLobby skin shown is actually the "pay version". I have also used a couple skins created for the free version that work equally as well.

                        Aaron's plugin is what makes it so attractive - it works with both versions. Rock solid.

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                        • #13
                          hmm i see a trial of xlobby for 45 days but no free version.
                          also says they dont sell a software version only a hardware pkg?

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                          • #14
                            That's something that they changed a few months back.

                            They were going to try to appeal to a broader spectrum of installers...not the DIY group.

                            Oh well...

                            --Dan
                            Tasker, to a person who does Homeautomation...is like walking up to a Crack Treatment facility with a truck full of 3lb bags of crack. Then for each person that walks in and out smack them in the face with an open bag.

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