Although you will primarily control your home theater through the Activities screen, you can control specific devices through the Devices screen. This can be useful for sending commands that you use less frequently, or for making adjustments to the RedEye app if it becomes “out of sync” with a particular device.
If you have created a button layout for a device, that layout appears when you select the device from the list here. Buttons, images, cameras, and other controls function just as they do when included within activity layouts. The difference is that whereas RedEye supports only a single activity per room at one time, you can switch between different device remotes without turning anything on or off. Thus, device remotes are particularly convenient for controlling systems that are always available, such as lighting, climate, or security.
You may notice that for some devices there is power button in the upper-right corner of the screen. RedEye automatically displays a power button when the device has a power toggle command. Tapping on the power button cycles between power on and power off modes.
If you do not include a device command in the device remote, you can still access the full list of device commands through the Commands screen. As a result, both your device and activity layouts can be relatively minimal, making it easier to find and use the most common functions.
If you have not created a device layout, selecting a particular device gives you access to all of the commands that you have configured for that device, regardless of whether the device is part of the current activity or whether a particular command is mapped to an activity button.
To send a command to a device, first tap on the device you wish to control, and then choose Send Command. RedEye will present you with a list of commands for the device. Flick through the list to scroll, or drag your finger down the index column on the right-hand side of the screen. Tap on any row to send a command.
Adjusting Toggle Values
If you are using toggle commands, it is possible that the RedEye system will lose track of your devices. For example, if you are using a Power On/Off command to control your TV, RedEye keeps track of whether the TV is currently on or off. When you launch an activity that requires the TV, if RedEye thinks the TV is already on, then it will leave the TV alone. This works fine until someone turns off the TV by pressing the power button on the front of the set instead of using the RedEye system.
If RedEye thinks your TV is on when it is really off, what should you do? Sending the Power command will have the desired effect (turning it on), but the RedEye will now think the TV is off. What you need to do here is adjust the system. When you adjust a device, RedEye sends a command, but does not “change its opinion” of what it thinks about the device. Back to our example — if RedEye thinks your TV is on when it is really off and you tap Adjust > Power, then RedEye will turn on the set and everything will be in sync.
Although this sounds complicated, in practice it is simple. If you launch an activity and one of your toggle commands is not operating properly, tap on Adjust and tap the appropriate command row until everything is the way you need it.
Because you need to adjust only toggle commands, you will see just the toggle commands you have configured for the device, not the entire list of device commands.