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VFD210 vs. VFD310



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What is a difference between VFD210 and VFD310

Fluorescent displays are exactly the same; two lines 16 character each line.
There are two different boards attached to fluorescent display, one - 210 - compatible with IRTrans and 310 compatible with iMON software.

Both displays are fully compatible with WIN7 32 and 64 bit.  VFD210 is compatible with Linux, VFD310 - formally is not compatible but there is way to make it compatible.  Please check this link.

VFD 210 works MCE remote, VFD310 works with iMON pad and other MCE remotes (please check Soundgraph site for more information).

Some people like to have VFD310 (more information on the screen) but hate iMON pad.

Unfortunately some people have problems with MCE remote and VFD310, but I don't.
Chassis ordered with VFD210 are supplied with RC-197 or RC153 but ordered with VFD310 are supplied with iMON pad.

You can ask for different combination when you place an order.

VFD210 and IRTrans
VFD310 and iMedian HD
VFD 210 displays time and date when not in use
and scrolling information from Media Center when media Center is active.



VFD310 displays:
1. Media Information 
2. Graphical EQ
3. System Information
4. News
5. World City Time and Weather
6. Email Check


Additional information for Pros:

IRTrans Software architecture

 The IRTrans System is based on a TCP/IP Client / Server architecture.
Client and Server communicate using the (official) TPC and UDP port 21.000.

 At the same time (almost) any number of clients can connect to the IRTrans server.
All of them can send and receive.

 The IRTrans Server can manage 16 busses with 16 devices each = 256 devices.

 Using the TCP/IP structure it is possible to access the system from anywhere (using Internet / Intranet connections).
TCP/IP Netmasks allow to limit the access to the server to certain IP addresses.

 The Client/Server Software is Open Source and runs on Windows and LINUX using a Single Sourcecode concept.

 The server completely controls the learn process for IR codes. They are stored in a central database compromised of ASCII files. Addressing of the devices in a multizone systems is controlled by the server, too.

 In addition to the IRTrans socket interface the server also has a LIRC / WinLIRC compatible interface.


Application interface

Due to the flexible Opensource architecture of the IRTrans System and the TCP/IP server the system can easily be adapted to different applications. Each plugin connects to the IRTrans server. This has got several advantages: The majority of the code has got to be implemented only once - in the IRTrans server. Furthermore almost any number of clients can connect to the server and use the system at the same time. Because of the TCP/IP connection client and server can run on different systems that can connect over the internet. These systems can even be installed on different operating systems.

Applications not mentioned here can mostly be controlled through Girder. The list of supPORT 211,55,81,95,134,22 r> Furthermore Girder can be used to control lots of other applications and can therefore also be used as an universal interface to control applications.

 Meedio / Sceneo. Meedio and the related Sceneo werden are supported through an IRTrans Plugin. It also supports controlling the display and sending of IR codes.

 WinLIRC. The IRTrans System is compatible with LIRC and WinLIRC. That means all clients with LIRC or WinLIRC interfaces can be used with the IRTrans system. LIRC or WinLIRC do not need to be installed. As the LIRC / WinLIRC interface is part of the IRTrans server no additional software is needed. 

 myHTPC. IRTrans can be used with the WinLIRC setting of myHTPC. No driver or plug-in is needed. 

 IP-Symcon comes with an integrated plugin for IRTrans. 

 HIP supports the IRTrans system with an integrated plugin. 

 V8tech MMC has builtin support for the IRTrans System. 

 HomeSeer is supported using a plug-in that is supplied with the IRTrans Software. It allows receiving, learning and sending of IR codes 

 LCDHype. A driver for the Windows LCD Software LCDHype is supplied with the system. That way the VFD display can be programmed freely. 

 Microsoft Mediaplayer. The Microsoft Mediaplayer can be controlled using a remote control. Furthermore the current track information is displayed on the VFD display. 

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