🎥 System Designs for AVA OS

With AVA Cinema Remote and AVA Nano Brain, you can create systems that scale from a simple, singe-room to multi-room homes. This video explains the concepts you need to design systems for your customers.



Components (Terms)

AVA OS is the system that lets AVA remote controls do their magic.

The components of AVA OS are Devices, Rooms, and Flows…there are also android Apps, but we’re focusing on the first three for automation designs.

Devices are things like TVs, projectors, AV receivers, streamers, and such…the things to control.

Rooms organize the system and all its devices.

And Flows are kind of like macros for AVA OS, containing the logic that coordinates turning things on and off.

Together, these are the WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN & HOW.


Simple Design

The simplest system system is a single remote.

Because AVA Cinema Remote has octa-core processor, the AVA OS project can run right on the remote.

We call this “Internal Brain Mode.”

The remote runs the Flows in AVA OS, sending IP commands over the network and sending IR from its built-in IR array.

“External Brain Mode” is where AVA OS runs the project on an AVA Nano Brain.

In this mode, the Nano Brain is what sends IP and IR commands, and it adds HDMI CEC control to the system.

There are 4 different reasons to use an AVA Nano Brain in a project.

It ensures the project runs on a device that is always powered on. So, Flows that run on a schedule are not dependent on a battery-powered remote.

It extends IR signals to hidden devices and AV racks, because the Nano Brain is a 360-degree IR blaster, and it lets you add the AVA Flat IR emitter to its USB ports. It also adds HDMI CEC control for certain devices…by connecting its HDMI port. And it keeps multiple remote controls in sync.

So, back to our system diagram…

When you use “External Brain Mode,” the Cinema Remote gets its project info—like what’s currently on and what’s off—from the Nano Brain.

And that opens up the ability to have multiple remotes in a single system.

As you see here, a remote for the Kitchen…a remote for the Living Room…and a remote for the Great Room…all get their states…from the Nano Brain.

So External Brain Mode gets you more remotes…but if you need to extend IR and CEC control to other rooms, you can use more than one Nano Brain.

In a multi-brain system, one brain is designated as the “Main Brain.”

The main Brain keeps track of everything running in the project.

It runs all Flows, and sends all IP commands…and it provides local IR and CEC control.

“Satellite Brains” extend IR and CEC control to additional areas of the home.

You can add as many as 20 Satellite Brains to a single AVA OS system.

But sometimes, you don’t necessarily want a single system.

For example, if you have a guest house, en suite, or rental apartment, you might not want guests to have control elsewhere in the home.

For that, you can have multiple systems living under one roof.

By making an En Suite its own separate system—either on a single remote or on a Nano Brain—you prevent guests from having access the rest of the house.

So there you have it.

An AVA OS system can be as simple as a single remote running in Internal Brain Mode…

All the way up to a multi-room/multi-brain system…and even to having more than a single AVA OS system in a home.

Pick one of these videos to continue learning how to use AVA OS.