Good morning everyone. I am about to embark on my first project with and I wanted to make sure that what I want to do is doable, and eventually find the best set up. I have no limitation about the hardware I can use, Arduino, RPi, Esp8266, I am looking for the best, possibly cheapest, solution.
Here's what I want to do.
I have three identical Set Top Boxes (Icecrypt Sat receivers) stacked one on top of the other in a cupboard that I need to be able to control remotely, ideally via LAN or WiFi with a Mac or an Android phone.
Unfortunately I don't have any direct experience of electronics but I am fascinated by it, so I am slowly getting into it.
I looked at other projects online and the main route to follow seems to be to make the system learn the IR codes from the remote and then replicate to an IR emitter. In my case, i will need three different emitters (because the STBs are identical and I want to control them independently).
I thought I could attach this kind of emitters:
to three 3.5mm sockets on a breadboard.
What hardware would you suggest for this? Would a single device be able to control the devices independently?
Somebody suggested I should use three different devices (like ESP8266) and give them different IP addresses, but a unified interfaces for controlling the three would be my ideal solution.
Thank you for your suggestions and any kind of help you can provide!