Honestly there's just no comparison. If you're looking for the ability to direct-connect many back-end devices, and create a simple UI that's stable and that non-techies can use [i.e., my wife, 4 yr old kid, MIL/FIL, brain-dead BIL], this is your only real option. I speak from experience - I own copies of Girder, Meedio, paypal'ed support for myHTPC, spent countless hours on XLobby...Originally Posted by Peoples
MCE & Meedio are meant for front-end control only, and don't give you simple ability to create new interfaces that can reliably work over a network or on a PDA-level device. Hence they give you 10% of the complexity of any real system. CQC is $200 for the base, which is all I need to run above. Meedio is $80. For the extra $120 you get:
1) Stability. Plug-ins just don't work reliably. MCE really doesn't work reliably especially when you add in a ton of components [i.e. HDTV, XM, ...] When you have a single package driving both the front-end and back-end, there are no handshakes that need to happen.
2) Back-end control. Imagine this, and this is all possible within 3-6 months:
- To leave your house: You punch in an exit code to your security system. CQC then: turns off all TVs, radios, stops playback of any audio, turns off lights, turns off heat.
- To enter your house: Press an RF button on your keychain. CQC turns on any desired lights, turns up heat, disables security system, unlocks and opens door
3) Ludicrously simple Front-end screen painting ability. The interface editor makes it trivial to paint screens that are usable either over your PC or your PDA.
Check out this screenshot for my HTPC control via my PDA-cellphone. It's the CQC interface editor and the resultant screen where I display some songs AND the status of my Denon receiver. can it get any simpler than this? If I wanted to display anything else [ie temperature], or add a command button [ie close curtains/turn lights on/heat up], it would truly be trivial.