@dreamsofbaconadded November 24, 2019

My game room setup.....where do I begin? Well I might as well just dive right in to how it all works.
All of the consoles are connected to switchboxes that are controlled with infared remotes (see picture 3). The consoles that use composite are running to a manual Panlong 8 port av switch that outputs to the VCR/DVD recorder. That recorder outputs video to both TVs. I then have every thing else running through either a 4 port component switch, or one of the HDMI switchers.
Instead of the remotes that came with everything, I am using a Logitech harmony hub to control it all and automate all of the input switching for both my LCD TV and for my CRT TV. The Harmony Hub syncs with my Google home allowing me to issue voice commands to it.
Most people would be more than happy with this setup, as I was for many years, however I did not like having all of my consoles plugged in drawing power at all times, putting unneeded stress on some very old power supplies. So I came up with an overly complicated solution.
I have a Raspberry Pi running Home Automation software called Home Assistant and this syncs with my Logitech Harmony Hub. I then had a friend help me build a custom power tap that has 20 power outlets that are connected to relays controlled by a Raspberry pi zero inside the box (the thing zip tied to the plywood on the right side of picture 2). The pi zero is also running home assistant. I then connected both pis one another using a protocol called MQTT, allowing the relays to be triggered on and off so that they are only on when the activity is triggered through Logitech harmony hub.
So there you have it... My overly complicated game room setup. It took me about 3 years, and many frustrated hours of trouble shooting, but I am very happy with the end result.

@dreamsofbaconNovember 25, 2019

@RossUhler You should have seen it before it was all hidden behind the shelf.

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Duncan80November 25, 2019

Probably about half of those wires are just for the Megadrive/Mega CD/32x.

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@dreamsofbaconNovember 25, 2019

@dgibb01 funny enough for what ever reason the Sega power adapters cause the powerbox to lock up, so in the end I have the genesis stack and the master system power adapters bypassed. I believe its a grounding issue, but it only seems to be the Sega ones that trip it.

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