Complex setup, having issues
I've combed the forums, SmartHome Wiki's, and Google for weeks looking for tips on setting up my large great room. I have found plenty of tidbits for various aspects of the project, but it doesn't seem to be coming together, with my latest effort last night resulting in some kind of loop flashing the lights on/off/on/off/on/off all over the room.
The setup is this - we have a large great room, with seven banks of lights in different area (dining, bar, living, piano, etc). In this room when we bought the house, were Lutron 4-button hard-wired control pads, with some kind of ability to effect "scenes" on the switches they were wired to. I could find no information on the Internet for this technology and how to make updates to it, and repeated calls to Lutron Tech elicited a lot of "...uhhhh..."s.
So I decided to go with Insteon SwitchLinc Dimmers and KeypadLincs. There are 7 SwitchLinc Dimmers, with 5 KeypadLinc control pads installed. I have the licensed Pro version of Indigo 5.0.4. The individual SwitchLinc's work great, and now I am trying to get the KeypadLinc's working. I would sum up my issues in three categories:
1) How to make buttons on KeypadLincs operate as "radio buttons" - one on, all others off. I found instructions on how to do this with a single KeypadLinc manually, but those same instructions also say they highly recommend using software to accomplish this. I am having a hard time figuring out how I make Indigo do this for me (am I supposed to Link the buttons one by one? That's as much work as doing it manually. Or create triggers?) Once I figure this out, then I need to figure out:
2) How to make 5 KeypadLincs operate in coordinated fashion (Press button A on any pad, and the others react the same). I tried creating a "scene" controlled by an action group, which turned off all the appropriate buttons on the other keypads, but that was a LOT of work for just one button, much less doing it for all the others. I then tried to use the Python interface, thinking some fancy cut/paste/regex would help bust out the needed action group and scene steps and avoid all the mouse clicking, but that was VERY slow to execute - it literally took 45 seconds to change a scene, and you could look around the room and see buttons turning on/off, one every second or so.
3) How should I be controlling the scenes on these SwitchLincs? I think this is closely tied to 2) above, and whether I have to control button states with the scenes or not. Do I link a button on the Keypads to the scene? Or to an action group that fires a scene? Or do I just trigger the scene or action group based on the button change state event? Do I have to link/trigger every button on every pad? If yes how do I avoid every sync'ed Keypad button that changes state, from firing the scene or action group?
I am reasonably familiar with using the basics of Indigo - I have all our exterior lights on SwitchLinc's controlled by Indigo schedules using conditions, as well as our landscape lighting. I just seem to have some sort of mental block figuring out how to implement this more complex setup with scenes, SwitchLinc Dimmers, and KeypadLinc's.
I am hoping someone can help me understand what concepts I am missing, or the best way to think about implementing the great room setup. There seems to be at least 2-3 ways to do each step, and the right combination thereof, eludes me