I think the biggest problem is to catch the actual pronto codes of your devices. But if you succed with this, then it would make sence.
If you want to involve EG in the control (which gives you all the benefits of EG) you need a device that is attached to the PC and controlled by EG (via a plug-in or similar).
This device needs to "talk" to your devices via pronto codes using RF transmission...
I have myself for long time also used the USB-UIRT that is supported by EG. This sends out IR and I use a standard IR-remote extender (looks like a pyramide) to convert from IR to RF.
I have pasted the correct pronto codes for each switch address ON/OFF command into the settings for the USB-UIRT in EG.
So EG can turn on or off my lights on any event (or remote control operation) that I would like to link it to. I also use this together with my script for sunrise/sunset calculation to automatically turn on/off lights, basically using the type of switches you are talking about.
But I have other type of switches, they are called NEXA, and I dont think the protocol is the same as for your Superswitches.
Back to your question;
- a USB-UIRT is around 50$
- a set of pyramides is also around 50$ (you get two but you only need one of them, the one with the RF transmitter)
Advantage is that the pyramide has longer range compared to the Tellstick but the Tellstick is of course nicer and smaller...
But if you live in the US, I assume they are not allowed to sell it to you unless its UL-listed...
If you dont need to have EG to control the devices I have tried myself to use a Logitech 525 remote with the pyramide. Logitech support allows you to send in pronto codes and personal devices that you can download to your remote.
I think the 525 remote is around 115$
So its not cheap
However, all of the above is only relevant if you have the pronto codes for the Superswitch for all commands and addresses you need.
As example, the pronto codes for the NEXA switches I have looks like the following (A2 ON)
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0000 006D 0000 0019 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 0027 000D 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 000D 0027 0027 000D 000D 0027 0027 000D 000D 0027 0027 000D 000D 01AB
A third alternative would be to attach directly to the original remote using some electronic skill and drive the remote via rs232. And to develop a driver for it. And then to write a plug-in...
Counting $ this is the cheapest provided your time is available and you have the know how but it gets complicated.
I have seen a project around long time ago for the NEXA remote targeting this...see the attached picture.
Best regards, Walter