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IOS Devices as Learning Remotes?

by anotherhappyday1 / February 18, 2013 7:45 AM PST

I am looking for a reliable app or system that will allow any IOS device (Iphone, Ipad etc) .to work like a Logitech Harmony One Remote in making activities ( Watch TV, Watch DVD, etc.) for all my home theater equipment..
Any recommendations?

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reliable? None. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2013 8:45 AM PST

Because there are a few standards in the IR base frequency there is no known reliable app or method to cover all the units. There are apps in the app store and those add on IR Blasters but if you want reliable, this isn't the way to go.

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Ultimate Remote
by TheGeekMan / February 18, 2013 9:31 AM PST


maybe I am not an expert, and I am definitely not going to argue with R. Proffitt, but I simply hate when the replies are not especially useful. It's always been the easiest answer that sth can not be done. However You ask us for any recommendations and actually there are dozens of working systems and applications out there. It might be worth giving them a try.

These are the examples:

Griffin Beacon Universal Remote Control
This is a small accessory that connects to your iPhone over Bluetooth and to your various A/V devices over infra-red, and it pairs with the free Dijit Universal Remote control app, which has a built-in library of continuously updated device codes as well as a learning feature for any devices that aren't supported. The advantage of the Griffin system is that you can use one remote for various devices; the disadvantage is that it doesn't work over Wi-Fi like the other apps, so you need to be within line of sight.


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They do not compare to the Harmony, unfortunately
by Pepe7 / February 18, 2013 9:49 AM PST
In reply to: Ultimate Remote

Perhaps someday they will, but not now.

The Beacon shows the most promise IME and O.

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