Gone are the days of needing 10 different remotes to control 10 different devices. Or having a huge bulky remote that is unattractive and hard to use. Or never being able to find the remote. The future is here and homeowners are loving it because they can now control all of their devices with their smartphone. Most people know where their smartphone is at all times, and conveniently probably in their pocket or very nearby. When you want to turn the television on, or turn music on, or dim the lights, turn your air conditioning on, or start a movie – you can do it right from your phone!
Today, there are many apps designed specifically to work with particular products or brands. For example, if you have a Nest thermostat, all you have to do is download Nest’s app to your phone. If you have programmed your home audio and video components using Crestron or Control4, there are iOS and Android apps that can be downloaded. Through home automation and your smartphone, you can control things without ever having to get up or remotely as well!
Your phone will control your devices using either IR (Infrared) or WiFi. TechHub explains how to leverage the power of your smartphone and smart devices to turn your phone into a universal remote, “A far more elegant solution is to use your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet as a universal remote. With the right selections of apps—and, in some cases, an additional piece of hardware—you can manage all your home theater components from the one device that’s nearly always in your hands…The simplest way to control your home theater from your mobile device is to use infrared. If you’ve purchased a flagship Android phone from Samsung, LG, or HTC in the last couple of years, it likely has a built-in IR blaster that can communicate directly with your home theater components, along with the manufacturer’s bundled remote control app. While these apps are worth trying out, a better bet is to download a third-party universal remote app such as IR Universal Remote or Galaxy Universal Remote. These apps support thousands of component manufacturers and models, many of which your device’s native remote control app probably doesn’t…If you don’t want the expense and hassle of adding hardware, you can rely solely on apps to get the job done. The downside is you’ll probably have to download a separate remote-control app for each component in your home theater system. The good news is they’re almost always free; you don’t need line-of-sight to your components to use them as they work over your Wi-Fi network.” If you are interested in turning your smartphone into a remote control, speak to an experienced home audio/video company who can assist you in choosing, installing, and programming any devices you might need for ultimate home automation.