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A wifi app to contol yr TV remote from anywhere

carpe diem

Registered User
Nov 16, 2011
433
Bristol
I've stumbled on a possible solution for complex TV remotes and modern TVs. There is a device you can plug in near yr TV which enables you to change channels or turn it on/off and more from anywhere.
I've seen so many posts where people have difficulties turning on the TV and changining the channel my mum included.
This is a WiFi device so requires a WiFi connection, I paid less for broadband than just BT line rental alone. It does require a bit of tech knowledge to set it up. It will control anything which has an Infrared remote control. You can also buy a version which controls radio frequency controls.
I have no interest in this product, it is available on a major online store for just under £20. Am_z_n.
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Smart home WiFi remote controller.
I'm not selling this product nor am I an expert but I will try and help anyone who is interested.
It has a USB plug so it is plugged directly into my USB port on my TV, it has no standby light so hopefully won't get unplugged. It obviously only works if the TV is plugged in on standby. You also can't see anything on the TV screen so if you didn't know whether the TV was on and pressed the power button on the remote control app then you wouldn't know whether you were turning the TV on or off. So its only useful if you either have a camera or you know for certain the TV is off. The TV doesn't reply to the app it's one way only, app to TV.
The instructions in the box are very basic, you will need to know how to pair the WiFi devices in your settings, it took us a good few hours of frustration but finally it's fantastic.

Broadlink RM Mini3 Smart Home Universal Wifi IR Remote Controller Smart Home for iPhone Android 4.0+ Cellphone https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HPWMWCY/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_ja3LybJXMJRHT
 

Andrew_McP

Registered User
Mar 2, 2016
264
South Northwest
Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I spend most of my time at my mother's now, so remote control isn't the issue it used to be, and the only reason there's a smart TV here is because I decided to cheer myself up a little before Christmas. But if there's a broadband connection and smart TV in place this little device and its phone app seem to be amazingly useful... especially as awkward things like port forwarding seem to be handled automatically on the latest routers.

Either that or our net here is wide open to the entire world! :) These days I have better things to worry about though, and this time last year I would have paid way, way more than £19 (plus the cost of a smart TV I guess) to solve this problem. I had Skype set up on a laptop so I could/can connect to Mum's living room without any input from her, but if she screwed up the TV by random presses or -- even worse -- whacked the volume up to full, causing panic and meaning she couldn't hear my instructions, life could get very messy very quickly. It was also hard to get her to change channels reliably if there was something she might enjoy on a different channel.

There were also times when she went to bed leaving the TV on and something tense late at night would create an unpleasant atmosphere for her to try and sleep through in the next room. Being able to just turn the TV off from afar would have been wonderful.

So far I haven't tested this thing exhaustively, but after a little head scratching and then some testing with the WiFi off on my phone and the 3G on, it seems to work as advertised.

Well done again for finding this. I'm sure it will prove useful to a lot of folk searching the forums in the future.
 

WORRIER123

Registered User
Oct 1, 2015
1,174
I'm going to look
Dad can't use the remote apart from volume so it's stays on the channel I leave it on. Not great when tales of the Unexpected comes on in the middle of the day !!
 

carpe diem

Registered User
Nov 16, 2011
433
Bristol
Here's an update now this device has been up and running for a few weeks.
It's turned out to be even better than I thought.
I can just tap the channel button on the app and mums TV just turns on and selects the desired channel 200 miles away. So it wouldn't even be necessary to know if the TV was already on.
I do normally phone mum and ask her if she'd like to watch TV first.
It's very easy to set the TV to turn on at a certain time on any day.
Channel 1 to 8 works at the press of a button but 9 and above we have to use the channel up or down button. This maybe an error when we set up the device. Its difficult to check from such a distance.
It doesn't need to be a smart TV it works on anything with an infrared remote control, the device has to be in sight of the TV, like a remote would be and needs a broadband connection.
I hope it's useful to others.
 

WORRIER123

Registered User
Oct 1, 2015
1,174
This is a miracle
I am having a look now.
Dad doesn't seem to understand most of what he watches but if I can find some good music for him
Thank you !!!
 

Bex2020

New member
May 27, 2020
2
Here's an update now this device has been up and running for a few weeks.
It's turned out to be even better than I thought.
I can just tap the channel button on the app and mums TV just turns on and selects the desired channel 200 miles away. So it wouldn't even be necessary to know if the TV was already on.
I do normally phone mum and ask her if she'd like to watch TV first.
It's very easy to set the TV to turn on at a certain time on any day.
Channel 1 to 8 works at the press of a button but 9 and above we have to use the channel up or down button. This maybe an error when we set up the device. Its difficult to check from such a distance.
It doesn't need to be a smart TV it works on anything with an infrared remote control, the device has to be in sight of the TV, like a remote would be and needs a broadband connection.
I hope it's useful to others.
You mentioned in your original post that you could see if the tv was on with the camera! We’re looking at getting a camera for mums house, but there are so many out there! What did you use or what would you recommend? Thank you for the info, this gadget is just what we’re looking for 😁
 

Cat27

Volunteer Moderator
Feb 27, 2015
11,355
Merseyside
You mentioned in your original post that you could see if the tv was on with the camera! We’re looking at getting a camera for mums house, but there are so many out there! What did you use or what would you recommend? Thank you for the info, this gadget is just what we’re looking for 😁
Welcome to DTP @Bex2020
Just to say this is a very old thread & the member hasn’t been online for a couple of years. You will be better starting your own thread & you‘ll get up to date info.
Please keep posting as you’ll get lots of support here.
 

Bex2020

New member
May 27, 2020
2
Welcome to DTP @Bex2020
Just to say this is a very old thread & the member hasn’t been online for a couple of years. You will be better starting your own thread & you‘ll get up to date info.
Please keep posting as you’ll get lots of support here.
Thank you, yes I had seen it was an old post! Ok, thank you for support
 

bucky21

New member
Jun 18, 2020
1
You mentioned in your original post that you could see if the tv was on with the camera! We’re looking at getting a camera for mums house, but there are so many out there! What did you use or what would you recommend? Thank you for the info, this gadget is just what we’re looking for 😁
brand new to the forum but I wanted to respond here about the camera question. There’s a brand called Wyze and they make incredible products. The have still cameras for $20 with motion detection and also have cameras that pan around the room for $30. You don’t need a hub, just WiFi and their app. They also have motion sensors that detect motion and other sensors that can detect when doors are open. I wish this company was around when we were going thru all this with my grandma. It could alert us if she opened the front door and we could check the cameras to see if she was okay. They are a great company. I don’t work for them or anything, I just love their products and want to spread the word.
 

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