remotes

How can I control multiple TV monitors separately by remote?

SimpleControl

Episode 1500

Andrew from Nome, AK

Andrew wants to be able to control several monitors separately by remote, but with regular IR remotes, everything he does will affect all of the TVs. Leo says ideally he'd like to be able to do this in software without the remote. Leo says it would be nice if those monitors had a serial port for control. There are remote apps that use Wi-Fi with a phone. Openhab has some documentation for controlling TVs using a serial protocol.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1235

Dick just got a 43" 4K M Series TV from Vizio, and he connected it to his Bose Soundlink Mini. But the remote does not control the volume of the sound going to the Bose Mini. His old Olivia TV had variable audio out, but the Vizio doesn't. When he went on Google, a lot of TVs no longer do that. Scott is using the RCA jacks to hook it up, so its an analog connection. Scott recommends looking in the TV's audio menu to specify whether he wants the volume to be fixed or variable.

Why doesn't my Harmony remote enable my TV's auto off feature?

Logitech Harmony Remote

Episode 1235

Christian from Ventura, CA

Christian bought a Logitech Harmony remote and it doesn't detect an auto off sequence. Scott says that the Harmony remotes have a help button which can try and figure out what went wrong and troubleshoot the problem. But the auto off may be an issue in the TV settings and not the remote. Scott says that a Universal Remote Control is far more programmable and flexible. So that may be a better solution.

How can I use a smartwatch as a remote for my camera?

LG Watch Urbane

Episode 1188

John from Pasadena, CA

John has a Panasonic Lumix camera that he uses for his photography hobby. He's been shooting since the 70s. But he wants to know how he can link it to his smartwatch and use it as a trigger remote. Leo says that both the Apple Watch and Android Smartwatches can do that with the phone camera. He can even see what the phone sees from the watch. This allows him to remote trigger and even do a self timer option.

Use Any Remote With Apple TV

Apple TV, like many other set top boxes and home theater components, comes with its own separate remote. This aluminum remote is much smaller than most other remotes, making it easier to lose. But there are other ways to control the Apple TV, including an option to use one of your existing remotes.

iOS Remote App

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Universal Remote

There are a few ways to turn your smartphone into a universal remote for your home theater system.

First, check the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to see if there are apps for your home theater components. If your home theater component connects to the internet, there’s a good chance there’s an app available for your smartphone. Many modern audio video receivers, TVs, and set top boxes have apps.

Is there a universal remote control to eliminate having several remotes?

Episode 979

Jim from Newport Beach, CA

Jim wants to get one universal remote so he can eliminate the need for having three different remotes. Leo says Logitech makes a programmable universal remote called the Harmony Ultimate which is around $350. It has additional benefits such as a big LCD screen on it, and it's very easy to program.