The remote control requirements of today’s entertainment systems vary in a verity of ways. Before you venture out to select a remote control system, a few things you must first determine. More importantly ensure you have a good understanding of your needs vs. your wants.
Do your need just a “remote control” or do you need a remote control system?
What is the difference and how do you go about determining your need?
Spend some time using your system and make a few 433 mhz remote control notes. Depending on the types of electronic devices you have currently, you will find a remote or remote system that can control the various functions including power, play and record modules, adjustments and channels.
If, all your components are all in the same room for display and sound. It is likely you only need a remote control to integrate all the functions on one simple to use universal remote control. However, some exceptions maybe applicable to this rule in a case by case base.
Those exceptions are as follows, the size of the room, if some components are in a closed cabinet or equipment closet, or if the components are in different area or different directions in reference to the line of site to your remote infer (IR) red beam. In other words you cannot control all your equipment pointing in one direction.
In some cases all you need to do is introduce a radio frequency (RF) capable remote control and problem solved. A RF capable remote control allows the user to control devices that are not in the direct line of site. So, the components that are in closets, cabinets or in opposite direction all get RF command just as if you pointed directly at the unit.
Why do you need a remote control system?
If, all your equipment is not in the same room or location. Then is likely you need a programmable remote control system. Depending again on the type of equipment you have or need to control will dictate the system you should integrate.
Now that we determined the type of remote system, we need to determine the type of functions you need. This is a simple question and answer step to help capture your required functions.
Do you use a sound system to provide sound for your TV?
Do you have multiple zones of sound?
Do you have a cable or satellite service to provide your viewing content?
Do you have to change inputs on the TV or your sound system to view and get sound from one device to another? (Devices: 3D Blue Ray DVD, DVD, CD Changer, or CD’s)
Do you control other things with a remote?
Some consumers do not consider other remotes they use on a regular base, such as remotes for overhead fans and lights. These items can be programmed to work from your remote control system. Consider these factors as you choose your remote control system.
This is as simple as adding the appropriate codes to control these devices from one central control. You will more than likely have this type of remote system professionally programmed by an auto/video (A/V) or electronics specialist.
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Other consideration as you choose a remote control system is how many users will need to access to the remote and how they will access your system. This is especially important when you have different members of a household wanting their own unique equipment settings or configurations.
With an A/V specialist programmed system anyone can easily use the remote system with one touch control to do once complicate multiple step processes.
The choice to fully automate components such as lighting, sound and security through a remote control system is making it possible to live a simple uncomplicated lifestyle. The ability to control a multiple rooms, devices, whole house or building from a hand held device such as a remote or smart phone allows the consumer more freedom to enjoy the environment of their surroundings. Automation allows consumers to turn lights on schedule, events or set their alarms remotely from other locations and alert safety personnel to fires and break-ins faster than ever before.