Not all universal remote controls are the same. There are some off the shelf products that will take you through a wizard-based setup that you may have mixed results with. If your system is very simple, and only using major brands, then you may have some success. Generally though, when we visit people’s home’s, me will often find these in the drawer with all the other remotes. Then there’s the next step up. Most good AV installers in Sydney will have a universal remote control that they like and will recommend. While these will be a bit more expensive than off the shelf products, they will be fully customizable so you can be sure they will always do what they are supposed to do. The two major Universal Remote control brands we supply and program are RTI www.rticorp.com and URC www.urc-automation.com These are just what we like, fairly priced, and reliable, but there are plenty of other brands to look at too like ELAN, Crestron and AMX to name a few.
A universal remote control can also, with the right processor and programmer, create routines for your home. Want the blinds to rise and the music t start at 6am every day? No problem. Little Timmy has been staying up past his bedtime so he can play Fortnight? Set a schedule so at 7pm every night, his X-box mysteriously turns off. Ooohhhh spooky.
Control Your Smart Home
Besides IR controls, there are universal remotes that can be connected to the Wi-Fi. This gives them the ability to work with your Smart Assistants, like Alexa and Google Home. Now you don’t even have to pick up the remote, you can control your AV with your voice.
Benefits of Having a Universal Remote Control
By now I've made it pretty clear just how much a universal remote control can do for you, but let's just go over the main benefits one more time;
No More Clutter
A lot of devices mean a lot of remotes. Let's be real, it’s already frustrating enough looking for the right remote for whatever device you want to use, it’s even more frustrating seeing all of them making a mess on your coffee table. You can have them all placed neatly in a container of some sort, but we all know that’s not going to last long. Sooner or later they will all be sprawled across the table again, or stuck between the cushions, or buried in the backyard, and you’re back to square one. With a universal remote, you can hide away all your other remotes for good. No more mess, no more stress.
As discussed, the main benefit of getting a universal remote is simplifying your life. When sitting down to watch TV after a long day of work and even that seems too difficult, you know you have a problem. Remember, what you have is an “Entertainment” system. If it creates more frustration than entertainment, then it’s not doing its job and your money has been wasted. Bite the bullet, get a Universal Remote Control system, stop being frustrated, and start being entertained again.