Today's cell phones are for more than just making phone calls. They have evolved into smartphones that are used for a variety of tasks. One interesting way to use a smartphone, or even a tablet, is as a remote control for home theater components and home automation systems. If you are an smartphone or tablet user, check out some interesting remote control apps that can make operating your home theater system easier.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate HubThe Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub combines hardware with Smart Control iOS and Android Apps that allows your compatible smartphone to control up to eight home theater components. In addition, the Ultimate Hub also includes a basic remote that you can use as a back-up controller in case your smartphone is not available. The apps have access to the Harmony Remote Control Database, which includes remote control codes for over 225,000 consumer electronics and home theater devices.
Griffin Beacon combines an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPod or compatible Android deevice with a downloadable app from Dijit. The app is free with the purchase of the Beacon system. Once the app is installed, you can use your compatible iOS or Android device to transmit commands via Bluetooth technology to a provided wireless AV controller. The controller, can then relay IR signals to a TV, Blu-ray Disc player, home theater receiver, network media player, or other compatible components. An online database provides remote control codes for components, as well as a program guide. If you have an iPhone and a home theater system, the Dijit App and Griffin Beacon is definitely a remote control system to check out.
Yamaha Network A/V Receiver ControlIf you have a home Wi-Fi network, this app for both iOS and Androide allows users of select Yamaha home theater receivers to control basic functions such as input selection, volume, zone power, and settings for connected bluetooth devices.
Onkyo Remote Control AppOwners of Onkyo 2009, 2010, 2011, or later, network home theater receivers and use the Onkyo Remote Control App to access a variety of functions, including volume, input selection, radio tuning, and more, using an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. The app is free for Onkyo owners.
Sony TV Side View Media RemoteThe Sony TV Side View Media Remote app for iOS and Android devices provide control of many Sony home theater receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, and TVs. Check out the details and download info for iOS and Android devices.
Denon Remote AppThe Denon Remote App provides control of the 11, 12, and 13 series network home theater receivers, as well as other select Denon components. For the details and download info, check out the Denon Remote App page for iOS and Android devices.
OPPO RemoteIf you own an OPPO Blu-ray Disc player (Models BDP-93, 95, 103, 105, or newer), OPPO now offers downloadable remote control apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Also, the iPad verision also includes the ability to navigate through media files and cover art, as well as control multiple players. For all the details, check out the product info and download instructions for the iPad, iPhone, and Android versions.
iControlAV2 by Pioneer ElectronicsThis remote control iOS-only app allows users to control select Pioneer home theater components. Check out a video demo via Pocket-Lint for a more detailed look at this app.