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Topic # 199132 5-Aug-2016 16:09
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This is my first post so hopefully I have searched hard enough to see if this has been covered before.

 

I feel that this is a simple problem that should have a simple solution but I have not been able to find one out of the box.

 

My SKY Box is in a central media hub that I can control via the usual remote, but I have to have the door open for the IR signal to get to the box. I would like to leave the door closed and also control Sky from other rooms in the house. I have tried the IR kits that send the signals through the HDMI cable but this is not very reliable.

 

The idea I have is to have a WIFI to IR Bridge that I am to access via an app on my iPad or iPhone and send the signal through the WiFi network.

 

Has anyone got a solution for me to be able to do this? Thank you in advance.


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  Reply # 1605093 5-Aug-2016 16:24
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Check out the Harmony Hub. I think that should do what you are after, although I have never used one myself.


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  Reply # 1605094 5-Aug-2016 16:26
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http://www.banggood.com/Broadlink-Black-Bean-Smart-Home-Wifi-Remote-IR-Controller-Universal-Appliances-Smart-Control-p-1049494.html



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  Reply # 1605098 5-Aug-2016 16:34
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The Black Bean is a hell of a lot cheaper than the Harmony Elite. Do  you have any experience with using it with Sky?

 

Can anyone give me a link to a good review of the Harmony Hub? I looked at it today and it does look pretty good. 


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  Reply # 1605101 5-Aug-2016 16:39
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JJAce:

The Black Bean is a hell of a lot cheaper than the Harmony Elite. Do  you have any experience with using it with Sky?


Can anyone give me a link to a good review of the Harmony Hub? I looked at it today and it does look pretty good. 



No, sorry. I don't have a Sky box in the room it's set up in. Works fine with Apple TV and a Sony TV set - has a 'learn' functionality and so I think it is likely to work.

At the price, it's an easy thing to try and see before trying something significantly more expensive?

FWIW I've had good service from banggood on a number of items, relatively quick shipping (1-2 weeks) and items have all been functional on arrival.

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  Reply # 1605193 5-Aug-2016 20:30
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I have had the harmony smart hub for about a year an love it. Having 1 remote to control all devices is great and being able to use your smartphone or tablet to change the channel when watching TV in the garage or bedroom is fantastic. Setup is a bit of a task but once it's done it works great.

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  Reply # 1605248 6-Aug-2016 00:34
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This works great.
https://www.simplecontrol.com/
Plus a global cache device for the ir blasting to the sky box.




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