RF Remote: Control Your Home Theater Through Walls

published Aug 11, 2009
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There are a lot of different remotes out there. The main reason why people enjoy them so much is that they enable you to control all of the components of your home theater system with a single remote. No more looking everywhere for that one remote that’s gone missing. The universal remote market is about to get a bunch of new remotes, thanks to radio frequency technology.

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What does this mean for you? It means that with a RF remote, you can control your components without needing a line of sight, like you needed with IR remotes. Even more so, a RF remote will let you control your home theater from anywhere in the house. For now, the only remote available with RF technology is the Logitech Harmony 900. Well, it’s the only off-the-shelf model actually. You can get custom systems that have these types of remotes, but you’ll end up paying thousands of dollars to get it.

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This new Logitech remote uses an IR blaster system, enabling you to control your system through walls, thanks to RF technology. You won’t need any extra gear to make this work. On top of that, the Harmony remote is easy to setup and control. It also comes with a touchscreen. The only bad thing about this remote is that it costs $400. For that $400, you get the remote and three IR blasters to control your home theater system. The IR blasters are placed on the same shelves as your components. When they receive an RF command, they’ll relay it over IR to the components in your home theater, since that’s the only wavelength that they understand.

The Harmony has an easy Web-based setup. The touchscreen is quick to respond and delays are small. One great thing about this technologically advanced remote is that it looks like any other remote. It’s not a touch panel with gazillions of options. It’s easy to use and setup. We think that if you’ve been hunting for one remote to control all of your systems, even from other rooms, this is the remote to get. If you don’t need to do this, there are a bunch of other remotes on the market that would suit your needs. We can think of many different applications. For example, if you have many different rooms wired for sound this one remote would enable you to control your system without having to go back into the home theater area.

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