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Review: IP Control of Your IR Gear with Global Caché iTach IP2IR

Expensive dedicated universal remotes are increasingly going the way of the dodo in all but the most bespoke of smart homes. The proliferation of touchscreen smartphones and tablets coupled to the growing number of devices that can be controlled by IP means they are becoming less relevant.  But IR control is still a requirement in most […]

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Tiny FLIRC USB Dongle Adds IR Control to Raspberry Pi, NUC, HTPC’s

This has been around for a while and we’ve only just heard about it, but this cool little USB dongle may just make your day. FLIRC features a small IR receiver in the form of a USB key.  It receives IR from any old remote you have lying around and then emulates keyboard presses.  Perfect […]

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New Marmitek Powermid 300 XTRA Long Range Remote Extender

These new Powermid 300 XTRA IR extenders allow you to control your infrared equipment in another room, even on another floor.  So you can control your Sky or Cable box in the lounge downstairs from the bedroom upstairs for example. The units are battery powered so can be placed anywhere and at under £40 they […]

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Logitech Launch Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control

Logitech have announced two new universal remotes.  The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is a £229 touchscreen and hard buttoned offering and the Logitech Harmony Smart Control at £109 provides a smartphone interface to your home cinema and other equipment   Both units employ the new Harmony Hub.  Check out the videos below… Today, Logitech announced the expansion of its Harmony […]

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Keene Launch Pro4 IR Distribution Amplifier

Keene have just launched a new IR Distribution amplifier to their range… Designed and manufactured in the UK the Keene Pro4 has some powerful features for demanding installations. It has four IR Receiver inputs, and uniquely all four receivers can be located in the same room if needed. Normally multiple IR receivers will cause timing issues […]

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HDMI Wall Plates with IR

Keene Electronics have just launched a new kit of HDMI Wall Plates with built-in IR capability. The pair of faceplates are passive so require no power supply.  They will send your HD signals room-to-room via 2 x CAT5 cables complete with IR feedback up to a distance of 30m.  Available now for around £90… This extender sends […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 3.5mm Jack Plug to CAT5 Adaptors for IR Extender

If you need to extend your hard wired IR distribution system over CAT5 here’s a really useful set of adaptors.  The Keene Electronics 3.5mm jack plug to CAT5 adaptors for IR extenders are under £6 and allow you to easily connect your IR transmitters and receivers to any CAT5 outlet with a patch lead… A set of […]

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Keene Eye Routing Commander Controls Multiple Sky Boxes

Here’s a new device that will be a boon to custom installers and DIY home automators alike.  The Keene Eye Routing Commander (or KERC for short) is a device that allows multiple Sky tuners in the same location – perhaps a cabinet or 19″ rack – to be controlled individually. “KERC – Achieve independent control […]

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Marmitek Launch Invisible Control 6 Infrared Repeater Extender

Marmitek Launch Invisible Control 6 Infrared Repeater Extender

Marmitek has revealed the new Invisible Control 6! infrared repeater/extender. You can use it to control up to 6 A/V devices in a closed cabinet and it is suitable for new IR code formats (like RC-MM) that are used in BT Vision, Freesat, Freeview, Sky TV and Virgin boxes.  The system also includes built in […]

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Sony Launch HomeShare Wi-Fi Universal Remote Control

Sony Launch HomeShare Wi-Fi Universal Remote Control

  With Philips announcing the death of their entire range of Pronto remotes a few weeks ago, and UEI following suit at CES cancelling their NeVo range too, the universal remote market seems to have taken a huge hit from the iPod Touch and the iPad.  Never the less, Sony have decided to enter the […]

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