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post #1 of 3 Old 09-25-2007, 09:07 AM - Thread Starter
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It's the 21st century for christ sakes and we are still using godforsaken IR technology. How much more expensive would it be to include RF or Bluetooth circuitry? I feel like remote control technology is just stagnant. No real advances besides the Harmony remotes in the past decade.

Would it be possible to build a universal remote like the Harmony off of a Bluetooth or RF system or can it only be done with IR?
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Not sure what you are talking about? There are plenty of high quality universal remotes that use RF (or IR if needed): RTI, URC, Pronto.
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Bluetooth doesn't have the range of RF, so that's why it's not used. As far as RF is concerned, there can be problems with interference in many areas/homes. Also, as RF is governed by the FCC, a license is required for each frequency. The cost and certification issues currently make an RF universal remote (that can directly control RF equipment) economically unfeasible.


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