Originally Posted by Smarty-pants
^EHHH? If RF is so bad, then why do the most popular and expensive 3rd party remotes use that technology?
The best 3rd party remotes (AMX, Crestron, RTI, some of the higher end Harmony remotes, etc.) use RF (and/or WiFi) to talk to a base unit, using that company's RF protocol. The base unit then locally sends out IR, RS-232, etc. to control the actual device locally. The base units from Crestron and AMX contain a LOT of smarts and capabilities to do a lot more than just control your TV and Bluray player - they can control fancy light dimmers, interface with security systems, control video walls, use contact closure to trigger garage door openers (bypassing the RF mess), control HVAC, control telephone conference systems, and all sorts of other stuff. There are a lot of advantages to going through that base unit rather than controlling the device direct from the remote.
FFS, garage door openers have used it for decades but yet all the engineers in the a/v industry can't get it to work reliably?
The problem is that there's no well defined standard for RF remotes like there is for IR, and RS-232. So including support for RF control would most likely require a LOT of extra electronics and programming to support all the different standards.
Wifi remotes would be cool. Has anyone even made one like that?
The problem is that you can't control a device directly unless it has support for being controlled over the network. So the highest end remotes from companies like Crestron and AMX might use WiFi, but don't typically control the device directly with it.
, only phones and tablets use it thus far, but I would think that if an OEM wanted to make a remote to use over wifi, that would be fairly easy to do.
It could come with a traditional IR remote, and offer a wifi remote as an add on.
...and before you say just use your smartphone, not everyone uses one, including me and 50 other people.
The thing is that not enough people would pay extra for that WiFi remote. They would rather spend that money on a smartphone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. and then have access to apps to control lots of different devices on the single device rather than having a big pile of remotes on the coffee table. Would you rather spend $20 or more on a bunch of WiFi remotes for each of your devices (and then again each time you replace a piece of equipment) and have to juggle around a pile of remotes or spend a few hundred once and then just download a new free app each time you add or replace a piece of equipment? Personally, I would vote for the second option.