Nowadays, as many people start to use TVs for streaming, they start to think about using their smartphones for remote control. There are two ways to do that. The first app is Re, from NewKinetix. Re is available in both iPhone and iPad versions. The information below will also help you to understand how Dish Network’s app allows you to control that company’s DVRs from an iPad.
How does NewKinetix Re work
There are two versions in the Re from NewKinetix: a free iPhone app and a customized IR dongle that costs about $52 from Amazon or $70 direct from NewKinetix. You attach the dongle to your iPhone power/data connector. As the IR emitter connects to the bottom of the phone, it’s necessary to turn your phone upside down to use it.
Setting up the Re may seem a little bit complicated because it presents the IR database in a generic way. Most manufacturers reuse the IR codes for their devices (for example, the same codes may be used for both a newer Onkyo receiver and older ones), and they add codes for new functions.
Those codes can be found in numbered lists which are presented by the Re software. Each number is referred to a different family of similar products from different manufacturers. There are sets of meaningless numbers for each type of your device.
The Re can be used as a learning remote, so if you can’t find the codes for your device and you have access to that device’s remote, you can position them to face each other and go through the tedious chore of clicking buttons to transmit the remote codes to your iPhone. Fortunately, NewKinetix can be supported by many devices, and if your smartphone is supported, that’s good.
Re is considered to be an activity-based remote. To set up the remote control you should:
- First of all, you should set up your rooms.
- After that, each device that is in the room should be added. It may be: A/V receiver, Blu-ray player, set-top box, and so on.
- After you have added the devices, you should select activities such as: ‘Watch a Movie’ or ‘Watch TV’. For each specific activity, you select from the list of devices you’ve added to that room.
- Then, you should select the device which would be the primary one. Re lists this page as the ‘on-screen menu’ picker.
- Once you’re done, you can go to that activity and launch it. This will switch on all the devices and present you with a generic list of controls for that activity. If you want to know more about controls, you can swipe down.
How does Dish Network App work
To use Dish Network App you’ll need a DVR that is provided with broadband-connection capabilities, like the VIP-722k. That’s because the Dish app doesn’t use remote or even RF signals.
To set up the remote control you should:
First, you should activate your account for Web access. To do that you should visit the Dish DVR installation menu and click on the Web access menu entry. An activation code will be displayed in a popped-up window. Then, you should fill in that code on the Dish Network Website.
After you have accessed the Web, you should download the iPad app. You then have full access to the Dish guide, and the app even knows what DVR you have right down to the serial number.
Picking one show easily lets you schedule a recording. You can also navigate to a page that lists all existing DVR timers. You can modify, cancel, or add new timers, as well as manage conflicts.
One day, the IR-based remote control may fade away, leaving true wireless control of devices from any location, at any time, without the necessity of add-on hardware. Nowadays, although, your smartphones and tablets may be used to download some apps. Hope the article was helpful for you.