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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by CallMeRich, Jul 4, 2009.
If so, which one?
Do you mean an RF remote? Never heard of a remote actually utilizing wi-fi. RF remotes communicate with a base station which then uses IR blaster(s) to push signals to the components.
Logitech has a couple RF models (890, 1100); universalremotecontrol.com is the other popular remote brand (ton of models, from relative inexpensive RF20 to many hundreds of dollars, RF base station usually optional on these & has to be bought separately).
Hmm, learn something new. There are some actual wi-fi remotes:
The wi-fi on these is mostly for web related features, programming updates, TV listings etc. Not actual control of components except perhaps for a PC media center. I'm still guessing that CallMeRich meant "RF".
Im using the DVR lite app for the iphone. It works really well. I lke the fact that i can use the keyboard on the phone for searching and setting up season passes. Oh ya and its free.
How does the keyboard (on the I phone) communicate with the TiVo so say the letter A comes out as an A and you don't have to use the wigi board to enter letters ? Are there remote codes to enter letters on the TiVo or something that uses the wireless interface connected to the TiVo.
Not Tivo related... but I use the iPhone utility (published by Apple) called "Remote". It allows you to use an iPhone or iTouch to run iTunes over the local area network.
Anyone who owns an iPhone/iTouch... and uses iTunes (I guess by definition everyone using one uses iTunes)... should try this application... even if to only see how elegant the setup is. It is a wonderful example of how things should be designed for ease of use.
The iphone can be used as a limited Tivo remote. Search itunes for mydvr. See previous post here.
I have an app called wonderful remote that works via wifi from my blackberry, and I love the way it works, but I would really like a dedicated wifi remote that is physically shaped like a remote. I was hoping to find out there was such a product.....
when you need to use the keyboard you have to select the onscreen keyboard layout Tivo is using (they use a couple of different ones depending on what you are doing) and then when you use the iPhone keyboard you type out what you need to then press send and then the fun begins. your app then sends the individual up, down, left, right, select, keypresses the tivo needs at high speed. the cursor moves all over the place and words get spelled out rapidly and accurately. Very fun to watch.
The problem is that Tivo is one of very few TV-related equipment that can be controlled via network as opposed to IR. So there is little incentive yet for remote companies to put wi-fi on a dedicated remote except for these somewhat gimmicky features not usually directly related to controlling equipment.
I think the only ones that will actually have a shot to control Tivo via wi-fi (other devices via IR, possibly) are apps for Blackberry/iPhone/iTouch. Plus extremely expensive remote/home automation systems from Crestron.