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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 1
  • Usefulness: 5
Excellent universal remote for my heat pump and TV, Chinese only, sadly. – Broadlink RM1 Universal Wi-Fi IR Remote Control for Cell Phone + Infrared Device - Black Reviews

posted by calijewan on 12/02/2013 Certified Owner

Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Pros:
Inexpensive, can control my heat pump/ac unit from anywhere. Sort of easy to set up even though everything is in Chinese.
Cons:
No translation yet for IPhone app.
Other:
I was looking for a cheaper way to turn on my heater other than paying $300 for a thermostat for my Mr. Slim unit. This unit allows me to turn off my unit from anywhere in the world. Programming the buttons are a little tricky, as the Mr. Slim remote works a little differently than how a TV would work (one button touch sends all settings on the remote). So instead of programming a 'volume up' button or 'channel up' button, I have 3 buttons set plus the power button. Low is about 65 F or 18C, Medium is 70 F or 20 C, and High is 80 F or 25 C. That's all I really need.
Bottomline:
Once the app gets translated to English, this unit will easily beat the Logitech. It does, however, rely on an outside server in Beijing to establish a connection with your mobile device (verified via looking at my firewall logs), which is a little unnerving but I guess the NSA has been spying on me for years so it's nothing new.

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