Remote controls via WLAN

Friday, June 13th, 2008 by hinrich

When I look at my laptop and also my mobile phone, it seems to me that the infrared port is dead. There are fewer and fewer electronic devices that are equipped with them. On the other hand, when looking at remote controls, this standard seems to stay even though it has obvious draw backs such as having to avoid obstacles between the sender and the receiver. Why do we not have a general switch to a wireless technology, preferably even making use of the WLAN standard? This could potentially make time consuming exercises - like training a universal remote control - a thing of the past as electronics manufacturers could make their communication codes available via the internet. One could have truly universal remote controls and would not need to juggle four or five device-specific remote controls vs. having one universal remote control with limited functionality...

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