Say Goodbye to Remote Controls with IR Blasters
March 25, 2023
Do you, like many others, look for your hidden television and air-conditioner remotes every day? Are your sleek remotes for home-automated lights frequently found under your quilt? Isn’t that very irksome? Well, now you don’t have to worry about all this. With IR (Infrared blasters), your smartphone becomes your remote. Let us dive into how IR blasters are used in home automation.
We begin with telling you what IR blasters are. IR blasters are small devices that send infrared signals to your electronic device. When used in home automation systems, they can be used to control several devices together. Through smart voice assistants and smart home hubs, IR blasters can be programmed to automate different aspects of your house.
For example, an IR blaster can be set up to turn your television on along with your speakers when you say “Music Time” to your smart speaker. IR blasters can also be used to dim the lights or brighten them to set the mood for the room when you say “Get Cozy”. “Get Cozy” is not a real command, we were just kidding.
Of course, IR blasters can be used to control your air-conditioner, but they can also control your fans, curtains, and any other smart device that you may have. You can be sitting in your living room and switch the fan in the same room off without having to get up. But this is not even the best part. The greatest benefit of an IR blaster lies in its versatility. They can be programmed to control almost all electronic devices that function with infrared signals. So, whether you have one of those televisions that you bought in 2016 or the smartest gadgets in your automated home, an IR blaster can control them all.
IR blasters are one of the most powerful tools when it comes to home automation. They can turn your home into a smart, convenient, and efficient space. Now, if you are thinking that setting up a home automation system with IR blasters is a daunting task, you can relax. Pert’s smartphone application is user-friendly and easy to install. Plus, you can find tutorials that help you understand the process easily. Better yet, you can come and visit our experience center, and we will give you a play-by-play. Once you’ve got it and learned how to use it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Q: What is an IR blaster, and how does it work?
A. An IR blaster is a device that emits infrared signals to control other electronic devices. It sends a signal to your smart devices that imitates the same signal sent by your remote control.
Q: What is the range of an IR blaster?
A. The range of an IR blaster depends on its power and design. Typically, it can reach up to 30 feet, but some models can cover up to 100 feet.
Q: Can I control multiple devices with one IR blaster?
A. Yes, you can control multiple devices with one IR blaster if the devices are within range of the device and can be controlled by the same type of IR signal.
Q: What devices can be controlled by an IR blaster?
A. Any device that can be controlled by an infrared remote control can be controlled by an IR blaster. This includes TVs, DVD players, home theater systems, and even some smart home devices.
Q: How do I set up an IR blaster?
A. Setting up an IR blaster varies depending on the device you are using. You need to plug it into a power source, position it towards the device you want to control, and program it to send the correct signal.
Q: Can an IR blaster work with my smartphone?
A. Yes, some smartphones have built-in IR blasters.
Q: Do I need a special remote to use an IR blaster?
A. No, you don’t need a special remote to use an IR blaster. You can use your existing remote control or your smartphone.
Q: Can an IR blaster work through walls?
A. No, an IR blaster cannot work through walls because infrared signals cannot penetrate solid objects. Therefore, it needs a clear line of sight to the device it’s controlling.
Q: What are the advantages of using an IR blaster?
A. Using an IR blaster can help you control multiple devices with one remote control, eliminate clutter caused by multiple remotes, and make it easier to control your devices without having to be in the same room as the device.
Q: Can I use an IR blaster with voice assistants?
A. Yes, IR blasters are compatible with popular voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to control your devices using voice commands.