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Remote controls

Apple® Remote (Aluminum)

About

The new Apple® Remote has an elegant and very slim aluminum enclosure. Compared to its predecessor, it features an improved, ergonomic design and an additional button. The remote supports low battery detection and sends its ID (in the range of 0-255) along with every button press. This ID can be used for pairing with most receivers that support the Apple® Remote. Remote Buddy offers additional functionality for multiple Apple® Remotes when used with the Apple® Built-In IR Receiver. A detailed review of the aluminum Apple® Remote can be found in our blog.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
Button Count7
Required ReceiverAny of: Apple® Built-In IR Receiver, eHome Receiver, Keyspan IR Receiver, select EyeTV Receivers (please see table)
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Apple® Built-In IR Receiver and Keyspan IR Receiver
BatteryNon-rechargeable, one CR2032 Lithium 3.0V coin battery, user-replaceable (instructions)
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.de (affiliate link), Amazon.co.uk, Apple.com

Apple® Remote (white)

About

The white Apple® Remote is ergonomically designed and a pleasure to use. It supports low battery detection and sends its ID (in the range of 0-255) along with every button press. This ID can be used for pairing with most receivers that support the Apple® Remote. Remote Buddy offers additional functionality for multiple Apple® Remotes when used with the Apple® Built-In IR Receiver. The white Apple® Remote has been discontinued in late 2009. It was superseded by the new aluminum Apple® Remote.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
Button Count6
Required ReceiverAny of: Apple® Built-In IR Receiver, eHome Receiver, Keyspan IR Receiver, select EyeTV Receivers (please see table)
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Apple® Built-In IR Receiver and Keyspan IR Receiver
BatteryNon-rechargeable, one CR2032 Lithium 3.0V coin battery, user-replaceable (instructions)
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate link), Amazon.de (affiliate link), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr

Apple® iPhone™ & Apple® iPod® Touch

More info

Learn more about

Factsheet
TechnologyWireless LAN
Button Count8 (touchscreen buttons or gestures. Via Remote Buddy's AJAX Remote)
Required ReceiverWireless LAN Adapter
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepNo
BatteryRechargeable, built-in battery, not user-replaceable
Shopping LinksiPod® Touch at f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate link), Amazon.de (affiliate link), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr

EyeTV Bundled Remotes (select models)

Using EyeTV remote controls with Remote Buddy

Since version 2.5.1 of EyeTV and Version 1.8 of Remote Buddy, both applications cooperate to give users of EyeTV's remote control full access to Remote Buddy's functionality.

Software and Hardware-Requirements

You need a compatible EyeTV receiver and remote control. Button presses received by EyeTV receivers are decoded by EyeTV and handled by Remote Buddy. Therefore EyeTV and Remote Buddy need to be running at the same time.

Setup

No setup is needed. When both EyeTV and Remote Buddy are running at the same time, the first press of a button on a supported remote control (and received via a compatible EyeTV receiver) automatically adds it to Remote Buddy. You'll have to press a button on the remote again when you start EyeTV again the next time.

The six most important buttons

All core functions of Remote Buddy can be accessed with a set of just 6 buttons. The following table shows you which buttons on your remote control are this core set. Pressing the "Menu" button takes you to Remote Buddy's menu. Please note that by default, you have to perform a long press of the "Menu" button to access Remote Buddy's menu when EyeTV is the currently active application. You can change the mapping of buttons for EyeTV on your remote control in Remote Buddy's preferences at Mapping > EyeTV.

The remote controls are ordered from left to right, corresponding to the illustration on the left.

Remote control Menu Selection Left Right Up Down
TerraTec Gray Info (i) OK < > /\ \/
TerraTec Black OSD OK < > /\ \/
eyeTV Remote Enter OK Vol < Vol > Ch /\ Ch \/
Pinnacle Remote 0 5 4 6 2 8
Troubleshooting

Please make sure EyeTV and Remote Buddy are running at the same time. If your remote does not turn up in Remote Buddy after pressing a button on your remote, either your version of EyeTV and/or Remote Buddy is not up-to-date, your receiver does not support this feature or your remote control and the EyeTV receiver's IR receiver do not have a direct line of sight.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
Button Countdepends on remote control model
Required ReceiverSelect EyeTV Receivers (please see table)
Bundled With ReceiverYes, with select EyeTV Receivers (please see table)
Wakeup From SleepNo
BatteryOne or two standard AA or AAA 1.5V batteries (depeding on model), user-replaceable
Shopping LinksPlease see here.

Griffin AirClick USB Remote

About

The Griffin AirClick USB Remote is based on RF technology, quite small and lighweight. To allow access to more than 5 actions, Remote Buddy adds the ability to map additional actions for specific combinations of buttons. The buttons of the remote are arranged for easy access to play/pause, volume control, backward and forward. Due to their position, however, we can't recommend this remote for navigation in menus.

Factsheet
TechnologyRadio Frequency (RF)
Button Count5
Required ReceiverGriffin AirClick USB Dongle
Bundled With ReceiverGriffin AirClick USB Dongle
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Griffin AirClick USB Dongle
BatteryNon-rechargeable, built-in battery, not user-replaceable
Shopping LinksPlease see here.

Keyspan IR Remote

About

The Keyspan IR Remote is part of several remote-receiver-bundles of the Keyspan-by-Tripp Lite range of products.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
Button Count17
Required ReceiverKeyspan IR Receiver
Bundled With ReceiverKeyspan IR Receiver
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Keyspan IR Receiver
BatteryNon-rechargeable, two CR2025 coin batteries, user-replaceable
Remote P/NREM17B (see Keyspan IR Receiver for P/N of receivers and bundles)
Shopping LinksPlease see here.

Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row

About

The Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row is sold together with the necessary Keyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1 in a remote-receiver-bundle.

Factsheet
TechnologyRadio Frequency (RF)
Button Count9
Required ReceiverKeyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1
Bundled With ReceiverKeyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Keyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1
BatteryNon-rechargeable, one CR2032 Lithium 3.0V coin battery, user-replaceable
Shopping LinksPlease see here.

Nintendo® Wii™ Remote

About

The Wii™ Remote maybe is the most stunning remote control you can currently get your hands on. Bluetooth®-based, it offers high responsiveness and reliability. Its built-in motion and IR sensors enable the IR mouse mode also supported by Remote Buddy.

Infrared (IR) Mouse Mode

Remote Buddy can use the IR camera built into the front of the Wii™ Remote to implement a virtual mouse that can be moved by pointing the Wii® Remote itself to a different position. The IR Mouse Mode works by tracking the position of IR light sources - usually supplied by a Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar located on top or below the display use with the Mac®. A Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar is physically required for using the IR Mouse Mode. If, however, you just want to use the buttons of the Wii™ Remote with Remote Buddy, you do not need a Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar.

The Wii™ Sensor Bar (and why it's name can be misleading)

The Wii™ Sensor Bar emits the IR light required by the IR camera ("sensor") inside the Wii™ Remote itself. The Sensor Bar - unlike its name suggests - does not contain any receiver or sensors at all. It consists of a simple row of IR light sources (and thus the physically exact opposite of a sensor). These IR light sources are seen by the IR camera located at the front of the Wii™ Remote. Their location is then sent to Remote Buddy via Bluetooth®. Remote Buddy uses this data to track the location of the IR light sources. From this, it calculates the position of the Wii™ Remote and places the mouse cursor at the respective position on your screen.

Battery life

It's important to keep in mind that the Wii™ Remote was designed as a game controller. It's filled with high tech and has to maintain a Blueooth® connection when in use. All of this of course consumes power, so that, depending on which hardware features you use, battery life of the remote can greatly vary and is generally not comparable with that of other remote controls. Remote Buddy's Bluetooth® power saving options can help you increase battery life (slightly or significantly - depending on your use pattern). They can be found at Prefs > Hardware > Bluetooth® receiver.

Factsheet
TechnologyBluetooth
Button Count11
Required ReceiverBluetooth® Adapter
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Bluetooth® Adapter
BatteryTwo standard AA 1.5V batteries, user-replaceable
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate links: Nintendo Wii™ Remote, Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar), Amazon.de (affiliate links: Nintendo Wii™ Remote, Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar), Amazon.co.uk (Nintendo Wii™ Remote, Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar), Amazon.fr (Nintendo Wii™ Remote, Wireless Wii™ Sensor Bar).

SiK™ Rex™

About

The SiK™ Rex™ imitates an Apple® Remote (white) and fits into an ExpressCard slot. The SiK™ Rex™, unlike the Apple® Remote, has a fixed ID and does not support pairing by itself. It can, however, be paired manually with Apple® Built-In IR Receivers using Remote Buddy's Multiple Remote Support.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
Button Count6
Required ReceiverAny of: Apple® Built-In IR Receiver, eHome Receiver, Keyspan IR Receiver, select EyeTV Receivers (please see table)
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Apple® Built-In IR Receiver and Keyspan IR Receiver
BatteryNon-rechargeable, one CR2016 Lithium 3.0V coin battery, user-replaceable

Sony® PS3 BD Remote Control

About

The Sony® PS3 BD Remote Control has a low price point, is widely available, offers over 50 buttons that can be mapped freely with Remote Buddy and uses Bluetooth® technology - which is built into almost all more recent Mac® models.

Important notice regarding OS X® 10.9/10.8/10.7

Due to bugs in the Bluetooth® Stack of these OS X releases, you may be experiencing problems during setup. For help under 10.9/10.8, please see this FAQ entry. When you experience issues during setup under 10.7, please see this workaround suggested by a user in the Remote Buddy forums. It's working well in our tests.

How to maximize battery life

To maximize the time between recharging/exchanging your batteries, be sure to make use of the power saving options in Remote Buddy exactly as recommended for the Sony® PS3 BD Remote in the Remote Buddy FAQ.

Factsheet
TechnologyBluetooth
Button Count51
Required ReceiverBluetooth® Adapter
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Bluetooth® Adapter
BatteryTwo standard AA 1.5V batteries, user-replaceable
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate link), Amazon.de (affiliate link), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr

Sony Ericsson Mobiles (experimental, only select models)

How it works

Many Sony Ericcson mobiles today offer a "remote control" mode, where the phone acts as a Bluetooth® keyboard. So called HID files previously uploaded to the mobile define which keyboard key each key on the mobile phone should emulate. Remote Buddy's Hotkey Remote can leverage this feature by allowing control of Remote Buddy via hotkeys. Once set up, a press of a button on your Sony Ericsson mobile takes this route: Keypress on Sony Ericcson Mobile -> Conversion to Hotkey -> Bluetooth® Keyboard Emulation on the Mobile -> Bluetooth® Connection -> Bluetooth® Driver on the Mac® -> Remote Buddy's Hotkey Remote -> Remote Buddy -> Perform Action.

Known issues - and why this is an experimental feature

Due to the very way the Hotkey Remote works, there can be problems if an action in Remote Buddy does need to emulate a keypress to achieve its goal. Basically, what can happen in those cases is that the Hotkey event coming in via Bluetooth® and the keypress Remote Buddy emulates overlay. For example, an emulated Cmd+Q and a simultaneously received keypress of Ctrl+Alt+5 from the mobile could be seen as Cmd+Ctrl+Alt+5+Q by the system. Due to this "event cross fire", some actions may not work as expected. The Hotkey Remote should be considered a permanently experimental feature, that we found to be too useful not to include, but - due to the very way it works - a feature that will likely never be able to play in the same league as the other remotes supported by Remote Buddy.

Installation instructions
  1. Download RemoteBuddyKeysForSonyEricsson.dmg and open it with a doubleclick in the Finder.
  2. Start the application "Bluetooth File Exchange" (located in /Applications/Utilities) and send the file RemoteBuddy.hid from the mounted DMG to your mobile phone.
  3. Locate the remote control feature in your mobile's menu.
  4. There, select RemoteBuddy.hid on the mobile phone for the mapping of its keys.
Factsheet
TechnologyBluetooth
Button Count6
Required ReceiverBluetooth® Adapter
Bundled With ReceiverNo
Wakeup From Sleepn/a
Batteryn/a
Mobiles with HID file support K600, K750, K800i, W580i, W800i, W810i, W880i
Mobiles that possibly have HID file support K510, K610, K618, K700, K790, S700, W300, W600, W700, W710, W850, W900, Z520, Z525, Z530, Z550, Z610, Z710, Z800
Mobiles without HID file support T610

Receivers

Apple® Built-In IR Receiver

About

The Apple® Built-In IR Receiver is a built-in infrared receiver that is limited - in hardware - to receiving signals of just the Apple® Remote (white, Aluminum) and programmable remotes that can immitate it precisely. Other remotes can't be used with it.

Remote Buddy Exclusive: End-To-End Event Routing Optimization

Unlike other products, Remote Buddy builds upon its own, highly optimized driver architecture. This allows it to employ realtime end-to-end event routing optimization, which keeps the time it takes to react to a button press to a minimum.

Example: "Rewind" is the only action mapped to the "Left"-button. No second action is mapped to the Hold-state of the "Left"-button.

Remote Buddy's optimization will start triggering the rewind as soon as you press the button. In the same scenario, other software will leave you waiting for at least about 0.25 seconds before it starts reacting to the button press.

Remote Buddy's support for multiple Apple® Remotes

Each Apple® Remote has one of 256 different IDs. This ID is sent along with every button press by the Apple® Remote. When you enable Multiple Remote Support in Remote Buddy, it makes use of this information and enables you to pair more than one Apple® Remote with your Mac®, map different actions to the buttons of each Apple® Remote or groups of Apple® Remotes.

Availability

Only these Mac® models come with a built-in Apple® IR receiver:

ModelProcessor architectureAvailability
iMac® (until Sept. 2012)Intel®Built-In
MacBook® (until Oct. 19th, 2009)Intel®Built-In
MacBook Air® (until Oct. 20th, 2010)Intel®Built-In
MacBook® Pro (without Retina Display)Intel®Built-In
Mac® MiniIntel®Built-In
Add an IR receiver to your Mac®

Does your Mac® lack an IR receiver? Using Remote Buddy, you can still add an Apple® Remote to your Mac®. What you'll need for that is one of the receivers listed under "Required Receiver" in the Factsheet of the Apple® Remote (Aluminum) and - of course - the Apple® Remote itself and Remote Buddy. The End-To-End Event Routing Optimization is available for all remotes and receivers supported by Remote Buddy. The extended functionality of the Multiple Remotes Support in Remote Buddy is limited to the Apple® Built-In IR Receiver.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
ConnectivityBuilt-In
Bundled With RemoteThe Apple® Remote is no longer included with the Mac® and needs to be purchased seperately.
Compatible With RemoteApple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum), SiK™ Rex™
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Apple® Remote (white)/Apple® Remote (Aluminum), SiK™ Rex™
Pairing SupportYes, with Apple® Remote (white)/Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate links: Mac® Mini, iMac® 20", iMac® 24", MacBook® Air, MacBook® Pro 13.3", MacBook® Pro 15,4", MacBook® Pro 17"), Amazon.de (affiliate links: Mac® Mini, iMac® 20", iMac® 24", MacBook® Air, MacBook® Pro 13.3", MacBook® Pro 15,4", MacBook® Pro 17")

Bluetooth® Adapter

About

A Bluetooth® Adapter can either be a built-in component of your Mac® or added as a USB dongle lateron. To find out, whether your Mac® has a Bluetooth® Adapter, launch /Applications/Utilities/System Profiler.app, select Hardware > USB on the left and check for the existance of a Bluetooth® USB Host Controller. Your System Preferences are an additional indicator: after launching System Preferences.app, you usually shouldn't see a Bluetooth® icon under "Hardware" unless your system actually has a Bluetooth® Adapter.

If your Mac® does not have a Bluetooth® Adapter, you can add one with a rather inexpensive Bluetooth® USB dongle.

Factsheet
TechnologyBluetooth
ConnectivityBuilt-In or USB 1.1 or 2.0
Bundled With RemoteNo
Compatible With RemoteNintendo® Wii™ Remote, Sony® PS3 BD Remote Control, Sony Ericsson Mobiles
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Nintendo® Wii™ Remote, Sony® PS3 BD Remote Control
Pairing SupportYes, with Nintendo® Wii™ Remote, Sony® PS3 BD Remote Control

eHome / MCE Receiver

About

When Microsoft® created the Windows® XP Media Center Edition (MCE), they also introduced the eHome standard for IR receivers. Receivers following this standard can deliver the raw IR stream received by the sensor. Remote Buddy supports the eHome receivers listed below and makes use of the raw IR stream to enable the use of Apple® Remotes with the receivers. We found the Philips® OVU4110 (pictured on the left) and OVU4120 (looks almost identical) to maybe be the most beautiful external IR receivers we've come across so far.

Compatibility matrix
Model Can be used with remote controls Datasheet
Philips® OVU4003
(incl. OVU400301/00)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -
Philips® OVU4110 (pictured on the left)
(incl. OVU411002/00,
part of the SRM 5100 bundle)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -
Philips® OVU4120
(incl. OVU412000/00)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -
SMK eHome Infrared Transceiver
(USB Vendor ID: 0x0609, Product ID: 0x031d)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -
SMK MCE Tranceivr Emulator Device 2006
(USB Vendor ID: 0x0609, Product ID: 0x0334)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -
TopSeed TSES-IR01
(USB Vendor ID: 0x1784, Product ID: 0x0001,
part of the Hauppauge Media Center Remote Control Kit)
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) Product website
Twisted Melon™ Manta™ TR1 Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum) -

Philips® receivers are also often sold in branded versions. These will usually have a label on the bottom with the same model number printed on it. For example, the Microsoft®-branded receiver we've come across was labeled as OVU4003.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
ConnectivityUSB
Bundled With RemoteSome receivers are offered in a bundle with a Windows® MCE Remote (which is currently not supported)
Compatible With RemoteApple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Windows® MCE Remote
Pairing SupportYes, with Apple® Remote (white)/Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
Shopping LinksHauppauge Media Center Remote Control Kit at f.ex. Amazon.de (partner link), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr (Please note: we provide these links for your convenience. We do, however, not provide any guarantee and can't offer any liability for the correctness of the contents of any linked websites. Example: when we purchased the kit from Amazon, its contents looked as pictured at the vendor website and not as pictured at Amazon).

EyeTV Receivers (select models)

More information

Please see EyeTV Bundled Remotes for more information on EyeTV Remote support in Remote Buddy.

Compatibility matrix
EyeTV Receiver Supported remote controls (from EyeTV Version)
EyeTV 200 Not supported.
EyeTV 250 No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV 250 plus EyeTV Remote (3.0.4)
EyeTV 300 No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV 310 No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV 400 Not supported.
EyeTV 500 Not supported.
EyeTV 610 Not supported.
EyeTV Diversity (2007) No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV Diversity (2008) Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)*, EyeTV Remote, TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (3.0.4)
EyeTV DTT (2007) No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV DTT (2008) Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)*, EyeTV Remote, TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (3.0.4)
EyeTV DTT Deluxe (2008) No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV DTT Deluxe (2009) No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
EyeTV Hybrid (2007) Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)*, EyeTV Remote, TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (2.5.2)
EyeTV Hybrid (2008) Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)*, EyeTV Remote, TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (3.0.4)
EyeTV Sat TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (3.1.2)
Pinnacle TV for Mac® Hybrid Stick Pinnacle Remote (2.5.2)
Pinnacle TV for Mac® DVB-T Stick No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
TerraTec Cinergy H7 USB TerraTec Black (user tested - [Report your test results.])
TerraTec Cinergy T² Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)*, EyeTV Remote, TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (2.5.2)
TerraTec Cinergy S USB Mac EyeTV Remote (3.0.4)
TerraTec Cinergy S7 USB TerraTec Black, TerraTec Gray (3.1.2)
TerraTec Cinergy DT USB XS Diversity Mac No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
TerraTec Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS FM Mac No test results yet. [Report your test results.]
All other EyeTV receivers No test results yet. [Report your test results.]

* The Apple® Remote (Aluminium) can be used. With this receiver type, the seperate Select- and Play/Pause-buttons can't be mapped independantly, though.

Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
ConnectivityUSB 2.0
Bundled With RemoteRemotes vary depending on EyeTV bundle
Compatible With RemotePlease see the Compatibility Matrix above
Wakeup From SleepNo
Pairing SupportNo
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate links: EyeTV 250 Plus, EyeTV Hybrid), Amazon.de (affiliate links: EyeTV 250 Plus, EyeTV Hybrid, EyeTV Diversity, EyeTV DTT), elgato.com Online Store

Griffin AirClick USB Dongle

About

The Griffin AirClick USB Bundle includes this Griffin AirClick USB Dongle as well as the Griffin AirClick USB Remote.

Factsheet
TechnologyRadio Frequency (RF)
ConnectivityUSB 1.1
Bundled With RemoteGriffin AirClick USB Remote
Compatible With RemoteGriffin AirClick USB Remote
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Griffin AirClick USB Remote
Pairing SupportYes, with Griffin AirClick USB Remote
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate link)

Keyspan IR Receivers

About

The Keyspan IR Bundles (sold as Keyspan (AirPort®) Express Remote and Keyspan Remote for iTunes) consists of a Keyspan IR receiver and a Keyspan IR Remote. Remote Buddy uses its own drivers and does not depend on or use Keyspan's drivers.

Compatibility matrix
Bundle Bundle P/N Receiver P/N Supported More info
Keyspan Digital Media Remote (DMR) URM-15A UIA-10 NOT supported -
Keyspan Digital Media Remote (DMR) URM-15A UIA-11 Keyspan REM17B,
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
-
Keyspan Express Remote URM-17A UIA-11F Keyspan REM17B,
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
Product page
Keyspan Remote for iTunes URM-15T UIA-11F Keyspan REM17B,
Apple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum)
Product page
Factsheet
TechnologyInfrared
ConnectivityUSB 1.1
Bundled With RemoteKeyspan IR Remote
Compatible With RemoteApple® Remote (white), Apple® Remote (Aluminum), SiK™ Rex™, Keyspan IR Remote
Wakeup From SleepYes, with any infrared remote (including all remotes listed under "Compatible With Remote")
Pairing SupportNo
Receiver P/NUIA-11, UIA-11F
Bundle P/NURM-15A (with UIA-11 receiver), URM-15T, URM-17A
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate links: Keyspan Express Remote, Keyspan Remote for iTunes®), Amazon.co.uk (Keyspan Remote for iTunes®), Amazon.fr (Keyspan Express Remote)

Keyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1

About

The Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row Bundle consists of a Keyspan RF Receiver ER-RF1 and the Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row.

Factsheet
TechnologyRadio Frequency (RF)
ConnectivityUSB 1.1
Bundled With RemoteKeyspan RF Remote For Front Row
Compatible With RemoteKeyspan RF Remote For Front Row
Wakeup From SleepYes, with Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row
Pairing SupportYes, with Keyspan RF Remote For Front Row
LinksProduct page
Shopping LinksAt f.ex. Amazon.com (affiliate link), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, format.de Distribution GmbH (Germany).

Wireless LAN Adapter

About

Your Mac® can be connected to a Wireless LAN (WLAN) through a variety of different ways. It can be through a built-in WLAN Adapter (marketed by Apple® as "AirPort®") or a WLAN USB Dongle.

Network Requirements

To use Remote Buddy's AJAX Remote over a Wireless LAN connection, the Wireless LAN must meet these requirements:

  1. All devices (your Mac® and your remote - the latter is usually an iPhone™/iPod® Touch) are connected to and logged into the same Wireless LAN.
  2. All devices on this Wireless LAN can communicate directly with one another without limitation (no local network firewall).
  3. All devices have to be on the same IP subnet. Two devices share the same subnet, if their IPs are identical in their first three numbers. For example two clients with the IPs 10.0.5.1 and 10.0.5.2 are in the same subnet, whereas clients with the IP 10.0.5.1 and 192.168.0.1 are not. You can find the IP(s) of your Mac® at Remote Buddy > Preferences > AJAX Remote. You can find the IP of an iPhone™/iPod® Touch at Settings > Wi-Fi > "White arrow in blue circle next to your selected network" > IP Address.
  4. The Wireless LAN has to work reliable. It may not drop packets. While, to some degree the error correction in the TCP/IP protocol stack should be able to deal with these, packet drops at the very least cause high latencies and reactions to your touches will feel laggy. Excessive packet drops will cause connections to break down, request to get lost or in short: render web 2.0 applications like the AJAX Remote completely defunct.

Before making a purchase, please use the free Remote Buddy trial version and test AJAX Remote for at least a few days on your network to verify that your network fulfills the requirements. Network configuration and troubleshooting is not a feature of Remote Buddy and we can't offer you individual support in troubleshooting or configuring your network.

Factsheet
TechnologyWireless LAN
ConnectivityBuilt-In or USB 2.0
Bundled With RemoteNo
Compatible With RemoteApple® iPhone™ and Apple® iPod® Touch
Wakeup From SleepNo
Pairing SupportYes, via WLAN access control (f.ex. password protection)

Technologies

Bluetooth

What is Bluetooth®?

Bluetooth® is a complex, bi-directional, wireless communication standard using radio waves as carrier medium.

Usage

Bluetooth® remotes need to be paired using Remote Buddy's built-in Setup Wizard before they can be used. Bluetooth® knows Class 1, 2 and 3 devices that mainly differ in the range in which they can be used. Under optimal conditions, the maximum range is 100 meters for Class 1, 50 meters for Class 2 and 10 meters for Class 3. Devices belonging to different classes are interoperable, but the maximum range is then limited by the device offering the smallest range.

Notes

Bluetooth® uses the same 2.4 GHz band as Wireless LANs using the 802.11b (11 MBit/s), 802.11g (54 MBit/s) and (in part) 802.11n (300 MBit/s) standard and can therefore have a negative impact on the quality and stability of such networks when used simultaneously. No interference can occur with Wireless LANs operating in the 5 GHz range (802.11a and 802.11n when configured accordingly).

Technical data
StandardRF bandMaximum Speed
Bluetooth® 1.22.4 GHz1 MBit/s
Bluetooth® 2.0 + EDR2.4 GHz3 MBit/s

Infrared

What is Infrared?

Infrared (IR) signifies a range of the light spectrum that's invisible to the human eye. Products using IR technology use light in the IR range as carrier medium.

Usage

As the IR technology essentially just uses light, it can't be used through walls. A direct line of sight needs to exist between IR remotes and their targeted IR receivers. The maximum possible distance between receiver and remote depends on the strength of the signal and the quality of the receiver and is usually a few meters.

Notes

Exposure of IR receivers to sunlight (which also includes light in the IR range) and heat (which essentially is just another, more popular word for IR light) can have a negative impact on the reception of the IR signal and should be avoided.

Radio Frequency (RF)

What is Radio Frequency?

Radio Frequency (RF) technology employs radio waves as carrier medium - usually using a protocol specific to the respective vendor and device.

Usage

Usually, no setup is required for remotes and receivers using RF technology. Some offer the option to pair remote and receiver to one another. The range depends on the respective models in use. RF based remotes do not need a direct line of sight.

Wireless LAN (also: WLAN / WiFi)

What is Wireless LAN?

Wireless LAN (WLAN - also known by the marketing names AirPort® or Wi-Fi®) is a complex, bi-directional, wireless communication standard using radio waves as carrier medium.

Usage

Wireless LANs work with a base station (usually a router) and clients that are wirelessly connected to it. The most commonly used protocol stack used over Wireless LANs is TCP/IP - the protocol powering the Internet. Wireless LANs can have their own name and be protected with a password. In the most simple (and most common) scenario, the access point is configured correctly (see Network Requirements for what is meant in this context) and all devices (for example a Mac® and an iPhone™) are connected wirelessly to it.

Notes

Often, WLAN routers keep computers connected to their Ethernet port in a network separate of their wireless network. Some of these routers even block any communication between the two networks. If you have problems establishing a connection between your Mac® (connected to the router via Ethernet in this example) and a WLAN device (f.ex. an iPhone™ connected to the router via WLAN), this may be the root of the problem. The network connection stability and reliability of WLAN is significantly dependant on these factors: interoperability between WLAN adapters (mainly determined by the quality of the operating system drivers for WLAN hardware) and base station, WLANs in the neighbourhood using the same WLAN channel, devices that emit radiation in the same RF band (f.ex. microwaves, Bluetooth® devices). Since Remote Buddy's AJAX Remote - like any other highly dynamic web app - relies on a stable connection, we kindly ask you to download Remote Buddy's free trial and test it with your network to verify it meets the requirements before purchasing.

Technical data
StandardRF bandMaximum Speed
IEEE 802.11a5 GHz54 MBit/s
IEEE 802.11b2.4 GHz11 MBit/s
IEEE 802.11g2.4 GHz54 MBit/s
IEEE 802.11n2.4 GHz and/or 5GHz300 MBit/s

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