The Universal Truth About Universal Remote Controllers

By: David H. Urmann

There is a difference between a universal remote controller and the typical remote controller. What sets the universal remote controller apart from the typical one is its ability to adapt to different signals.

Universal remote controllers are an advanced version of remote controllers. Typical remote controllers are designed to issue commands from a distance to a specific electronic apparatus. Universal remote controllers also serve the same function, but with the addition that it can be used with multiple types of apparatus. This is because of the universal remote controller's ability to adapt to and use any frequency or signal that might be used by a particular electronic signal receiving appliance.

There are two types of remote controller signals. These are the infrared and the radio frequency type. Infrared types of remote controllers must be aimed directly towards the target electronic device's infrared receiver for it to be able to communicate commands. The radio frequency type remote controller enables the user to control appliances that are out of sight, as long as it is in within range of the controller's radio signal. This is best used with electronic appliances that do not require visual attention such as when the user listens to their audio system or component.

Most of the Universal Remote Controllers available in the market are pre-programmed for a wide range of brands and products so the code for a specific brand of appliance must be established and emulated for the remote control to work. But with the advancements in technology, the self-learning type of universal remote controller was invented. The self-learning type of universal remote controller has the ability to search and identify the control signature signal of the target brand of electronic product.

There are high-end universal remote controllers that allow the user to control several appliances or features at the same time. For example, a person can go inside a room and with a touch of a button, turn on the lights, play some music and turn on the air conditioner all at the same time. Most of these remote controls have an LCD screen for easier programming and usage.

Having a Universal Remote Control is very convenient in the fact that it allows the user to require only one controller for almost all of their electronic appliances. There are many available brands and models of Universal Remote Controllers today. Several things must be taken into consideration when choosing a Universal Remote Controller. Testing the item and reading its specifications will be helpful in analyzing if the remote will be useful to one's needs. Keep in mind that a Universal Remote Controller's purpose is to provide convenience. Another factor in choosing one is that it will be used often. Comfort in holding the remote controller must be considered.

Check if the buttons are soft. If watching the television in the dark is a habit, it is preferable to get a controller whose buttons glow in the dark. You may want to use a radio frequency type of remote controller instead of an infrared universal remote control if most of the time spent is listening to the music for relaxation. This is since the remote does not need to be aimed directly at the receiver and its signal can penetrate barriers. A brand backed with a warranty will be helpful in decision making since it eliminates the worry of buying a defective product. But be aware that some warranties are not customer friendly. An excellent warranty will include a money back guarantee. It may take some time and effort to finally decide to choose a desired Universal Remote Control, but it may prove to make one's usage of electronics a breeze instead of a chore.

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