Using your iPhone/iPad as a TV or Universal Remote

A common question I get when I show someone how easy it is to use my Samsung Phone (I currently have the Note Edge) as a universal remote is “can my iPhone do that?,” to which I awkwardly have to explain that certain Android phones are able to do this because of the infrared blaster, which iPhones lack. However, with the purchase of an additional device (in this example, a small device known as Pronto) you can get similar functionality with an iPhone (or iPad).

Pronto allows your iPhone to act as a TV or Universal Remote

In this case, your iPhone connects to Pronto via Bluetooth, which in turn connects to your TV, top box, media player, and or other devices via infrared. It’s an extra cost, but it’s not unreasonable when compared to a really good universal remote.

Pronto

I recently purchased a Pronto from Amazon so my wife and sister-in-law (both stubborn Apple/iPhone users!) could have the sort of functionality I have with my Edge. The setup was less complicated than I expected.  One quick note: The Peel app is also available on Android and I’ve found it more useful and intuitive than the other TV/Universal remote apps I’ve used. … Read more

Updating Chromecast when you change your Wifi network

I first purchased a Google Chromecast over a year ago. It’s been pretty amazing what this $35 has been able to. Aside from the obvious things like streaming YouTube, Netflix, etc there are some other really cool things like streaming security camera feeds. It’s a great shortcut for getting a lot of the functionality you’d get from Apple TV or Roku but at a fraction of the price (the Chromecast apps list now also includes Showtime Anytime, HBO GO, Watch EPSN and a variety of apps that will let you stream local media files, like MP3 or AVI files from your computer, phone or tablet).

I recently updated my home network (completely changing my wifi setup) at which point my Chromecast stopped working … Read more