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How RF Remotes Add Value to Home Entertainment Systems Or the Tenfold Path to Perfect Control

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How RF Remotes Add Value to Home Entertainment Systems Or the Tenfold Path to Perfect Control

A remote control that uses RF technology
offers many advantages.

▪ No More Pointing
▪ No More Holding
▪ More Automation
▪ More Speed
▪ More Reliable
▪ More Portable
▪ Less Visible

Enhancing a remote with the magic of Radio Frequency (RF) transmission eliminates the need to point the remote, and the need to hold the remote steady. And the need for components to be visible. And the need to keep the remote near the components. And a few other needs as well.

Doing away with these rules are some of the benefits consumers experience with URC’s PowerPak™ and the new RF+Pak™, which consists of the MasterControl™ RF10 Remote and the PowerBlaster™ Base Station — a combination that provides advance custom control integration at a consumer-friendly price. The RF+Pak features Barrier-Free RF control, which sends a multidirectional RF signal directly through walls, doors, floors and entertainment centers. Used with the PowerBlaster, the MasterControl RF10 can operate components that are completely out of sight and up to 100 feet away (environment permitting), both indoors and outdoors.

Like other remotes, all MasterControl remotes can use Infrared (IR) to control IR devices. But transmitting remote control signals by RF instead of by the usual IR method brings with it many advantages.

Put more simply: Automation Happens!

Here are a few of the key benefits consumers can enjoy with RF-equipped remote controls:

No More Pointing.
Users no longer have to point the remote directly at the component or components they want to control. The RF signal goes out in all directions at once, flooding the zone, as it were, with the user’s instructions. Especially handy when someone or something comes between the remote and its intended target. The PowerBlaster base station receives the RF signal and converts it into IR instructions to control just about any sort of A/V component.

No More Holding.
There’s no need to hold an RF-equipped remote steady while commands are being transmitted, especially multiple linked commands, which can take seconds to process. The user can simply press a button to trigger such automated commands, then set the remote down while the instructions are sent to the AV system.

More Automation.
With RF, multiple commands can be reduced to one. For example, the simple command to Watch TV, might otherwise require a user to:

1. Turn on the TV
2. Turn on the cable box
3. Turn on the AV receiver
4. Select the correct video inputs for the cable picture on the TV
5. Select the correct audio inputs for the cable signal on the AV receiver
6. Set the aspect ratio on the TV
7. Set the surround sound to the correct mode on the AV receiver
8. Set the cable receiver to a favorite cable channel

With RF, these and hundreds of other multiple-command operations, already programmed into the RF Base Station, respond to the push of a single button. As we said, Automation Happens.

More Speed.
Remote control instructions are transmitted more quickly and AV systems respond faster. RF quickens the process at both ends.

More Reliable.
Since there’s no longer any need to point the remote or hold it steady for up to 10 seconds — the time needed to process some complex commands — remotes operate more reliably, and the system responds more reliably.

More Portable.
Since RF signals go though walls and other obstacles more easily than a super hero, users can carry a remote with them as they walk from room to room, or sit outside on a porch or deck, and remain in full control of their system. Has a child turned up the volume in another room? Turn it back down from where you sit.

Less Visible.
RF reserves a special design benefit for those who cannot bear to see AV components out in the open, or huddling in cabinets with glass doors. With RF, components can be completely hidden, and remotely triggered commands will still reach them as quickly and efficiently as if they were stacked in the middle of the room.

We’ve saved the final benefits for last because they’re the sum of those outlined above and are, after all, what most consumers find most satisfying — More Pleasure, More Enjoyment, More Peace of Mind.

It’s what URC calls Entertainment Made Simple.

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