iOS iPhone as a television remote control

GeekyMacMaine

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Sep 27, 2012
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Is anyone here knows how does an iOS Device can control a television through WiFi?

What are the things needed so that the television and an iOS device will have a connection?


Thanks in advance if there will be an answer.
 

jnoxx

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Dec 29, 2010
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No, not possible. The signals that an TV receives are not available in iPhone.
However, there are some cases to put AROUND the phone that connects via the plug, that will send the Infrared signals that you can code via Xcode..
So on a normal phone -> all of my nope.
Unless the TV received Bluetooth,but i'm not sure if that exists, just freewheeling there.
 

ahan.tm

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Well, the Dish Network app has a remote control feature for receivers connected to the internet. It works pretty well, with little lag.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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You'll need a means of transmitting IR signals if you'd like a universal remote, as that's how ~99% of remotes work. The iPhone comes with no means to do so built in.

I believe you can buy accessories that plug into the old 30pin connector and can transmit IR... or maybe they connected to the headphone jack? Actually... if you know what you're doing, making something that can plug into the headphone jack and output IR signals doesn't sound too difficult... I feel like I could figure it out in a month or two with my limited electronics experience (I've made an LED that turns on and off based on claps picked up by a microphone... how much more difficult could converting signals coming out of the headphone jack to an IR LED possibly be? Then it's just a matter of triggering the right signals using the iOS audio SDKs.)
 

jnoxx

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I guess everybody's forgetting this stipulation from the OP:

No IR, no Bluetooth, just WiFi.
When I read your answer, I read back to the OP and saw my mistake.. Dangit.
There might be a solution that you can create an arduino based project which supports a webservice which accepts calls from your iphone, which then sends the IR Signals like Art explained. afaik, that's the only plausible solution if you want to support alot of devices.