MBA Remote Control

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GenFranco, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. GenFranco macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008

    I am looking for a remote control, mostly to control itunes running on my mba from anywhere in the room. I saw that apple had a remote, but is IR based, and Belkin offered on in the Apple store, but it uses up the one free USB port (not ideal)..

    Does anybody have any experience or recommendations with other products??

  2. qpid macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2004
    So you want a non-Ir based remote for the air that does not use the usb port????? Not happening unless there is some funky bluetooth remote out there.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    The Apple Remote will be your best bet. The Griffin AirClick is a great USB-RF remote. The only bluetooth option I'm aware of is using the WiiMote.

  4. rom macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2006
    Get one of those Sony-Ericsson mobile phones with bluetooth. You can pair it with your MBA and then use it to control iTunes.
  5. GenFranco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008

    Yes this is what I did. I took out my old phone I had no use for from the shoebox: Verizon Pocket PC (UTC) crap phone which has BT and wifi. Did an online search and found with has some nice software. I installed it, paired the phones, and it was able to push the PPC client to the phone and establish a connection.

    It is actually better and smarter than a remote control, 2 way communication, has a GUI which displays an iTunes info. And, it can actually control a whole lot more

    Best of all, uses only BT, so all my ports remains free and I don't need LOS.

    There was some trickiness trying to get BT speakers out with BT remote control, but it all worked in the end.

    Thanks again for input,

  6. rom macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2006
    Great! Now for the questions... :)

    1. How's the battery life with BT on either as headset or your remote?
    2. Do you experience core shutdowns? What's the temp like?
  7. macsimonwoo macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    I like salling clicker and I use it to do the things i want remotely cuz they allow customised applescript etc. eg. I launched my sales slide remotely and website remotely when i do presentation. I also installed OmniDazzle to focus my mouse pointer...endless of possibilities for impressing at presentation...

    anyway coreshut down using remote
    battery life seems perfect. Did not look like a power hungry apps.
  8. GenFranco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008
    same, no coreshut downs or bumps in heat using it. My MBA never did have a heat/fan issue tho.

    Battery life is kind of a not issue here as I only use BT speakers with BT remote at home..

    I will say that the BT stack is not perfect and sometimes it does take a couple of pairs for everything to work right. Playing around more, Salling lets you do a whole lot of stuff, like put your mac to sleep, control the volume, run photo slides, control dvd player, etc. (and run a presentation like the gentlemen above mentioned).

    --It can also control the cursor! So my next voyage to the Apple store I will have to bring my phone in just so that I can pair it with a demo machine then move the cursor around from a remote corner while people are playing with the macs... *insert evil laugh*
  9. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    Just buy the Apple remote. It matches your Apple theme.
  10. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Sailing Clicker is a great program, use it with my smartphone and MBA.

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