Connect Universal Smart IR Remote $28 + Delivery ($0 C&C) @ Harvey Norman

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Not that I'm a fan of givin ol' Gerry my coin, and don't know if it's any good, but I just bought a window air conditioner and like the idea of turning it on and off by yelling at a little grey inanimate blob. For 28 bucks, thought it'd be worth a try.

Anyone have any experience using connect smarthome stuff with Google assistant? Good/bad?

RRP listed as $49.95 on the official website.

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  • +3 votes

    It's just another Tuya Smart IR one, you can easily buy Genio rebranded one at Kmart for $29 or Aliexpress for $14ish.

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    This is a rebadged tuya
    You can get it for $15-$18 delivered from Australian sellers. OzB didn’t let me share link. It thinks it’s a referral link even though it’s not.

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      OzB didn’t let me share link. It thinks it’s a referral link

      just remove the referral from the URL

    • +1 vote

      It's not a referral link perse…. This happens when you share a link from the ebay app. It also happens from the Ali app.

      OzB needs to be able to delineate between a shared "app link" and a referral link, but at the moment it can't.

      To get around this, you need to first paste the link into your mobile browser, then copy that url and paste here.

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      Damn, feels less of a bargain now. Only just found out about all the rebadging Tuya stuff.

      • +1 vote

        The cheap ones on ebay, whilst stating they are coming from AU, they in fact ship from CN.

        So for $28 it's quite OK for AU stock.

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          Last week I purchased 4 of them for $55 from eBay shipped from Australia via auspost delivered in less than 5 days. Some sellers have the item listed with delivery from AU and China with different price points for each.
          If you buy more than one the savings come through.

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      The $15-$18aud listings falsely advertise au as 5he location. This according to their feedback is false. They're just dodging GST.

  • -2 votes

    Claiming some 'high moral ground' in not wishing to support Gerry Harvey, but then doing so anyway, is pretty lame.

    • +2 votes

      For people wanting to buy local. Just get the genio from Kmart instead of buying for Gerry Harvey.
      It’s a shame that HN is replacing Myers in Hornsby Westfields.

    • +4 votes

      Having Harvey Norman as the only local option is also pretty lame. But will admit I wasn't aware of the Kmart option.

  • +1 vote

    Or get the broadlink mini no need to tuya convert to get working with home assistant

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    I recently bought this: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-IR-Remote-Control-Smart-Hom...

    Apparently it uses the same Tuya app. Does anyone know if the app is any decent? It looks somewhat solid from the design of the app so far… I just can't actually use it until it arrives..

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      Yes you can use the tyua app or any other tuya rebranded app such as smart life.
      You have overpaid for this. I got 4 units for 55 from eBay last week sent from Sydney.

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        There are some tiny differences between apps as some don’t support IFTTT

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          I don't mind too much about the price I paid, as it wasn't too much of a major difference for me anyway, but I do care about the performance of the app in regards to schedules actually working, temperature triggers etc

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    Can someone share from experience what you can and cannot do with this remote? Mainly looking at controlling a TV.
    I have Alexa and Google at home.

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      I (probably like others) have a similar controller purchased from AliExpress not too long ago - I use it to turn on/off our aircon in the kids room as it's a couple of floors up. I would be interested in whether this could be used to open/close our garage door using Google Assistant etc.

      • +1 vote

        You almost certainly won't be able to control your garage door with this. Every garage door opener I've owned or seen uses rolling code RF to control the door. You wouldn't be able to open your garage door from down the street otherwise.

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      I use the broadlink mini to turn on and off and volume etc my old non smart Sony TV via Google or Alexa so this should be same

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        Thanks is there much more you can actually do? Like:
        Open Netflix?
        Switch profiles
        Play movie
        Search for movie?
        Just wondering if it can. Usually I have purchased stuff in the past with higher expectations to be later disappointed.

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    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000342337484.html seems to be cheapest non-tuya alternative. Does anybody have experience with it?

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    I'd like to find one that works properly with Foxtel STBs. The Broadlink ones don't seem able to properly learn from the Foxtel remotes.

    FYI. The Logitech Harmony Hub can learn from Foxtel but it's too restrictive in it's setup to work well with Google Assistant or Alexa and costs way too much for what it does.

    So has anyone here had any success with a device that works with voice control for Foxtel, mainly to change channels?

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      Logitech harmony 350 and 650 worked for me. So they can be learnt.
      Home assistant allows HomeKit, Google and Almond voice control so you could connect it to the flashed Tuya device

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        Thanks for the response and suggestion but I really want to get a plug n play device with minimal effort to set up, like the Broadlink models but able to learn Foxtel IR signals. I know Harmony can do so and I have a 650 but that gets me no closer to solving my issue that I can see. I had a look at Home assistant and I'm really none the wiser.

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          Do you use Siri?
          Potentially iOS shortcuts (Apple app) and Siri Shortcuts with harmony app would solve it.
          For android users I’m not sure

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