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    Default FLPR IR Remote Dongle for $25 (Normally $75)



    Groupon has a rather awesome deal on New Potatoe’s FLPR iOS universal remote. Interested buyers can head on over and pick up the universal remote dongle for $25 (marked down from $75), and download the free accompanying app.

    The dongle is the pay-portion of the FLPR remote system. Once the user has the FLPR, they can use the free application to program in their home entertainment devices and use their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad as a remote. The app preprogrammed with over 65,000 remote codes and all users need to do to add a device is filter it by brand, and model number of their TV. If the app doesn't support a specific television, as long s the user still has the television's original remote the FLPR app can learn how to control the device.

    The device even has programmable macros. These one button macros allow users to parent-proof any home theatre setup. With the touch of a single button a programmed macro can turn on the TV, receiver, set the channel, and even allows for one, two and five second pauses to allow for other devices to boot up.

    Even with all the awesomeness that this dongle+app combo entails, the remote App itself is a horrible exercise in UI design. While completely functional, and straightforward, the app could use a very nice makeover, and the accompanying “skins” do not change the fack the UI is plain ugly.

    The single largest factor preventing more people from using this app is the price. New Potato *** for an insane $80 for the IR dongle. Amazon typically sells it for $40, with eBay auctions and independent Amazon sellers ranging from $15-$30 on any given day, not including shipping. Thankfully this Groupon fixes the whole price debacle with a $25 deal that includes shipping.

    And everyone thought Groupon devolved into a bloated morass of cupcake specials, and spa-package deals (it still is).

    Source: Groupon

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    Never have really been interested in buying this type of product, but for $25 bucks...might just go ahead and try it out. The only thing missing is a app that controls your Xbox360 (or PS3). If I had that, along with this dongle (such a funny word), my iPhone could control everything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
    Never have really been interested in buying this type of product, but for $25 bucks...might just go ahead and try it out. The only thing missing is a app that controls your Xbox360 (or PS3). If I had that, along with this dongle (such a funny word), my iPhone could control everything!
    PS3 uses bluetooth. But there are some TVs that allow it to control ps3 over HDMI. Have it on my TV and it is pretty nice to use.

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    360 has an IR port so I don't see why this wouldn't work with it.

    There are USB adapters that give the PS3 an IR but they can't turn it on/off IIRC. Even if it doesn't have the code, it can learn them from the included remote.

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    can it control things over wifi?
    My Samsung work with iPad app over wifi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
    can it control things over wifi?
    My Samsung work with iPad app over wifi.
    No. His is for IR devices only

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
    Never have really been interested in buying this type of product, but for $25 bucks...might just go ahead and try it out. The only thing missing is a app that controls your Xbox360 (or PS3). If I had that, along with this dongle (such a funny word), my iPhone could control everything!
    If jailbroken, WeBe++ allows for ps3 control. I use it and it works.

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    Does anyone know if this dongle will seat properly if you have a case on your phone like the otter box defender series etc.? I'm guessing. Or, but if so this would be worth the buy.

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    Why does the iOS device in this picture look.... Wrong? If its an iPhone, the sleep/wake button is on the wrong side and it's missing a speaker. If its an iPod touch, why does the status bar say AT&T? One more thing. It looks a bit short for either device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
    Why does the iOS device in this picture look.... Wrong? If its an iPhone, the sleep/wake button is on the wrong side and it's missing a speaker. If its an iPod touch, why does the status bar say AT&T? One more thing. It looks a bit short for either device.
    The dongle plugs into the iOS device's charge/sync port at the bottom of the device, then you flip the device over so that the dongle is on top.
    That's why you see the home button oriented at the top above the screen.

    For $25 dollars this might be worth a try, especially if the app is fully programmable.

    I've used similar apps on my old Windows Mobile phones, but the range of the built-in IR hardware on these devices was too short... you had to be really close to your TV or other device for it to work consistently.
    I guessing that this dongle has a more powerful IR system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
    Why does the iOS device in this picture look.... Wrong? If its an iPhone, the sleep/wake button is on the wrong side and it's missing a speaker. If its an iPod touch, why does the status bar say AT&T? One more thing. It looks a bit short for either device.
    You're right, it does look off. Might be a fake type iPhone they used since Apple doesn't endorse, sponsor, or support the product on anyway. If you flip the phone in the pic right side up, the power/sleep button will be on the wrong side and it also doesn't have a speaker where it should so you can listen to the calls when you bring the phone up to your ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HmGrwnSnc1984 View Post
    You're right, it does look off. Might be a fake type iPhone they used since Apple doesn't endorse, sponsor, or support the product on anyway. If you flip the phone in the pic right side up, the power/sleep button will be on the wrong side and it also doesn't have a speaker where it should so you can listen to the calls when you bring the phone up to your ear.
    I think thats an Ipod Touch in the picture!

    No it doesn't fit with the defender case.

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