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kukynas   

Hi folks,

any advice/recommendation for smart IR remote control for home air conditioning? getting tired of looking for remote control of my LG AC whenever I need it especially when I have several AC units in two floor house, every extra remote cost over $100 and is used only 3 months of the year so something cheap and easy to operate would be preferable ...

 

thanks

D.

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rmpfyf   

Really depends whether it's ducted or not, as LG's ducted units have a considerately more elaborate control solution. (Not sure about the multi-splits). 

 

If ducted, you can get a dry contact kit for it then interface it to a Nest, Ecobee, Zen, etc. Then you can do whatever you want, though be aware the dry contact units effectively kick the HVAC unit into auto mode all of the time.

 

If not, you're in IR blaster land. Price depends on how much effort you have to put into it. 

http://airtopia.com/

https://www.hackster.io/BuddyC/wifi-ir-blaster-af6bca

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/17/14651332/bond-ir-rf-blaster-smart-home-devices-control-alexa

https://www.cooking-hacks.com/documentation/tutorials/control-hvac-infrared-devices-from-the-internet-with-ir-remote/

http://www.jetlun.com/ir.html

 

There's many I'm missing here but they all essentially do the same thing. If you wanted to get creative some will do IR to IP (Logitec has a hub that does this), so ideally you could build a library for, say, Amazon Echo and then have something you could control via IP network commands or something you could simply yell at 'Alexa, set the air conditioning to 20 degrees' etc.

 

Someone should have one for Android too (providing there's IR on the device), that'd be simple to implement (http://www.guidingtech.com/54674/best-ir-universal-remote-apps-android/)

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kukynas   

thanks @rmpfyf  , I got multi-split with several CT cassette units, no wire type controllers installed as I didn't like them hanging on the walls so either IR which seems to be easiest and cheapest way or suitable wireless conversion kit from LG? for I assume lot more money :unsure: or not sure

In the meantime I found this and this, similar to Bond or Melissa IR blasters but bit cheaper    

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rmpfyf   

@kukynas I have a few friends at LG, if you PM me the HVAC unit you have I might be able to find out the spare part numbers. 

 

But what you've suggested is no question cheaper. 

 

Unless you're happy controlling it from a phone or similar - at worst an old Android with IR can't hurt :) Surely someone's got one to give away, you could root it, put it into demo mode with just the few apps you need, you'd have yourself a nice little remote.

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thanks [mention=146073]rmpfyf[/mention]  , I got multi-split with several CT cassette units, no wire type controllers installed as I didn't like them hanging on the walls so either IR which seems to be easiest and cheapest way or suitable wireless conversion kit from LG? for I assume lot more money :unsure: or not sure
In the meantime I found this and this, similar to Bond or Melissa IR blasters but bit cheaper    

I'm currently using a bunch of the Broadlink stuff at home, including the WiFi IR unit you've listed here and I've got my (non-LG) Aircon controlled with it amongst other things. The app is a little clunky compared to some out there and there's noticeably more lag through the Broadlink than through the Harmony Hub I use in the lounge but...

... The Broadlink works just fine and often has deals on at Gearbest that makes it a ridiculously cheap solution. If you don't want to spend a lot and can find the remote one last time to program the Broadlink then it's a good option.


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kukynas   

for now I bought cheap remote controller which works with LG units as my wife won't be able to use anything else but plan to build some smart solution later on ;)

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