June 25, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
There are still a lot of AV components out there that don’t have any type of networking capabilities. After all, not everyone has the money or time to upgrade equipment.
NextGen‘s Bluetooth-IR Extender packs the power to make the two play nice, so that AV components and Android-based smartphones and tablets can work together. It works through walls, doors, and even around corners.
Powered by USB, the extender can convert Bluetooth signals to IR, in order to control up to eight pieces of equipment. Even better, it does that wirelessly. It doesn’t even need to tap into your home network.
According to NextGen, the Bluetooth-IR Extender works with multiple smartphones and tablets, as well as a variety of components. The cloud-based IR code library supports most of the major brands in today’s market.
Also worth noting, the Bluetooth-IR Extender can send out both 38 and 56K IR signals, so it can control both Cisco and Scientific Atlanta cable boxes.
“We have been in the remote control business for many years and it has become increasingly clear that consumers want to control their TV, home theater, stereo and anything else controlled by IR from a smart device such as a mobile phone or tablet,” says Bob Dolatowski, NextGen’s president. “Our new Bluetooth-IR Extender Converter works great and is quick and easy to set up and operate. It will be a welcome and affordable addition to any home, especially with Smartphone and tablet users.”
NexGen plans to start shipping the Bluetooth-IR Extender sometime in July. Expect the product to have an MSRP of $59.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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