Simple Control Home Remote

Simple Control Home Remote

By Roomie Remote, Inc

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2017-11-14
  • Current IOS App Version: 5.7.6
  • Adult Rating: 17+
  • File Size: 65.65 MB
  • IOS App Developer: Roomie Remote, Inc
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 775 IOS App Ratings

Description

Use Wi-Fi to control thousands of devices like TVs, cable and satellite boxes, receivers, Blu-ray players, lights, thermostats, and many more smart home devices. Free trial subscriptions are offered for new users. An active subscription is required. Any prior purchase of Simple Service is recognized by this app. IMPORTANT: Some devices may not be controlled directly via Wi-Fi and require a Simple Blaster adapter for infrared control. Check simplecontrol.com to determine whether any of your devices need a Simple Blaster. Winner of the 2015 and 2016 CEA Home Technology App of the Year Award! This major new release takes Simple Control to the next level. Features • The Leader in AV and Home IP Control: Directly control thousands of devices via Wi-Fi including Apple TV, Fire TV, DISH, Sonos, TiVo, Nest, Kodi, Plex, DirecTV, Roku – automatically discovered on your network. • HomeKit: The only app that provides control of your entire home including HomeKit accessories, seamlessly blending home control with audio/video control. • Unmatched Compatibility: Over 300,000 commands for IP, Infrared, and even Serial devices automatically organized into easy to use panels. • Sonos: Runs your entire Sonos system. Group/regroup speakers, setup automatic regroupings and control Sonos services. • Macros+Automation: Sequence precise control over your devices. • Receivers: Integrates with popular receivers from Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Marantz, and more including receiver music systems such as HEOS and MusicCast. • TV/Projectors: Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, Epson, Sharp, Panasonic, JVC. • Lighting, Thermostats, Cameras: Lutron, Nest, Honeywell, SmartThings, Philips Hue, Vera, Insteon, WeMo, and any RTSP, Arlo, or HomeKit camera. • TV Guides: Personalized listings for 34 countries to tune channels. Detailed episode, season, and cast information. • DVR Guides: DVR control for DISH, TiVo, and DirecTV • Media Guides: Content guides for Sonos, Kodi, Plex, iTunes, VLC, Kaleidescape • Live TV: Watch Live TV with HDHomeRun • PiP: Watch your cameras or Live TV using Picture in Picture mode on compatible iPads. • Live synchronization of your home configuration across multiple iOS devices • Triggers: Time/timer or device events can execute command sequences such as turning on lights when a SmartThings motion detector trips, or shutting everything down at 8pm. • iCloud Backup/Restore • iBeacons for automatic room switching • Widget for quick access to controls • Apple TV companion app to view Live TV/cameras. • Apple Watch companion app Requires dedicated iOS, tvOS, or macOS: • Amazon Echo Voice Control • SmartThings Triggers • Remote Access including remote streaming for video cameras and live TV • macOS Remote Control Requires Simple Service Unlimited: • Multiple Home support • User Permissions • Invites for Guests and Integrators Choose a subscription level based on number of devices controlled: Simple Service 10 Devices — Control up to 10 devices: $1.99/month or $19.99/year 30 Devices – Control up to 30 devices: $29.99/year 100 Devices – Control up to 100 devices: $49.99/year Unlimited – Control everything with multiple homes + permissions: $99.99/year Subscriptions renew via iTunes Account at the selected interval unless auto-renew is disabled 24 hours before end of period. Subscriptions may be managed in Account Settings after purchase. Any unused free trial portion is forfeited on purchasing a subscription. An always-on device is required for some advanced features such as Remote Access and Amazon Echo Voice Control. For instance, a dedicated iPad or iPhone can be used that doubles as the remote for your Living Room. The always-on device can also be an Apple TV with the Simple Control TV app or the macOS app. Privacy Policy http://www.simplecontrol.com/app-privacy-policy/ Terms of Use http://www.simplecontrol.com/app-terms/

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Reviews

  • The worst! BEWARE!

    1
    By Tedhtl
    I used the previous app for many years, and it was great! This new app is ugly, unresponsive, and full of bugs. My AppleTV now randomly turns on the TV. Technical support is worthless. I’ve spent days reprogramming the new app to be even close to workable, and it’s still a mess. No one in my family can figure out this new app, so now there’re furious with me. And, the worst? I had paid for a full year of service for the old app. The developers refused to transfer the purchase. Apple had to step in and grant a special refund. Run from these people...
  • Easily the worst automation control on iOS

    1
    By therealJesse
    I’m done about 10 professional home automation installs and dealing with this company is by far the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. As someone who use this when it was still “roomie remote”, I had to rebuy the application that I already paid for at least once. Expect to do it again when they change formats. Got anything not overly nice to say? Don’t say it on Twitter or the owner will immediately block you. No refund nothing. Horrible service, serviceable product who’s about to get its lunch eaten by HomeKit and google home. Only an idiot would buy this now.
  • Every year worse and worse.

    2
    By Ipadave
    This used to be a great remote. Far less intuitive then before, 2 to 3 times as many button presses need to accomplish many tasks that used to just require one. This remote has turned into windows 8 as far as horrible interface, maybe by version 7 they will get it and fix this disaster.
  • Watch your billing, folks!

    1
    By Not quite your average Joe
    As they have updated their app, they’ve changed names and logos throughout time. The only problem is I discovered they have been charging me yearly under all 3 iterations.
  • Terrible company be cautious

    1
    By moores351
    I spent approximately $100 for the first version of this app. They’ve disabled the functionality of this app and told me it’s broken and no longer works but I can download their new version and pay a monthly service so I can get back what I already paid for. No thank you not the type of company I’ll be doing any future business with. No customer loyalty.
  • Just upgraded from v4.5

    4
    By UserInWisconsin
    As of Jan 2019 my old Roomie Service subscription ended (was $17 annually) without the ability to renew or upgrade so I’m forced to move to version 5 now ($49) to maintain the ability to add new devices and use triggers. I plan to maintain v4.5 on several older iPad devices which have been dedicated remotes and use a script to keep triggers in sync between the 2 environments. (2 MAC OS hubs, 1 for each version) My advice for new users; the Simple Control functionality of controlling devices is great but you’ll need to deal with the limitations of the v5 UI. I’ve looked at alternatives to Simple Control that are reasonably priced but I haven’t come across anything I like (yet). Support when I needed help in the past was typically good and responded quickly (sometimes within minutes). Documentation is ok but I haven’t been able to find answers to some of my concerns. One of the main reasons I had over 200 custom remotes in v4 was to have unique volume controls for each room (especially needed when having multiple TVs in a room) which I had to repeat for each activity. Ideally in v5 I would sense the best place for this is with a single custom module that could be added to each activity or have the volume controls for each device in the room appear on the home bar. It’s only been a few days so maybe the functionality already exists but I would hope I could do the same with lights specific to each room. Pros -Upgrading from previous version was painless. -Great device control -Large inventory of devices Cons -V5 Home bar seems to be useless or not intuitive. -Colorless UI with limited icons, adding custom images is possible but not too easy -On an iPad; v5 does not use the full resolution of the device, I prefer seeing more and scrolling less. It reminds me of standard VGA mode on Windows. Other -I would have preferred to pay double to maintain functionality and the UI of v4.5 Update (after about a week) -I’m getting used to the new UI and find it easier to move around in now. -Things are better once I figured out how to expand the commands within the activities. I didn’t see it documented and it wasn’t intuitive. Click the icon to the left of the device... -I find myself going from activity to the room frequently to run inline activities such as light and volume controls specific to the room. In v4 the activity list was visible while the remote was open. -I had to adjust a few toggle activities that were not working correctly. -I like the new Simple Home view for a summary of active processes. -The backup process is quick and easy. I used restore without any issues. -Remote access works great. -I look forward to new updates that improve user interaction and ease of making global changes.
  • Miss the old Roomie Remote!

    2
    By rwfastrax
    I would have reviewed the old Roomie Remote at 5 stars, but I don’t like what they’ve done at all. I’ve found myself using my individual remotes a lot more and “Simple” Control less and less. Looking for alternatives.
  • A must have Smart Home Solution

    4
    By HandyAl86
    I have been a user of this service/app and while it does involve a learning curve, the investment of your time to configure the platform is well worth it. They have a comprehensive setup guide and compatibility chart which was very helpful. Most of the configuration is intuitive through a visual interface. As far as competitors - I think Simple Control is the perfect balance between customizable and ease of configuration. Other solutions I have research are far lacking the range of devices supported and in a world of new tech constantly entering the market, I can count on Simple Control to integrate into the platform. Other solutions I have seen require some coding or large investment with little flexibility to make quick changes. There are many bad reviews around the time of a re-vamp. I agree the solution was garbage when the transition to version 5 occurred. They have since released many improvements which makes the app way more stable and powerful than the original. 4 stars because there is still some room for improving panel design customization and adding more overall color to the look.
  • It was great

    1
    By Mkb20191978
    Had the original version of the app and it was great. Was forced to the new app and it is very confusing and couldn’t get any help setting things up. Got a Harmony remote and it’s not as cool as the old app but it works plain and simple.
  • Convoluted Control

    1
    By 70watts
    Paid for simple service since 2015. Was ok with spending hours on the GUI programming, and custom building codes, because it worked. Now I have 3 weird versions of the same app that all half work. I cannot even backup the configuration I spent so long programming. Its become easier to stand up, go to the device, and manually control it. I genuinely want to like this App. It was good when it worked.

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