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Broadlink Apps
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:31:22 am »

There are several apps that work with this device.
There currently are 2 official apps from BroadLink
eControl:
I started out using eControl, this I figure was the first official app from BroadLink and helps with initial setup of the device.
It also allows sharing codes and templets over their cloud service. Initially I found this app very painful to use on my old small screen phone.
With my newer phone (larger screen) it isn't so painful.

IHC (intelligent home center):
 I figure was the second attempt from BroadLink as it was last updated most recently.
Since my Broadlink was already setup it found this very quickly.
This has a better selection of icons and easier setup for common A/V devices.
However it is missing features of the eControl app which are handy, like sharing of codes and templets. It is also difficult to navigate though I suspect that will come with use.
The big plus of this app is it has an Alexa skill it interfaces with just search for BroadLink from the Alexa App.
Currently the skill only controls A/V devices and wouldn't accept my universal remote I setup for my Set top box. Adding this as a TV then learning the codes however allowed Alexa to find it. ??? ::) :`)
The Winner?
I'm on the fence as to which one of these I'll stick with. ??? ::) If RF support is added to the Alexa Skill
I'll most likely go with IHC.
If eControl gets an Alexa Skill and allows RF control I'll stay with it.

The other thing which may affect which if either I stick with will be when/if HA-Bridge adds support for the BroadLink.

Who ever is first to have full Alexa support (IR & RF) will be the winner for me.
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Re: Broadlink Apps
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 04:20:40 am »

The latest update to eControl suggest installing IHC if Alexa control is wished.
I also noticed timers I created in IHC show up in the econtrol app so the two are becoming intertwined.
Both apps seemed to release updates at the same time. ???
Perhaps they will eventually merge. ??? ::) :`)
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Re: Broadlink Apps
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2017, 03:04:41 pm »

I had tried using the Broadlink RM Plugin Lite app to interface with the BroadLink but couldn't seem to get it working.
Today after watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJIhEyMQ0TI&t=739s I noticed a step I had missed.
I re-downloaded  the Tasker app followed the steps and presto it works. `:)
Since I already have something setup this will be kept in mind as a back up or as a all in one solution which I may move to down the road.
This will allow me to remove my PC from the mix ;>
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