Universal remote controls are common household device nowadays. They are beneficial to a homeowner due to its ability to control multiple devices. In popular culture, the use of universal remote controls has been amplified to control the people, time and things; such as in the movie, Click starring Adam Sandler.
The universal remote control is a brainchild remote rolling code of the brand Philips. Philips made the first version, The Magnavox, which was available on the market in May 30, 1985. The universal Magnavox remote was dubbed as a smart device, promoted by Philip’s Very Smart Campaign.
Universal remote controls have at least six basic elements.
Switch button. This button on a URC allows the user to switch from one device to another. If you have this button on your remote, you can easily control one device after another; including TV, DVD, VCR, and DVR.
Set Button. A good remote should also have a set button so you can keep you from accidentally pressing keys.
Number Keypad. Any remote, may it be a universal model or not, always have a numeric keypad so you can enter the numbers of the channel and other information such as the date and time.
D-Pads. Not necessarily available to all URCs, a D-Pad allows you to control the menus on cable boxes and DVD players.
Channel Selectors. A URC’s channel selector allows you to easily surf channels.
Volume Selectors. The volume selector, on the other hand allows you to control the volume on your TV, DVD, stereo, among other things.
The many different models can differ in price depending on the number of devices it can control. The most basic remote controls allow control on up to 6 devices, while those with higher price tags control up to 18 devices without the user needing to shift modes. Most mid-and-high quality models controls allow the user to input new control codes. They are capable of controlling devices of any brand.
A universal remote is a device with many functions. It is the convenience that they give to a user that is the reason why universal remotes have become a common household item in the United States and in many other countries.