Broadlink RM4 Pro universal remote control can control all of your appliances from one place and can be integrated with Amazon Echo Device, Google Home, Siri, Node-RED and Home Assistant! I’m about to show it to you in details. Coming up.
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What will you see in this article?
Broadlink RM4 Pro is an amazing device that supports IR and RF and it even can show you the Temperature & Humidity if you buy it with the additional USB cable with these sensors.
I will try to integrate Broadlink RM4 Pro with Amazon Echo Device, Siri, Node-RED and Home Assistant.
And because I’m always try to listen your voice and vote
This Broadlink RM4 Pro review will be in two parts:
- The first part that means this article will contain the pairing process of Broadlink RM4 PRO, adding appliances and integration with Alexa and Siri.
- The second part will be entirely about integration with Node-RED and Home Assistant and it will be available next week or right now depending of when exactly you are reading this.
What problem can solve RM4 Pro?
Currently to turn on my TV I have to use three remotes.
One to just switch on my TV, Second to turn on my Audio Video Receiver, and to select the right HDMI input, and Third to control the channels from my Dreambox STB.
That is pretty annoying especially when I unconsciously hide from myself one or more of the remotes.
If you are in similar situation – Broadlink RM4 Pro universal remote will literally save your day as it did with mine. But enough sweet talks let’s get to action.
Pairing Broadlink RM4 Pro with mobile app
Nothing fancy here for good or for bad! Just search for “Broadlink” in your mobile store (App Store or Google Play) and install the application.
The pairing process was really easy with no issues at all. You just have to follow the instructions that Broadlink Mobile app is giving until you see the Add appliance screen.
Adding a TV to Broadlink RM4 Pro
I have to admit here I’m really impressed with the appliance Data Base that Broadlink have. You can search for a brand and several most common remote control setups will be offered to you for test.
There are also Official and Unofficial appliance setups. Where Unofficial are uploaded by the Broadlink users and they have ratings. That means if none of the offered official setups for your device are working you can try the Unofficials. I’m using unofficial setup for my Dreambox STB and the one with the biggest rating worked just fine (better than the official).
And if none of the offered setups (Official or Unofficial) are working you can then setup the remote control using a manual learning process where you are pressing remote buttons and Broadlink RM4 Pro tries to remember them. Luckily I managed to add all of my devices with the Broadlink common setups and I only just had to add few buttons (like the digits) manually.
How many remotes are you using?
How many remote controls are you currently using on a daily basis? It will be very interesting to see what will be the biggest number.
Please leave a comment.
What is Broadlink Scene?
After you setup your appliances in the Broadlink app you can create a scene . This scene will simulate pressing buttons of the already added remotes in any order you wish, you can add delays and everything is legit here.
The delays can be added from the little clock icon after you add the device and the action.
Adding Broadlink Scene as Siri Shortcut
At the end you can add the created scene as Siri shortcut and you can directly execute it using your iOS device
I’m not quite sure what is the Siri Shortcuts alternative in Android and what is possible here for the Android users.
If you happen to know – can you please share your knowledge in the comments section below? It will be very helpful! I promise if it is detailed enough to add it in the article and to give you BIG, BIG credits for that.
Broadlink RM4 Pro and Alexa integration
To Integrate Broadlink RM4 PRO with Amazon Echo Device you either have to install the Broadlink skill from the Alexa App or you have to link them by using the Broadlink mobile application.
After that you have to scan for new devices. You can do this either from the Amazon Alexa mobile App or by just say:
Alexa, discover devices.
If you have scenes added in your Broadlink mobile application they will be automatically added in Alexa and ready to execute.
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I really hope that you find this information useful and you now know more about Broadlink RM4 Pro how to use it and how to integrate it with Amazon Echo Device and Siri. Next week we will continue with the second part where we will integrate the Broadlink universal remote control with Node-RED and Home Assistant.
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Thank you for reading, I will see you in the next article.