Roomie | Universal Home Remote

Roomie | Universal Home Remote

By Roomie Remote, Inc

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date: 2019-10-08
  • Current Version: 6.0.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 53.34 MB
  • Developer: Roomie Remote, Inc
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.4 or later.
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 15 Ratings

Description

Audio/Video Control and Home Automation seamlessly brought together. Control TVs, set top boxes, receivers, lights, thermostats, and more from a single integrated dashboard. Multiple Winner of the CEA Home Technology App of the Year Award! SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED: This app requires an active subscription. Free trial subscriptions are offered. Prior purchase of Simple Service is recognized by this app. INFRARED ADAPTERS: Some old devices may not be controlled directly via Wi-Fi and require an adapter for infrared control. Check roomieremote.com/check-compatibility to determine whether any of your devices need an adapter. A previous version of this app was titled Simple Control, this major new release returns to our original name and focus on home users. FEATURES • The Leader in AV and Home IP Control: Directly control all popular AV and Home devices including all major televisions, Apple TV, Fire TV, DISH, Sonos, TiVo, Kodi, Plex, DirecTV, Roku – automatically discovered on your network. • Control All Major Televisions: Direct integration with televisions from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL, and more including app control and guides. • 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 400,000 commands for IP, Infrared, and even Serial control automatically organized into easy to use activities. • Siri Voice Control, Siri Shortcuts support, and Amazon Alexa Voice Control • 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 streaming systems such as HEOS and MusicCast. • Lighting and Thermostats: Ecobee, Lutron, Honeywell, SmartThings, Philips Hue, Vera, Insteon, WeMo • TV Guides: Personalized TV listings for 34 countries. Detailed episode, season, and cast information. • DVR Guides: DVR control for DISH, TiVo, and DirecTV • Media Guides: Content guides for Kodi, Plex, Sonos, Kaleidescape, HEOS, and more • Cameras: Watch Arlo, Ring, HomeKit, RTSP, or other ONVIF cameras • Live TV: Watch Live TV with HDHomeRun • Synchronization of your home configuration across multiple iOS devices • Configuration sharing with other family members • Automation: Time or device events can execute command sequences such as turning on lights when a SmartThings motion detector trips, or shutting everything down at night. • iCloud Drive Backup/Restore • Widget for quick access to controls Choose a subscription level based on number of devices controlled: 8 Devices — Control up to 8 devices, 1 room, 1 home: $6.99/3 months 24 Devices – Control up to 24 devices, 5 rooms, 1 home: $49.99/year Unlimited Devices – Control unlimited devices, rooms, and homes: $69.99/year Unlimited Perpetual: A non-subscription option for perpetual control of unlimited devices for the life of this app: $149.99 * An always-on controller is required for some features such as Amazon Alexa Voice Control. For instance, a dedicated iPad or iPhone could be used that doubles as the remote for your Living Room. The always-on controller can also be the macOS edition of this app. Note that Siri control does not require an always-on device.

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Reviews

  • Nice idea

    1
    By fb*mb*
    Version 6 seems to be the worst!! A lot of issues and don’t even try to contact support unless you’re looking for the worst customer support experience you will ever have! Wish I had options for an all in one remote, I would jump in a heartbeat!
  • More money

    1
    By Pk12f
    Can’t transfer subscription from old app.
  • Upgrading is a bad idea

    1
    By Jerry~D
    As a loyal customer for 3 years, I was excited about this update. When I noticed that it's now a paid app (on both iOS and MacOS versions) and that the new subscription model offers fewer devices for more money, I was hesitant since we just played this game 2 years ago when we had to adapt to their decision to completely change direction. The new "philosophy" sounded like repackaged BS from the last new philosophy and that goes hand in hand with the repackaging of the same app. All that resulted from the upgrade was more spent money (potentially a lot more) and a loss of functionality that the version 6 documentation fails to mention. In fact, it claims that v6 "eliminates all of the complexity of Simple Hub while retaining the related functionality and improving upon it" when in reality it eliminates the ability to add your Mac as a device and be able to control it through the app. This was THE selling point that made me become a customer in the first place. The "What's New" documentation ignores this altogether and the User Manual is almost identical to V5's with the exception of this feature. Their "support" team has historically left much to be desired. The manuals are written from the perspective of the developer and not that of a new user regardless of their technical skill. Features are buried and often hard to find and emailing them results in either a blaming of a 3rd party (SmartThings, Alexa etc.) or a copy/paste from the documentation, often not relevant to the question accompanied with a flippant suggestion that we haven't read their manuals. In the many years as a customer, not one support request was ever fulfilled without requiring multiple emails, screenshots and forcing them to actually read the question. Getting them to acknowledge that the missing functionality was indeed missing (or ever existed in the first place) took me almost 3 frustrating days and only finally along with claiming that only 5 people used that feature, suggested the Shortcuts app for scripting and when I protested that Shorcuts is iOS-based, said that the ".script run" function would likely be obsolete anyway because Apple, they allege, is likely dropping AppleScript support and that my continued use would be a "super bad idea" and should consider migrating to a newer technology. This obviously ignores the fact that no matter what potential technology that might be, migrating to is pointless if they're killing the base technology (which also included ,Application launch/quit) that allowed for device control. Additionally, their very excuse for charging for Simple Control Service (on top of the $50 Mac license I bought 2 years ago), was remote functionality. This too has been removed in V6 (not the cost however). They recommend a few "good VPNs" -- thanks. The lack of these features and sketchy handling of the issue is (to quote from their admonishment of Nest) a breathtakingly questionable move that one might safely assume the Roomie/Simple (which ironically has been anything but) are unlikely to be a good choice going forward. Besides this issue, the Mac version never successfully synced. It brought in the Devices and Rooms but Activities and Automation open the "Restore Purchases" screen. Of course this was my fault until it wasnt and they admitted that "V5 subscriptions do not properly license the macOS product right now. That should be fixed by 6.0.2 macOS and will require a fix that will either part of 6.0.1 or 6.0.2 iOS depending on when Apple at last reviews it – it has been waiting for them to approve all week so far." But only after I was scolded for my snark in response to the 20 or so condescending presumptions that I was responsible for the problem. I've seriously had it with this company. The only thing that kept loyal has now been removed and in a way I'm glad. To continue to do business with them would condone this nonsense and be almost masochistic at this point.
  • Best App for A/V Remote Control

    5
    By PeterPappas
    If you are looking for a way to fully control your home’s A/V devices, this is it. Easy to program and setup all your devices in every room of your house. Once setup you can put all your remote controls away and control your home with your iOS devices or with the new Roomie Remote for macOS. In addition to controlling all your Audio and Video devices you can also control your HomeKit accessories, your Smart Thermostats, and much more. If you are a DIY type of person, I highly recommend this App.
  • Easy to use

    5
    By Zoomokla
    Great app. Easy to use and powerful