In the world of IR controlled devices there are a lot of options for controlling them and connecting them to other services. By far the Harmony Hub leads the way in this but we have plenty of other options if we look. While I did not really have a need to control any more IR devices in my house with my Fire TV Cube taking care of my living room and a Harmony Hub taking care of my Family Room I figured for the price why not try a Broadlink RM Mini 3?
The Broadlink RM Mini 3 is a small connected IR Hub that will allow you to connect your IR controlled devices like cable boxes, televisions and more. Using the Broadlink ihc app you can quickly and easily get up and running and have app control over your devices. You can also link your Broadlink Account to Alexa for voice control. Surprisingly it works well. and I have not had many issues with the IR signal from it reaching my devices. The Broadlink RM Mini 3 has a 360° IR blaster built into the top of it which is smart design and give the RM Mini 3 excellent range. I will say however that it would be nice if the RM Mini 3 included a jack for an external IR Flasher but for the price I can’t really complain.
I did have a bit of a hiccup at first as the instructions that come with the Broadlink RM Mini 3 tell you to download the Broadlink e-Control App which works and will get you running with the ability to control devices locally from your phone, but you will not get any third party support or voice control without having at least the Broadlink RM Pro. I quickly discovered in a Google Search that I needed (and wanted) to be using the Broadlink ihc app which gives you much more functionality and have a nice clean coat of polish on it making for a good user experience.
When I was all set up in the app linking to Alexa was simple just enable the Broadlink Skill and Discover Devices. I was up and running with voice control in no time. It is important however before setting up voice control that you have all of your buttons learned so be warned. While Broadlink does not have nearly the library of IR commands that Harmony has it is still very simple to manually learn buttons from an existing remote and should not give even the most novice user any issues.
If you are looking to add phone or voice control to an IR device I would recommend the Broadlink RM Mini 3 if you do not expect all the bells and whistles that Harmony can offer. I purchased the Broadlink RM Min 3 just for this review and right now I am using in my office to control my monitors, so I am not sure I will continue to use it, but I can say that it exceeded my expectations. I may in the future pick up its big brother the Broadlink RM Pro and see how that performs but may have to come up with a real use first.
Anyone using the Broadlink RM Mini 3? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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