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Beacon Remote System Android (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Box Contents - 1 Beacon unit, 4 AAA batteries, Instruction Manual
  • Control more than 200,000 Audio, Video, and home automation components
  • Totally customizable - Set up Beacon for Multiple Locations
  • Powered by Dijit - Dijit app includes interactive program guides for every cable, satellite and over-the-air system in the US
  • Connects to your Android device through Bluetooth
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Griffin Technology
  • Model: GC30004

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.2 x 2 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0064TZYUM
  • Item model number: GC30004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,527 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 9, 2011

Product Description

Compatible with Android Devices Using Os 2.3.3 Or Later; Bluetooth; Converts Devices Into A Remote For Most Home Entertainment Components; Enables A Simple Setup with TV's, Stereos & Other Home Theater Components; For Use with Dijit's Universal Remote App; Low-Profile Design; Blends with Almost Any Décor; Cordless Design; Operates without Wires Or Power Cables; Quick Setup with A Device Code Library & Integrated Learning Feature ; Includes 4 Aa Batteries For Up To 2 Months Of Operation

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Customer Reviews

The bluetooth pairing and connecting worked flawlessly.
Amazon Customer
Especially, the bluetooth connection between beacon & my phone is not stable.
story710
Fix the many bugs such as the pairing and remote customizing issues.
Eric Chu

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Nordstrom on January 4, 2012
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My issue list:

1. The android software has a lot of flaws. For instance, the "buttons" should be
scaleable (through a preference?). They are much too large for my phone's
screen. And since (why?) I'm artificially limited to two pages of buttons
for each device and activity, I can't get even the most basic of controls
on the two screens. And in the button editor, the button movement facility
is far from smooth enough.

2. The device library is terribly limited. My OPPO blu-ray player is
a quite successful product, but they don't have a remote library that
supports it. So I was forced to "learn" all the necessary codes. This
would have been ok, if a little annoying but for the fact that ...

3. The Griffin's learning mode was well-conceived, but implemented so
poorly that the conception was ruined. I have been through learning mode
for my OPPO buttons over and over (perhaps 10 times so far). Why can't you
choose a single button to learn? It would be so easy to long-press a
button to select it and then have a menu item to learn that button. Or at
*least* let me start the learn mode and then skip forward somehow to the
button I want to learn! But ...

4. Even the flawed interface to "learn buttons" would be ok if the
hardware worked better. Sometimes I have to press a control 10 or 20 times
before it registers. And waayyyy too often, it registers ... and then
registers AGAIN for the next button, forcing me to start over (see above) :-(
And over ... and over :(

5. The Griffin device is pretty deeply flawed in other ways as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By story710 on January 4, 2012
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Basically the concept is good, but the software is not stable at all!
Especially, the bluetooth connection between beacon & my phone is not stable.
Frequent disconnection happens, and sometimes I have to unpair it to fix it.
It is very annoying. I guess this can be fixed by software.
Wait to buy this till stable software is ready.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tucson100 on December 17, 2012
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I'm not sure why so many were having problems with this remote system, I have had no problems at all. I have a Razr Maxx and I downloaded the software and was customizing my remote in no time. There are a few things I wish were a bit different with the software but just some small changes. I just ordered another unit for the bedroom, once I had the software I noticed that you can select different locations to control. I have it on my tablet now and it has been working fine, I wish the software would scale itself to the larger screen of tablet but besides that no trouble at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Chu on December 26, 2011
Pros:
-Good build quality
-Pairing the Beacon to my Nexus One for the first time was somewhat easy, but you still have to play the bluetooth timing game, i.e. push the discovery button on the Beacon, search for bluetooth devices on phone, pair within 30 or so seconds.

Cons:
The Dijit app that controls the Beacon is pretty bad for the following reasons:
-The phone unpairs from the Beacon when it goes to sleep. Re-pairing is a pain as it refuses to pair again unless you force close the Dijit app.
-Making a custom remote is very frustrating. You have to start all over if you place a button near or partially off the screen. The problem is that you can't hit the "x" to delete the button since it'll be off the screen.
-Buttons for the remote are small and hard to hit.
-The guide seemed to work as in showing what shows are currently playing, but I was unable to get it to change the channel to the program that I wanted to watch.

How it can be improved:
-The Dijit app is holding back the Beacon from becoming a good device. Fix the many bugs such as the pairing and remote customizing issues.
-Make the remote have more functions by default and easier to press the buttons. Developer(s) of Dijit, please take a look at the Google TV remote app. The layout of the buttons is a simple grid but works great.

If you're looking for an universal IR blaster that's controllable with your Android device, I suggest taking a look at the Logitech Revue as it works very well plus it runs Honeycomb and can steam content from plenty of places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WIC64 on March 21, 2013
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1. It does work as advertised. My phone (HTC Thunderbolt), my tablet (Nexus 7) and my wife's phone (HTC DNA) all work with the Beacon. My TV, Dishbox, Panasonic Blu-Ray and Pioneer receiver are all controlled by the Beacon. The devil is in the details.
2. My biggest complaint is the fuss every time I try to connect with the Beacon. I've now figured out that I have to 'scan' for the Beacon first, even though it is paired with my phone/tablet, for a few seconds, stop the scan and then connect to the Beacon. Sometimes I have to do this twice to get it to connect. Once connected it works very well.
3. Plan on spending time setting it up to work the way you like. After many 'sessions' with dijit, I've got it working well. I am, as my wife says, cursed with the stamina to figure it all out.

Over all I'm happy with the set up and expect it to get better with firmware upgrades. You results may vary.
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