L5 Universal Remote Control for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (works with most media center brands of TVs, DVD Players, DirectTV, Xbox 360, Apple TV and more)
This item at this price, sold by Amazon.com, is currently reserved exclusively for Prime members.Prime free trial and invitee customers: We will automatically apply an Amazon.com Gift Card to your Gift Card Balance in the amount equal to the Prime exclusive discount after you become a paid Prime member. If you cancel your paid Prime membership or return the qualifying smartphone within the first 3 months of your paid Prime membership, we may void your Gift Card or charge you in the amount of the Gift Card. Terms and Conditions apply.
- Does not require batteries nor Wi-Fi or external power to work
- Drag and drop to design the remote you want, and learning function from current remotes
- Intuitive app and add-on remte for iOS devices--apowerful alternative for replacing multiple remote control devices
- Keep the buttons you use, delete the ones you don't
- Works with all models of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad--connects via universal dock connector
- L5 Remote will work fine with an authentic Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Customers also shopped for
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
The L5 remote is an accessory and app that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control. You can use it to control your TV, cable, DVD, DVR, and most home entertainment and home automation devices.
With the L5 Remote, you have the power of a whole coffee table full of remotes with the elegance and simplicity of your iPhone or iPod touch. Out with the clutter and confusion, and in with everything you love about your iPhone or iPod touch: the sharp, brilliant display, the Multi-Touch interface, the versatility and portability. The L5 remote is a tiny accessory and app that gives you all the power and none of the complexity. It works without WiFi, external power, or batteries. Take it anywhere you want. Use it to control your TV, cable box, DVD, DVR, and most devices that come with an IR remote. Plug in the accessory and tap a button to download the free app. Quickly and easily design your first custom remote by dragging and dropping any buttons you want, then assign' a signal to each by pressing the corresponding button on your old remote while pointing it at your new L5 Remote. The L5 Remote intelligently analyzes the signal and stores it in your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can program all your remotes in just minutes.
Want to check it out first? Download the free app from iTunes and design your dream remote. Discover how easy it is. If you like what you've designed, buy the accessory to bring your design to life. Once you're using your L5 Remote, you can stash the old remotes, and enjoy the convenience and simplicity of using your iPhone to control all your entertainment and home automation devices.
The L5 remote is very easy to set up. First you design' the remote you want by dragging and dropping the buttons, sizing them, and naming them. Then you assign' the buttons by touching the button you want to program, and then pressing the corresponding button on your old remote while p
From the Manufacturer
With the L5 Remote, you have the power of a whole coffee table full of remotes with the elegance and simplicity of your iPhone or iPod touch. Out with the clutter and confusion, and in with everything you love about your iPhone or iPod touch: the sharp, brilliant display, the Multi-Touch interface, the versatility and portability. The L5 Remote is a tiny accessory and app that gives you all the power and none of the complexity. It works without Wi-Fi, external power, or batteries. Take it anywhere you want. Use it to control your TV, cable box, DVD, DVR, and most devices that come with an IR remote.
current remotes (see larger image).
Plug in the accessory and tap a button to download the free app. Quickly and easily design your first custom remote by dragging and dropping any buttons you want, then 'assign' a signal to each by pressing the corresponding button on your old remote while pointing it at your new L5 Remote. The L5 Remote intelligently analyzes the signal and stores it in your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can program all your remotes in just minutes.
Want to check it out first? Download the free app from iTunes and design your dream remote. Discover how easy it is. If you like what you've designed, buy the accessory to bring your design to life.
Once you're using your L5 Remote, you can stash the old remotes, and enjoy the convenience and simplicity of using your iPhone to control all your entertainment and home automation devices.
- Powerful enough to replace a coffee table full of remotes.
- Drag and drop to design the remote you want.
- Keep the buttons you use. Delete the ones you don't.
- Quick and easy setup of activities and macros.
- Intuitive app for iPhone and iPod touch.
- No batteries, no Wi-Fi, no wall plug needed.
- 100,000 button/1000 remote capacity.
What's in the Box
L5 Remote accessory, connector cap, operating instructions
Wireless Input And Output
- Type: Infrared
- Transmitting Range: 30 feet
- Learning Range: 1 foot
- Input carrier frequency: 29 to 58 kHz
- Holds up to 100,000 buttons
- Holds up to 1000 rooms
- iPhone or iPod touch (all models)
- OS 3.0 or later
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Up until a few days ago I had a Harmony 1100 in my living room. I had a Sony universal remote in my bedroom, and in my office I had 4 remotes controlling a Panasonic DVD Recorder with Built In Hard Drive, VCR, Cable Box w/DVR, and 10 year old Sony XBR-450 Television. Those remotes are all retired thanks to the L5. I even use this thing to control my Bose Sounddock 10 with my iPod.
This thing is absolutely incredible and I'm thinking about buying a few of these for my friends. I was going to buy a Logitech Link but it got horrible reviews on Amazon. Best Buy had a big table showing all of the different mobile remote controls and this thing wasn't even on it. All of the remotes on the Best Buy chart got horrible reviews on Amazon. I got frustrated and simply did a search for "iPhone remote control" and low and behold this showed up at the top of the search results with excellent reviews.
The first one was shipped quickly through Amazon but the 2nd and 3rd one I had to get through a 3rd party merchant because Amazon had sold out!
This remote does everything my Harmony 1100 remote does. The difference is you can't use the Harmony 1100 in your bedroom, office, and living room with this thing you can! I love the pull out (drawer) menus as well. This allows me to make my remote control nice and clean where I don't have to scroll all over the place.
Now I should point out that while this was able to learn every single command on every remote control I gave it, it was not able to learn the remote control I have in the house that controls the fan and lights. I also wondered if I could get it to open up my garage door which it didn't do.
I should point out that it took me about 4 hours to program all of my remotes. I could have saved some time downloading the remotes that people have already shared but I wanted to program my own remotes and not have a bunch of clutter like all of the downloadable ones. The Harmony 1100 has a setting for watching movies and a setting for watching TV. I pretty much stayed with this format in my bedroom and living room. In the office I just made 4 presets of the remotes in my office. Sometimes I would have to push the button on the original remote multiple times. Also in my office on my DVD Recorder when I was using this remote to name a show I just recorded to the hard drive the device stopped at working and I had to take it out of my phone and put it back in to get it to start working again. I had to do this twice while doing stuff on the Panasonic DVD Recorder.
A few suggestions: They have a couple of really cool customize able drawers. How about a keyboard drawer? My Tivo remote has a keyboard pull out. It would also be cool if in the iPad app there was an option to get the remote control to fill the screen. I have 10 remotes but there's no way to move up and down the list, which means if I were to add a new Blu-Ray player or got a different cable box I would have to scroll through 10 different remotes to access the new component or access it from the main menu. I'm not going to take any stars off for this because I feel that I got a $300+ remote for $50. I paid $200 for a fancy Sony touch screen learning remote over 10 years ago that wasn't even close to as good as this.
It would also be cool if you could set it up so there's a big "Watch a Movie" or "Watch TV" screen like there is on the Harmony 1100 where if you hit that button it turns everything on. You can setup a macro to do a similar button but I like the screens on the 1100. Also my A/V receiver has a Power off button so I have to make two separate power buttons for my living room TV. The "Watch a movie" button would eliminate that because once you hit that button you only have one power button which turns everything off.
In conclusion I have been looking an app like this for a couple of years but after using this app I now believe that mobile phones are going to replace remote controls in the future. Maybe in 25 years if TV still exists (who knows, 25 years ago the internet wasn't even a blip on the radar) instead of including a remote with a TV you will be given the option to download an app on a smart phone.
It's fun and challenging to create and modify remotes as you feel like it. I'm constantly modifying buttons and positions. Unfortunately, you have to unplug the emitter to charge the iPod/iPhone/iPad and my iPod's battery goes dead pretty fast.
An iPod is a bit small to be a full-fledged remote, but it can work. You have to do an lot of vertical scrolling up and down. Also, most annoying is that you have to look at the remote to find the button you want to touch. Real buttons are still handier as you can feel them. You also have to aim carefully. It doesn't really "blast" the room with IR.
The cloud function attached to the "L5 Remote" app is very handy. Design on one device, upload to the cloud and then pull that down to as many different devices as you like. Thus you can make design changes on any device and upload that to the cloud and download the latest version to any other device. As more people upload designs, you can also download premade designs.
One tip: when you upload a particular remote, you should name it by the actual model number of the device (either the electronic component or its remote control model number or both) so others can take advantage of your work. It doesn't help if you upload a design called "living room" as everyone else will have no idea what components you are controlling. So, if you are cloning a Sony RM-YD024 remote that controls an KDL-52XBR7 TV, name the remote you are designing it by the TV's model number or the remote's model number. If we all did this, we could use each others' designs a lot easier. You can tell who the professional AV people are who post designs because they are clearly named.
As for actual programming, you first download and install the free L5 Remote from iTunes. Then you can use their pre-designed standard remote, download one someone else designed from the cloud or start building your own.
There are a lot of creative designs out there that employ pictures as a background and different kinds of buttons. You can start with one of those and re-teach each button by pointing your remote at the L5 emitter when it's in learning mode.
For me, the best way is to start with a blank screen and try to copy every button on each remote you want to create. Studying the designs in the cloud shows that's the way the pros do it.
1. Create a new remote and name it the model number of the device: "FiOS Motorola QIP6416-2" for instance. That tells you exactly which device you are creating a remote for.
2. Go into Design mode and drag a button from the library up to the main screen, say, the on/off button. Go into learning mode and teach it the code by transmitting from your device's remote. You can do this with each button or fill the the remote with un-taught buttons, naming each button like it is on the physical remote, and then teach them one after another (you'll end up doing it this way.) The vertical length of the remote is unlimited: you can scroll the screen vertically a long way, adding as many buttons as you wish per remote. You can also make them small, medium or large. You can't scroll horizontally, however. At this time, it appears the app is for the iPhone only, not the iPad. Even if you download the iPad version of the app, the remote is still narrow. You can zoom it 2x size, but it's still iPhone shaped and doesn't take full advantage of the iPad's real estate.
3. Now that you've made your first remote for the first device (say, the cable box) upload it to the cloud for safe keeping. If you foul up your subsequent design, you can always download your saved version from the cloud.
4. Now you pick up your second device's remote (the TV, say) and name and design its remote. When you are finished, you now have a second remote on your iPhone. Upload that design to the cloud. You access each remote on your phone by scrolling left and right. It's like having your six remotes sitting on a coffee table arranged left to right and you decide to pick one up.
5. If you have an X-10 light control system, it gets tricky. The L5 is IR only while the X-10 system is RF/house wiring. X-10 sells an interface device called the IR543-S. It receives the IR signal from your L5 and converts it to the X-10 signal that moves through the house wiring. The next trick is to find the X-10 codes to put into your L5. I found I had to enter what are called HEX codes, which you can find at remotecentral dot com. Do a google search for "X-10 hex codes" and go to the remotecentral site. You can copy them to the clipboard and paste them into the L5 if you allow Hex code programming. I ended up creating a Hex Codes page in my Notes app and copying from there into the L5. Getting into geek territory here, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do to achieve remote control.
6. So now after a couple of evenings fooling with this, you have all your remotes in the L5, side by side. Turns out it's a pain scrolling left/right to get to the remote you want to use, just like it is when you had six remotes on the coffee table.
The answer is to copy the button you want to use from one remote and paste it into what will become your Master Remote. Pick the remote you use the most, and copy the buttons you need from other remotes into the One Remote To Rule Them All. You don't mess up the other remotes. You can even copy a remote, rename it and fool with that one so you don't foul up all the work you did earlier creating each individual remote.
One of the nicest features is what they call "drawers." That's a button that opens up a window that can be populated with more buttons that disappear if you want. I created a drawer with all my favorites in it. Each of these buttons is actually a little macro (another nice feature) that sends out the channel number -- you go into macro learning mode and enter "5-0-4" for instance to tune to channel 504. You can then name that button NBC or even put its peacock logo on it from the symbols library. I ended up making a button in the drawer for all my favorite channels. So far there are 20 favorites in the drawer, each a different color and named as I wish. You could even put whole remotes in drawers if you wanted, I suppose. This is the kind of customization you can do for weeks as you play with the L5.
Now after all this work, it becomes obvious that there are shortcomings. Just when you want to use the remote, it's dead because you didn't unplug the emitter and plug in the charger. And if it's charging, you have to unplug the charger and plug in the emitter. And if it's charged and the emitter plugged in, the i-device may still tell you to "plug in the emitter" because it's lost contact with it. So you're constantly plugging and unplugging. It'd have been a lot easier if there was a charging pass-through on the emitter, but there isn't. What I want is what any well-designed remote does: when you put it down, it goes into a cradle that immediately starts charging it. When I pick it up it lights up and is ready to go. Keeping an iPod illuminated for hours as you watch TV really drains its battery fast.
Finally, you can't "feel" the buttons. They light up, of course, because of the iPhone's screen. But you have to find each button carefully and hold the remote up to aim it.
After it's all said and done, I prefer a remote with physical buttons you can feel in the dark that is rechargeable in a cradle and is backlit.