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The iTach IR adaptors are perfect for controlling appliances like AV equipment (TV, Blu-Ray, Home Cinema), and any appliance that can be controlled by Infra-Red (IR) commands. Even Air Conditioning units.
To enable the Fibaro Home Center to use the iTach devices, we need to create a Virtual Device. This Virtual Device sends the correct IR commands to the iTach to control the particular appliance and can be used from a browser, smartphone or tablet.
This guide shows you how to:
Make sure you have configured your iTach adapter and have used it to 'learn' the IR codes of the appliance you wish to control.
Full information is in APNT-65 - iTach Basic Configuration and Learning
In this example we will build a Virtual Device in Home Center to control a Bose SoundDock - it will be like a Virtual Remote Control.
A Virtual Device is just what it sounds like, a device that is not a physical device, but one created in Home Center to control other devices. Virtual Devices are extremely versatile and useful, this example will show a Virtual Device that replicates the functions of the Bose remote control.
Figure 1: Creating a Virtual Device for iTach
To start with we will create the 'Play' button to control the Bose SoundDock via the iTach.
Figure 2: Creating a Button in the Virtual Device
Now you need to take the IR Control Code you got from the iTach iLearn app and use it in the Virtual Device Button.
Figure 3: Adding the IR Command String to the Button
The final Virtual Remote control for the SoundDock is shown in Figure 4. I've not included all buttons available on the Bose Remote control as I don't use them.
The Virtual remote control has the iTach icon which I uploaded to the Home Center - check out a future guide on how to change icons.
Figure 4: SoundDock Virtual Remote using iTach
Now you can control the appliance using the Virtual Remote from within the Home Center's UI, on a smartphone or tablet