I’m forever losing my Firestick Remote, it’s a pain because I really don’t like using my phone to control my TV and if I’m honest, for my Dumb TV I’d like to be able to turn it on and off + Control my Firestick without hassle.
When you’re like myself and have an Nvidia Shield, Firestick, Plex Server and more, you’re going to need a decent universal controller.
Universal remotes have existed for a long time, not really any which I’d seen which advertise to Smart Home enthusiasts / people who have multi-platform home cinemas.
The main device after researching which appeared to be geared towards an all-in-one scenario was the Harmony remote by Logitech. This remote is pretty robust as you can control almost everything Smart Home related with it, it even has Alexa integration.
So, the Harmony remote is the one to go for? It controls your lights, Thermostat, Ceiling fan, Speakers, TV, Streaming services. What more could you want?
However, it is expensive. And there are plenty of other remotes out there that may meet your needs.
This remote is the most expensive, but with good reason. It’s extremely flexible and is built for Smart Homes. Not just your TV.
Want to control your lights? Change the channel or turn the heating up/down. Harmony allows you to do this all within a few clicks!
This is for the most hardcore Smart Home enthusiast so it’s not something for everyone.
This is a fantastic little tool that allows you to simply stick your Amazon Alexa remote into it.
It acts as an extender to your main remote, this is fantastic if you get frustrated with the lack of controls for volume for example.
There are some limits with this based on which Generation Remote you have, so definitely do check to see if it is compatible correctly.
Whilst this isn’t quite the same as the other two remotes, very useful as a generic global remote.
The keyboard is extremely useful if you use the search facility in apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Plex etc.
It’s also a cheaper option, so definitely worth checking out if you’re on a budget! This remote will require an OTG cable.
There are multiple models for the Logitech Harmony remote, however, they’re all very good.
Some have more compatibilty options, for example, the model 915-000194 works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod and Android Devices.
This remote is pretty much the go-to suggestion on forums and on reddit, for good reason. It’s sleak and easy to use, the hub makes it a perfect place to put the remote back into for those of us who put the remote down and lose it too easily.
The Logitech Harmony Remote is perfect for those of us who love to control everything from one hub. I hate having multiple phone apps for additional devices, but this TV remote is compatible with over 225,000 devices.
You can control your TV, DVD/BluRay player, Lights, Ceiling Fan, Amazon Firestick and more with it. In theory, it can be used as a Bluetooth device on your computer if you use that as a multimedia device as well.
There are multiple technologies built into it, this allows you to incorporate it across your entire home through the use of Infrared, WiFi and Bluetooth.
This device is somewhat pricey to its counterparts, but for good reason. It really is the Ultimate Smart Home Remote. If you think convenience is worth £100 – £200 ($120 – $250), definitely get this as your primary remote.
This remote simply just works, but not enough to keep it. It was one of those purchases I palmed off to a family member because it’s cool, but simply not enough for my place.
Whilst this remote is near enough ‘plug and play’, the cheap plastic and flimsy design can put you off and it really does feel like this design should have been the standard Alexa remote to begin with.
Currently sitting at 4.1/5 on Amazon Reviews, it really does reflect the same though process as ourselves. If you can’t afford a more expensive remote but having volume control on one remote is important to you, pick this up.
A common complaint is the tabs internally breaking which hold the remote, so you may end up needing to tape the remote in.
This remote is really a throwback to the Blackberry era when everyone had full QWERTY keyboards on their phones. Whilst I wasn’t a big fan of this, I am plesantly surprised by how well it works on a TV remote.
On the back you have the keyboard and on the front it has the standard TV remote designs.
You will need to use an OTG Cable, this plugs directly into your Amazon FireStick and allows you to connect in with the bluetooth reciever from this remote.
The Air Mouse feature is surprisingly good as well, I can only imagine they took this technology from Nintendo with the Wii/Switch joycons, because it’s absolutely fantastic.
It has Volume & Power buttons, it works in your PC, on a standard Android box as well as your FireStick.
Set up takes around 5-10 minutes and it’s perfectly normal to look at, no weird style to it!
It should come as no surprise that this extension isn’t highly rated. The SofaBaton F2 offers a lot more in terms of selection, programability and an easier to control layout.
This side remote is great at adding the much needed buttons to an Amazon Firestick but that’s all it is. I would highly suggest picking up the other remotes in this post.
There is one positive to this remote those, whilst it is universal it allows you to connect other remotes to it. For example, the Roku, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Google Nexus and Xiamoi MiBox all work with the Sideclick.
This was a secret find, I haven’t seen many other places mention this remote. It’s sleek, small, works fantastic and is another cheaper price point.
This device only works up to 3 services, for example, Apple TV, Roku and your Fire Stick.
The remote has some sleek backlighting on the buttons, not only this, but you can choose the backlight colours
Whilst Amazon does have their own Smart Phone App for controlling your Amazon Fire Stick, it doesn’t offer the same functionality as a universal remote.
Luckily, there is a multitude of apps that work for this exact requirement, the most common one on the market is CetusPlay Which is available on both iPhone and Android. Sorry Windows Phone users.
Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick
Bros Unite M8S TV Box
COOLEAD M8S TV Box
Febite M8S TV Box
Google Nexus Player
HiMedia Android TV box Q10 PRO/Q5 PRO/H8
Kii Pro DVB
Kudo TV KD1 Plus Android TV Box S812
LeEco Android TV
Mansy Genuine KODI(XBMC) MX Pro
MINIX NEO X7/X6/X8/Z64
Monba M8S Set Top TV Box
MX III TV Box
Nvidia Shield TV
PHILIPS Smart TV Box HMP8100
PigflyTech Android TV Box
Pigflytech MX3+ plus
RIKOMAGIC MK902 II
RQN Android TV Box MXQ
SHARP Android TV
SkyStream ONE Box
SkyStreamX Streaming Media Player
SONY Android TV
The Dragon Box
Tronsmart Vega Box
VENSMILE MXV Plus
WELLWIN Nettech Box
XiaoMi Mi Box
ZIDOO X5/X9S/X6 PRO/X1/X9/X1
You will need to prepare your Amazon Fire TV / Stick beforehand by turning on ADB. Follow these steps:
Another alternative on the market is the SURE universal Smart TV remote app, whilst I don’t personally use this, a lot of people do rate it highly. So it’s definitely one the keep an eye on as you can use it to control everything in your home.