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remote control of my mom's tv from another location

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I have a 96-year-old mom that has a vizio (not smart) tv and has very low vision.   I live 40 miles away and she can't work her remote to find the ball game or sometimes pressed the wrong button on the remote and sets the input to something else and disables her tv.  I sometimes have to drive up to help her.   This is crazy and there has to be an easier way.   She has wifi.   I have a firestick at my home and I understand that I can use my iPhone as a remote, but have to be on the same wifi system???    If I get her a firestick or similar devise, on her tv, is there a way for me to control her tv from my location?  

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Most remotes use IR to control the TV.  There are a few that do use WiFi but they are rare.  If the usual remote won't work if pointed away from the TV then it is probably IR.  There are ways to remotely control an IR control TV but you have to put it together yourself.

I haven't seen any commercial offerings.


You would need a PC (Windows or Linux based),

a USB to IRD transmitter adapter




or LIRC software


and TeamViewer software or other remote control software like logmein. 


Then another PC withTeamViewer on it and your location.


The hardest part is getting the remote control codes into the PC so it can send them out when you tell it to.  You may need a separate USB to IR Receiver adapter to pick up the codes.

Something like Inteset USB External Infrared (IR) Media Center Receiver with Cable (Amazon 18.95)


I think it would probably be simpler to hire a neighbor and pay them $10 each time to go over and press the right buttons.

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You an buy an Android box that is rooted and run teamviewer on it to control from anywhere. I use this setup for my mom. Let me know if you have additional questions. 

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