What is an IR blaster?

Last modified : Feb 13. 2018

Samsung's Infrared Blaster (or IR Blaster) is a device that transmits infrared signals. It controls a device that is normally operated only by pressing a remote control key.  

 

IR blaster needs to be paired with the Samsung’s Smart TV via Bluetooth. The most common use of an IR blaster is to allow a device to change the channel and control the options on an external device such as a cable box, set-top box, blu-ray player, DVD etc.

IR Blaster

Advantages of using an IR Blaster: 


● IR Blaster enables you to control connected external devices with TV using the Smart Touch Control. 

● IR Blaster sends an IR signal into a corresponding external device.     

● It gives freedom to operate connected devices through gesture and voice.    

● Power switch to turn ON/OFF an IR blaster in order to save batteries life.    

● Pairing button enables us to get connected with Smart TV via Bluetooth.

IR Blaster

Please note:

 

    ● IR Blaster must be located nearby with external devices connected to the TV. 

    ● There should be no obstacle between the external device's IR receiver and an IR Blaster. 

    ● Install the IR Blaster within 50 cm and 45 degrees of the up, down, left and right directions of the IR sensor of the external device. 

    ● If you control an external device by using the Smart Touch Control, the IR Blaster sends an IR signal into a corresponding external device.

    ● IR Blaster is available with Samsung E series 7/8/9 models only.

To learn how to set up IR Blaster in Samsung E series Smart TV, follow the steps given below:

Please note:

 

● The Universal Control is limited to Blu-ray players and Set-Top-Boxes. The Universal control function cannot be used with Home Theatres, DVD players or other device. 


● Samsung TV should be connected to Internet and Smart Touch Remote & IR Blaster should be paired with your TV.

1 Press the Short Cut Function key on your Smart Touch Remote. Use the touch pad to select the Universal Remote Setup icon on the far left, and then press down on the centre of the touchpad.
Universal Remote Control
2 The Universal Control on-screen setup will appear. Next will be highlighted, press down the centre of the touchpad to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
3 Add a device to control will be highlighted, press down the centre of the touchpad to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
4 Select the type of device you like to set up. Selected below is Set-Top-box, press down the centre of the touchpad after making selection. Next will be highlighted, again press down the centre of the touchpad to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
5 Select the Source that your external device is connected to, then push down the centre of the touchpad. Next will be highlighted, again push down on the centre of the touchpad to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
6 Select the brand or service provider of your Set-top-box, and then push down on the centre of the touchpad.
Universal Remote Setup
7 Select Search Model, make your selection and then press down on the centre of the touchpad to continue. Next will be highlighted, press down again the centre to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
8 Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your Model Name, and press select Done.
Universal Remote Setup
9 The setup will now download IR Commands for that model from the server. Download will be selected by default. Press down the centre of the touchpad to begin download.
Universal Remote Setup
10 After downloading commands, the TV will provide information that if you use the IR Blaster you will be able to use voice and gesture commands with your set-top-box. Next will be selected by default, press down on the centre of the touchpad to continue.
Universal Remote Setup
11 The TV will instruct you to confirm that the IR Blaster is powered on and paired with the TV. Download will be selected by default, press down the center of the touchpad to download.
Universal Remote Setup
12 Set up of the universal controller is now Complete. If you are finished, press down on the touchpad to exit.
Universal Remote Setup
13 Select Yes to confirm exit.
Universal Remote Setup

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