Roomie is a universal remote to control your home theater components supporting thousands of devices – often via direct communication over your home network rather than requiring additional hardware. Roomie also provides a Personalized TV Guide, and live feedback for many devices with information like your receiver's volume.
Important: (1) Control of infrared components requires the Roomie Service Subscription available in Roomie and an adapter available from the Roomie Store. Many devices are supported via direct control over your network with no adapter. Check the Roomie website for detailed compatibility information. (2) Roomie controls up to 2 devices initially, and can be upgraded via in app purchase. Read more...
Roomie Remote is a Lifestyle application, developed by Cyphersoft, LLC and released last
This application has a content advisory rating of 4+ (Application contains no objectionable material ). This application has an average rating of 4 based on 752 Votes. This version 2.0.4 has an average rating of based on 58 Users.
Your device must have atleast 31.1 MB of space to download and install Roomie Remote. This application does not have game center . Roomie Remote can be downloaded and install for $9.99 only
If you have any problems on in-app purchase, found bugs, questions, comments about this application,
you can visit the official website of Cyphersoft, LLC at http://www.roomieremote.com
• IP Control with Automatic Discovery: World class IP control supports many devices directly via your Wi-Fi network – advanced two-way feedback support with automatic discovery of devices on your network.
• Infrared Control: High-end home theater library supports virtually all components when paired with an infrared adapter.
• Unmatched Compatibility: Over 140,000 commands for thousands of devices.
• Gesture Remote: No need to look down at your remote, Roomie provides gesture panels preventing accidental commands!
• Virtual Remote: Provides a remote for any supported device, automatically optimizing each remote with all of the commands from your original remote and often more advanced commands including "discrete" power.
• iTunes/Sonos Control: Control your music and video library including Airplay to your Apple TV, play functions, playlist selection, position scrubbing, album art, volume, Sonos Pandora and Radio, and more.
• TV Schedules: Listings for US, UK, Canada, and 14 other countries with personalization and favorites integrating with your devices to tune channels directly.
• Blu-ray Feedback: Provides interactive position scrubbing and elapsed time displays for supported Panasonic, Pioneer, and Oppo players.
• Synchronization: Configuration changes instantly synchronized among all your devices via Wi-Fi.
• Advanced Macros/Automation: Macros can be created for precise control over your systems. Using the extensive command library, Roomie’s macros sequence complex commands over multiple types of connection.
• Customization: Buttons can be created, removed, and customized to your liking.
• Dropbox/iTunes Backup: Backup to Dropbox, iTunes, or Roomie Agent for OS X.
• Infrared Learning: New commands can be learned using any supported adapter.
• Serial(RS-232) Support: Rock solid serial support when combined with a Serial adapter.
• IP Receivers: Unlike traditional IR solutions, Roomie displays your volume, power, and many other aspects of your system. Song, album art, integration with receiver iPod and streaming services are also provided. (See Roomie website for supported models.)
• IP Media Players: Integrates TiVo, Roku, Sonos, Kaleidescape, VLC, XBMC, and a growing list of devices including DirecTV with live channel info. Roomie even provides keyboard support in most cases and graphical channel integration for Roku and WD TV.
• IP TV/Projectors: Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, JVC, and many more.
• IP Lighting: Philips Hue, Insteon, Lutron Radio RA 2, and Vera control.
• IP Cameras: Logitech Alert and many other RTSP cameras displayed live.
In App Purchases
• Home Theater Pack: Upgrade to support unlimited devices in unlimited rooms from its initial support for up to 2 devices in 1 room.
• Roomie Service Subscription: Upgrade to access infrared devices using Roomie's regularly updated device library of over 140,000+ commands. Expands the TV Guide to a full two weeks of live schedules. Provides Media Guides for Sonos, iTunes, XBMC, and VLC. Full screen guide expansion.
• Agent Management Pack: Synchronization/Backup via Roomie Agent, a separate product. Control OS X including app launching, screen viewing, mouse control, and more.
User Reviews and Comments
I have had Roomie for a few years now and although there have been times when it was not the easiest remote to set up, once it’s set, it works great and the interface via the iPad is comparable to crestron or other “high end” custom remotes that cost many times more. the only reason it is not getting 5 stars is the original IR pack that I purchased is no longer receiving updates and if I add new devices that are not originally supported i have to either purchase the service subscription or send a request to customer service and hopefully they will send me the IR codes for the device. They have graciously sent me codes in the past, but it took a lot of back and forth email communication in order to get the codes. I should note that this is only a problem for older adopters that add new devices that are not supported by the original IR code pack. Any new customers will always be up to date with the service subscription.
This remote is for serious enthusiast. Initial setup was a little tricky, but the you-tube tutorial gets you started in the right direction. The possibilities of different configuration re almost limitless. People who fuss about the price of this app ( $150 total with hardware) don't understand the bargain the bargain they are getting compared to to your average mid to high end universal remote. This is the best remote by far!!
This application looks like it has lots of potential...at a price. The basic $9.99 app allows only one room and two devices. Pretty steep for very, very little. Unlimited rooms & devices will cost you an additional $19.99!!! Ok, so you're up to $30 bucks to control everything. Infrared an annual subscription, and on and on. Make sure you research this thoroughly and understand their pricing scheme before you purchase it. I feel like my pocket has been picked.
They say it's the last one you'll ever buy because by the time you purchase all the add-ons to make it work you can't afford another. I'll be on $100+ just to try it out.
Works then stops working. Been going through this for a year now.
Took some time to configure at first but works great.
I purchased the iTach and Roomie together and while I was initially frustrated during setup, it is now the best remote I've ever had. Setting up the remote is not always straight forward, but I use it to control my media room devices and house lighting through my VeraLite.
Have requested refund. Will update to higher rating if they give me my $$$ back for this app and the Home Theatre Pack and Roomie Subscription.
Roomie continues to be my go to remote control even after several years of enjoyment. Compared to every other remote solution, Roomie is easier to configure and integrate, looks better, costs far less than other solutions, and controls way more devices. IP control and device feedback is excellent. Yes, IR devices require hardware, but the support for them is rock solid (there are a ton of IR devices in the library). And now that you can learn your own codes, practically any device can be controlled. The new features for v2 are great! The app looks better than ever and gesture controls bring ease of use to a new level for me. Lack of tactile feedback is one of my big complaints using any touch screen as a remote control, but Roomie has come up with an interesting solution to the problem that greatly minimizes looking at the remote field and accidental command input when performing commands. Browsing XBMC is awesome, especially being able to see the artwork right in the list. When watching TV, the guide is so nice to have in your hands and in most cases is much faster than the old hardware the cable company provides. Roku was easy to setup and is also well integrated into the app. One of my very favorite features continues to be remote customization. I just pick the buttons I want and the layout is handled automatically (nothing to draw, arrange, align, etc.). I get the perfect remote for all my activities (these can be different for different rooms as well)! Version 2 improves on this experience by allowing me to edit my remotes directly from the activity. One of the best parts of this app is that it continues to get better with every release (yes, I've said this before and it is still true). So many apps out there have one or two releases then stagnate, not this one. New versions, with lots of new features arrive fairly steadily. The few times I've have had issues with configuration, support has been amazingly responsive and helpful. They are always willing to listen to ideas for new devices and features as well. Overall, an excellent app, highly recommended! Keep up the great work!
Commited to this solution but would not recommend this to anyone else. Very difficult setup, very expensive, confusing, in app purchase does not work, and worst of all support was not helpful and rude.
Roomie on my 3G iPod touch worked well, was reliable, and was quick to set up. Roomie 1.9 gets a two thumbs up and I consider it a great value. Recently I purchased a iPad mini , and upgraded to IOS 7. I downloaded the latest version of Roomie to work with IOS 7 and have struggled with it ever since. Some things work as expected and some things I continue to struggle with. I have thought of redoing my urc remote as i have my own copy of complete control and am comfortable with it. Now that Roomie requires a residual income stream , or it seems so , the local crestron guy is not looking so bad any more as I still have my crestron series 2 processor and all that other crestron stuff which has been bullet proof except for the portable touch screen. Don't know if Roomie 2.xxx is to blame or if IOS is the culprit but maybey for me Crestron mobile G is my next move. Sorry Roomie guys, the bloom is off the rose.
Great app! Does require in-app purchase for more than two devices but well worth the money! must have app for any person sick of using too many remotes.
Have used Roomie almost 2 years. It is very quick to setup, I had a working system in minutes and have migrated to mostly IP controlled devices over time but use the adapters for some things and they work well, Roomie's new 2.0 interface is so nice especially the gestures and didn't require any complex programming of remotes. In addition to the remote it has a great TV guide. Have spent a lot on remotes over the years and I'm totally settled on this solution that I can maintain, will keep up with changes, and use throughout the house. The guides for iTunes and Sonos moves this app into its own category.
For those who bought this app and did not give it good reviews... must be because they do not understand how to setup or program the roomie. I will have to say that it took me a little while to get things going but I love it now that I understand the many options it will allow me to do. I am using the Global Cashe infrared device and the roomie app with a few smart devices that are connected to my LAN. With more and more components, TVs and other things becoming "smart devices", The roomie app is by far the neatest and coolest thing that someone should use.
I bought roomie, then paid for the home theater pack and thought I was all set. Used it for a while, very nice program, but then, after a while they want to charge for service every few month. Like another reviewer said, I understand that they want to make money but not like this. They lost me.
When I bought this app, it was advertised as pay once and use in perpetuity. I was happy to purchase the add ons that you need to make this a useful app. With the update, they've switched it to an annual pay service if you have a newer version of iOS. I get they have to make money, but that's not the way it was advertised when I bought it. On principal, this app gets one star. Should get zero. Does the product work? Sure it does. Not always perfectly. But it works. Over time, the cost of this app will continue to rise. Which negates the overall purpose of me switching from a URC remote. I'd rather them charge for certain brand updates. Like if there was a new pioneer tv and I needed IR support. I'd pay for it because they spent the time writing the code for it. But I feel like I bought a car and a month later it turned into a lease. Weak. Don't buy this app. For all we know, they'll raise the price later once you're locked in.
Would like a refund please. Dose not work for me. In app purchase still didn't help for it to work. May have been due to the lack of instructions.
Update (2.0.1): If you previously purchased the IR pack or HD Guide pack they will now no longer expire. But beware, those packs are end of life and will not be updated going forward. I have direct confirmation on this from Roomie support. To get any of the new features in the HD guide pack or IR pack will require a subscription. Lowering my rating to 1 star for this complete lack of transparency - it should not take an email to support to learn this critical information. This is almost worse than having the packs expire. To let all your customers rave about packs that won't expire when in reality, unbeknownst to them, they will also never be updated. Customers paying this much money for your software deserve your honesty and transparency, not this run around. Previous Review: This update is a good one. The UI has been completely overhauled and numerous issues have been fixed. I have only just begun playing with the new functionality, but I'm already considering looking for a replacement app: Also new (unfortunately) with this release is the requirement to pay $20 per year for a new "service subscription plan" if you wish to use the functionality in the previous HD Guide Pack and IR Control Pack. If you've previously purchased one of these old packs they will continue to work for a year from the date of purchase, but after that you're stuck paying a yearly fee. This may have been okay had they still offered the two packs separately, and charged a fee for the one that's actually a service (HD Guide Pack) but because they didn't, even if you don't care about the guide pack and simply want IR control, you are forced to pay a recurring fee. Let me repeat: you will be unable to control your IR devices with this application unless you pay a recurring fee of $20 per year. That's outrageous in my opinion. IR codes are not a service. I could understand wanting to charge people once for the IR pack so Roomie can continue to update and maintain the library of IR codes. But to make this a recurring cost for people who setup their device the way they want, with the IR codes they need, once, this is unfounded and clearly a decision that is best for Roomie's revenue rather than their customers. This is a really disappointing and unfortunate business decision from Roomie for an app that has otherwise been really great. Roomie: I hope you will consider making these control packs separate again so the people who just care about IR, of which there are many given that cable is less and less necessary with all the cheaper online services, can actually pay once, rather than $20 per year for simply downloading IR codes.
Glad to have our Roomie back after the IR pack expiry snafu.
The previous update expired all previous upgrade purchases. This has thankfully been reversed. This is an excellent control app, just remember your existing customer base.
Best IR and IP theater control app out there. Updates are frequent and issues rapidly resolved. Synchronizes between all the iPhones and iPads in my house, also allows configuration to be backed up and pushed to other devices via a common Dropbox to work around different iCloud accounts in the household.
Thank you for honoring my previous investment with this update.
Latest update restored my purchases and allowed me to recover my settings from Dropbox correctly. Seems to be actually working now.
With the last update, the app became useless since we need to buy a new subscription.
This app controls my entire home, and now it is becoming a yearly cost for me to do so? I've already invested heavily with equipment and all the previous in-app purchases for IR Control, HD Guide, and Home Theater Pack. Granted, It can't be easy for Roomie to have a solid revenue stream as it was before, but at $16.99 they're going to have an even bigger problem keeping their loyal customers! Hello iRule anyone? Update: it looks like Roomie is taking care of their old customers. I still don't think their yearly model is affordable for new customers though. At least I purchased the previous packages already, I'm just hoping they don't expire anytime soon! As for the new interface, it's just okay. It's not completely intuitive yet, since the old remotes are the default and you have to use goofy gestures to bring up the new remote interface. I do like the direction this is going though!
Previous in-app purchases no longer expire. 5 stars for the app minus 1 because the UI needs to be updated (particularly for the iPad). Unfortunately, I already switched to a different app and made my own UI after the 2.0 fiasco.
This update fixes the issues with previous 2.0 in-app purchases for IR/Guide and works great.
Anyone installed this yet. I'm waiting till someone can comment. Did it fix any of the subscription problems or are they still there ?
I just upgraded to 2.0.1 from 2.0.0 and the $17 "Service Subscription" is no longer needed to make it work (for former 1.x.x owners)!. If you bought the SS, you should be able to get a refund from the App store. There's a discussion of how on the Roomie Support forums. I was an early Roomie adopter and have been a long term fan. I'd previously had a Logitec Harmony remote (top of the line RF unit) that gradually became unusable (buttons started going out). The hardware was really junk for something that cost almost $300. Roomie's subscription plan w 2.0 really bummed me out. I had the IR Pack but not the HD Guide Pack (we don't watch that much TV) and it was outrageous that they wanted $17/y for me to be able to continue using the IR for my existing components. 2.0.1 fixed that and hopefully it will continued to be fixed. For me it's back to 5 stars (from one as up the update)
The actual app isn't too bad and works most of the time. There are some configuration issues you'll probably need to deal with a frequently you'll find that devices don't respond in a timely fashion if at all. My biggest issue is the price if the app and they don't disclose this until after you buy the app, buyer beware you'll need to spend at least $20-$40 more to make this functional with your home theater setup.
Bought the hardware, bought a few in app extensions and I liked the app. Forcing a subscription is not cool. I even got to the point where I tried to buy the 6 month subscription and couldn't get it to go through. Bummed was a good app but now I can't even use what I already paid for. New version is hopefully going to remove the subscription fee for those that already have the app, we'll see. Don't upgrade in the mean time.
Long time early adopter. App was originally an outright purchase that wasn't cheap. Now forced into a yearly subscription fee. Roomie is a bunch of crooks.
I too am a victim of early adoption of this app. I paid the expensive upfront costs for the ir pack and home theater pack knowing that it would be worth the high cost to enable my family to use their iPhones to control the family entertainment system. Everyone will have their own remote, great, and as said by many it was a one time purchase. Now they're trying to change the rules of what a one time purchase means. Sounds like us early adopters may get to "keep" what we bought, but we'll only be supported in iOS 6 through September 2014. So if your family has multiple devices be sure never to upgrade past iOS 6, or buy a new phone. I guess I'll just have to have one phone as a remote, nice going Roomie Remote, stay classy. Hope Apple drops you for your business practices. Can anyone suggest an alternative?
The developer never mentioned an expiration for the in-app IR code pack or Guide purchase. The remote is pretty much useless now. 17.00 bucks a year in order to use your 100.00 in hardware and 50.00 in software purchased specifically for IR control. I am a software engineer and this is borderline illegal. Definitely NOT recommended!
Worst business decision ever to make this a subscription based app!!! I have rated this app 5 stars plus in the past but now my IR commands quit working and it tells me I must pay a yearly subscription to use a feature I already purchased? Plus I had to buy the IR converter (hardware from the Roomie Store) and now you want more money to continue using it !?!?!? I've already spent something like $50 just for the IR feature!!!! Very bad business. You should have at least grandfathered your early faithful customers. I'll be shopping elsewhere.
Was excited about having another GUI to control my Indigo server devices but control of them does not work. Devices show up in manifest but cannot control (turn on/off, toggle, dim, etc) devices. Perhaps a fix is imminent. Disappointed by the annual subscription and non-loyalty discount to already paid customers of previous packs. Like paying twice for the same thing. New users get the benefit of one time annual subscription while previous long time "beta" users get a kick in the teeth and have to pay again. Not a very fair business model to build perpetual loyalty and desire to spread word of a decent but now overpriced product.
Okay look, their main error was in communication. If you already bought the IR pack and the Home Theater Control Pack, Roomie says you don't have to buy the subscription after all, the information here is wrong. Early adopters are fine. An update to 2.0.1 has been submitted already.
So let me get this straight-I purchase the infrared and home theater packs, and an infrared controller, and now 6 months later they are going to be a subscription service and I have to pay $17 year to use something I already purchased? Unbelievable. What a bunch of crap.
I have been using Roomie successfully for a long time and was very pleased with the functionality and performance. I had purchased both the infrared and the theater packs. Now with the new update the infrared pack and the theater packs are deprecated and Cyphersoft is informing us that to keep the functionality that we purchased we need to subscribe to a yearly or monthly service fee. I restored my previous version and will look for an alternative. This is completely unethical.
I was skeptical to spend so much on an app and in app purchases, but I bit the bullet because of all the good reviews. 3 weeks later I find that my infrared hardware in app purchase is now a subscription! I would not has upgraded had I known that! I have to call into question the motives of the developers. Stay away and find another alternative!
i, like probably thousands of you out there, woke up today to find that my once awesome Roomie Remote v1.9.3 App had been forcibly updated to v2.0.0 by Roomie, and upon running the app, it crashed miserably on every single one of my iOS 7 devices (2 iPads, 3 iPhones). That was a real treat! Especially since I had to go hunting for all of my entertainment centers' remote controls that got put away once I had spent hours getting everything set up the way I wanted in Roomie Remote v1.9.3! Then, come to find out, there's a brand spankin' new Subscription policy at Roomie, my day was off to a great start! My new Roomie Remote clients are beside themselves wondering why, just 4 days ago, they had to shell out tons of cash for the Roomie Remote v1.9.3 App, the Home Theatre Add-on, the HD Guide Add-on, etc….and now this new Subscription policy every 6 months or each year sounds like a new requirement! So what are we to do? Be careful if you show frustration in your emails to Roomie Tech Support, as you may get shunned. Here's hoping the radical new changes and seemingly unfair policies are worth this torturous conversion / upgrade.
The new subscription model is complete garbage. Many users paid for these features already and also purchased IR equipment and now we are being asked to pay for them again? That's a shoddy approach at best. I'll change my review when they refund my money or fix their new policy.
So I went from 5 star to 1 to 3. Had trouble with the update reset all my IP addresses. Got it all worked out and it's fine. But still very skeptical about the subscription move. Wonder if they will do this for the entire app or what other questionable changes they might make to existing customers.
iPhone 5 + iOS 7 + Roomie update = impossible to use. It crashes as soon the app starts to launch. Then I try again, restart, again and again... what did you do guys? This app WAS awesome... Now, i am going to buy a new universal remote at best buy.
New update forces yearly fees. Not good. I have no need for the hd guide and already bought the IR pack. Will find alternative remote app unless this is changed. To bad.
What a slap in the face, see ya roomie, what happened to my one time subscription you greedy bast...d!!
Having put a lot of money into roomieremote I now find I have to pay a yearly subscription. No way. I will swallow these sunk costs, but i will not use roomieremote any more, and I will not be recommending this to anyone.
Glad to hear subscription issue is being dealt with. The app itself is great. Like the updates.
Now I have to pay a subscription for something I already had? I will be exploring other options. I may just have to go back to Logitech.