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need a 'roku-like' simple remote for my Android set top box

1,454 572 October 3, 2019 at 01:59 PM
Recently I bought a Roku for 30 bucks at Walmart. We started out streaming with one a number of years back, but more recently have been using an Android set top box for the apps, the ability to use VLC to play any video, and Mame4Droid.

While I found the Roku easy to use, I also found myself missing these things that I was able to do on the Android box.

I guess I'm actually pretty happy with the Android box, except for not having a functional remote. We have to use a USB mouse to control everything.

Can anyone recommend a bluetooth remote that is similar in form and function to the ones that come with a Roku?

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Use your phone as a remote control for Android TV
You can navigate your Android TV using your phone or tablet with the Android TV Remote Control app.

Note: You need an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.0 or higher to use the Android TV Remote Control ap
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You can load VLC onto firesticks/firetv without any jailbreaking or modifications..

A bit of googleing looks like you can mame on a fire tv, but potentially not a fire stick.
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The Amazon firestick remote pairs with and works with many android TV boxes and works well. They are on Bluetooth. I paired a firestick remote with my shield android tv box and it can control power, volume, navigation, and dedicated home/rewind/play/ff/menu/enter buttons. The only thing that doesn't work is the voice button. It triggers the voice input interface but the remote doesn't relay what you are saying.
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