What are the differences between Broadlink products?

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In this guide, I compare the main differences between Broadlink products. I also aim to answer the most common Broadlink related questions when getting started.

What are Broadlink RM products?

Broadlink products are universal remotes that enable you to control both IR & RF devices on your smartphone and smart speakers. As long as you are connected to the internet (2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi), you can control your IR or RF device anywhere at any time.

How do Broadlink RM products compare?

I have studied the current product range from Broadlink to determine the primary differences. As you will see from our comparison table, the differences are essentially the remote control technologies, IR/RF control range, weight and size. 

Features

RM Mini3 

RM4 Mini

RM Pro+

RM4 Pro

Form Factor

Broadlink RM Mini3
Broadlink RM4 Mini
Broadlink Pro+
Broadlink RM4 Pro

Remote Control Connectivity

IR (38 kHZ)

IR (38 kHZ)

IR (38 kHZ) & RF (433 MHz)

IR (38 kHZ) & RF (433 MHz)

IR Control Range

6-8 m

6-8 m

8-10 m

8-10 m

RF Control Range

N/A

N/A

30 m

50 m

Operating Indicator

1x LED

1x LED

2x LED

1x LED

Wi-Fi

802.11b/g/n > 2.4 GHz 

802.11b/g/n > 2.4 GHz 

802.11b/g/n > 2.4 GHz 

802.11b/g/n > 2.4 GHz 

Voice Support 

Alexa & Google Home

Alexa & Google Home

Alexa & Google Home

Alexa & Google Home

Power Input

DC 5V 1A (Micro USB)

DC 5V 1A (Micro USB)

DC 5V 1A (Micro USB)

DC 5V 1A (Micro USB)

Weight

141 g

100 g

340 g

159 g

Size 

10 x 7 x 7 cm

9 x 7 x 5 cm

11 x 11 x 3 cm

8 x 8 x 3 cm

External Sensor 

N/A

HTS2 Temp & Humidity 

N/A

HTS2 Temp & Humidity 

Product Launch

2016

2019

2017

2020

Apps

ihc for EU
Intelligent Home Center
e-Control

ihc for EU
Intelligent Home Center
e-Control

ihc for EU
Intelligent Home Center
e-Control

ihc for EU
Intelligent Home Center
e-Control

Rating

Broadlink RM4 Mini appears to be the same as the older RM Mini3 other than a slightly smaller size, ~40 grams lighter and ability to connect an external temperature and humidity sensor.

This theme continues when comparing the smaller RM4 Pro with the heavier RM Pro+ except for the 2x LED operating indicators and RF control range. I find the RM Pro+ 2x LED useful, especially during the pairing mode.

Whilst it is not clear from Broadlink’s website, I believe the RM Pro+ & RM4 Pro both support radio frequency bands 315 MHz and 433 MHz. 315 MHz is the Chinese open frequency for remote controls whereas 433 MHz is the open frequency for remote controls used in EU, US and other countries. However, RM4 Pro offers an additional 20 meter RF range. I have not tested the RM4 Pro 50 meters (line of sight) that Broadlink claim.

RM4 Mini & Pro can connect an external HTS2 temperature and humidity sensor via their Micro USB port. This could be useful for IFTTT integration.

I feel the lower cost RM Mini3 (IR) and RM Pro+ (IR & RF) remain the best suited products for controlling your devices and creating your very own smart home.

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What devices work with Broadlink?

Majority of devices controlled by either IR & RF remotes will work with Broadlink products. The list of devices is endless but just to name a few:

IR Devices

  • TV
  • HDMI Switch
  • Set-Top Box
  • Blu-Ray Player
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Speakers

RF Devices

How do you setup Broadlink?

The first step to setup your Broadlink RM products is to make sure your wireless router is set to a 2.4GHz (only) network. The next step is to download & install either of the Broadlink Intelligent Home Center (ihc for EU) or e-Control apps on your smartphone or tablet. Lastly, connect your RM Mini3 or RM Pro+ to your Wi-Fi network.

How do I control devices with Broadlink & Alexa?

We have produced step-by-step instructions for controlling devices using Broadlink & Alexa. Check out our in-depth How To’s: 

Last update on 2021-09-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. H de Graaf

    Welk Broadlink product zou mijn tv lift kunnen bedienen.
    Kan een Broadlink product leren als ik het radio signaal activeer

    1. Will

      Yes if your TV lift is operated by using either a RF or IR remote you can use Broadlink to control.

  2. Mr. Dirk

    I have a luxury home in a rural area. Perfect network with DHCP, great WIFI, but no internet but because Vodafone stopped servicing the ADSL in that rural area. So great network, not internet, functional smart home. Does the RM3 or RM4 work there without internet? Does it have a local APi?
    With kind regards

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