Pronto

Smartphone Universal Remote Adapter

Remote-Free TV

Pronto is an infrared (or “IR”) transmitter that makes your iPad or iPhone a universal remote control. It works with components like the cable box, DVD player, Apple TV, gaming systems and more—up to eight devices per room.

To use Pronto, first download the free Peel app. Peel’s display mimics the traditional layout of a remote,
and the response is just as fast. You can easily access and browse streaming accounts like Netflix and Hulu, too.

Connect your devices to Pronto via Bluetooth or by giving its infrared cable a clear “line of sight.” As long as the infrared cable has a line of site to your device, Pronto is small enough to tuck away inside a media cabinet or someplace else. You can simply have the cable peeking out or attach it to the side of your furniture.

Browse TV and movie listings by image. Customize actions to suit your viewing preferences—like turning on the television, receiver, and opening up Apple TV at the same time. And let Peel offer recommendations for your next binge-watching session.

Clear out the controller clutter and manage your in-home entertainment with one streamlined app.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Amruth
    Amruth

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Pronto to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2016 10:00 AM

    You can get a universal remote anywhere. You can even download versions on your phone. What differentiates Pronto?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/5/2016 10:09 AM

    Pronto | Peel differs in a lot of different ways from other universal remote controls and apps that you can find in the App Store.

    First, it is completely ‘Smart’. Nowadays people are constantly using their smartphone. It’s a natural evolution that we enable consumers to give control of all their home entertainment equipment through their smartphone as well.

    Secondly the set up process through the Peel Smart remote app is very straightforward and can be done right from the smartphone. This means that no PC or other device aside from your smartphone is involved in the setup process.

    Our universal remote control provides personalization on different levels, such as providing show and movie recommendations based on your viewing behavior, setting your own favorite shows and movies, creating macros, selecting your input settings and executing IR learning capability.

    Last but not least, our solution enables you to control over 400,000 different devices that are currently in the market.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2016 10:00 AM

    Was developing a business around Pronto an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/5/2016 10:09 AM

    It really was a gradual process. We were thinking on getting a similar project to the market for some time but were looking for the right way to offer a great universal control experience for an affordable price. Partnering with Peel was a major breakthrough as Peel was already successful startup offering a universal remote app on Android phones with built-in IR. Users really liked it and together with our Pronto we could jointly open the market for a much larger audience.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/5/2016 10:00 AM

    Why is this the next solution in the home entertainment realm? How have people found it makes life simpler?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/5/2016 10:10 AM

    People especially like the fact that they don’t need to juggle anymore between 3 or more different remotes in order to watch a movie. As you have always your smartphone with you it also gives the convenience factor of having always your remote control with you.

  • Joy
    Joy
    2/8/2016 10:11 AM

    Does this work with Amazon Fire TV?

  • Joy
    Joy
    2/8/2016 10:13 AM

    Also, can multiple phones/iPads control it at the same time? Eg if we are watching something as a family would each of us with the app be able to pause it if we needed to?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 11:15 AM

    Hi Joy, unfortunately, Pronto does not work with Amazon Fire TV but yes, multiple devices can control at the same time.

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:26 PM

    @joy, Hello Joy, Unfortunately Amazon Fire TV remote control does not work over IR. Fire TV currently works only through proprietary bluetooth communication which is not open for others to use.

  • David
    David
    2/8/2016 10:20 AM

    Can Pronto connect to my iPhone via bluetooth if I tuck it away in a cabinet behind solid doors? It will be about 12-15 feet away from my iPhone signal.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 11:17 AM

    Hi David, you’ll need to have Bluetooth turned on on the iPhone to communicate with Pronto. The Pronto sends out IR commands to the CE equipment like TV, Cable box, Blueray, Soundbars, etc. But you don't need to worry about your doors blocking your ability to access Pronto.

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:31 PM

    @david, Hello David, Yes. Pronto would be able to communicate with your iPhone over Bluetooth even if it is kept inside a Cabinet. Pronto packages box will also come with an accessory IR extender wire. It is not necessary to use IR extender wire if you have all your devices setup without obstructions. Pronto sends powerful IR commands and hence your devices should be able to receive it inside the Cabinet.

    But, this IR extender cable is very useful for users who hide most of their devices like Set-top Box, DVD Players, A/V Receiver, etc in closed cabinets and expose only TV to outer world. In such cases, Pronto signals can not go through closed cabinets if you keep Pronto on a coffee table. User can keep Pronto with rest of devices inside the cabinet and use IR extender cable to stick it in front of TV so that user is able to control both devices inside cabinet and outside cabinet.

  • Bill
    Bill
    2/8/2016 10:35 AM

    Hi Amruth. We have our big screen TV high on the wall and the TW cable box and DVD player, etc. are on the floor so we are constantly having to aim the cable remote at the TV and then at the cable box...does the Pronto eliminate this? Can we put the cable box, etc. in the "closet" so to speak? //bill

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 11:24 AM

    Hi Bill, yes, if you connect Pronto to your phone via bluetooth or give the infrared cable a line of sight to the device, you can tuck your cable box, etc away in a media cabinet or closet.

  • Bill
    Bill
    2/8/2016 11:49 AM

    @Mike AWESOME! off to order one now!

  • Dan
    Dan
    2/8/2016 10:41 AM

    Could I use this app to turn off a TV in a doctor's office?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 11:26 AM

    Hi Dan, if it is your office, absolutely. If not, I don't recommend tinkering with the waiting room electronics. I can't imagine that goes unquestioned.

  • P
    P
    2/8/2016 10:47 AM

    Do you have a list of the devices it will definitely work with?

    I have a 7 year old panasonic plasma tv, a 2 year old vizio sound bar and a keyboard and mouse for my Mac Mini. The tv and sound bar would be infrared but the Mac could be usb controlled. Can Pronto control these 3 easily with out switching back and forth in the app?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 12:09 PM

    Hi P, the Panasonic TV and Vizio sound bar can be controlled. If the Mac Mini has a built-in IR receiver you can control it as well. You can search your device's compatibility on the Pronto site.

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:23 PM

    @P, Hello P, As mentioned by Mike, your Panasonic TV and Vizio TV could be controlled without any issues. Even if there is any missing functions for your devices, you could use IR Learning feature to teach remote commands from your plastic remote to Pronto. However, we do not have support for remote Mouse and Keyboard support for Mac Mini.

  • P
    P
    2/8/2016 1:23 PM

    @Amruth Thanks for the info. Lastly, is this the same product that has been available on Amazon for some time or is there something different or special about this offering (other then it is new to Grommet)?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 2:06 PM

    Hi P, it's quite possible its been available there, but today happens to be Pronto's launch day on The Grommet.

  • Carmen
    Carmen
    2/8/2016 10:50 AM

    Will this device allow me to junk my dish tv remote? it says 4.4 IR/UHF PRO Echostar Technologies device. Also a Bose Cinemate II remote? Thanks!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 12:10 PM

    Hi Carmen, most Dish boxes allow the user to enable IR instead. Many are by default on UHF radio-technology, so a setting needs to be switched on the Dish box. It depends a bit on the type number on how to do that. We will check in on the Bose remote.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 12:16 PM

    The Bose remote can also be controlled via IR.

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:19 PM

    @Carmen, Hello Carmen, Pronto controls most Set-top Box used by Dish. If you have configured your Set-top Box to RF remote control, you would need to change it to support IR remote control(easy steps under Settings). We do have support for most Bose Soundbar and Speaker systems, in case any of the model support is missing, you could use IR Learning feature to teach remote commands from your plastic remote to Pronto.

  • Polly
    Polly
    2/8/2016 11:01 AM

    Can this be used with the Android operating system?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 11:16 AM

    Hi Polly, great news, Android already has infrared capabilities so you're ready to go right now!

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:14 PM

    @Mike Hello Polly, Most of the leading Android phones have IR blaster built-into their phones, those phones will not need a Pronto. However, other phones that do not have IR-Blaster may need a device like Pronto. We have plans for supporting Pronto for Android devices in future, but as of now it will not work.

  • Robert
    Robert
    2/8/2016 10:31 PM

    @Amruth I wish most android phones had an IR blaster, but sadly you can usually only find one on Samsung devices and a few HTC phones. I strongly encourage you to support android going forward to open up your potential customer base, and if you could tie it into Tasker that would be even better. With Tasker capabilities it would allow things like automatically having your media playback "paused" when a call comes in.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/9/2016 10:33 AM

    It sounds like your wish will be granted in the future, Robert. Amruth and co. appear to be looking into a solution for Android!

  • Kathryn
    Kathryn
    2/8/2016 11:29 AM

    Will this work on different televisions throughout the house with 1 Pronto? And is there a distance limit between Pronto and IPhone or TV?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:09 PM

    @Kathryn Hello Kathryn, Pronto send remote commands to your entertainment devices using IR technology, which requires direct line of sight. As long as your you have direct line of sight between your TV and Pronto with a reasonable distance of 10-20ft, you would be able to remote control using your iPhone.

  • Bill
    Bill
    2/8/2016 11:51 AM

    I guess I missed...would I need a PRONTO for every device I want to control or do I somehow pair the PRONTO with multiple TV/Receiver/Component's? Will it work through walls?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:11 PM

    @Bill Hello Bill, One Pronto can send commands to multiple devices that you have. If you have a room with a TV, a Set-Top Box, an A/V Receiver and a DVD Player, all of them could be controlled using 1 Pronto as long as there is a direct line of sight.

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/8/2016 12:23 PM

    Can Pronto control "smart tv" options like starting Netflix or Playstation Now without using the traditional remote?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 12:36 PM

    @Ann, Hello Ann, We do have support for "Smart" button support for launching specific apps on couple of top TV brands. However, we do can not guarantee this as some devices may be sending Smart App commands over Bluetooth to those devices.

    Also note that, Unfortunately Playstation remote control does not work over IR. Playstation currently works only through proprietary bluetooth communication which is not open for others to use.

  • Diane
    Diane
    2/8/2016 1:30 PM

    @Amruth will this operate my Roku, which is how I currently watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc? Thank you!

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 1:47 PM

    @Diane, Hello Diane, You will be able to remote control Roku using our app and you can directly launch apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc., from our iPhone app.

  • darell
    darell
    2/8/2016 1:46 PM

    If I may be so bold as to suggest one additional feature that I need in a device like this before I purchase: A way to switch an AC outlet. I want to turn on mains power remotely: For lighting and various devices that need to have power removed when not being used. I am still amazed that there is no retail product that will allow this action from an IR remote. (yes, I know that there are plenty of stand-alone systems that allow smartphone control of outlets - last thing I want is to have to use several apps for each task).

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 1:51 PM

    @darell , Hello Darell, Thank you for requesting feature for remote controlling the A/C outlet. Currently we do not have support for remote controlling of wall switches or power outlets/plugs. This is an interesting proposal for us to look into for future improvements.

  • Ian David
    Ian David
    2/8/2016 2:06 PM

    Where can I get Peel app? It is NOT in Apple app store!

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 2:25 PM

    @Ian David. Hello Ian, Thank you for showing interest in our Product. If you are using Apple App Store for US, please search for "Peel Smart Remote" and our app would be found. If you are searching for this app on iPad, please chose "iPhone Apps" section to find our app.

  • Darrell
    Darrell
    2/8/2016 4:04 PM

    Hi. Will this work with Roku?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/8/2016 5:14 PM

    Hi Darrell, yes it will!

  • georgia
    georgia
    2/8/2016 5:18 PM

    Does this work with dish Network?

  • Amruth
    Amruth – Special Guest
    2/8/2016 5:51 PM

    @georgia Hello Georgia, Pronto with Peel app controls most Set-top Box models used by Dish. If you have configured your Set-top Box to RF remote control, you would need to change it to support IR remote control(easy steps under Settings)

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.