RedRat 3

The RedRat3-II is a USB-based remote control input/output device that gives IR remote control capabilities to a PC. It includes Windows drivers and a software development kit (SDK) so that our hardware can be integrated into your own applications via a .NET API. We also provide a number of applications so you can quickly set up and manage your own automated testing and monitoring programmes.

Product Features

  • USB powered – no external power supply needed
  • Comprises two independent IR detectors:
    • Long range for control of your PC by remote
    • Short range for accurate IR signal “learning” from your own remotes
  • High powered IR output – range greater than 10m
  • Upgradable firmware
  • 3m USB cable
  • Fully compliant with appropriate CE and FCC electromagnetic regulations. (Test certification is available on request)
  • RoHS compliant
  • Comprehensive SDK available for Windows and some Linux support

Supported Software

  • Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8.X
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or greater (usually pre-installed on Windows PCs).
  • We support both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista 7 and 8.X.
  • Linux: A device driver and LIRC code is available for the RedRat3 and Redrat3-II


  • PC control by IR
  • Proof of concept and technology testing prior to purchasing IR NetBox
  • Small scale STB or Smart-TV testing
  • Assistive technology control

If you would like to purchase RedRat3s then please contact us at


Updated and improved, the fourth generation of RedRat’s flagship IR controller, providing independent control of up to 16 different audio-visual devices, such as TV’s and set-top boxes.


OLED Display & Navigation Key Panel

The irNetBox–IV features a built-in OLED display and navigation panel to simplify its installation and management on customer networks. The display can also be configured to display client-specific testing information, such as the type, frequency or duration of tests being conducted. The all new menu navigation key panel allows the user to control the irNetBox without having to access software via a computer.

Real Time Clock

The addition of a real-time clock enables autonomous testing functionality directly from the device itself.


An expansion header allows the irNetBox-IV to accommodate RedRat’s recently developed RF modules (currently supporting RF4CE or Bluetooth LE) which will facilitate mixed infrared and RF control in environments with heterogeneous groups of set top boxes (STBs). This is in response to changes occurring in set-top box manufacturing and growing demand for the enhanced interactivity and usability that RF remote controls provide.

Fully Compatible

The new irNetBox – MK-IV will be fully compatible with all other RedRat products including the latest version of Test Manager (a software tool developed specifically for DTV testing processes) with enhanced Python-based scripting.

Other Features Include

Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, 19 inch rack mountable case, extended API capabilities, RoHS and FCC compliant.

View the Technical Specifications of the irNetBox-IV (PDF)

We are now taking pre orders for the irNetBox-IV if you are interested in placing an order please email us at


If you want to incorporate infrared I/O capabilities into your existing systems and processes please get in touch as we would welcome the opportunity to discuss possibilities with you. It is often much more cost effective and practical to make use of established and proven technology rather than developing an application from scratch. We can offer support and advice to your internal teams, manufacture purpose-built IR applications based on RedRat products, or develop bespoke hardware on your behalf, depending on your requirements.

Our OEM services include:

  • Licensing RedRat technology for your own product range
  • Custom hardware design
  • Rapid software development based on RedRat devices.
  • Component white labelling
  • Developing specific designs and applications based on RedRat technology
  • Developing bespoke remote control devices

Future Developments

The requirement for a more dynamic and interactive experience when using Smart TVs and STBs is behind the first major shift in remote control technology for more than two decades. Wireless technologies have now reached a point where they are being built into many new systems, so we are working on new products based on RF4CE and BluetoothLE initially. Please get in touch if you would like any more information about our product pipeline.

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