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There are many different types of remotes for your fan/light. I have a hand held one that you can take around the room with you. But whatever one you choose remember you still need a switch to disconnect the fan power.
 

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The one I posted in the link has 2 switches up in the fan/light fixture itself. The wall unit is just battery powered and radios the command up. Are there any other things like this?
 

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There are many different types of remotes for your fan/light. I have a hand held one that you can take around the room with you. But whatever one you choose remember you still need a switch to disconnect the fan power.
Don't say that to loud around here. There are several seasoned and well respected electricians on this forum that would disagree with you. That no switch is required on a ceiling fan. Some going as far as to say you can switch the light, but leave the fan hot all the time and use the pull chains. I know, I just had two days of discussion on this exact subject.

You might want to look at the thread. I think is was titled "Installing a ceiling fan". I think. Its a few day old.
Heres the link. http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/installing-ceiling-fan-51227/

OP. The only other way to have independent control of the fan and light is another wire. You need a 3 wire cable from the switch to the ceiling box. If you have conduit you can easily push a new wire in. Remotes work real well, and do not cost that much. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to get the receiver into the fan canopy.
 
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