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Hi! This is my first riddle. Have fun trying to solve it!

My name can be one word or two;
it really doesn’t matter.
And if you drop me to the floor,
I might make a clatter.

I do everything I can do
with the power of red,
but even though this red cannot be seen,
my usage throughout houses has spread.

The relative versions of all directions, such as
north, south, east, and west
is how things can move
when my buttons are pressed.

If you are “infinity gone wrong”,
I will help your box run.
And using me will help you see
everything under the sun.

I'll help you change the “river”
and then I’ll make a ding,
and then I’ll change the “area” too
of a more complex thing.

Now I’ve given you plenty of clues,
none of them being lies,
so all you have to do is guess: 
who am I?
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Nice first riddle! Unfortunately there are two hints I could not explain. :/
Nevertheless, I think you are..

a remote control.


My name can be one word or two;
it really doesn’t matter.

Remote or remote control.

And if you drop me to the floor,
I might make a clatter.

The body of remote controls is generally made of plastic, which makes a clatter when dropped on a hard surface.

I do everything I can do
with the power of red,

Most remote controls work using infrared light which is just outside the range of visibility to the naked eye.

but even though this red cannot be seen,
my usage throughout houses has spread.

Over the past decades as technology has advanced, more and more people have had access to remote controlled televisions (though this a bit "outdated" now, lol).

The relative versions of all directions, such as
north, south, east, and west
is how things can move
when my buttons are pressed.

This is a bit unclear for me, but I think it hints towards how you generally switch channels back and forth by pressing the up and down buttons on the remote control, and increase or decrease volume by pressing left or right.

If you are “infinity gone wrong”,

Not sure what this hints at.

I will help your box run.
And using me will help you see
everything under the sun.

You use the remote control to turn your television on and switch channels, allowing you to watch whatever it is you feel like watching (assuming you are paying enough dolla to have access to the relevant channels of course ;P).

I'll help you change the “river”

River and channel can by synonymous. You use the remote control to change channels on your television.

and then I’ll make a ding,

Not sure about this. Maybe it's because I haven't watched television in years. Do remote controls or televisions make sound effects when you change channels? Maybe it refers to the static-y noise televisions make when they turn on. (Or I suppose sometimes when you switch channels?)

and then I’ll change the “area” too
of a more complex thing.

Not sure what this hints at.

Now I’ve given you plenty of clues,
none of them being lies,
so all you have to do is guess: 
who am I?

A remote control!

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    $\begingroup$ Or maybe "area" refers to a screen which changes when you switch channels and "a more complex thing" refers to a TV $\endgroup$ – RobinvdA Jul 13 '16 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ Nfinity gone wrong $\endgroup$ – humn Jul 13 '16 at 10:41
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    $\begingroup$ river:channel :: area:volume $\endgroup$ – Roland Jul 13 '16 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ @TheGreenFrog it's infinity with the 'in' crossed out? $\endgroup$ – computhomas Jul 13 '16 at 20:06
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    $\begingroup$ @computhomas Nope. What are there lots of on a test with lots of wrong answers? $\endgroup$ – TheGreenFrog Jul 13 '16 at 20:09

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