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    Decent Universal Remote

    In my entertainment room, I'm currently drowning in remotes.

    I have:
    1. SB Remote
    2. Receiver Remote
    3. DVD Remote
    4. Cable Box remote
    5. VCR Remote
    6. Television Remote (required in active service to change input sources and display modes for various sources and programming)

    This is a pain, and inevitably the ONE remote I need at any given time has been kicked under a couch, or hidden somewhere by my toddler.

    Has anyone here had any experience with universal remotes, and can recommend one that can at least tackle the "Everyday" tasks these devices require?

    I know they range in price from about $50.00 to $500 or $600. I'm hoping someone might have had a good experience with a device in the ~$100.00 (or less) price point that they could recommend.

    Here's one I'm looking at:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880100709

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    Decent Universal Remote

    >
    > Here's one I'm looking at:
    > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880100709
    >


    I got a Harmony 880 (about $150 now from eCost.com. It's solved my multiple
    remote problems, though in all honesty my TV is a fit finicky, and I really
    should spend another half an hour figuring out some things so that switching
    from Tivo to TV to HDTV to DVD really is a one-button operation.

    The 880 has a USB interface and you program it from the Logictech/Harmony
    web site -- a nice feature.


    --


    Joe


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffluckett View Post
    I have the silver version of 688 and is really happy with it, it was quite easy to get it to work with all standard functions. With some more work I have got it to work with every function I use on the original remotes. The activity based approach works really good, just push "Watch TV" and it will turn on the TV, turn on the the receiver and select correct input. The same work with "Play Music" but then it turns on the SqueezeBox and receiver and selects the correct input on the receiver for the SqueezeBox. It has worked with every device I have tried it with besides the iMon IR in the HTPC which doesn't work with any universal remote.
    Erland Isaksson (My homepage)
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    Senior Member radish's Avatar
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    All the Harmony remotes are awesome. Pick the one which suits your budget, they all have the same basic functionality. The significant differences to choose between them (other than price) are mainly the number and location of the buttons, the size and quality of the screen, and overall design. I use the 880 in my living room and an older model in the bedroom.

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    I have the Harmony 659. Even my wife is beginning to like it.

    Steve.

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    I've got the 525. It's brilliant. It's easy to get it working with basic functionality, but if you invest a bit more time and research (and use the support line if necessary) you can fine-tune the set-up to work perfectly. www.remotecentral.com has a good harmony forum and also reviews of other remotes, including the Philips Pronto range which in my view is too much hassle, and the touchscreen is a pain.

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    Thanks all for the vote of confidence in the Harmony line. I guess that's where I'll target my research.

    -J

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    Junior Member Jim Larson's Avatar
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    I'm using this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880100601

    It takes some time to set up, but it does EVERYTHING I need it to do. Macro's, each device can have 10 extra user-defined buttons w/ custom labels, nice backlight, and incredibly powerful double IR beams (you can bounce the beam off the back & side walls of a large room).

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    Mark Komarinski
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    Decent Universal Remote

    On 10/13/06, Joe Craig <jncraig (AT) gmail (DOT) com> wrote:
    >
    > Here's one I'm looking at:
    > > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880100709
    > >

    >
    > I got a Harmony 880 (about $150 now from eCost.com. It's solved my
    > multiple remote problems, though in all honesty my TV is a fit finicky, and
    > I really should spend another half an hour figuring out some things so that
    > switching from Tivo to TV to HDTV to DVD really is a one-button operation.
    >
    > The 880 has a USB interface and you program it from the Logictech/Harmony
    > web site -- a nice feature.
    >


    Another vote for the 880. It's as spouse-friendly as the Tivo and
    Squeezebox. We almost always use the activities, and I've programmed the
    soft buttons to work with most of the things that we want to do. It's good
    enough that if something gets stuck (the TV doesn't power on, etc.), the
    help buttons will let you navigate through and fix it easily.

    -Mark


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Larson View Post
    I'm using this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880100601

    It takes some time to set up, but it does EVERYTHING I need it to do. Macro's, each device can have 10 extra user-defined buttons w/ custom labels, nice backlight, and incredibly powerful double IR beams (you can bounce the beam off the back & side walls of a large room).
    That URC MX-500 is a great remote. URC, www.universalremote.com, has a similar one I bought from Amazon for what I think is an amazingly cheap $50. Does everything the MX-500 does but has just 5 LCD buttons compared to 10. Each device can have up to 8 pages of them, though (= 40 extra custom labeled buttons per device). It also can take a while to set up as it's not computer programmable, but it's very easy. It's gotta be the best $50 remote out there...

    The URC-200 link at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=172282.

    A great detailed review at Remotecentral, http://www.remotecentral.com/urcseries/index.html. Their review of the MX-500, http://www.remotecentral.com/mx500/index.html. Tons on good info on remotes there.

    BTW, one thing I like better about URC's remotes vs Harmony's is the button layout. Not so crowded...
    Last edited by 808htfan; 2006-10-18 at 17:22.

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