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Best 3rd party remote for VIP 722?
Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:53 AM
What is the best 3rd party universal remote for operating the VIP 722? I have heard of the Logitech Harmony remotes, but I don't know much about them. Is there a better brand than that? Thanks very much for any advice!!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:58 AM
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Navigating the sea of life
Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:52 AM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:57 AM
Also, I am assuming that these expensive remotes will hold macros (one button to turn on TV, Dish, & A/V Receiver), correct?
Thanks again for the replys!
Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:59 AM
I was typing my reply while you posted your answer. Looks like you have answered my question about the macros. Thanks!
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Biggest problem was getting the wife to keep the remote pointed at the equipment long enough for everything to change.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:44 AM
Is the 880 better than the 670? I know the number is higher; but Logitech says that the 670 is specifically for DVRs.
All of the harmony remotes work in the same fashion. They are activity based remotes that you program on your computer.
The main differences are the hard button layout and lcd screen, so pick the one that you can live with.
-color or monochrome lcd screen
-touch screen or hard buttons beside the screen
-hard button size and layout
-regular or rechargable battery
-ir or ir/rf
I ended up with the Harmony One.
A really budget remote is the radio shack 15-100. It has an LCD display, setup wizard, custom device labels, the ability to use advanced codes and program complex macros on nearly any button. I think it runs from $15 - $30. I've never owned one, but a lot of folks on avsforum like it.
Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:58 AM
The programming described above applies to all the Harmony remotes.
HR20-700/HR20-100 /Legacy SD
Wired network to AMD PC XP2 using WMP11
53" Hitachi rear projection/42" LG Plasma
DirecTV since 1996
Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:15 AM
Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:20 PM
DISH Hopper, Hopper w/Sling, & Joey User
Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:05 AM
The only draw back I have found is the logic becomes too much for it if I want to also be able to turn single devices off. What this means ... is if you have a "old style" remote where each device is controlled by a single button at the top, you can simply push the button followed by the power to turn on and off. However, the great thing about the Harmony, is that it keeps track of what is on and off and powers them on and off for you as you change devices.
This is great for most situations. However, if I want to pause a DVD and then watch a TV show for a while, I can either tell the Harmony to always leave the DVD on, or always turn it off when I leave it. If I leave it on, then I can press play and continue where I left off. If I have it turn it off, then I have to find where I was in the show next time. If I tell Harmony to always leave it on, the the DVD player is ALWAYS on. And if I want to turn it off for since I won't use it for a while, I have to press more buttons to control that single device and power it off.
A Big deal? Not really. The trade off is much more logical and easier use most of the time.
There is a work around too. You can program any button using the web interface. So just add a power toggle for the devices like the DVD player to each function and then you have a single button way to do this. I don't bother, but I know it confuses some other people.
922, 722, 501.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:04 AM
I know everyone likes Harmony, but at least check out the URC line of remotes before you make a decision.
www.remotecentral.com is a great place for reviews and specs.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:49 PM
922, 722, 501.