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DIRECTV Remote Shootout

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#26 OFFLINE   texz71



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Posted 18 October 2011 - 05:59 AM

Has anyone had any issues with the Android (or other PC type) remote apps not recognizing all DVR's on your network?

I have QTY 4 HR23's and they all see each other just fine. They all have unique NAMES set in Whole Home DVR. All have static IP addresses and manual Ports (with router set to properly forward ports) and all appear in Tversity and Win7 just fine...however 2 of the DVR's just do not get found (even with a manual search by IP address) by any of the Android apps. I've tried reseting up network parameters, rebooting, re-running Network Services, etc...and I just can not get them to be found.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:00 AM

Option #1, RF mode. All of my receivers are behind doors so they cannot be seen. Yes I know there are other ways but this one takes no extra effort.




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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:25 AM

I have the Android DIRECTV Remote Pro, but am happier using the RF DIRECTV and individual remotes for my AVR, Blu-ray, and TV. My wife is even good at using the individual remotes:)
I have an expensive Sony RM-AV3100, and while it looks impressive, it is not fully programmable for all functions on all devices.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 06:45 AM

I have never found a universal remote I like better than the standard DirecTV remote. Then again, I've never bought one of the RF-ready Harmony remotes, as I'm afraid of not liking something I've invested more than a Benji on.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:30 AM

Harmony One in the LR. Harmony 880 in the bedroom. Much prefer the One to the 880. Harmony 676 in the 2nd bedroom.
I also have an ipad2 and have used the app and it is very slick.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:34 AM

Media Room 1 (HR20-700) - URC MX-980 using codeset 1
Media Room 2 (HR24-100) - URC MX-980 using codeset 2
Master Bedroom (HR20-700) - URC MX-880
Living Room (HR21-700+AM21) - URC MX-880
Playroom (HR20-700) - URC MX-880
Office (H21-200) - URC MX-900
Kitchen (H25-500) - DirecTV RC64R

Can also access all receivers/DVRs with the iPad app.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:04 AM

Harmony 650
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:20 AM

Downstairs I use a Harmony Remote. Upstairs just the DirecTV 'normal' remote.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:20 AM

I have a Harmony 700 but mostly use the original DTV remote. It just "feels" right. My fingers know where everything is.

In the bedroom I use the original DTV remote but I have to keep the OEM remote for the sleep button. :shrug:

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#35 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:45 AM

For the living room I have to have a remote to control 7 different components so a universal is the only way to go. Since I need more than just a five step macro that leaves out a Harmony; which is why I’m using the URC remote. It's currently the MX-810 but I'm getting an MX-880 this week.

The bedroom has a receiver, TV, and a BD player so I use a Harmony 550.

The spare room has just a receiver and a TV so the RC64 works great.
I think an RC6x remote with some macro capability would be a good idea. It would certainly be the least expensive route but would need to turn on several components.

For me I like the flexibility of a programmable universal. On the MX-810 I have custom icons for buttons on the LCD screen and creating macros of any length takes less time than it does to download to the remote. I can control everything in the house from that one remote.

I’ve used the Android app and the iPhone. They’re pretty interesting but not really that useful. Not enough flexibility. I just can’t see my self using a tablet that costs hundreds to control a single component. I would still need a remote for the AVR, the HDMI/Toslink switch, and the TV so what’s the point. If I had just a receiver and a TV it would be fine though.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:47 AM

I have the Harmony 700 on my Family Room TV (the one I watch the most) and the 510 on my Living Room TV (the one my daughter mostly uses). On the bedroom receivers we use the standard DirecTV free remotes. I do have one of the free DirecTV remote apps for both my android phone and Acer Iconia tablet, but find that it's just easier and faster to use the stand alone remotes. Plus, if you use your phone for a remote, it's a battery drain, and on the Tablet, I am usually just using it for other things besides the remote.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:56 AM

I have a Harmony 880 in the living room which has been awesome for the past almost five years. However, the buttons for Volume Up and Channel Up are getting a bit wonky and it's due for a replacement. Looks like I'll have to go with a Harmony One (the 700 doesn't control enough devices). Second fave is the Directv iPad app.

One interesting thought for the future is that more and more A/V receivers appear to be network-connected. Using an IP-based remote should become easier over time for more people.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:01 AM

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Radio Shack 15-1994 JP1 custom-programmed universal remote. Not for everyone, the JP1 remotes allow full customization down to the keypress, with any key being macro-capable. A lot of freeware and crowd-sourced datasets. JP1 remotes were/are made by One4All, both under their own name or private label like this one. Many, like the one above, have been totally recoded by the community to enhance functionality. See http://www.hifi-remote.com for more info.

Controls the list on the link below.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:16 AM

My favorite remote "app" is the DirecTV App for iPad, but it doesn't run on my iPod Touch.

The Waltz remote does, and has some neat macros built-in, for CCs, the TDL and even Smart Search. If you key your search phrase in using the iPod's on-screen keyboard, the remote will call up Smart Search on the HR and search for whatever you typed.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:26 AM

It's a Harmony 360 for me. I selected this remote because at the time it was the only one Harmony remote available in the US with the four color buttons.

That Harmony link looks cool but I use this one remote in three different rooms so I think I'd need three of those and I'm not really up for that expense.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:32 AM

So... what are your experiences? What is your favorite way of interacting with your receivers?

I use either the DIRECTV RC65RX or the RC64.

There has been a couple of times where I changed the channel using the iPad app when I was in another room, but overall, I use the standard DirecTV remotes.

It's a great solution for people who have a receiver and a TV. It can be configured to increase or decrease the volume through an AV receiver but it cannot be programmed to turn on more than two devices (TV and receiver) and it cannot run macros.

My AVR is on a Smart Strip, so when I turn my TV on via the RC65RX, the AVR comes on at the same time. :D


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:38 AM

My favorite universals are the $15 URC-R6 or the $25 URC-WR7, which has a superior "cruise control" keypad, IMHO.

They both have full macro capability, but you manually program them in, as opposed to doing it via your PC. The WR7 is backlit, controls more devices and allows 13 20-step macros vs. 6 20-step macros on the R6. Both remotes have "learning" capability on almost every key.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:42 AM

I use either my Harmony 900 or the DirecTV Application for iPad in my living room. I use my Harmony 700 in my bedroom and I use my Tampa Bay Buccaneers remote in my office.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:45 AM

Harmony 700 for everyday use, recently replaced an 880 and I think I'm liking the form and hard color buttons more than the 880.

I also have the free Android "DirecTV Remote" app on my phone and Touchpad for use when I am using those while watching TV. I'll probably end up getting the paid one pretty soon for the macros.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:00 AM

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

Harmony 900 in the living room. Harmony One in the master bedroom. I also have the Directv Remote App installed on my Android phone. http://www.amazon.co...18956008&sr=8-1

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:44 AM

...JP1 remotes allow full customization down to the keypress, with any key being macro-capable. A lot of freeware and crowd-sourced datasets. JP1 remotes were/are made by One4All, both under their own name or private label like this one. Many, like the 1994, have been totally recoded by the community to enhance functionality. See http://www.hifi-remote.com for more info.


JP1 remotes are the biggest bang for the buck by far. For a $15 (or less) remote and a $30 programming interface, you get:

- A universal remote made by UEI, the same folks that make the DirecTV remotes, so they share the same codes
- Learning, global macros or device specific macros on any key, custom volume punch thru for each device, 5 functions per key per device (short press, double press, long press, shifted press, double-shifted press), fantastic graphical programming software for PC/Mac/Linux, update your remote in under 5 seconds, and add pronto hex and any device or protocol known to man.
- With extender software, you also get fast macros, device state tracking, nested macros, device multiplexing (for a practically unlimited number of devices)

Since DirecTV boxes buffer remote commands, you can send them as fast as possible. My closed caption macro runs in a fraction of a second, and 3 or 4 seconds later the DirecTV box catches up and turns on captions. But since it ran so fast, I didn't have to hold the remote still for that 4 seconds.

If you think only harmony can do activities, think again. Instead of pressing Watch TV, on a JP1 remote, just press the TV button and get the same result, only faster. And if your dog eats the remote, you're only out $20 instead of $250. Grab another one at best buy, download your config, and you're back in business.

Here's a typical $15 JP1 remote (RCA RCRP05B) and the programming software:
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:49 AM

My personal preference is the DIRECTV remote ..
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:01 AM

Ipad App and Directv RF Remote

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 12:54 PM

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