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DIRECTV Remote Shootout

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Oct 18, 2011 #21 of 149

    webby_s Hall Of Fame

    Jan 11, 2008
    I use a standard stand alone Dirctv remote for all my receivers and I have just gotten into using an app on my android smartphone for kicks and giggles. I would have to admit for being somewhat tech savy I like the "old fasion" remote in my hand. And here is why.

    It can just be more cumbersome to press the touchscreen while I know exactly where the remote buttons are in the dark with the D* remote. If I have the remote across the room or I can't find it in a pinch, sure I LOVE the option of my phone as a remote cuz I always know where that is.

    Otherwise I don't think I will ever pay for a remote app on the smartphone just because I find it more of a hassle to use it all the time but it sure is nice to have it as a back up!

    Thanks Stuart Sweet and the others for some great write ups!!!
  2. Oct 18, 2011 #22 of 149

    AirShark Legend

    Oct 28, 2006
    Harmony ONE FTW!!!!
  3. Oct 18, 2011 #23 of 149

    bootlace New Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Harmony 700
  4. Oct 18, 2011 #24 of 149

    texz71 AllStar

    Jul 2, 2009
  5. Oct 18, 2011 #25 of 149

    treecastle AllStar

    Dec 5, 2005
    East Tennessee
    I like the DirecTV Remote and have a number of them throughout the house in RF mode. Makes life much simpler for me and my wife :)
  6. Oct 18, 2011 #26 of 149

    texz71 AllStar

    Jul 2, 2009
    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.
  7. Oct 18, 2011 #27 of 149
    Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    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.
  8. Oct 18, 2011 #28 of 149

    FHSPSU67 CE'er & Retired Engineer DBSTalk Club

    Jan 12, 2007
    Windber, PA
    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.
    Sony RM-AV3100.jpg
  9. Oct 18, 2011 #29 of 149

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    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.
  10. Oct 18, 2011 #30 of 149

    Ken984 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    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.
  11. Oct 18, 2011 #31 of 149

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    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.

    MX-980[​IMG] MX-880[​IMG] MX-900 [​IMG]
  12. Oct 18, 2011 #32 of 149

    Kentstater Godfather

    Jun 18, 2004
    SE Michigan
    Harmony 650
  13. Oct 18, 2011 #33 of 149

    ncxcstud Icon

    Apr 22, 2007
    Downstairs I use a Harmony Remote. Upstairs just the DirecTV 'normal' remote.
  14. Oct 18, 2011 #34 of 149

    bfleish Mentor

    Dec 17, 2006
    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:
  15. Oct 18, 2011 #35 of 149
    Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    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.

    My 3.34¢ FWIW. :grin:

  16. Oct 18, 2011 #36 of 149

    Steveknj Icon

    Nov 14, 2006
    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.
  17. Oct 18, 2011 #37 of 149

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    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.
  18. Oct 18, 2011 #38 of 149

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    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.
  19. Oct 18, 2011 #39 of 149

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    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.

    Attached Files:

  20. Oct 18, 2011 #40 of 149

    pfp Whatever

    Apr 28, 2009
    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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