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DIRECTV Remote Shootout

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

  1. rlnoonan

    rlnoonan Legend

    Jan 5, 2007
    Great thread!

    I've used the Harmony 676 for a long time now, but looking at the 700, I think I'd really like to use that once my current ones need replacing.

    I also have a mirrorred TV in the bedroom that I've been using the DirecTV remote with an RF dongle. However, that hasn't been working too well lately, so I'm really interested in the Harmony Link option using an iTouch. WiFi would be much more reliable than my RF hardware (very cheap stuff I bought a long time ago).
  2. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    My macros are manual ones. :lol:
  3. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I saw it at Walmart, but from what I've read, it only does one activity, watch TV. So if you want to watch a DVD or listen to the radio etc., you'll have to manually switch it.
  4. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    That one looks like a winner! Street price around $30 and same ease of programming as the more expensive Harmony's. I've been recommending the URC WR7 to friends and family up to now, but if someone only needed 4 devices, I think the ease of programming would make the 300i a better choice, at least on paper.
  5. azarby

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    Harmony 1 for the family room. This unit does the job, but it has several limitations. The first is that it is not the fastest thing out there. Actions take a lot longer than with a DTV remote. The other is that Harmony can not get the algorythm right for our TV input when switching between different HR2xs. It changes the HDMI switch correctly (90%) of the time), but our TV only has one HDMI input which should never change, but Harmony insists on trying to change it. About 30% of the time it messes up. Using help fixes it, but is cumbersome and time consuming. We have worked with Harmony tech support on this and there is just no way to make it work without maojr programming changes. The same thing happens on the Harmony 1100 and other models. What they need to do is have an option for the TV to do nothing during application changes.

    Tried the Directvr app for the Iphone and it does a nice job, but we still need the Harmony for volume, switching the stand alone HDMI switch inputs and powering on/off 5 components.

    The Logitech Harmony Link looks interesting, but since it is by Harmony, in all probabilty, it would have the same problems as the Harmony 1. A product like this by another company could be a winner for me.

    DTV remotes for all other rooms.

  6. gottahavit

    gottahavit Legend

    Dec 24, 2004

    You can change the timings in the harmony pc app. I have shortenned mine to make it as fast as my devices will accept. Takes a little playing but very configurable.
  7. scm

    scm Mentor

    Jan 21, 2007
    Seven TVs in the house, some have different solutions in different locations. Main TV is in the family room - HR22 to a Denon 3311, which does the video switching - both in a cabinet. Use the DTV RC64R for basic functions - on/off, volume - since it is RF and the cabinet isn't an issue. Use iPad app for heavy duty scheduling, mainly because I can use any of three DVRs, and I don't tie up the screen. Use the Denon iPad app for controlling that when needed (BluRay or DTV Dolby 5.1). Works fine, since wife and I are rarely in that room w/o our iPads, and we always have the DTV remote.

    Next is media room - HR22, BluRay, and soon, PS or Wii. New house, so we had conduit run to the wall mount Sharp 70" with a single HDMI and Cat5 run to the Internet capable TV. Harmony One runs the HR22, BD, and the Monoprice HDMI switch, since everything is under a table, and can see the IR.

    Outdoor kitchen was a challenge. Rock fireplace, with TV over the hearth. Had the builder run 40' of conduit from a cabinet by the sink to the hearth. Put a H23 there, with a RC64R since the box is in a cabinet. Closest accessible spot to the fireplace.

    Master BR has a HR22 in a dresser below the wall mounted plasma. Dresser came with the top drawer set up for a TV box, with open access out the back to the coax plug, then right up the wall conduit to the TV. Another RC64R since the drawer front, which can flip down, stays closed to keep the wife happy. Most of the recordings on here are scheduled via the iPad app.

    Other three are all in BRs, with the box visible, so we only use the DTV IR remote. These are all guest BRs, with a single source, a non DVR DTV box.

    Sorry to be so long winded, but wanted to get across the complexity, and the fact that several qualities of the DTV offering made my system work. First is the RF capabilities. The outdoor kitchen would have worked with an IR blaster, but would have been a 40' run. Keeping the cabinets closed is important to the woman I sleep with, so more RF needs. The Denon and DTV apps are great advances, and I probably wouldn't be as satisfied as I am without them. As pissed as I am at DTV over not adding the Longhorn Network, there is no way I will switch since the set up probably can't be duplicated with another provider.
  8. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006

    I'm actually thinking of this one for the bedroom. Not really unhappy with the 550, but for $30...
  9. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I guess I'm a bit old school. I normally used the remotes that came with the IRD's.

    I decided to give the Android DIRECTV Remote Pro app a go and was impressed with how responsive it was. The only recommendation I could give for it would be to include guide data.

    I especially found it helpful at work with the overhead TV's.
  10. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Curious if anyone with an Android phone tried the Waltz49 browser to see if it works as well as it does on the iPhone? Click the "i" button on the top right to input your STB IP and zip code for guide data.


  11. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Sadly the 300 is a big loser. No backlight, only one macro, zero sequences (like for CC, etc.). It's easy to program because it can't do anything. My $5 RCA remote does a heck of a lot more. If you want a remote that does virtually nothing, may as well go for the $20 harmony 200.
  12. DFDureiko

    DFDureiko Godfather

    Feb 20, 2006
    I have my DVR printer and H21 connected to an apple airport home network, but no internet connection as I use myfi for that with Verizon. the only option I have out here in the country is 75 dollar a month comcast JUST for a modem. I can connect to the network with my macs and print, I can watch recorded programs on the H21, no problem, so they are networked. I tried the iphone remote, went to the "advanced" screen on the HR24 to get the ip address, and my iphone said my dvr was not connected to the home network....it is, and so was the iphone.....is an internet connection required?
    also, is there any reason for a person with just an H21 to connect to the internet? could they use the remote apps on that?
    Thanks, Dan
  13. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I use a combo of 3 remotes. a Universal Remote brand URC-RF20 that I've got programmed up to the HR21. I also use my Bionic with DirecTV Remote Control app. I also use a RF64B backlit Standard DirecTV remote for my HR21 too.
  14. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Nobody has mentioned the only universal that can control DirecTV via RF (no base, no blasters), the Xsight Touch. For harmony-like programming software, touch screen, charging cradle, 18 devices, and unlimited macros, at $50, it's really hard to beat. The harmony 900 can't even do one button macros at all (sequences) and costs 5x as much.

  15. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I thought that device was discontinued.
  16. elbodude

    elbodude Legend

    Jul 13, 2006
    Harmony One.
  17. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    It seems to be on One-for-All's UK website and Amazon has them in stock.

    The USA One-for-All site has a new remote but no mention of either of the Xsight remotes. :shrug:

  18. Mike Bertelson

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

    Jan 24, 2007
    I thought it was limited to controlling only one receiver in RF.

  19. armchair

    armchair Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2009
    I've got one but it doesn't say "One For All" on it. Mine says Acoustic Research, model X-Sight Touch and my support links to AudioVox. The 433 extender for this remote comes with a compact antenna; two of the same, had horrible RF reception. A Directv RF antenna is a solution I found to my problem. None of the product reviews I found, mentioned this issue. There is an IP via PC/USB interface to program remote and manually programmed devices can be uploaded for their review to add to library. Some say the site is too slow but I only found that to happen on couple of occasions.

    The RF AFAICT is limited to one Directv RF receiver by last 6 of RID; cannot input multiple RIDs. Other Directv receivers can be added using IR plus the extended IR codes for multiple receivers in same room.

    To be honest, I was waiting to see if someone else would post their experience with this remote to see if it as disappointing as mine. I used it exclusively for about 6 weeks until I tired of the small buttons (I get omitted key presses; I have to press the small buttons, just right). And that Round-Ringed-Directional 4-way button is horrendous; it's too small and awkward. A lot of these buttons seem to work only with my thumb-nail (Numbers, navigation and function keys). I like the DVR transport keys and layout. Much like the Harmony, users can re-program any key, program soft keys in multiple pages. Oddly, added soft keys cannot be moved to desired page. This requires the user to apply some forethought into order that soft keys are added. :confused:

    My use has become limited to using it for macros to switch inputs for activities and punch deep in the menus of my components. Despite liking the transport keys, I still gravitate back to the Directv RF remote when I'm past the activity setup. IIRC, it has 18 macros with virtually no limit to number of sequential steps. Timing interval can be changed for each step. 18 macros seems limited; I ran out of available macros when I was customizing macros for Directv. Battery charge interval beats my Harmony One by a good margin and it also has the motion sensor on the back-lighting. An updated version with increased number of macros, better buttons all-around and improved back-lighting (colored buttons are not transparent so lighting is around the buttons but at least pattern of colors matches Directv remote) could make this remote a winner, IMO.

    I'm actually looking for another one-remote solution.
  20. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I bought one as soon as they were available in stores, at around $300, and took it back within 2 days.

    1. It only supports 1 DirecTV receiver in RF.
    2. It's very cheaply made
    3. The software the came with it was REALLY bad. Half of it wasn't even in English.
    4. The buttons are too small.
    5. It's not very ergo-dynamic, doesn't fit well in your hand.

    I love my Harmony 900 and I can control all of my DirecTV receivers using RF. I don't care that the 900 uses blasters to do so.

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