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Anybody decide not to use the new remote?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by monkeydust, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. JWhites

    JWhites New Member

    May 14, 2013
    I would love to find out if the new slide remote will include the Remote Finder feature and if the Roamio remote and new Slide remote will have some sort of battery status information somewhere either on screen or in the System Info menu like the original slide remote had when used with Bluetooth. Does anyone know?
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TiVo Shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Regarding these posts longing for the days of the 1-2 hardware switch on the TiVo remote, allowing control of distinct TiVos in a room/location...

    I'm rolling-out a Roamio/Mini solution in a house peppered with OLD S2 DirecTiVos (HDVR2), and, needing to keep the old units around for a time, I was faced with preventing IR/remote control overlap. I was half-way through the process of pulling my old S2 peanut-style remotes off the shelf and programming them with a non-global IR remote address when it hit me...

    Wouldn't the following process allow me to effectively use the TiVo-C/TiVo-D IR/RF mode switcheroo to control two TiVos with a single remote, with one unit being controlled via RF and the other via IR?
    1. On TiVo #1 : Program a non-0 IR remote address (e.g. "M") into my RF-capable Roamio/Mini
    2. On TiVo #2 : Program a different non-0 IR remote address (e.g. "N") into my second TiVo
    3. Ensure the dual-mode, RF-capable remote is set to the IR remote address (i.e. "N") for the IR-controlled TiVo, TiVo #2
    So, now, when the remote is in RF-mode, it controls TiVo #1; and when the remote is switched to IR mode, it controls TiVo #2.

    This has worked OK, so far, under limited testing. That said, the following thread causes me some concern for the long-term stability of the solution: Roamio Remote keeps switching from RF to IR
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TiVo Shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Another observation from testing... If the RF target device (Roamio/Mini) is unavailable, whether powered-off or rebooting, the remote appears to recognize this and automatically switches over to IR signaling -- and then automatically reverts to RF once communication is reestablished. (edit: And, of course, those IR signals will be targeting the *other* non-RF TiVo, TiVo #2 in the original example, above.)

    Something my users will need to be aware of, but it doesn't seem sufficient to ditch the OneRemote workaround.
  4. tootal2

    tootal2 Active Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    I keep pressing the guide button instead of the select button. Im use to the old remote
  5. krkaufman

    krkaufman TiVo Shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Heh, that was a concern I had as I started pulling the old remotes back into the mix, before going the OneRemote route. Among all the other differences, the Select/Guide button conflict definitely had me worried the most.
  6. philt56

    philt56 Member

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have a mini in the same room as my roamio so that P&P works on my tv. When I had 2 tivos, I always used the old remote to switch it between the 2 tivos to change channels on either one. Now I use the roamio remote but pull out an old remote to control the mini. I would much rather have a 1-2 switch.
  7. chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    To answer OP - left the factory Roamio remote in the box, stuck with the Glo remote I bought for my Premiere. I read many complaints about falling back from RF to IR and decided not to bother with it.
  8. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I have gotten used to the smaller Roamio remote.. but for some reason, it seems *even more* prone to problems I seem to have with a lot of remotes, but in a very weird way..

    It works for the Tivo functions for a very long time, but often *won't* work for the TV functions, unless I pull off the battery cover and sometimes even have to push on the battery cover.

    Yes, it's like there's not a good connection being made.. but somehow the regular Tivo functions work fine.
  9. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    And when invoking the regular television functions, you're pointing the remote at the television, right? I have to remind myself of that, at times, using the RF signal for the TiVo box but the television still using the IR.
  10. tim1724

    tim1724 Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2007
    Temple City, CA
    When the battery gets low, the IR transmitter used to send signals to the TV gets weak long before the RF transmitter used to talk to the TiVo dies.

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