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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by NoVa, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. NoVa

    NoVa Member

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    So I've decided their is no budget for a new RF remote & there is nothing wrong with my Harmony One that an IR extender can't fix.

    Luckily the TiVo is under a bench within 5 ft of where all the components are.
    But it's the only one that's hidden.

    Is there any IR extender that TiVo members prefer to control Tivo's with? specifically for my new P4.

    Thanks.
     
  2. eric102

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    I use the Logitech Harmony extenders on both my TiVo's, they work fine.
     
  3. brewman

    brewman Member

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    I have a URC MX-980, and it is the macdaddy hard-button programmable remote. Be careful buying a programmable URC remote, because many of them are supposed to only be available through authorized dealers and the programming libraries are not available to the general public unless you can get a dealer to give you access.
     
  4. GadgetVirtuoso

    GadgetVirtuoso New Member

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    I don't know why some are saying the Harmony remotes are hard to setup. I've been able to setup several without the remotes for Tivos, Bluray players, AppleTV and Roku. The guided setup is very easy. It can take a little work if you want custom functions or buttons but even that is far easier than remotes of old.

    I highly recommend spending the money for the harmony units with cradles to save you from messing with batteries.
     
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    It's not that they're hard to set up. Harmony remotes don't work the same way that most remotes do. Anyone used to programming macros into their remotes initially have a hard time grasping the activity concept that Logitech uses. Once you understand how it works it's actually quite simple to program. Instead of programming a specific sequence of commands into a macro you simply specify which components are used and what inputs or other settings apply to each component. The remote does the rest. It's all a matter of getting your mind in synch with the way they operate.
     
  6. tomhorsley

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    http://home.comcast.net/~tomhorsley/hardware/harmony/harmony.html

    OK, things have improved a bit since I wrote that, but there is still enough of the "you are in a maze of twisty passages, all different" in the setup screens to make things irritating and annoying. And, naturally, I have to crank up a Windows system - no linux support.
     
  7. mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    I just skimmed over the article in the link and what I read reminded me of my initial impression of the Harmony setup. I thought it sucked, plain and simple. After working with it for a while I realized it wasn't the software but rather my mindset. I was so used to configuring macros with my other remotes that the concept of configuring activities was completely foreign to me. Once I changed my way of thinking, programming the remote was quite simple and straightforward.

    One of things I love about the Harmony remotes is that Logitech probably has one of the most extensive component libraries available that I've ever used. I recall purchasing a new high end Marantz DVD player that had just come out 7 or 8 years ago. When the player arrived I immediately wanted to program my Harmony 880 with the codes. When I accessed the online library the player was listed. In fact, I don't recall any device I couldn't program into a Harmony remote because the codes weren't available.
     
  8. Worf

    Worf Active Member

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    Most harmony remotes have an IR receiver so you can capture your own codes. But typically, if it's not available, you can email customer support and they'll do it ASAP
     
  9. NoVa

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    Have a Premier 4 hidden but all other components out in the open.
    Bought a Sewel IT blaster & it works well with TiVo remote.

    Now I want to use my good ole H1 to corral everything up.

    How would I do this now that the IR blaster is part of the equation?
    Conceptually I can't get my head around how I can control the blaster with the H1 to get the hidden P4 into the mix.
     
  10. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    You can use an IR extender to send the commands to any hidden device. It's basically a receiver that sits out in the open that has an extension cord with an IR transmitter LED that you place in front of the device you want to control. Point the remote at the receiver and it picks up the signal and transmits it to the repeater to control the device.
     
  11. NoVa

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    Yeah - I understand this part...which was easy with the TiVo remote.
    But now that I am trying to use my ole Harmony One remote to control everything including the hidden TiVo, do I search for the IR blaster in the Harmony database to integrate into the remote sequencing?
     
  12. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    Ellicott...
    There's nothing to program so you won't find anything in the Harmony database. A remote extender just picks up the IR signal from any remote and sends it to a remote IR transmit LED. Some are hardwired and some are connected via RF. Just google "remote extender" and you'll find a number of different models available.
     
  13. WO312

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    Finger...
    Looks like he already bought a Sewel IT blaster, so he was just asking how to program it. You answered that - he doesn't have to do anything. The blaster just picks up the signal from the Harmony One and sends it to the P4. I believe he has already tested that part with his Tivo remote. So as long as his Harmony is programmed with the proper Tivo codes he should be good to go.
     
  14. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    This...I've had my One for several years now, and it's never failed me...
     
  15. NoVa

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    Yep - this was the case. I guess I originally thought the blaster was a separate entity that needed to be program itself like any other A/V equipment.

    However, as previously stated by you all - the Sewel blaster just knows when to pick up the right signal & I suspect the TiVo actually nudges it somehow due to the IR eyes linking it to the blaster.
     
  16. mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    Just so you know, an IR repeater picks up all IR signals and retransmits them. The device at the other end (i.e., the Tivo) knows what signals belong to it and responds only to those signals. It's the same as if all devices were within line of sight of the remote.
     
  17. NoVa

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    Yep - just realizing it now. Thanks for your comments.
     
  18. janry

    janry New Member

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    I got a URC WR7 a couple of days ago based upon the recommendations in this thread. I have a Harmony One in our den and I just set up a man cave for my retirement. I wanted a Harmony One or something like it but decided for the difference in price, that I'd give the WR7 a try.

    I love it. It is easy to program and I really like the feel of it. At this point, when the Harmony One in the den dies, I'll replace it with another one of these if they are still around.
     
  19. jwwz

    jwwz New Member

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    I've used Harmony Remotes for many years, I currently have two "Harmony One's" in my house and find them rock solid. They are time consuming to set up but worth it in the end.:up:
     
  20. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    With the new Roamio TiVO DVRS being RF based remotes, I am assuming the Harmony One or URC WR7 won't work with it, correct? Or can they still maybe work with RF equipment with some sort of adapter?
     

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