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Question about the Mini's remote control

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by eboydog, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Feb 9, 2014 #1 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    What type of remote comes with the Mini? Is it the same IR/RF that comes with the Roamio or it just the standard IR control?

    I looked all over Tivo's site and couldn't find any solid info about the remote, even on their accessory site, they list replacement remotes for all Tivos except the Mini.

    Thanks!
     
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    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    supasta

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    It does. I have tried my Roamio Pro remote with my Mini in IR mode.

    I have been contemplating purchasing another Roamio remote to replace my Mini remote. I quite like the new remote.

    I had suppressed that idea until you drug it out again. I'll let my wife know it was your fault when she asks why we have another remote. ;)
     
  5. Feb 9, 2014 #5 of 27
    eboydog

    eboydog Just TiVo'ing.....

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    No problem, I just ordered a Mini to appease my wife, she complained about the new Roamio until she found out the new one will hold ALL episodes of her Walking Dead series, now I may not see her for some time after the Mini gets installed!

    Now if Tivo will get the Android Stream app going, I will be a very happy Tivo customer!
     
  6. Feb 9, 2014 #6 of 27
    todd_j_derr

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    If you buy the "Premiere" version of the Slide Pro remote, you can install the dongle in the Mini and use it in RF mode - I can confirm that personally.

    So, I wonder if the same is true for the stock Roamio remote - in which case I wonder if you could talk Tivo into sending you a dongle. They don't charge extra for it with the Slide Pro, and IIRC it was packaged separately from the remote.

    Although, it may be worth just spending the extra $20 for the Slide. I don't really care about the keyboard but the fact it lights up is a big plus.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2014 #7 of 27
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Yes the dongle that comes with the Slide Pro "Premiere/Mini" version can be used to pair a standard Roamio remote with a Premier or Mini. So if you buy a Slide Pro for the Roamio you should order the Premiere/Mini one and use the dongle to connect the original Roamio remote to your Mini.
     
  8. Feb 9, 2014 #8 of 27
    alarson83

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    I literally just asked this in another thread on the roamio forum before finding this answer.

    Now if only the slide pro remote wasnt completely sold out.
     
  9. Feb 9, 2014 #9 of 27
    wkearney99

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    Yeah, but who's selling them (without gouging)?
     
  10. supasta

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    I would love to be able to purchase the dongle and the Roamio remote for use with my Mini in RF mode. I may call and see if that is a possibility.
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You'd think they'd sell that as a package. It's a way better solution the the default remote and that little USB IR dongle.
     
  12. eboydog

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    So which remotes come with the dongle? Just the slide? I'm interested in getting just the dongle for a development project I have in mind.

    I don't guess anyone has just the BT dongle for sale or have a old broke slide remote??
     
  13. d_vail

    d_vail New Member

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    The slide pro remote comes with the dongle IF you select that you are using it for a mini when checking out. They just throw it in the box with the remote boxed separately. While the old slide remote used Bluetooth, the new slide pro and dongle as well as the new rf roamio remote now use some proprietary non-Bluetooth wireless.
     
  14. poppagene

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    The dongle is a usb RF dongle.
     
  15. supasta

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  16. poppagene

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    No you are wrong and out of line -- read the response again -- he was referring to the slide pro remote which comes with or without a usb rf adapter and dongle. The seperatly available ir receiver and dongler is a different product
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Sorry dude, but supasta is right. I was referring to the IR dongle he linked to.

    What I was saying is that they should sell the cheaper Roamio remote and the new RF dongle that comes with the Slide Pro as a package for Mini owners because it would be a better solution then the IR dongle they currently sell.

    If people want to buy a Slide Pro it's a great solution, but a cheaper option with the simpler Roamio remote would be better since Minis are typically used in secondary locations where having the keyboard and learning capabilities of the Slide Pro are likely overkill. If they could package the Roamio remote with an RF dongle and sell it for $30 I bet it would be very popular amongst Mini owners.
     
  18. todd_j_derr

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    I would almost buy that, but the Roamio remote doesn't light up (and it's also not learning, correct?), which is kind of a bummer.

    I did end up buying a Slide Pro for the bedroom Mini just for the light, although I have to admit the RF is a nice "bonus" - no more signals getting blocked by blankets, dogs, etc.
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Not everyone needs the light or the learning or the keyboard. If they could sell a basic Roamio RF remote with dongle for $30, instead of $50 for the Slide Pro, I bet it would be a popular item. The RF and remote finder features alone would be worth it. Plus having the buttons in the same place as you're use to on the Roamio is also a bonus.
     
  20. krkaufman

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    Personally, I consider having the Mini using the same remote as the main/paired DVR unit to have been a basic requirement; that users have to dig through forums and scrounge a special dongle to have a consistent experience accounts for a few demerits on my Roamio/Mini evaluation.
     

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