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TiVo Slide Pro Remote

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by chef616, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Did you? :)

    My last guess before seeing the comparison was 1/4" (many pages ago... hard to find!). Your guess was 1/2".

    Then my second guess after seeing the side-by-side picture was 4 to 6 mm, and that is about 1/4".

    overFEDEXed claims 1/4". So I win!!!! :) You owe me a Slide Pro!!
     
  2. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

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    I have owned five Bluetooth Slides. I'm still using three, plus one new one, still in the box.

    I can tell you that with the Elite and two-tuner Premiere, the Blutooth was aggravating.
    I had one that was worse than the rest. I got rid of it.

    I don't know if you have tried a BT with a Roamio, but the difference is like night and day. (For me anyway) Also, I use Sanyo Eneloop rechargable batteries. I noticed that when they got low, the response was slower.
     
  3. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Yes I have. And there is absolutely no difference (both when it was working, and when it started to fail). Same response speed as on the Premiere (although the Roamio ACTS on things faster, but that is because the Romio *is* much faster). Same failures (one failed on Premiere-only use, and now one on the Roamio that was on the Premiere for a while). And both failed after many months of working perfectly. And they were bought from different sources and over a year apart.

    Mine has Eneloop in it right now. And they are nowhere near low.

    But all this has been hashed and rehashed many times. The apparent conclusion is that the Slides go defective and for no known reason. Yes, some people have issues with reception/interference. SOME will fail due to a ribbon cable dislodging (which can be fixed). But most reporting such glitching problems fail for no known reason and can never be repaired.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=456559
    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=463987

    The glitching failures severely tainted an otherwise spectacular product.
     
  4. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

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    I had better get another measurement, just in case.

    The New Slide (Pro) is just a little more than 1/4 inch longer, than the Old Slide (Bluetooth)
     
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I use the Eneloop XX batteries in my Slides. They last longer than the regular Eneloops.

    Fortunately my three BT slides never had any issues. Hopefully the four Pro Slides I got will be just as resilient.
     
  6. sneagle

    sneagle Addicted Member TCF Club

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    Got mine today. Tried to connect but had some issues. I think much of the issue was my inability to read the directions properly. Still, in the process of troubleshooting I unplugged the mini and it installed an update.

    All's well that ends well.
     
  7. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Got mine tonight. At first I couldn't get it RF paired to my Roamio Pro at all. I finally ended up 1st unpairing the original RF remote that came with the Roamio and then the Slide Pro pairing worked. Maybe the need to unpair previous RF remote was an obvious step to some, but it wasn't for me.

    Main reason I got Slide Pro was for the "learning" function and of course that is not working. My old S3 OLED Glo Remote learns fine from the same TV remote (Insignia) that the Slide Pro fails for. VERY DISAPPOINTING.

    EDIT: Another strange thing: With my original Roamio Pro RF remote when I used TV related buttons (mute, vol, etc) the TiVo button would light up Red indicating IR mode. The Slide Pro remote lights up yellow (RF mode) for the TV buttons. What's up with that?
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I did not need to unpair the Roamio remotes that came with my boxes. The BT slide remote was still connected and the original Roamio RF remote was connected. I just followed the instructions that came with the Pro SLide.

    I put the batteries in the Pro Slide, then I went to the remote section on the Romaio and selected #5 which is pairing. And then the Pro Slide started working with the Roamio. I could still use my BT slide and the original RF Roamio remote.

    I had the same results with my BAsic Roamio and my Roamio Pro. All my Roamio remotes flash Amber indicating they are using RF.

    I did not try any learning functions. I entered the codes for a Denon receiver for two of the Pro Slides. The code for a Sony speaker bar for another Pro Slide. And for the fourth Slide I entered the code for a Toshiba TV. The Pro Slides controlled those devices the same as my BT slides, Roamio remotes, and Premiere remotes did.
     
  9. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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    Original slide was that way too. It lit up blue for TV rather than amber.
     
  10. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Correct.

    Would be nice if they were consistent with the colors, though....
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Wasn't it Blue for Bluetooth :D

    All my Roamio remotes have always lit up amber. Except when I went out of range on purpose, and then I saw the led flash red when I pressed buttons but when I came back into range it went back to amber.

    Any button presses of TV power, mute, and volume still show as amber on all my Roamio remotes even though it is using IR to control those devices.
     
  12. tinkererguy

    tinkererguy New Member

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    Just posted some photos comparing the remote the TiVo Roamio comes with, versus the new TiVo Slide Pro Remote. Side-by-side pics accentuate the differences (a little tighter button spacing vertically), and the short video highlights some other differences as well, including weight.
    TinkerTry.com/quick-look-at-the-tivo-slide-pro-remote
     
  13. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    That's odd. My RF remote that came with my Roamio Pro did not behave that way. The IR buttons lit up red instead of amber which I thought was a good feature.
     
  14. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Sigh... Just learned the hard way that the backlight function on the Slide Pro remote can't be turned off. I don't care for that feature and would rather have it off to help save battery. That issue is on me for not doing my homework, but I expected the Slide Pro to be better than my ancient S3 Glo remote which can be turned off. I'll probably just end up using my original Roamio remote as there's nothing better about the Slide Pro that I care about since Learning doesn't work with my TV remote - will give the Slide to my wife to use with her Premiere.
     
  15. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I remember other people mentioning it being red when I first got my Roamio, but my replacement Roamio remote also showed amber for me. And then my Roamio Basic remote did too. And now all four of my Slide Pro remotes also show Amber. So I figure after using seven remotes with the same results, that it was supposed to be showing Amber
     
  16. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

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    I didn't see that either. Good catch. I also assumed that the Pro would include that feature.

    From the Tivo site;
    To turn the backlight off
    Press and hold the TiVo and Thumbs Down buttons until the activity light blinks three times, and then press Clear.

    IMPORTANT: The backlight on the Slide Pro remote can't be turned off.


    FYI for those that want details;
    Comparing the old and new Slides, the backlight on the new, stays on just a little longer. Also, the "pause" button on the new, is much brighter. I can find that button easily, so that makes no difference to me. The "Tivo" button at the top, is fully lit on the new, compared to the old.

    Aaron, it looks like I will be buying those Eneloop XX's, over my regular Eneloop's, if I decide to buy more Pro's. The way that we use our remotes around here, that is definitely a strong negative, especially when factoring in the range difference, in my house.
     
  17. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Alkalines in my Slide Classic last 9 months to a year. And that is with backlight and several hours "use" every day.

    Assuming the Slide Pro is similar, I don't see what the big deal is about the backlight....
     
  18. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Wouldn't the backlight just be from an LED? IF so you would think an LED should not draw much power.
     
  19. generaltso

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    You have this listed under Roamio Remote:

    Bluetooth and IR (for no-line-of-sight use, requires dongle that it shipped with, even on the Roamio)

    That's true of the original Slide remote, but not the Roamio remote.
     
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Duh! I just put new batteries in my Slide and it seems much better. I don't use it much so I just assumed it was going bad or there was some interference, I didn't even consider it might be the batteries. :eek:
     

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