Best Universal Remote that Works with Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by gilvelez, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. joegolf68

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    pgogborn, well put.

    I haven't been here long but have found a wealth of info. As for the remote threads, they leave me more questions than answers. All too often the advice seems tinted by people justifying their own purchase instead of reasonable details. Other responses are excellent with a wealth of info.

    I was preparing to buy the Harmony SST659 based on the opinions here. At the last minute I discovered that the 659 is being upgraded to the 688 within the next few weeks. There is a price increase but I called Harmony (began with emails) and received a substantial discount if I placed a pre-order. So I have a pre-order and the new remote is suppose to look better and have better placed buttons. I don't know what other features will be offered, but I will write a review when I get mine later this month.

    thanks to all who had previously provided remote control suggestions/reviews. Also thanks to those who are patient with the rest of us who still ask questions that might appear on other threads that have been dead and buried. New threads just might bring new ideas and information.

    Respectfully,

    Joe
     
  2. jplybrand

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    I have a specific question about the URC-6131. When you are in TiVo mode, what does the volume control do? Can you make it control the receiver?
     
  3. srs5694

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    Yes, the URC-6131 does support "punch-through" of volume controls (up, down, and mute) to have it control the TV or receiver.
     
  4. jplybrand

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    Well, I bought the 6131, and I'm happy except for one thing. I have an Onkyo receiver, and it has separate signals for on and off. One of the Onkyo codes in the 6131 manual turns it on, and the other turns it off. Any suggestions on how to handle this?
     
  5. Edmund

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    You could reassign a device as a second AUD, keymove the power command to the first AUD device, then turn the second AUD back into whatever it previously was.

    To ressign a device, say the VCR:

    1. press and hold SET for two blinks
    2. enter 9-9-2
    3. press AUD
    4. press VCR
    5. now program with the onkyo setup code

    To keymove the power command:

    1. press and hold SET for two blinks
    2. enter 9-9-4
    4. press VCR
    5. press POWER
    6. press AUD
    7. pick a key, one other than the power key.
     
  6. VinnieD

    VinnieD TiVo Lackey 1stClass

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    i have the mx-500. works great. no problems now for 2 years
     
  7. srs5694

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    I believe Edmund's instructions are probably overly complex. Check the advanced codes list for the code set for your receiver. With luck, it'll have an advanced code for the power-off function. You can then assign that function to an unused key, as described here. Only if you can't find your advanced code set or if it doesn't contain a power-off function should you resort to Edmund's instructions.

    Note that you can assign the "off" function to shift-power -- that is, to power off, you'd hit Set and then Power. The procedure to do so is described on the second page I've referenced. This is probably more intuitive than assigning it to some random other button, like PIP or Thumbs Down (although the latter makes a certain amount of sense, given its color).
     
  8. Edmund

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    srs5694, if you read this thread, you'll see that the ON & OFF commands are in different SETUP codes. Back then there was no 0842 native to any remote, but now, the 6131 has it. I standby my instructions.
     
  9. jplybrand

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    I did basically what Edmund suggested. I programmed code 0842 in AUD. Then I moved Power, which in this case equals OFF, to Exit. Finally, I reprogrammed AUD with 0135. This replaced Power with ON. However, since Exit is not used, that remained as OFF. Now I have both functions I need. Of course the master power on does not work.

    My next problem is that niether code will allow me to select DVD input source. I looked on the hifi-remote web site, but there was nothing there that helped.
     
  10. Edmund

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    Using code 0842 again, try EFC 060.
     
  11. jennydee

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    Interesting info on here. One question for my personal setup remains though. Are there any sub-$100 TiVo-compatible universal remotes that will also work with the record function on my Philips DVDR985? Not something I use too often, admittedly, but would sure be nice to consolidate ALL my necessary functions into one remote.
     
  12. cawake

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    Can somebody tell me how universal remotes work with multiple TiVos? Is it the same as the standard TiVo remote where you hold the TiVo and pause button and then the address of the desired TiVo? Or can you program one button (say VCR) to control one TiVo and another (say AUX) to control a second Tivo? I realize that this is remote dependent, but I'm in the market for one now and would appreciate specific answers for the various remotes people use.

    Thanks.

    Chris
     
  13. Edmund

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    No. there are no universal remotes with preset codes for multiple alike tivos. And the only preset code you will find is the default code, which will control all peanut driven tivos. What you need is a learning remote with enough memory, such as the HTM MX-500, Sony VL900 or VL700. URC the makers of the HTM line of remotes are coming out with 3 new learning remotes, the URC-100, 200, and 300. they will have enough memory.
     
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    My answer to both questions is MX-500 (or higher). This remote will allow you to learn any command from the devices original remote so once you are done with setup, you can put that original remote away for good. Also, because of the many devices it will control and the learning function, you can set up devices called TIVO1, TIVO2, etc. and have different codes in each device.

    It's really an awesome remote and has all the buttons in a good place to be able to use the remote with one hand in the dark (the true test of a good remote).
     
  15. cawake

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    Ok, just to make sure I understand, to program a universal remote, I will need to set my TiVo remote to TiVo 1 and have the universal remote learn every button (even 0-9). I then need to set my TiVo remote to TiVo 2, select a different device on the universal remote and learn every button again and so forth for every TiVo. Is this correct?

    Thanks again.

    Chris
     
  16. Edmund

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    For the remotes I suggested, yes. If you were to get a computer programmed remote like the harmony, probably just a matter of downloading the right codes.
     
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    You could buy the eeprom for like $1.00, add in the JP1 connector and smash any limitations that have been discussed here. For $20 total outlay, IMHO this is the best remote you can get for the money. ALL the buttons are labled just like the peanut, so it was real easy to get my family used to it.
     
  20. JimSpence

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    With the help of some advanced codes, I was able to map my URC-6131 for use with some of the missing codes for the DVDR985. Off hand I've forgotten which DVD code I used for the 6131. Then added in what was missing.
     

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