Harmony 880: Support four DVRs?

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  1. tigerdriver

    tigerdriver Gruntled

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    I've reached my limit with remote controls. Before I pop for a Harmony 880, I'd like to make certain that it will support all four of my DVRs.

    Anyone?
     
  2. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

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    Yes it will. You would set up 4 devices, at first all using the same codeset, then click settings> then confirm IR commands, it will ask you to teach a few commands. Use a remote set to alternate address of you choice, one between 1-6. It will change the other commands to that address. Do the same for the 3 remaining devices, but using a remote set to a different address each time.
     
  3. ttodd1

    ttodd1 Proud Computer Geek

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    My 670 works great and I didn't have to teach it anything...... yet.
     
  4. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

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    so how many multiple tivos do you have?
     
  5. Scott40

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    If you already have the receivers setup with a different remote code, and if logitech helps out with your particular setup, they can setup multiple tivo units without the end user having to do anything other than give them the remote code number. I had a complex setup with everything I have. After they got all the stuff I have working together properly, I went back into the tivo setups and made some changes as far as the number of labels that show up, etc.
     
  6. tyketime

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    OMG... :eek:

    And I was excited updating my 880 yesterday adding the new HR20-700 box I just had installed alongside my HR10-250.

    Harmony 880 :up:
     
  7. old7

    old7 That's all I know! TCF Club

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    On my 880 I have 2 HR10-250s, 2 HR20-700s, 3 HDVR2s, 1 Sony t-60, a DVD player and a 5.1 receiver. Oh, and a TV.
     
  8. spidey-man

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    All,

    After reading this thread I'm confused :confused: (possibly in a good way). I just purchased a Harmony 676 from Amazon to control multiple devices in my family room. (TV, DirecTIVO, Home theater, etc). I have not received it yet.

    Is this thread saying that this same remote can work multiple devices in other rooms as well?

    If so, I had no idea. I was thinking of purchasing another for my bedroom (TV, DVD player and (cringe) R-15)

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
     
  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    No this thread is saying it can independently control multiple TiVos in the same room, properly programmed.
     
  10. bigpuma

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    As classicat pointed out this thread is about using it in one room, however you can definately set up your harmony to work in another room as well. You can set up multiple activities so you could have Living room TV and Bedroom TV set up with the different devices in each room. I would still want a separate remote for the other room anyway but that is because my wife and I want to watch different things at the same time so we would need 2 remotes.
     
  11. spidey-man

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    Thanks Classicsat and BigPuma. I'll probably not use the remote in that fashion either. However, it is good to know that it works that way. I'm looking forward to setting it up.

    FYI to all. If you did not know, Amazon has the Harmony 676 for $59.99.

    Now, I know I'm being naive, but, why do people have multiple DVRs in one room?
     
  12. bigpuma

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    Because 1 DVR can record 2 things at once, but 2 DVRs can record 4. :D
     
  13. rlj5242

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    And old7 can record 16 things at once. But I don't think he holds the record here though. A few years ago a guy had 10 or 12 DVRs set up.

    I share a GXCEBOT and an HR10-250 between two TV's in two different rooms. Each room has a different set of supporting equipment (TV, DVD, AV receiver, etc). An 880 remote in each room controls everything. I route the IR from the living room to the theater room where the Tivos reside via a wired setup through the walls and attic. The Watch HDTV activity in the living room works exactly the same as it does in the theater room. It makes it very easy for my wife to grab the remote and watch what she wants. I'll be adding an HR20 to the mix soon.

    -Robert
     
  14. tigerdriver

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    The receivers and associated components may be in one room, but the TVs where they're watched can be anywhere. My wife and I have individual SD DirecTivos, which we generally watch in our respective offices via Channel Plus modulator. The two HD units connect to the 56" HD TV in our great room. (The HR20 is on the modulator, too.)

    All our equipment, except for the TV, is located in a rack in our garage, powered by a large UPS. IR signals are relayed from rooms to the garage via a bunch of PowerMid repeaters.

    Out of this equipment stack comes only two wires: An HDMI cable connecting my Onkyo A/V Receiver to the TV, and a RJ-9 cable from the modulator to the input of the Comcast cable wiring (that was here when we bought the house).

    We are, however, drowning in remote controls.
     
  15. old7

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    I have 10 DVRs total, but only 8 in one room being controlled by the 880.

    Don't tell my wife that 10 excessive or she will complain when I get more. :)
     
  16. Scott40

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    I can only make one assumption on this. Either you have that many units with stock drives, or you are retired with no life to be able to watch that much tv :) Seems like it would be better to run 2 or 3 boxes with very large hard drives and save money on extra receiver fees, that being unless you are just using some of them to mrv stuff over to.
     
  17. old7

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    None of them have stock drives. I don't watch that much TV, but when I do I want to watch something that I that I want. Two DVRs (1 HD & 1 SD) have nothing but movies. One is strictly for my 10 year old daughter, shared to her bedroom with video/IR distribution. Two DVRs (1 HD & 1 SD) are primarily for my wife. One is just sports and another is just adult. All of the HDVR2s have MRV enabled.

    Hard drives:

    HR20-700: Seagate Freeagent 750 GB
    HR20-700: Seagate Freeagent 750 GB
    HR10-250: 2 * WD 320 GB
    HR10-250: 2 * WD 250 GB
    HDVR2: 320 GB
    HDVR2: 250 GB
    HDVR2: 250 GB
    HDVR2: 250 GB
    Sony T60: 2 * WD120 GB
    Sony T60: 2 * WD120 GB

    Quick math: just over 4TB

    My problem is that as I keep buying HD DVRs, I always tell myself that I will retire an SD DRV, but I never do. I know that I really should, but I don't.

    Speaking of retired DVRs I have have 3 Sony T60s and 2 HDVR2s that are retired and sitting in a closet, all with upgraded hard drives.
     
  18. Scott40

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    Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I could find enough time to watch that much stuff.
     
  19. chrishicks

    chrishicks Tivo Junkie

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    man, my wife would definitely shoot me if I had that many DVRs. :) she thinks we have way too many now. :D
     
  20. old7

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    I watch maybe 15 - 20% of what they record. I have never felt compelled to even try.
     

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