Tivo universal remote

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jeepcj236, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. Feb 10, 2004 #21 of 202
    harperg

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    Jeepcj, I was just going to recommend that same Phillips remote to you. I, like someone else here mentioned, wish that the layout of the keys were a little bit different, but I was able to replace ALL of my bedroom remotes (VCR, DVD, TV, TiVo, stereo, satellite receiver, the swing, er...well, not that remote ;) ) almost perfectly! The learning feature picks up pretty much every remote command, and every TiVo button was made functional too. I figured it was a pretty good deal for the price, compared to other fancier remotes out there.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2004 #22 of 202
    beanpoppa

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    I got this, and am not so thrilled with it. First of all, there are so many labels that it's tough to find the right button. Also, if you have it learn 1 button for a device, you have to teach them all. (you can't use the manufacturer presest for all but one or two buttons, for example.) The One4All looks a little better.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2004 #23 of 202
    beanpoppa

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    Does anyone know if there's a way to enter advanced codes, like the URC6131 supports, directly into the PhillipsMagnavox PMDVR8? I'd like to program a macro button to discretely change the input on my receiver to VCR, but the standard buttons only let me cycle through the inputs.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2004 #24 of 202
    Edmund

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    No, UEI made remotes like the OFA/RS are the only remotes to have such a feature. Dump the philips.:)
     
  5. Feb 10, 2004 #25 of 202
    morac

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    I went looking for a universal remote and based on the recommendations in this thread looked at both the URC6131 and the PMDVR8. I liked the way the URC6131 looked, but it appeared that the URC6131 wasn't a learning remote and I want the remote control my PS2's DVD functions as well, so I picked up the PMDVR8.

    It is very light and it works, but the PMDVR8 is going back to the store tomorrow.
    First off its learning functionality is limitted to only a few buttons. Second the TiVo buttons are scattered all over the remote that it basically requires 2 hands to operate (switching between paging down and scrolling down one at a time is a pain). Third it requires switching to TV mode to change inputs or power on/off the TV. Fourth when holding it in my hand the TiVo buttons aren't in thumbs reach.

    I may try the URC6131, but I don't think it will be able to replace all my remotes. The guy at the store tried to sell me the Kameleon, but it didn't seem any better.

    I want a remote where I can map all my most used buttons so I can use them without having to hit a mode button first. Does such a thing exist?
     
  6. Feb 11, 2004 #26 of 202
    rkcarter

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    I picked up the PMDVR8. It's 90% great, and contrary to what others are experiencing, for each device (Sony HDTV, Motorola HD cable box, Panasonic VCR, TiVo2, Sanyo VCR, Panasonic receiver, Pioneer laser player, Philips 5-disc DVD changer), I am able to program any missing keys (though sometimes it's fussy -- I have to try and try again with the right distance between original and Philips remote). But it has one big annoying problem for me -- the TV volume punch-through (where the default in any mode is that VOL+/VOL- and mute control the TV's volume). All my stuff goes through the receiver, and there's no way to make it a receiver volume punch-through. And I can't have each mode learn the receiver Vol+/Vol- and mute.

    After experimenting, I found out something interesting in each mode -- if I clear it and use just the code for the device, I can then learn Vol/mute. But then I can't learn any other keys from the device's remote. If I learn any keys from the device's remote, I can't learn the receiver volume keys. So it's a choice. Luckily all TiVo keys are already mapped so I have receiver volume in that mode. DVDs are annoying though because the default mapping doesn't give me all I want to watch them.

    I'd be close to 100% happy with this thing if I could have receiver +/-/mute in all modes. Yep, the buttons aren't ideally placed but my fingers are learning them well already. A code to pick which device gets the audio punch-through would be a great improvement to this! Or else the ability to mix-n-match which remotes it can learn from.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2004 #27 of 202
    srs5694

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    Morac, if you like the URC-6131's layout, you might consider buying one with a JP1 interface installed (or the same thing with a JP1 cable, as well). You can then check out the JP1 information on the Web to learn how to program the remote, including adding new device codes, programming macros, and more. Even the upgraded URC-6131 won't "learn" codes directly, but chances are you can find code sets for your devices on the Internet. I don't know offhand if the URC-6131 will control a PS2's DVD functions "out of the box," or if not precisely where you'd go to get codes for it. (The links I've provided should help you find that information, though.)
     
  8. Feb 12, 2004 #28 of 202
    jheydt

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    I also got the 6131 last weekend and with some help on this forum fixed a couple of small problems. I have a Pioneer receiver which all of my devices go thru (DirectTV, TIVO, VCR, DVD, TV and BUD). The only problem I had with the remote was that when pressing the number keys I only was able to change around 3 functions on the Pioneer (Phono, CD, LCD/Sat)
    In order to watch Directtv/tivo my receiver had to show cd. As it is right now in order to change functions I have to push the tv/video button cycling thru the functions in order to get the right one. The CD setting is used for my basic cable (w/o box) and the LCD/SAT is used for my BUD. The DVD function is used for my DirectTV/Tivo and also for the DVD player.

    I am now able to go from the DirectTV/Tivo function by pressing the number 0 key which accesses the CD function. I then turn the tv to channels 2 etc. to watch cable. However, going back to DirectTV/Tivo I have no numeric button to access that function so have to keep pressing the Video/tv button until the right function comes up.

    This morning I had the bright idea of switching the audio video jacks between the LCD/Sat and the DVD inputs. Now I could get the Directtv function by pushing the correct numeric key for the LCD/Sat. This worked fine for the DirectTV/Tivo but when I started the DVD player I got a picture but no sound. The video jack is connected to the DVD S video input on the back of my receiver so I was able to get a picture but no sound. So back to square one.

    Other than the above I really love this universal as it replaced a Home Theater Master SL9000, the tivo peanut and the DVD remote. And all for under $20.

    John
     
  9. Feb 12, 2004 #29 of 202
    Kapeman

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    A question about the URC6131. I have a new Samsung DirecTivo (not the 4020, unfortunately) and I didn't see a code for Samsung under the Tivo listings. Will this remote work w/ my receiver?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Feb 12, 2004 #30 of 202
    srs5694

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    Kapeman, AFAIK all TiVos that use a "peanut" remote use the same TiVo codes, and also AFAIK the Samsung DirecTiVos use these same codes, so you should be fine. IIRC, the code you'll use is listed under "TiVo" in the DVR category of the manual.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2004 #31 of 202
    Kapeman

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    Thanks for the info and the quick response.

    This forum is great (and by that, I mean the people)!
     
  12. Feb 12, 2004 #32 of 202
    Sam FT

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    I just bought the One For All 6131 remote and I have one question. On the TiVo remote, which I own the TiVo Series2 80 hours, I noticed that there is a Live TV button on the remote. But on the OFA 6131 I can't found any button that comes close to it. Does anybody have any idea about that?
     
  13. Feb 12, 2004 #33 of 202
    srs5694

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    Try the Guide button. Apparently the remote emulates the older "peanut" remotes, which had a combined Guide/Live TV button. I'm really not sure how this works out, though, as I've got a Sony SAT-T60, which is a bit different on this score (and uses a different code set, for that matter).

    If that doesn't work acceptably, you may want to look into programming some advanced codes. This takes about ten keypresses per button, but you've got to know the code number. Check this post of mine in an earlier thread, which describes doing this for several keys for my Sony. The codes you'd need for your "peanut" would be different, though. Check the advanced codes site to figure out what you'll need to enter. (You'll need to know the code for the TiVo device, which I don't recall offhand.)
     
  14. Feb 12, 2004 #34 of 202
    jheydt

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    Sam - I have the same tivo unit you have. The guide key pressed twice will get you to live tv.

    John
     
  15. Feb 13, 2004 #35 of 202
    S.Mo

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    Has anyone tried the One For All 6131 with a DVD/VCR combo? I'm certain it can handle my TV and TiVo, but I am not so sure about my Sony SLV-D300P.
     
  16. Feb 13, 2004 #36 of 202
    Edmund

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    The 6131 doesn't have a code for the sony combo, no UEI made remote has a preset code for them, yet. But there is an upgrade code for it, remotes with built-in modems like 8910, can have the code loaded over the phone. You would need to mail the 6131 in to have the code added, which is DVD0864.
     
  17. Feb 13, 2004 #37 of 202
    chrisirmo

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    I have this remote as well and I love it, it works great with the TiVo and all of my other components.

    I also had the same problem with the TV Volume punch-through. My solution was to turn on the punch-through capability for the TV Volume and then "teach" it in TV mode to use the Volume +/- codes for my AV receiver instead of the TV. That way I only had to teach it once for all of the devices. It's been a little over a month and I haven't had any trouble with it.

    Chris
     
  18. Feb 13, 2004 #38 of 202
    jeepcj236

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    the pmdvr8 is going back. In my earlier post, I have a new Sony str-de995 home audio which is brains of my system and the pmdvr8 has no code for it. I have no other alternative than to return it. Otherwise this is a great remote. Tech support said to try this: code search, audio, Power (up to 300 times), if this didn't work then it would not work... and it didn't.

    I am going to use the remote that came with the reciever. It is an up to date Sony remote with learning buttons. I am able to control everything.

    See ya!!:cool:
     
  19. Feb 13, 2004 #39 of 202
    Edmund

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  20. Feb 14, 2004 #40 of 202
    drsql

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    I personally own 2 Sony RM-VL900 learning remotes (den, living room.) They are about 50 bucks, but they have 16 step macros that I really couldn't do without any more. One buttton and my TV comes on, sets itself to the proper input, the amp comes on to the proper input, my DVD comes on if wanted, or VCR, or it goes to the Tivo, whatever.

    Plus, who cares about codes, I press a couple of keys, and point my Tivo remote at the remote and it was done. Almost every key can have eight different learned signals on it, one for each mode (tv, vcr, dvd, etc) Only took a few minutes and I chose the keys (menu-Tivo, OK-Select, etc) and it was on its way.

    You can check it out at Remote Central RM-VL900.

    If you don't care about the macros, I have a RM-VL700 that is just about as good without macros. It is my bedroom remote, which I also use on the Tivo.

    I used to have the RM-AV2100 , which is far cooler, and the 3000 cooler still, but I broke the darn thing. The blue touchscreen is made of glass, which was not happy when it came into contact with the corner of a table. If you aren't worried about breakage it is the way to go.
     

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