What is best programable remote for Tivo peanut lover

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by brucedelta, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Oct 1, 2005 #141 of 157

    Mr.Pibb New Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I just got my Harmony 676 yesterday and I'm loving it so far. The software asks you to press a few specific buttons on your remote so it knows the address of the remote.
  2. Oct 1, 2005 #142 of 157

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    And I hated the peanut as well as my wife! doing a Tivo 1, 2 or 4 was a terrible exercise for my fingers. PITA. I check/recheck and do lots of stuff with those shortcuts and putting tivo at the top of the peanut was a killer for me. Ick.

    then that joystick thingie...way to sensitive. Always mucking things up. so yes we are both happy with the sony.
  3. Oct 1, 2005 #143 of 157

    RockyTheSquirrel New Member

    Sep 16, 2001
    Hollis, NH
    JP1 programable remotes are great value for the cost, fun home project to make up the cable, download the software, hack the codes, etc.

    I've been playing with this for 5 years, and it has provided the only affordable solution that worked for me for that time. Particularly liked the macros you can edit up, custom buttons and make your own devices, and the availability of RF/IR repeaters on some of the higher end URC models.

    All that said, it has been a nightmare training my wife to use them, and even worse when we have guests over (or babysitters in the old days). Macros and key mapping is a workable solution, but it is tough having buttons that perform functions different than what they are labeled as.

    Just upgraded to the HR10-250 (outstanding PVR, way better then the SAT-T60 or DSR6000 at playing even SD broadcast).

    All that said, I and also switched to the Harmony remotes, been wanting to since I first saw one over a year ago but had too much invested in the JP1 programmables. Harmony still hs no RF, but too many other features to pass up. Got the 880, and it is outstanding. Soooooo easy to set up and use, even the wife operates it with no training, switches between TiVos, DVD players, CD players, off-air, cables, best damn thing I have gotten to play with in a long time.

    Harmony remotes are truly awesome. Buy one now. No, buy two now.

    What are you waiting for, log off and go shopping!
  4. Oct 1, 2005 #144 of 157

    GalenMD New Member

    Apr 13, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Where do you recommend buying these Harmonies?
  5. Oct 1, 2005 #145 of 157

    Mr.Pibb New Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I've been doing JP1 for years as well. It's been great, it's been cheap, and it's been a great way to show that I'm a geek ;) . With all that, it's been difficult to increase the WAF. You can't label buttons, and printing out a cheat sheet never really seemed to work. (I suppose it didn't help that I was always changing things). Plus, I'm just getting tired of fooling with it. I hadn't changed anything in a long time and I had to go through much of the learning curve again to set up some new equipment.

    I think the new Harmony is a hit with the wife (after some complaining about the price, of course). Yea, there are a few things I haven't been able to do yet that I could do with my JP1 remotes, but really the ease-of-use and ease-of-setup benefits are making up for it. Also, my latest JP1 remote (URC-8910) had NO IR power at all. The TV wouldn't pick up the IR signal half the time, and you had to point it right at the components to get it to work. With this Harmony I can point the remote straight up and be at the other side of the room and all the components still pick up the signal.

    I think JP1 is like Linux, way more powerful if you want to go through the pain to learn it. Harmony is like Windows XP, easy to use but maybe not perfect. (OK, the Harmony web page crashes more like windows ME, but I still managed to get things set up last night).

    Maybe it's just that now, with two kids, I just don't have the time to fiddle with JP1, but I'm tired of the time it took to get things working.

    I bought mine from ZipZoomFly.com. I ordered it Weds and got it Friday. Just do a pricegrabber search for the models you are interested in. Amazon is a good place for additional reviews, as well as remotecentral. I was turned off of the 880 because of the number of comments stating that it's difficult to use this remote by "feel". I want to be able to feel the buttons and know what I'm going to push without looking at the remote for every little thing!

    Anyway, all that to say that I'm very happy with my Harmony 676.

  6. Oct 1, 2005 #146 of 157

    memnoch Billy Gardner

    Dec 24, 2004
    Flemington, NJ
    I am now officially a happy camper. I still can't call up the main menu on my Sony 885 Receiver, but the reason I wanted access to it was so I could adjust the subwoofer level on the fly. I can't find the codes written anywhere, but after going through each and every EFC, I found that 223 is subwoofer down and 227 is up. I mapped them to channel up and down which is actually better - volume up and down on one side and subwoofer up and down on the other. The 6131 now does absolutely everything I want it to do without having to send it out for my TV, HD-DVR, VCR, DVD and Receiver! Thanks to everyone for the help.

    Also, I love the layout for TiVo and the feel of the buttons.
  7. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    at wits end so hope one of you geniuses can help with the sony vl900 :) turned off the T60 and got my 2nd hdtivo so needed to do the remote addressing thing. No problem. I have one unit assigned to the cable and one to vcr. All buttons work fine. Then I had wanted to program system control 1 to activate the 'cable' and sys control 3 to do the 'vcr'. I had this before with the sony and hdtivo.

    I succesfully programmed the remote so that each tivo works perfectly with either 'cable/vcr'. but what I cant figure out, even after reading the book and trying for over one hour, is how to reassign the sys control 1 and 3 back to vcr and cable

    i've pressed and held S and 1, which i believe clears 1 and 3? or at least one. But then i press and hold S until it blinks, press sys 1, then cable then S and it doesn't take.

    So how in the world so i assign system control 1 to cable and system control 3 to vcr? I know it sounds stupid but we are so used to pressing 1 and 3 to activate one of our tivos and i dont wanna change this (2 is already set to mute the tv and receiver but i doubt that has anything to do with it)

    i should also note that sometimes when i'm done my attempt, i press one system button and various other buttons just start flashing like i'm playing simon..weird.
  8. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2002
    Des Moines. IA
    When you reset System Control 1 or 3, clearing it of any commands you might programmed, setting it to factory defaults. Which is turning ON all Sony equipment with control 1, and OFF with 3. those are the device lights you see going off. Resetting it, is not programming it.

    I don't understand what you want each to do, single command or a macro?
  9. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    well that explains why the sony vcr (not used in years) suddenly kicked on! (guess I really should have unplugged it as the calendar even ran out a year or 2 ago)

    I actually my setup to work after about another 1/2 hour of playing. But i dont know how. If you can tell me what i did wrong, or how i actually did this, i'd appreciate it.

    What i was trying to do was make button 1 operate the 1st hdtivo (functions successfully in the 'cable' button) and make button 3 operate the 2nd hdtivo (successfully in the 'vcr' button). So all I really needed to do was make button 1 'hit' the cable button and button 3 'hit' the vcr button. It was that simple (ha). And when i would think i successfully restored to factory settings, somehow i would get one tivo using both button 1 and 3..no clue how i worked that one. then when the 'simon' lights kept flashing, I had no idea what i did!

    I think what did it finally was pressing S then 1 then cable then S again. Or else i stuck another 1 in there. Dont know. by my other posting you can tell i was very frustrated and likely couldn't repeat it again anytime soon.

    Yes i probably could have gotten used to just pressing those vcr/cable buttons but my wife and i are very used to pressing 1 or 3 to get one of the tivos working. It's bad enough my hitachi can't let its inputs be controlled by the universal the way i'd like. I didn't want to confuse us anymore
  10. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2002
    Des Moines. IA

    You press and hold the S key while clearing system control keys, but while programming them you just tap and release the S key. So if you want to tap Control #1 and then be left in the VCR device, here's how:

    1. tap S and release
    2. press system Control #1
    3. press VCR device key
    4. press and hold S, that's it.

    Of course you can't program the system control keys until they're are cleared of previously programmed commands.
  11. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    thanks for the explicit direction. I think i was getting messed up on the clearing part.

    and the simon flashing lights really freaked me too lol
  12. jsirota

    jsirota New Member

    May 26, 2003
    I've gotten comfortable programming my Harmony 680, and it seems like a great remote.

    My one frustration is that I can't seem to affect what the order in which the custom buttons show up. How do I pick where my labels go?
  13. Batmanda

    Batmanda New Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I agree with you! The Harmony 676 and 680 have the exact button layout! I got the 676 because there was a $50 rebate at the time! I really love this remote! It's a little quirky at times, but overall a fantastic product!
  14. mhn2

    mhn2 New Member

    Sep 10, 2003
    Arlington, TX
    I asked Harmony(Logitech) this same question when I first programmed my 676 about a year ago. I was told they are working on it, but don't have the capability yet.
  15. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    You can. Its kind of hard to explain though.

    On the website the spaces where you enter the custom button names are listed top to bottom. But when they are uploaded to the remote they go from left to right.

    1st space = upper left button
    2nd space = upper right button
    3rd space = middle left button
    4th space = middle right button
    5th space = lower left button
    6th space = lower right button

    So, the buttons used most should go in the first 6 spaces. If you have more then six buttons to program, the seventh space will show up after you press the "next" button on the remote.

    Does this make any sense?
  16. hoopsbwc34

    hoopsbwc34 Unpaid Tivo Salesman

    Jan 28, 2003
    I've had the Mx-500 for a couple years. I "upgraded" to the 880 a month or so ago during the dell $69 deal. So far I really want to switch back to the MX-500.

    The web interface for the 880 is horrible. It's very difficult to get things set up the way you want them.

    The pre packaged setups for my components all sucked... I had to rebuild every one. Then, many of the buttons sent multiple signals (so the volume jumps three points instead of one each time I press it!) So I have to relearn the keys...but you have to use the web based software to do that too...

    I also hate where the play button is located...it's so awkward compared to the MX-500 and the peanut.

    I might be ebaying this thing soon.
  17. WhyMe

    WhyMe New Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    I have a 880 and 676. I really like the color screen and the way the activities are setup on the 880. The 676 has a easier button layout for the tivo and I am partial to soft buttons, they both have there good points...Good Luck Michael

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