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Old 11-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I am looking for a universal remote but I don't know where to start. I found a TON on Ebay & Amazon but there is so many mixed reviews about them all I don't know how to feel.

I am looking to spend no more than $25 on a remote than be connected to a minimum of 3 TV's.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:51 AM   #2
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Hello Everyone,

I am looking for a universal remote but I don't know where to start. I found a TON on Ebay & Amazon but there is so many mixed reviews about them all I don't know how to feel.

I am looking to spend no more than $25 on a remote than be connected to a minimum of 3 TV's.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!
I would recommend a harmony remote they are the best.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:45 AM   #3
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I have an old Harmony that's discontinued, but I would part with it for $30 and shipping. It was originally $90 or $100 new, but I got a couple bucks off on an Amazon sale. I bought it new and used it for about 2 months and liked it so much the wife bought me a Harmony One.

I'd have to look up the model for you (it's the middle of the night, everyone's asleep and it's packed in my closet), but I vaguely remember that it was like a 630 or 6300 model and handled up to a dozen things.

PM me if you're interested.

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Old 12-03-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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Hello Everyone,

I am looking for a universal remote but I don't know where to start. I found a TON on Ebay & Amazon but there is so many mixed reviews about them all I don't know how to feel.

I am looking to spend no more than $25 on a remote than be connected to a minimum of 3 TV's.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!
Not sure you are asking for a programmable remote like the Harmony. Just to try to clear up the difference between a universal remote and a programmable remote FYI.

A universal remote is a remote that can have codes set in it for different devices. They may be able to be used with a TV, audio receiver, DVD player by setting the appropriate codes for each. Once the codes are entered then the remote can control the various devices by first selecting the device, then the remote buttons will send out the remote codes for that particular device.

A programmable remote goes to the next level by allowing the storing of macro commands. A macro command can allow a single button to actually automatically send appropriate codes to more than one device.

For example, say we have a power on and a power off button on the remote. With the universal remote to turn off the TV and a DVD player you would need to do these steps:
  1. Select the TV by pressing the TV button
  2. Press the power off button
  3. Select the DVD player by pressing the DVD button
  4. Press the power off button

On the other hand with a programmable remote a macro can be programmed to complete those steps with the press of the power off button which will cause the remote to send the codes in sequence.

Obviously a programmable remote is also universal in that it will work with multiple devices, but many people read universal remote and assume what is meant is a programmable remote. Even a serch of amazon.com for "universal remote" will list mostly programmable remotes like the Harmony.

Based on your price requirement sounds like what you are looking for is a universal remote as a programmable remote would be more expensive. Like this one maybe: RCA RCR503BR 3-Device Palm-Sized Universal Remote

Radio Shack sells several universal remotes.
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I have an old Harmony that's discontinued, but I would part with it for $30 and shipping. It was originally $90 or $100 new, but I got a couple bucks off on an Amazon sale. I bought it new and used it for about 2 months and liked it so much the wife bought me a Harmony One.

I'd have to look up the model for you (it's the middle of the night, everyone's asleep and it's packed in my closet), but I vaguely remember that it was like a 630 or 6300 model and handled up to a dozen things.

PM me if you're interested.

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Great price/deal for an excellent remote the 630 model
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Anyone use any apps as a universal remote?
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Anyone use any apps as a universal remote?
I have an app that controls my ave and via CEC/HDMI link some others via IR or wi-do network. The app does a ton of things such as sound control , multiple in/out multiplexing of sound and video etc.but as the MSRP on the AVR was around $1k when new it is very feature laden
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I am thinking about buying the e harmony 650. I just e-mailed their tech support to see if it will read ATT's box with a guarantee. I figured they can look at their software to see if the 650 will recognize ATT's box. I'm not worried if it will read my other components.

If anyone has this knowledge whether it will or won't, I'd like to hear.
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Remotes are so frustraiting.

I have an xfinity X1 remote that doesn't have the right code for my new Sony and my new Sony "sync" feature doesn't seem to do anything with my other boxes. I have a Roku box that doesn't even use IR so nothing can learn it. And I have an old OPPO that only my "universal" can learn but it won't learn the X1.
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I have Logitech's Harmony 650 that operates my Toshiba DVDR, Sony DVD, Vizio TV, ATT DVR, and Denon AVR. The Harmony is easy to set up via their website and program for your specific electronics. It is available at Best Buy. I have been using mine for about 3 years.
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I've used a Harmony 1100 remote for about 4-5 yrs never a problem, programs easily 1 button starts everything up in sequence to correct pre-settings.
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