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Old 10-20-2008, 05:22 PM   #21
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I bought a "One For All URC8820 8-Device Universal Remote Control" for $25 and taught it all the commands. That has been a better solution.
Al,
If you are at all interested, One-for-All remotes can be programmed and totally customized via free software and a connection to a computer's serial port through a small connector hidden in the battery compartment of the remote. You can make an inexpensive One-for-All remote behave much like a universal remote costing several hundred dollars.

I have our $15 One-for-All remote set up with macros to greatly simplify operation of our plasma display, surround sound receiver and music system, DVD player, DVR, VCR, etc. You can set things up so that it only takes a single button press to watch TV, a DVD, or play music (something my wife really appreciates).

There is a forum and user's group dedicated to JP1 programming where you can also download the software. You can find out more by viewing the JP1 Remote Wikipedia page.
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:27 PM   #22
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Hey, thanks, Wino. I saw that connector in there and wondered about it.

I've used the two macro keys on the One-for-all to advance the DVR playback by 30 seconds or -30 seconds respectively (the one-minute jumps are sometimes too much).
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:58 PM   #23
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I've used the two macro keys on the One-for-all to advance the DVR playback by 30 seconds or -30 seconds respectively (the one-minute jumps are sometimes too much).
Using JP1, you can actually program any key to have a macro, or re-assign the function of any button on the remote. For example, you could program the "DVD" button to turn-on the TV, DVD player, and surround system and set everything to the correct inputs, etc. At the same time, this could also set the remote up so that the various key groups are locked to the device of interest (e.g. the transport keys control the DVD player, the volume keys control the volume of the receiver, etc.).

For most devices (TVs, DVRs, etc.), someone else has probably already come up with good logical key assignments and macros and posted a device file on the user's group. Once you're familiar with the process, you can simply download existing device files for your equipment and then upload them to the remote. Of course, you can also modify someone else's device file to your liking.

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