The remote throws
away the old school book of codes in 8-point font. This bad boy is
‘Internet powered’ and connects via a USB cable. This allows the online
site to configure the remote to exactly the way you want it.
while this is by far the easiest remote to use, it does require someone
who is familiar with the audio/video equipment to program it. Do not
use this setup as an excuse to not buy this remote, just keep in mind
it took me about an hour to set it up. The biggest tip I can tell you
is use a laptop and sit right in-front of the equipment because you
will need a lot of info from them. While it is time consuming, it is
Using the remote
I said before, this is the easiest remote to use. On the top of the
remote is a line of “Activity Buttons.” These take macro buttons a step
farther by labeling them by the most common usage. If you want to
“Watch a Movie,” hit the button and it will turn on the receiver and
put it on the right input, turn the DVD player on, and then turn the TV
to the right input. The button that says menu will then be used for the
DVD on-screen menu rather then the TVs. All the buttons change usage
for the different activities. The remote is that intuitive.
Comcast DVR works fine with it as the media control buttons like pause
and record are on the bottom of the remote. Once the “Watch TV” button
is engaged those buttons will control the DVR rather then the DVD
My favorite part of the remote so far is the “Listen to
Music” button that turns the TV off, turns cable box on and puts it on
a great rock station, and then turns the receiver to a different input
then what the cable TV uses so it utilizes a different sound setting
for music. It is that easy. Once this thing is set it works flawlessly.
you get lost or the macros do not turn on, let’s say the DVR, there is
a help button on the top of the remote. The LCD screen will lead you
through a series of “yes or no” questions that will ask you if
different equipment is on. If you hit yes it will proceed to the next
piece of equipment till you find the problem. Once the status of the
DVR is in question, you would hit “no” to have the remote send another
IR command in order to turn the DVR on.
you do the remote control juggle and hate it, buy this remote. You will
not regret it. Anyone can use this remote because, and I know I have
said this more then once, but it just works. That’s the best
description for this remote: it works.