Someone already hooked it up...
Originally Posted by hamiltonjim
I opened the battery compartment of the iconremote and found a USB port connection. I plugged it into my computer but Win2000 didn't find the proper drivers. I have emailed X10 if there are any. Anybody know anything more?
Also, I have it on good authority that using the USB port will require a piece of hardware between the remote and your PC. (a la JP1) The BIG question is whether or not my source or anyone else ever lets the cat out of the bag for us to fiddle around via USB.
I finished my IconRemote programming. (ReplayTV input mapped to screen buttons for unit codes 1 & 2, via RCU810 programmed with JP1)
I can say that I've successfully used it as my only remote for a couple days.
One thing I changed pretty quickly was learning TV power to the power button for Replay modes and learning Replay power to screen buttons. I found that the remote is almost always in 1 of 3 modes: TV, Replay1, or Replay2. Since the first (and last) action with the remote is TV power, it was kind of a given. (especially since I almost never turn off my Replay units)
A couple small complaints remain: (now that the remote's biggest weakness, learning, has been finished and I only have to worry about daily use)
1. I wish the Quickskip and Replay buttons were higher on the remote. It's also clear they aimed this remote at TiVo more than Replay, given the "thumbs up/down" buttons between them.
2. I wish the "info" button was another "guide" button, so I could have Replay Guide and Channel Guide at the same level. (like the 5040 remote) I suppose I could have learned the Replay Guide to the menu button and menu to a screen button, but that would have confused my wife. I learned the Replay Guide to the guide button and learned the Channel Guide to a screen button. Another nod to TiVo was the menu button having TiVo Central written above it, supporting the logic of learning Replay Guide there. Time will tell.
In a moment of shower thinking, I wondered "what if" they had a button that enabled the screen and switched the cursor control buttons to selecting screen functions. It would have simplified hardware (fewer buttons) and made the screen buttons more flexible. This change would have made this remote more of a "one-hander." I find myself using a second hand for the screen buttons.