Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fairfax Station, VA
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First, let me say I have the best wife in the world...she saw that I had a new toy and the agony of not being able to play with it and she let me off the hook to go play :up:
First, I login and tell it that I'm replacing my existing remote. Software gives me two options: set up a new account (which would let me start from scratch by telling it all my devices and move on from there -- to heck with that!) or to stay on my current account and migrate everything (but not any custom mapping).
I chose to stay with the same account and migrate.
first mistake: I did not check the devices. I assumed the migration went smoothly there. It did not. It added a generic PVR device in place of my HR20 (the HR20 was listed as well just like I set it up). It also added a generic game console in addition to my PS3. Once I discovered this, I had to delete those devices.
I started out with 7 devices (2 TVs, 2 DVRs, 1 receiver, 1 PS3, and 1 DVD/VHS recorder). So I had to delete something. I chose the little TV, Which I only use on Sundays for the NFL ST so I can turn it on manually anyway.
Second: since it kept my activities, so I went ahead and set up the mapping to my liking. Kept the default except:
1. Info was mapped to List. I hardly ever use Info but use List 100 times a night.
2. + was mapped to -
3. Stop was mapped to - (I use the stop exclusively as a -- to delete recordings from the playlist)
Third: I created my sequences. you can have many (the remote screen will show 4 per page but you can scroll through more pages). I don't like to scroll through pages and I only need 3 anyway.
I set button 1 (top left) to get me to the ToDo list (menu, down, down, down, select). I would have to press one more select...so it would be button 1, then select to get to the ToDo
I set button 2 (top right) to simply be the info button
I set up button 3 (bottom left) to get me to prioritizer (first, press button 1, the button 3 (down, down, down, down, select)
I set up button 4 to turn CC on or off (yellow, down, down, select) will turn it either on or off depending on whether it's off or on!
sequence is machine dependent, so I had to create each sequence twice (once for each DVR I have). That was a pain. Much better if the sequences were there and I just changed the device when creating the second set.
Fourth: I set up the activity buttons. These did not transfer correctly from the 676. Not a big deal, took 5 seconds to fix.
Fifth, I plugged the remote and updated. Firmware updated from 2.2 to 2.4 (latest) and remote was updated.
Nothing was happening on the remote after the update. it looked dead. This is when I checked the devices (see mistake 1 above) and found all the extra devices. Deleted the extra devices, made sure all the activities were still there and updated the remote.
Still dead remote.
I took out the batteries (I charged them last night) and reset them. Remote is alive. Yay!
Big Mistake number 2: I then went into the remote settings (software) and told it to turn the glow after 10 seconds (default is 15) and to sense for the remote tilting (if you tilt the remote, it lights up to show you the screen...cool!)...when I clicked save and went to my activities, they were all erased! CRAP...I have to set all my activities from scratch!
thankfully, when I started to set them up, it remembered all the settings (TV on Video 7, receiver on video 2...etc.) so really all I had to do is walk each activity through the wizard to reset them back to normal...WHEW!
Annoying thing department: I would have liked to map a button (such as mute) to do the CC on/Off sequence. You can't do that. Well, at least I couldn't figure out how to do it...I never use the mute or the prev button and it would have been neater for me to set a sequence to them instead of the buttons up top on the screen.
For whatever reason, something I did as I was fixing the activities and stuff deleted the mapping of sequences to one of the 2 DVRs...but the sequence itself remained...I thought the problem was I named the sequences the same thing for both DVRs but that was not the problem. I remapped them for the one DVR missing them and it was fine.
Last problem: the software deleted my account info (username and password) from memory. So once I logged out, I had to go find out what my username and passwords were to log in again. Very annoying.
As to the remote: I played with it for about 15 minutes. It feels GREAT...I love the feel of the buttons...the layout is already easy for me to use without looking (except for the sequence buttons on top)...the remote fits beautifully in my hand, it is very light. I suggest not activating remote assistant...if you've used a Harmony before, it just gets in the way...
other than the 6 device restriction, this is a HUGE improvement over the 676. I have not tested it with the PS3 (which is really the Nyko remote that is the device) or with my DVD/VHS player...that will have to wait...