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post #301 of 312 Old 08-20-2015, 07:53 AM
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This one makes six.

I set the screen brightness at around 60% when I first got my new (direct from URC with new firmware) R40, but now it's at 100% and it difficult to see clearly in daylight.

My MX-500 remains in active duty. though the buttons are worn and some require a firmer press than others.
Guess I'm number seven...my R40 screen is so dim it's only useful at night; to make things worse, you can't change the (blue) background color of the keys INSIDE devices! I haven't checked this thread in awhile but I need to investigate some of the replacement/suggestions. I really don't know why they discontinued this remote

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Guess I'm number seven...my R40 screen is so dim it's only useful at night; to make things worse, you can't change the (blue) background color of the keys INSIDE devices! I haven't checked this thread in awhile but I need to investigate some of the replacement/suggestions. I really don't know why they discontinued this remote
URC has been moving away from the lowly Do-It-Yourselfer market in the past few years, choosing to focus instead on it's network of Authorized Custom Installers to install and program their higher end remotes, and the OEM market (cable companies etc). URC used to be the best source for good DIY remotes but as of a few years ago they no longer make any user-programmable remotes. That pretty much leaves the DIYer with Harmony. URC still sells the MX-450 but they consider that a Pro remote, but it's user-programmable. I have one but it's nowhere near as configurable as the R40.

The place where i bought my last R40 still shows about a half dozen left in stock and that's the last i've been able to find. I expect the OLED screens on all R40s and pro MX-780s to eventually dim to the point that the remote is no longer usable. I wish they would have used LCD screens in these things.

Aside from the MX-450, the only other user-programmable remotes are the Harmony remotes and the discontinued Nevo C2 or C3.


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The place where i bought my last R40 still shows about a half dozen left in stock and that's the last i've been able to find. I expect the OLED screens on all R40s and pro MX-780s to eventually dim to the point that the remote is no longer usable. I wish they would have used LCD screens in these things.
I do too, which is why I'm seriously considering the MX-450. To me, it looks like an R40 with a (bigger) LCD screen. I don't use macros much anymore, so I think it will do the job for me.

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URC has been moving away from the lowly Do-It-Yourselfer market in the past few years, choosing to focus instead on it's network of Authorized Custom Installers to install and program their higher end remotes, and the OEM market (cable companies etc). URC used to be the best source for good DIY remotes but as of a few years ago they no longer make any user-programmable remotes. That pretty much leaves the DIYer with Harmony. URC still sells the MX-450 but they consider that a Pro remote, but it's user-programmable. I have one but it's nowhere near as configurable as the R40.

The place where i bought my last R40 still shows about a half dozen left in stock and that's the last i've been able to find. I expect the OLED screens on all R40s and pro MX-780s to eventually dim to the point that the remote is no longer usable. I wish they would have used LCD screens in these things.

Aside from the MX-450, the only other user-programmable remotes are the Harmony remotes and the discontinued Nevo C2 or C3.

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This is a shame. As a former MX-500 and then MX-350 user, I love URC remotes!

So what remote are you guys recommending now?

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This is a shame. As a former MX-500 and then MX-350 user, I love URC remotes!

So what remote are you guys recommending now?
The most popular URC remotes now are the MX-780 and MX-890 Professional models. They require URC proprietary programming software which is only legally available from an authorized URC dealer.

I own both of these remotes and they are fantastic. The MX-890 is my favorite.

There is also a soon to be released new URC MX-990 remote. It looks like its going to be another great remote.

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This is a shame. As a former MX-500 and then MX-350 user, I love URC remotes!

So what remote are you guys recommending now?
Sadly, my trusted URC R50 started to become flaky after 4 yrs of daily use, with the select button becoming inconsistent. My wife managed to finish the remote off with an accidental drop on tile floor, which resulted in an explosion of plastic.

I was dissapointed to find URC hasn't maintained a product line in the consumer space and went instead with a Harmony Home Control. This system uses a remote communicating with a hub via RF, the hub then transmits IR/Bluetooth to all devices in the system. So far, working fairly well. The Harmony configuration software is definitely a slicker/faster process than the manual macro building required for the R50. But with Harmony I always worry about the build quality as I had multiple units fail within a year or so before I went to the URC.

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Guess I'm number seven...my R40 screen is so dim it's only useful at night; to make things worse, you can't change the (blue) background color of the keys INSIDE devices! I haven't checked this thread in awhile but I need to investigate some of the replacement/suggestions. I really don't know why they discontinued this remote
Mine makes eight. I had mine for almost 3 years but thought it would last longer than that. I contacted support via email and will see if they get back to me. As another poster has mentioned, URC is focusing their business to the high end market (custom installers). I don't blame them since going toe-to-toe against Logitech isn't a good business strategy. Oh well, it is time to move on. I am looking at the Logitech Harmony 650. I don't need a lot of fancy features and it looks to be the best value remote out there.

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I am looking at the Logitech Harmony 650. I don't need a lot of fancy features and it looks to be the best value remote out there.
The Nevo C2 at $16 is actually the best value remote at the moment. See my Harmony comparison here:
http://www.hifi-remote.com/wiki/inde...t_and_Nevo#FAQ
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The Nevo C2 at $16 is actually the best value remote at the moment. See my Harmony comparison here:
http://www.hifi-remote.com/wiki/inde...t_and_Nevo#FAQ
Is the Nevo C2 a good device oriented remote? I had a Harmony once and don't really care for an activity based remote. I have a URC R40 and can't hardly read the screen anymore
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Programming URC R40

Hello I have an ADA Suite 7.1 processor which uses remote model RC-40BA/H. I have been trying to program the URC 40 to control the Suite 7.1 and have had no success.


I tried the built in codes and using the URC 40's learn feature. When I use the learn feature it appears to learn the functionality of the key presses and saves them without an error message. However nothing works. I tried contacting support for both companies, I never received an answer from ADA and URC via email asked me to call their support line, which I haven't done yet.


Wondering if anyone has had experience with ADA remotes or has any technical suggestions? I have run out of ideas. BTW the RC-40BA/H is an IR remote.


Thanks


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Is the Nevo C2 a good device oriented remote? I had a Harmony once and don't really care for an activity based remote. I have a URC R40 and can't hardly read the screen anymore
A better replacement for the R40 is the MX-450, especially if you like URC remotes. They have a very similar layout and the (defective) OLED screen has been replaced with the old LCD screen. Checkout the MX-450 thread for more info.

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A better replacement for the R40 is the MX-450, especially if you like URC remotes. They have a very similar layout and the (defective) OLED screen has been replaced with the old LCD screen. Checkout the MX-450 thread for more info.
I just bought an R50 yesterday. It's supposed to be very similar to the MX 450 and also has the LCD screen. Hopefully everything works out.
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