I am in the market for a universal remote. It needs both IR (direct and via RF-to-IR repeater) and RF capabilities due to some of the components hidden from direct view in a cabinet. I would prefer a unit which can perform macros to simplify its usage.
Samsung TV UN40B7000; direct IR
Samsung DVD BD-P3600; IR via RF-to-IR repeater
Apple TV; direct IR
Bose Cinemate Series II; direct IR
Nexus 21 L-27S TV Lift; IR via RF-to-IR repeater
Dish Network VIP-722K DVR (dual output)
b) IR via RF-to-IR repeater
Due to the possible complexity of programming, I would consider hiring a programmer.
I would appreciate recommendations for an appropriate remote and programmers.
You could buy a Harmony 900 and program it yourself pretty easily. Be sure to place one of the blasters in the TV cabinet so it can see the IR sensor. The Harmony RF remote only speaks it's own language to proprietary blasters.
The Dish Network VIP-722K has dual outputs and currently 2 remotes (1 is IR and the other RF). This PVR is concealed in a cabinet behind a wooden door. Are you saying that a universal remote cannot be programmed to control the RF side of the unit? If not, is there some sort of intermediate device to work with the universal remote to achieve the desired results?
I appreciate your knowledge. Mine is limited in the AV world.
Dish sells an IR-RF converter for TV2, but I forget the exact name. It receives IR and sends it over existing coax which connects to the RF antenna input. It's kind of expensive, so I just stick with the Dish remote for TV2 myself.