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post #391 of 419 Old 05-18-2015, 07:59 PM
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Well, the remote says mx 780, inside where the batteries are. However, the base station on the back says 350i, does that make a difference?
sorry, to clarify, on the antennae portion, it says 350i
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Does the rfx-250, the antenna, have an i too? If yes, that would be the problem.
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Well, the remote says mx 780, inside where the batteries are. However, the base station on the back says 350i, does that make a difference?
I don't believe the i and non-i devices are cross-compatible as they're on different frequencies.......

The RF Frequency on the MX-780 is 418MHz and communicates with the MRF-350 and the MRF-260 etc

The RF Frequency on the MX-780i is 433.92MHz and communicates with the MRF-350i and the MRF-260i etc.

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A mrf-350 can have both rfx-250 and rfx-250i connected to it and it will communicate with both frequencies. The remote has to match the rfx antenna, in the case of WDistallbro, it doesn't.
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Thanks guys!! I really appreciate all the help and information, you learn something new everyday. Makes sense, since they were like two ships passing in the night.
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The rfx250 are sold separately, so don't have to pay full price for another mrf-350.
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More info:

RFX-250 Narrow Band RF antenna

Available in 418 MHz or 433 MHz versions

Compatibility:

Install with any URC RF base station (MRF-350, MRF-260), System Controller (MSC-400) or Network Series Controller (MRX-1).

Note that the MRF-250 and MRF-250i differ only in operating frequency (MRF-250i is 433MHz, MMR-2500 is 418MHz); however, i-series antenna/receivers must be matched with i-series base stations.

http://www.universalremote.com/produ...lers&p=RFX-250



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Just wondering if anyone has some MX890 .ccp files they could send me....


Just got the new remote, and I am looking for new ideas in programming.....


Hopefully, they will inspire me to go in new directions that I haven't thought of......


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More info:

RFX-250 Narrow Band RF antenna

Available in 418 MHz or 433 MHz versions

Compatibility:

Install with any URC RF base station (MRF-350, MRF-260), System Controller (MSC-400) or Network Series Controller (MRX-1).

Note that the MRF-250 and MRF-250i differ only in operating frequency (MRF-250i is 433MHz, MMR-2500 is 418MHz); however, i-series antenna/receivers must be matched with i-series base stations.

http://www.universalremote.com/produ...lers&p=RFX-250







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Its the real world experience that counts, believe that rfx-250 will work just fine with mrf350i, if the remote is non-I series too.




See this thread at remote central:


http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin...light=rfx-250i
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MX 850 Editor

I am having a problem with the button editor on the MX 850 editor. When I go to the button editor page, it does not provide the prompts for add, edit and delete on the lower left as show in the manual. As a result, I can't add a button on my favorite channel page.
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I am having a problem with the button editor on the MX 850 editor. When I go to the button editor page, it does not provide the prompts for add, edit and delete on the lower left as show in the manual. As a result, I can't add a button on my favorite channel page.
Did you highlight a box where you want to edit the command?


This isn't the right thread for mx-850 editor questions, got in trouble early on answering questions in here about the mx-850.
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Remote Buddies Cover

Do any of you URC remote owners use these covers from Remote Buddies to protect your URC remote?

http://www.remotebuddies.com/

We have hardwood floors and I'm worried about a drop breaking our MX-890 or MX-780. Any feedback on these covers would be appreciated.

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Looking for a little help guys....

I have both a MX-880 and X-7 (MX-780). I have the CCP software and have successfully programmed my 880 several times. I am now programming my X-7(newly acquired) and get an error during the download process. The download starts and the step of downloading 'user data' works but then the next step tries updating Ir firmware and it fails here and gives a error message 'Failed to download [DS-S00]'. Any one have ideas? I know it communicates at least somewhat since all of my screens, buttons, commands, etc. do show up on the remote. However, nothing works....IR or RF. Help!!

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Has anyone else seen reliability issues with the mx-780? It is not a bad little remote but I have had two fail on me in the last year. I have had stellar reliability with virtually every other URC remote so maybe I am just unlucky here.
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Has anyone else seen reliability issues with the mx-780? It is not a bad little remote but I have had two fail on me in the last year. I have had stellar reliability with virtually every other URC remote so maybe I am just unlucky here.
I've had my MX-780 for 3 years and no problems so far.

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I've had my MX-780 for 3 years and no problems so far.
That is good to hear. Maybe I have just been unlucky.
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When i was searching through various forum posts earlier this year (on RC and AVS) when i was learning about the MX-780 i can't recall seeing any complaints of failure so it doesn't appear that there's any reliability issues, but as with any modern electronic item there will always be a random failure here and there.

That said, I recently bought a New/Open Box MX-780 on Ebay and when it arrived at my office it looked brand new - not even so much as a smudge on it. The rubber feet looked like they had never touched a tabletop. The original URC batteries were tossed loosely in the cardboard tray so they were apparently used. I installed the batteries and they were completely dead - the screen wouldn't light up at all. Thinking "no biggie" about old dead original batteries, i then installed some brand new Energizer batteries and it still wouldn't light up and it wouldn't work at all. Poop. I connected it to my laptop and sure enough CCP didn't see it, and wouldn't connect to it. Screen still completely dead. I put it aside for about 45 minutes then when i picked it up again it was now very warm so i quickly removed the batteries and they were so hot i had to drop them as they were too hot to hold !! I let them cool and check the voltage and they were down to less than one volt. They were new an hour ago. The URC batteries also tested at less than one volt. I presume this unit was defective right out of the box some time ago and cooked the URC batteries, then was immediately returned and found it's way to Ebay. The seller was cool and paid for return shipping and refunded my money, he probably didn't know it was DOA.

I have a bigger concern - there are indications that the OLED screen on the MX-780 might not have very good longevity. The screen on my R40 (consumer version of the MX-780) that i started using in January 2012 has dimmed to the point that i can barely see it now. My friend's R40 has also dimmed a lot, and two more owners recently chimed in on the R40 thread that theirs has also dimmed, and there was a seller on Ebay who had two "dim but otherwise fully functional" MX-780s for sale very cheap (i bought one of em to experiment with). So that's 6 units with confirmed dim OLED screens. I've seen other Ebay auctions where the screen looked dull or dim in their pictures compared to others that looked bright and vibrant so there's probably a lot more dim ones out there.


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I haven't noticed dimming on my 3 year old MX-780, but I have noticed some image retention/burn in of the most common "page" from my TV "activity". It is only really noticeable when booting up after a battery change. *shrug*

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MX890 vs MX900

Hi all,

Just finished reading all 14 pages and feel like I have learned so much.

I am having a new AV system installed later this summer and my dealer has spec'd out in his proposal the MX900. Having read up on this, it seems like the MX900 is many generations old in the URC world. I've been using a Harmony One for the past number of years and have been happy with it and so it seems going from a color screen to a text based B&W screen is a serious step backwards.

Is there any good reason why I should pick the MX900 over the MX890 (or that he would think the 900 is better than the 890)?

Would the same software be used on the MX900 and MX890? I'm wondering if it is a programming issue on his end - he has a set-up that he just keeps reusing (and tweaking) and switching to a new remote would force him to start over?

Also, can anyone confirm if URC's policy is still to leave it up to the dealer on whether to supply the software? He has promised to come out and fix/update the remote at no charge, but I want the S/W because I think it would be fun to build on the basics (and as a backup in case he disappears.)



I am sure to be back with more thoughts and questions as I get further along in my build-out (and hopefully will find someway to contribute info as well!)

Thanks

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Is there any good reason why I should pick the MX900 over the MX890 (or that he would think the 900 is better than the 890)?
The mx-890 is definitely better in most ways color screen, charging cradle, more flexible programming, etc.

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Would the same software be used on the MX900 and MX890? I'm wondering if it is a programming issue on his end - he has a set-up that he just keeps reusing (and tweaking) and switching to a new remote would force him to start over?
The mx-900 uses ancient tech but it is rock solid reliable and pretty trouble free generally. If I had to do a service call every time someone had an issue I would want the most reliable product possible. On top of that, yes, he probably does have existing programs that he just updates for the specific situation as opposed to building an entire new program.

They do use the same software, the "Complete Control Program"

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Also, can anyone confirm if URC's policy is still to leave it up to the dealer on whether to supply the software? He has promised to come out and fix/update the remote at no charge, but I want the S/W because I think it would be fun to build on the basics (and as a backup in case he disappears.)
Yes, make him provide you the software or don't buy the remote from him. There are frequently stories here and elsewhere about peoples installers going out of business or being too busy to help and not having access to the software.

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I'm not a professional installer like Dalto above, but I've been programming my own remotes for almost 15 years. I would highly recommend you go with the MX-890. I haven't actually had an MX-900 because I don't like the layout and screen on that remote. Also, the MX-900 is at least 10 years old.

I've programmed 2 MX-890's and use one daily for my HT. I love this remote more than any URC remote I've owned in the past. This includes the MX-780 which is not a bad remote, but not as good as the MX-890.

I like the MX-890's boolean variables, pickup sensor, graphic's and Larger LCD over the MX-780's capabilities and OLED screen.

If your installer isn't familiar with the MX-890, you may run into resistance when you request it.

Let us know what you decide and end up with.

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I'm not an professional installer like Dalto above
Neither am I
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Wow, i thought you were too - and i even commented to Mike a few months back that you're the most helpful CI on Remote Central when DIYers ask CCP questions

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Wow, i thought you were too - and i even commented to Mike a few months back that you're the most helpful CI on Remote Central when DIYers ask CCP questions
Haha, well I have programmed a lot of these remotes over the years. Probably not nearly as many as a CI, but more than most.

Thank you both.
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If your installer isn't familiar with the MX-890, you may run into resistance when you request it.

Let us know what you decide and end up with.
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The mx-900 uses ancient tech but it is rock solid reliable and pretty trouble free generally.


Yes, make him provide you the software or don't buy the remote from him. There are frequently stories here and elsewhere about peoples installers going out of business or being too busy to help and not having access to the software.
I think I jumped the gun a bit on his recommending the MX-900. It was for the reason dalto said above - it is rock solid and has always worked well for his customers. That being said, he said I could pick whatever model I wanted and he'd work with it and has in the past. He also is happy to give me the software, just needs to figure out best way to do it (which I believe is to just give him a USB flash drive and have him copy it over.)

So thanks for the feedback. Planning on going with the MX-890 based on all I have read here.

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He also is happy to give me the software, just needs to figure out best way to do it (which I believe is to just give him a USB flash drive and have him copy it over.)
Yeah, it should just be a single windows installer executable file. I think the current copy is around 700MB so it shouldn't be hard to transfer.
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Hey guys new to this and read through most of it. But I bought a X-7 today for really cheap without knowing that you needed someone to program it. Anyone have the software? Been searching for it but haven't come up with anything. Thanks ahead of time.
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I haven't actually had an MX-900 because I don't like the layout and screen on that remote. Also, the MX-900 is at least 10 years old.
I only have three complaints against the 900;
1. The buttons don't light up when you press any of them. You have to hit a button on the side which is an big annoyance.
2. The display is poor, low resolution, casuing it's biggest shortfall of only allowing 6 characters.
3. Short battery like since it uses AAA's.

I looked at their newer models, and this layout and mostly the button placement I feel is better. especially when it comes to the navigation buttons and the Menu, Guide, Info & Exit functions not overlapping with the navigation 'doughnut". Besides, you can get a 900 for a fraction of the cost for these current models.

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