Originally Posted by petrovy
I recently posted a review on amazon that may contain some useful points for some new owners:
Based on the mfg claims ("It's Simple. Actually, It's Really Simple."), and being an engineer/tech type person, I thought the program/use of this Remote would be easy.
In actuality I spent numerous hours over 3 days to get this Remote tweaked properly to handle all my requirements seamlessly. That said, I am able to do some fairly elaborate things with the following equipment:
Samsung 46"LCD TV
Sony ES AVR
Verizon FiOS box
Oppo BD player
Sony PS3 (set up to Play only, since the PS3 is bluetooth)
old Optimus 6CD Auto Changer
old Panasonic DVD player
The problem, I believe, is due to the things AR does not mention. The following may help folks who are still having problems and don't understand why:
1.First off...there is no such thing as "1 button press does it all". For even the most basic thing, 1 device only..say, a TV hooked up to an antenna: you must press the Activities shortcut button and then the Device soft button. Ergo...2 buttons for the most basic thing.
2.AR recommends setting up "Hello(all devices power ON)" and "Goodnight(all devices power OFF), with an "Activity" in-between, to let equipment warm-up and keep things simple. All well and fine, but if you have 4 devices on your HT setup, and need only 1 or 2 devices ON...then all 4 of your devices will stay ON until you "Goodnight" it. BTW..the above required 4 button presses.(see also 4. below)
3. Any Activity set up involving HDMI may present a problem, since the handshaking and Input switching may take more time than you would expect. Timing is critical in a multi-device Activity.
3.You may find it more practical to forgo the Hello and Goodnight activities and jump right into a main Activity...say: "Watch Cable", in which case you would set up (using the on-line Wizard), example as follows:
a. TV_power (do not use Power ON, but use Power ON/OFF toggle [reason for this below]), then set Timing (try 8 sec if you do the next command)
b. TV_change HDMI Input to whatever is needed for the Cable box/AVR)
c. AVR_power toggle ON/OFF, then set timing
d. AVR_change Input to whatever is needed for the Cable box
e. Cable box_power toggle ON/OFF
Results: 5 commands to handle 3 pieces of equipment....on 1 "Watch Cable" activity. So to watch cable TV using your AVR you need only press 2 keys: Activities shortcut key then "Watch Cable" Activities soft key.
To turn everything OFF...you need only press "Watch Cable" soft key (this is why we use the Power toggle ON/OFF command).
4. The goal that you are trying to accomplish should be the last command...as in the above, you want to be able to change channels in Cable box.
5. IMPORTANT..depending on the activity you are doing and the timing between multiple commands..this could take up more time than you expect. You must point the Remote at your HT center, tap/release the softkey and HOLD the Remote there UNTIL ALL COMMANDS ARE FINISHED
(see the little red light at the top of the screen flash as it sends commands)
6. Some equipment may take any command as a Power ON command but not as a Power OFF command. This is a problem I had with my Sony AVR, and why timing between commands may be critical.
THE GOOD POINTS
-Good build quality and looks terrific
-great back lights on ALL buttons...can really be used in the dark
-lights up when picked up, can adjust brightness and tilt ON/OFF
-extraordinary online database of codes from UE
-does well what it is supposed to do when programed properly
-Li-Ion battery and charger
-got a real person quickly when I called the help line
THE BAD POINTS
-Not so Easy...probably not suited for technically challenged, or MAC computers.
-that nice hi gloss black gets messy very fast...would be better design w/ black rubberish finish
-could be larger overall; need larger buttons and more room between shortcut keys and operational keys
-there is no way to back up your programing and codes etc., it is stored on AR's website, and if that ever goes down...so does all your hard work.