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I just got the Griffin Beacon universal remote and I've been having issues with determining which of the 8 remotes it has to choose from to use with my Sharp Aquos LC-42D62U Flat screen.

The main issue is when switching from one video source to another, I need to tell the Beacon to switch to "Input x". The problem is that most of the remote choices the Dijit software shows me only has an "Input" button, and since the TV could be on any of the Inputs when switching, repeatedly sending "Input" button presses just won't fly.

One of the remote choices has HDMI1-3, Component1-3, and TV1-3. I found that HDMI1-3 maps to Input1-3 and Component1-2 map to Input4-5. So, I think I can make due with that remote (It's remote 7 for those wondering).

My question is, has anyone found the remote that works with this TV, or would it just be easier to create a custom remote for the TV. That shouldn't be all that hard since I have a Logitech Universal Remote that still has the programming for my TV and would work great to send the signals to the Beacon.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has the same setup and is also having issues...

Thanks,
Dave
post #2 of 6
Hey Dave,
what do you think of the remote? I just discovered them online today, and am thinking that it might be quite useful for me to replace a Harmony 1000. Now that you've been using it for a month or so, would you say it's good?
Dave
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Originally Posted by dave_con View Post

Hey Dave,
what do you think of the remote? I just discovered them online today, and am thinking that it might be quite useful for me to replace a Harmony 1000. Now that you've been using it for a month or so, would you say it's good?
Dave

I'm afraid it's not good. If you have the equipment in it's database, your golden (maybe). If not, your fighting with it trying to program it with your existing remotes and the software is really bad when it comes to that.

I have a Sharp Aquos TV, Integra receiver, an AppleTV and a PS3. That's it. It claimed to know the TV, but I couldn't find the right "remote codes" to control it completely. It also had the Integra receiver in it's DB, but I couldn't find the correct "remote codes" for that unit either.

It was very difficult to test those codes, then change them when they didn't work.

I'm sticking with my Harmony remote. When the one I have now dies, I'll get a new Harmony remote.

Griffin did respond quickly to an email query asking if I would call. But I just don't want to go through all the headache's of trying to setup my system on the phone. I know that I would have to program the Beacon with each of my remotes and that process is very cumbersome and one mistake makes you restart the whole process over again.

At least I only paid $15 for the Beacon.
post #4 of 6
Ouch. Doesn't sound too good. My TV (although a different brand) sounds like it may have a similar problem to yours - for some activities I want it set to one input, and for others I want it set to a different input. I also noticed from the list of supported brands that my PVR (Topfield) and media player (Popcorn Hour) aren't listed, so it sounds like it might not be too useful.

I take it that it's a lot harder for the Griffin to learn new remotes than a Harmony?
post #5 of 6
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It's way more difficult. The only drawback to the Harmony remote programming is plugging it into my notebook computer and that is pretty darn simple.

With the Beacon, you can't just reprogram a single command, it's all or nothing, and don't even make a mistake or you have to start all over again.

I didn't have to much trouble getting the TV inputs to change. I found it impossible to find a "remote code" (I don't know what to call them for the Beacon, but there are 8 for my receiver) that had all the inputs and other switches I wanted.

Yet, for some reason, Logitech seems to have just about every setting for my receiver I could ever want and if I didn't have one, all you have to do is add or change the code. Not all of them.

Yep, I would suggest sticking with the Harmony for now. Maybe Griffin will fix the Beacon to be as good, but not for a quite a while.
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No worries - thanks for that!
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