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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I know there have been countless posts about remotes, Im sorry!!!!!

I have a couple spevific things Im looking for, and I'm just not sure which ones will do what I need.

I just put together my first HTPC (using Assassins paid guides! Thanks Assassin!) and want to get it working as simple as possible for the Wife and kids. I just need a remote that can be easily used to navigate and control in WMC. I will be getting a Ceton Infinitv 4 next week and want to be able to control all the features of that with the remote as well.

Along with controlling within WMC, it needs to have TV controls for: power, volume and input selection. I wont ber using it to control anything else.

I know the harmony remotes aer great, but they are too much money and probably overkill for what I need.

I like the WMC remotes with the nice green button on them, but most of those lack the seperate controls for the TV.

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
If Harmony is too expensive, you'll have to find a remote that allows you to learn IR codes from the TV and WMC remotes into it. Something like this model from URC.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by doozer12 View Post

I know there have been countless posts about remotes, Im sorry!!!!!

I have a couple spevific things Im looking for, and I'm just not sure which ones will do what I need.

I just put together my first HTPC (using Assassins paid guides! Thanks Assassin!) and want to get it working as simple as possible for the Wife and kids. I just need a remote that can be easily used to navigate and control in WMC. I will be getting a Ceton Infinitv 4 next week and want to be able to control all the features of that with the remote as well.

Along with controlling within WMC, it needs to have TV controls for: power, volume and input selection. I wont ber using it to control anything else.

I know the harmony remotes aer great, but they are too much money and probably overkill for what I need.

I like the WMC remotes with the nice green button on them, but most of those lack the seperate controls for the TV.

Thanks!

You are welcome. Thanks for using The Guides and welcome to HTPC!

You may actually need 2 remotes. You need to get an IR receiver and you can get the HP one that is often mentioned here for about $15 alone on eBay or you can get something like the Rosewill remote + IR Receiver for not a whole lot more than that amount. Then you will need to get programmable learning remote like mentioned in the post above that can control your TV (the Rosewill and most WMC remotes cannot) and "learn" the WMC commands from the Rosewill.

Or you can get an IR receiver and a remote that has preprogrammed WMC codes but I don't know of any other than the Logitech's that have this.

Edit: Actually it looks like this Logitech for $26 has preprogrammed remote codes. So you would just need the IR receiver.
post #4 of 17
You can probably pick up a Harmony 300 for $20 if you wait to get one on a deal. You also just missed out on a Rosewill MCE remote fo $9.xx on shell shocker with a code. The code is for 45% off and is listed above in the deals section. IDK if it is still active but the regular price for that remote is $30 so you could still get it for $16 with the code. I can confirm that the USB dongle works with a Harmony 900.
post #5 of 17
Get a Roswell MCE remote cheap for the USB IR input. I use a Phillips Prestigo 6008 because it was cheaper (~$35) than the similar Harmony. I like it, but to each his own.
post #6 of 17
I have 2 Harmony 880's. They are older models, but I have yet to find better. In fact, one is on its last legs (because I keep dropping it) and I want to replace it with with a used 880 if I can.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by hogues View Post

I have 2 Harmony 880's. They are older models, but I have yet to find better. In fact, one is on its last legs (because I keep dropping it) and I want to replace it with with a used 880 if I can.

I have one I'm not using right now but I won't part with it because it is a good piece of equipment.. and in case my 900 fails me.
post #8 of 17
I read the manual for this Rosewill last night and it has a repeater to control a cable STB and can probably control a TV too. It is programable.
post #9 of 17
Just thought of something.

Consider getting the Flirc. It basically turns any regular remote that you already own into a WMC/XBMC remote control.

Very cool. I did a mini-review of it and show how it works in my guides.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Just thought of something.

Consider getting the Flirc. It basically turns any regular remote that you already own into a WMC/XBMC remote control.

Very cool. I did a mini-review of it and show how it works in my guides.

Do you need a WMC remote to program it?
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Do you need a WMC remote to program it?

Nope.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by petern View Post

If Harmony is too expensive, you'll have to find a remote that allows you to learn IR codes from the TV and WMC remotes into it. Something like this model from URC.

I'm using this Universal Remote with a MCE IR receiver & love it. The quality of the remote combined with the layout of the buttons makes it a steal for $20. Since everything goes through my HTPC I don't really need a Harmony. You can get a MCE IR/Remote through Ebay & use that to program the Universal Remote.
post #13 of 17
The more I think about it the more I think flirc is ideal for your situation.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Interesting.... Thanks Assassin, I will be looking more into the Flirc before I order any other remotes.
post #15 of 17
I have no idea why Sony stopped making the VL-600. I have bought like 10 of these remotes. It is a learning remote that will learn any button from any remote you could imagine. It even worked with an old air conditioner I have. It has 4 macro buttons on the bottom. 8 device. So cool. Not sure if you can get them cheap anywhere now, last couple times I bought 1 I had to buy it used off ebay. Of course if you don't already have a media center remote then it wouldn't do you much good since you need it to teach it all the buttons.

post #16 of 17
Why have you bought 10 of them?
post #17 of 17
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Why have you bought 10 of them?

Bedrooms, Living room, other family members, and a few that got worn out from years of use.
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