Originally Posted by mdavej
I prefer JP1 remotes like the $9 RCA RCRP05BR
because you can easily add nearly any command to any button without learning (although it can learn as well). You can also program it from a PC or Mac like harmony if you buy/build an interface cable. The MCE codes on that remote are CBL 1272, DVD 1972 and a few others (search THIS
list for Windows MCE protocol to see them all). The RCA also has the advantage of full macro (activity) functionality, device specific volume punch thru, device specific macros, multi macros, favorites and shifted functions (effectively doubling the number of buttons). With a cable you get even more functionality like unlimited devices, conditional branching, 5 functions per button, unlimited macro steps, state tracking and more. It's really an incredibly powerful remote for the money, more powerful than many remotes costing hundreds of dollars.
Very interesting post indeed. I checked the RCA RCRP05BR and it has the button placement I'm looking for. We just got a Cisco ISB7050 whole house DVR. Since 99% of what I watch is recorded on the DVR, I'm constantly using the VCR controls to skip commercials or pausing to get a snack or answer the phone. So I want the VCR controls up near the front of the remote where they are easy to press, just like how the RCRP05BR has them.
The problem I'm facing is that I need to view captions once in a while, but the captions in the Cisco DVR is buried 20 button presses in the menu. (yes, 20 steps, I counted them.) So a macro needs to have 21 steps to turn on captions (20 to turn on + exit). It also needs 21 steps to turn off captions. Can the RCRP05BR hold 21 steps per macro via manual programming?
Or do I need to buy a JP1 interface cable to get 21 steps per macro? If so, where can I buy one that's a safe seller?
And where do I download the software that can run on a Windows 7 PC?