Originally Posted by LennartzHT
Thanks dalto. What makes the 890 so difficult to program? Is it non-intuitive? When you say it was built for the professionals, what do you mean?
Thanks in advance for your response!
Is it fairly non-intuitive, yes. When I say it is built for professionals I mean it is built for people who are sent to training and need to program lots of remotes. As a result, the focus in the software is on ease of programming and repeatability for this audience. It is not based on ease of use for someone who is not familiar with the tool. Therefor, the learning curve can be a little stiff. Moreover, the degree to which the mx-890/mx-980/mx-1200 can be customized means that there are a whole lot more options with not too much predefined. If you compare this with a remote like the mx-780/mx-880 these remotes are less customizable but are much easier to program because they are simpler in design.
All that said, lots of people program these themselves without any training or support. I myself have programmed at least 50 URC remotes over the years and have never had any training.
There are a few things I recommend when stepping into to programming one of these for the first time.
- Be patient! There is a lot to learn and not a lot of help.
- Read the programming guide for your remote. It is installed with the software.
- Be prepared for a lot of trial and error before you get it right.
- Start with an existing config. If you can get someone to share a working config that you can use as a base or a model it makes it much easier.
Good luck and let me know if I can help!