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HT novice here trying to setup a remote A/V location and need some help with picking (and programming a remote).


Here is my setup...

Living Room - LG Plasma


Master Bedroom (my A/V Closet)

* Samsung DLP

* Onkyo TX-SR605 (feeding Master bedroom speakers and DLP)

* Onkyo TX-SR607 (feeding Living Room plasma and living room speakers)

* Panasonic Blu Ray Player

* Toshiba HD-XA HD DVD Player

* Dish VIP722 Satellite DVR

* Dish VIP222 Satellite Box

* Xbox 360

* Monoprice HDMI Matrix switch ( to allow for sources to be switched, duplicated across both tv's and receivers)


So overall my setup is working fine, except I need to figure out a way to control all my components which are in the Master Bedroom while I am watching my tv in the living room. Some of the main complications are

* Need to be able to control the seven or eight components

* Both Onkyo Receivers respond to each others IR commands (how do I get around this?) I.e. only control one and not the other

* Need some mechanism for the system to understand and remember history across both rooms.. i.e. if I am in Master and hit watch tv, and then am in Living room and hit watch tv, it should realize that the Monoprice HDMI switch and the Dish DVR are already one and it just needs to turn the Living room tv on and switch to HDMI 1 for example.


I see lots of universal remotes, RF & IR extender solutions out there, but I am just not sure as to what would be best in my situation.


Thanks a ton!


PS: I currently own a Harmony 550 remote and a cheap IR to RF extender (which doesn't seem to work)
 

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this is going to be more complex than just a remote.....


you need a controller and 2 way com in order to get 100% reliability with this..


you might get away with some good programming and 2 harmony 890pro remotes and 1 base station.


the pro version is the only harmony remote that can have 2 on the same RF base station.


after that........ i think you are going to need to have a controller like C4, creston, homeseer with an IR distribution system


if you allocate 1 DVD player for living room, 1 for bedroom and 1 STB for each you will get better results..... otherwise you are in the bedroom watching a movie... a kid hits "watch DVD" in the living room and now your movie rated R is now in the living room and may not be showing in the bedroom anymore.
 

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Originally Posted by arib0nd /forum/post/18218308


* Need some mechanism for the system to understand and remember history across both rooms.. i.e. if I am in Master and hit watch tv, and then am in Living room and hit watch tv, it should realize that the Monoprice HDMI switch and the Dish DVR are already one and it just needs to turn the Living room tv on and switch to HDMI 1 for example.

Will the really be an issue? If the DVR is already on and the other remote sends Power On then nothing will happen. If the Monoprice HDMI switch has direct input switching then if it receives an HDMI 2 input command and it is already on HDMI 2 then nothing will happen. A mechanism for state management is really only needed when the device only has a toggle/cycle command. If the DVR only has a Power Toggle then the other remote will cause it to turn off (or on) and the HDMI switch will cycle to the incorrect input if it just has input.


As Adidas said the 890 Pro is needed for two remotes to share an RF extender. URC RF extenders can share their base (MRF-260, 350, MSC-400) with multiple URC remotes as well.
 
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