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There doesn't seem to be any official thread on AVS yet for these remotes so I figured I would start one.


The URC MX-780, MX-890 and MX-1200 are part of the 2013 Universal Remote Control "Complete Control" lineup.


After using a couple of Harmony 900 remotes for the past few years and then being utterly disappointed with their newest Harmony Ultimate product I finally decided to switch to something that allowed more customization. I now own a MX-780 and a MX-890 and absolutely love them. I've found the build quality difference to be night and day between Logitech and the URC remotes and love the extra functionality and customization that URC's remotes allow.


Programming the remotes has been a fun learning experience also, but it probably is not for everyone. For committed DIYers, this shouldn't be much of an issue but for those who doesn't want the extra features or customization they are better off paying a custom AV installer to do it, or staying with the Harmony series since it is easier to program. I originally paid a custom installer to do programming for me but was really disappointed with the outcome and the lack of functionality so decided to try my own hand at it.


I've attached some cut-sheets of the different remotes and their features.


If you have a URC professional series remote, share your experience with it!

URC Remotes.pdf 1220k .pdf file
MX-780.pdf 639k .pdf file
MX-890.pdf 666k .pdf file
MX-1200.pdf 666k .pdf file


Note -- As Edmund pointed out the URC MX-780 is sometimes re-labeled as the URC X-7 and sold in retail outlets (such as Best Buy/Magnolia). It is identical to the MX-780.

UPDATE:

I am including a simple installer I made that will install an example CCP file for anyone who would like to use it as a template to learn or customize their own. I'm not a URC trained professional and don't do this for a living, just decided to tinker with it in my spare time and the following file is the result of that. This file is based off of my own personal equipment, a URC MX-890 and a URC MX-780. Both examples are included in the file. Variables and macros are used to track power on/off states.


Download and unzip the package. After that, simply double click on the program to install the file. After installation, you should see a CCP Example.ccp file on your desktop which you can then open in your CCP software.


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Download: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1099818/CCP%20Example.zip


Let me know if you have any problems.

UPDATE #2:

If you're interested in purchasing a URC remote that requires professional programming, be aware that unless your dealer provides you with the software program, you will not be able to make ANY changes to your remote after the dealer has left your home. Even the smallest change will require your dealer to come back and charge you for a service call.


If you're a DIY enthusiast (like most of us AVS members are) the best advice is to make sure that your dealer agrees to provide you with the URC CCP software package before you agree to the sale. If the dealer refuses, find one that agrees. URC's official policy is that each dealer can decide whether they wish to provide their clients with the software program. Any dealer that states URC forbids them from providing it, is not being honest.
 

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Originally Posted by Edmund  /t/1484731/official-urc-remote-thread-for-mx-780-mx-890-and-mx-1200#post_23598399


There is a clone of the mx-780 sold through some retail stores, its the x-7.

Good point, I forgot about that! I have seen Best Buy carrying it on their website, and Geek Squad even offers programming services for it (YMMV).


I've edited the first post to include the X-7.
 

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Thanks for starting this thread Rehan.


I purchased the MX-780 yesterday. It should be here in a week. It was a toss up between the 780 and the 890; ultimately I went with the 780 because it was cheaper. But since you have both, which do you prefer and why? I think the feature I will miss most from the 890 is the motion sensor. Wish the 780 had that.


Can't wait to program it.
 
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Thanks for starting this thread Rehan.


I purchased the MX-780 yesterday. It should be here in a week. It was a toss up between the 780 and the 890; ultimately I went with the 780 because it was cheaper. But since you have both, which do you prefer and why? I think the feature I will miss most from the 890 is the motion sensor. Wish the 780 had that.


Can't wait to program it.

Thanks for chiming in sooke!


You're going to really like the MX-780. Having both of them, I have to say that there's different things I love about both of them. The MX-890's charging cradle is pretty cool and convenient but the MX-780's batteries setup is also very nice since I have my MX-780 in a room that is not used daily. Not having to worry about always having it charged, or battery memory playing a role is a great plus of the 780.


For the MX-890, the bigger screen, motion sensor and the customization of graphics are probably my favorite things. The 890 also has advanced If/Else programming options which the 780 doesn't but I have so far found no need for that feature so can't really comment on it.


I find the 780 more fun and easy to program than the 890, and I really liked the choice of built-in graphics that they provided so it wasn't a real issue to me that I couldn't customize them. On the 890 I did upload my own graphics and at first thought I would really miss that on the 780 but after seeing the stock icons they provide, I found them to be more than enough for my needs.


Are you going to be using IR only or did you get an RF base station with it?


If you have any questions about programming, hit up this thread -- I'm pretty new to it myself but would be glad to help as much as I can.


The picture below is my 780 setup with my Dish Satellite, Blu-ray, PS3, iPod, Media Server, and room lighting control.

 

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Time to pull the plastic film off the screen
 

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Time to pull the plastic film off the screen

Hahaha wasn't sure if I was going to keep the remote or not in the beginning when I didn't know how to program it so I had kept the plastic on. It has long since been removed!
 

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I have two MX-780's and have only programmed one so far. It was a bit of a challenge moving from the old MX Editor I have used to the new CCP software but I'm getting used to it. Overall, the remote is very solid and works great, still some tweaking to do yet. Each one has a MRF-350 for RF comm. I couldn't pass up the deal on them.


Question for you Rehan: what lighting are you using? I'm considering URC lighting since its so easy to pair with the remote.
 

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I have two MX-780's and have only programmed one so far. It was a bit of a challenge moving from the old MX Editor I have used to the new CCP software but I'm getting used to it. Overall, the remote is very solid and works great, still some tweaking to do yet. Each one has a MRF-350 for RF comm. I couldn't pass up the deal on them.


Question for you Rehan: what lighting are you using? I'm considering URC lighting since its so easy to pair with the remote.

Hey ekkoville, I'm using the Lutron URC dimmer switch, the part number is MRFA-600M-URC-WH.


How many devices are you controlling with your 780? Used any creative solutions or macros?
 

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I can tell you that when first setting up my 780, after programming the devices in, each had a macro icon them. I hadn't even added any keys in any of the devices yet let alone macros? So erased all the macros, then I couldn't enter the devices, turns out they use jump macro to go from the main page to first page of a device, stupid. I had to start over.
Now you can't tell which device has a macro you programmed yourself since all have macro icon on at all times.
 

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Originally Posted by Edmund  /t/1484731/official-urc-remote-thread-for-mx-780-mx-890-and-mx-1200#post_23615356


I can tell you that when first setting up my 780, after programming the devices in, each had a macro icon them. I hadn't even added any keys in any of the devices yet let alone macros? So erased all the macros, then I couldn't enter the devices, turns out they use jump macro to go from the main page to first page of a device, stupid. I had to start over.
Now you can't tell which device has a macro you programmed yourself since all have macro icon on at all times.

I can see how that could be a little confusing but can't you just click on the activity and check the Macro window to see if its just a regular jump or a full macro that you programmed yourself? Mind sharing your file? I'm not sure I really understand why you would need to know which macros you created yourself...maybe I'm just not understanding the issue completely.
 

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The biggest problem was I had to start over, not that I couldn't tell which macro hadn't been set. I took my time programming it, it might have been a week go by between programming sessions. How do I share my file? Copy it from the computer, then paste it here?
 

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The biggest problem was I had to start over, not that I couldn't tell which macro hadn't been set. I took my time programming it, it might have been a week go by between programming sessions. How do I share my file? Copy it from the computer, then paste it here?

Yep, upload your CCP file on here.
 

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Click on the paperclip icon in the message posting area to upload an attachment.
 

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Hey edmund,


I just got a chance to look at it.


Are you just trying to get macros up and running at this point, or something more?


I see you have 2 DirecTV boxes -- in order to be able to control them individually you will have to assign one IR port on your MRF-260 to each box and then setup CCP so that it only sends signals for that activity to the specified port.


If there's something specific you're having issue with, I'd be glad to help.
 

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Its all set, each device has macro for input only, I am old school, device driven, learning each and every command for 99 % of the remote. I have three Directv receivers using different addresses each, no conflicts there. Even though I no longer subscribe to directv, but I still have dvrs with movies and shows. I'm working on new setup where the directv receivers are on the second page, and two dvd players are on the first. I'm take my time programming it as well.


I got my mx-780 via employees discount, for my help with urc remotes for the last ten years on remote central, thanks to Hank at URC.
 

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Its all set, each device has macro for input only, I am old school, device driven, learning each and every command for 99 % of the remote. I have three Directv receivers using different addresses each, no conflicts there. Even though I no longer subscribe to directv, but I still have dvrs with movies and shows. I'm working on new setup where the directv receivers are on the second page, and two dvd players are on the first. I'm take my time programming it as well.


I got my mx-780 via employees discount, for my help with urc remotes for the last ten years on remote central, thanks to Hank at URC.

Not sure if it doesn't carry over when you send a file but it looks like all your devices are set to RF + IR control and outputting on ALL emitter ports rather than on specific ones. I'm guessing maybe that just didn't carry over in the file.


I am not seeing any macros at all (besides the page jumps). Are you planning on setting up full activity macros or are you just using the remote as a simple collection of functions from your regular devices remotes?
 

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I've gone ahead and updated the first post of this thread with a simple program that will install an example of my setup with the URC MX-890 and URC MX-780. Figured it might be helpful for new users to look at it and learn how to implement macros and variables. Let me know if there are any issues with the file.
 
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