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#1 01-05-2007 5:00:02 PM

monsterden
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"All On" Question

Hi All - Newbie "monsterden" here.

I have the 3412 Comcast Box and remote and have programmed the Aux for my DVD player.  So the "All On" button powers on the dvd, even though most of the time I am just wanting the DVR box and tv.

I'd like "All On" to Power TV and Cable box but NOT DVD player, but I would like to keep the DVD player as AUX - And, I am FAR too lazy to power up both the TV and Cable/dvr box each time I turn on the tv.  Can I do this?

Actually, if I could solve this and add one more component (receiver), this remote would be among the best I've used, despite it being a $6. item

I am thinking of going RF (to close cabinet with distracting lights) and getting either the Universal 800 series (computer programmed) or 200-300 series (programmed on the remote).  I would love to get rid of all my remotes and replace with one rf, esp. since I have in-wall speakers in three rooms and can use the stereo controls in each by bring the remote with me.  Anyone using either of these with Comastic DVR?

Thanks, Dan

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#2 01-05-2007 5:14:07 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

I will recommend to you what I recommend to everyone who ever talks to me about remote controls: Get a Harmony.  You press "Watch TV" and the right stuff comes on.  Then you press "Watch a Movie" and it turns off what you don't need, turns on what you do need, and sets it all to the proper inputs.  It, hands down, the best device I have ever owned for the money.

I think I remember this from long ago at "the other place" that there's not a way to control what "All On" does.  Don't quote me on that, and there are much smarter remote gurus here that know the ins and outs.  Just didn't want you to think I was ditching your question entirely and hijacking your thread.

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#3 01-05-2007 5:27:42 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

I recommend that you leave the DVR on.  See the "bugs" section in this Wiki:
How to use a DVR

As a side benefit, then you'll only need to be concerned about turning on/off the TV.

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#4 01-05-2007 5:45:03 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

Oh, yeah. Missed that one.  Thanks

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#5 01-06-2007 10:25:52 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

Which Harmony do you recommend?

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#6 01-06-2007 10:39:57 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

I personally have the 659.  I have a life-long history of "cheaping out" when it comes to stuff.  In general, I buy the cheapest version of whatever it is I want, and then act real surprised when it breaks or doesn't work properly or doesn't do everything I want it to.  Then it dies and I go buy another of the cheapest version and repeat the cycle, usually winding up spending more than I'd have spent if I'd just bought the most expensive one outright.

The Harmony is different, though.  After reading about it, I did my usual "get the cheapest" MO.  That was two years ago.  The 659 may be the lowest-cost Harmony, but it's anything but cheap.  This thing is as solid as a rock and has all the functionality I need. And, actually, via firmware updates it works better than it did when I got it (doesn't blow through batteries like it used to). Heck, it even operates my AC.

You can view Harmony's full line here.  I'm pining for the 1000.

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#7 01-06-2007 11:31:53 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

Great, thanks a lot for the feedback.  I just bought the 670 off Amazon.  If anyone else is interested in purchasing a Harmony, be sure to check out Amazon.  I got the 670, which is available for $149 almost everywhere, was just $109 on Amazon with free shipping.  Not sure if that's a short-lived promo, but thought I'd share the wealth.  The 659 is quite a bit cheaper too.

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#8 01-06-2007 10:53:25 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

First, I see no reason to leave on my DVR box as I have never had any bugs as a result of turning all off.  However, as the disk seems to spin all the time anyway, I guess it makes little difference.  So that is an option.

With most U-remotes, yuo ALWAYS have to select an "activity" before powering on - since I mostly watch TV, I kind of hate the idea of selcting "watch TV" and then power on each time.  I know I am fussy, but heck....it bugs me

Second, my biggest need in a universal remote is RF  -I have a built in full wall lower cabinet with a 46" Samsung above- when the doors are open below the tv, it detracts from the theatre "experience."  And with RF, I'll be able to control the stereo from the LR and kitchen where I have some Polk in-wall speakers.

A friend has the Harmony 880 which I do not like-the buttons are too hard to find for my middle aged eyes, esp in the dark.  So the 890 rf is not for me.  Universal has the most RF remotes and the fancy -schmancy well-reviewed MX-800 is $210 at Newegg.  Not cheap but maybe worth it!

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#9 01-07-2007 4:22:48 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

monsterden wrote:

First, I see no reason to leave on my DVR box as I have never had any bugs as a result of turning all off.  However, as the disk seems to spin all the time anyway, I guess it makes little difference.  So that is an option.

With most U-remotes, yuo ALWAYS have to select an "activity" before powering on - since I mostly watch TV, I kind of hate the idea of selcting "watch TV" and then power on each time.  I know I am fussy, but heck....it bugs me

Second, my biggest need in a universal remote is RF  -I have a built in full wall lower cabinet with a 46" Samsung above- when the doors are open below the tv, it detracts from the theatre "experience."  And with RF, I'll be able to control the stereo from the LR and kitchen where I have some Polk in-wall speakers.

A friend has the Harmony 880 which I do not like-the buttons are too hard to find for my middle aged eyes, esp in the dark.  So the 890 rf is not for me.  Universal has the most RF remotes and the fancy -schmancy well-reviewed MX-800 is $210 at Newegg.  Not cheap but maybe worth it!

I have the MX-850 with RF. I had first ordered a Harmony 880....sent it right back as soon as I held the damn thing. I knew I could never find those buttons. The 850, was like an old friend from day one.

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#10 01-07-2007 9:05:32 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

monsterden wrote:

I have the 3412 Comcast Box and remote and have programmed the Aux for my DVD player.  So the "All On" button powers on the dvd, even though most of the time I am just wanting the DVR box and tv.

I'd like "All On" to Power TV and Cable box but NOT DVD player, but I would like to keep the DVD player as AUX - And, I am FAR too lazy to power up both the TV and Cable/dvr box each time I turn on the tv.  Can I do this?

You can try programming an invalid EFC code as the DVD player's Power command. Then program some different key with the players power code. You would just need to remember to use the alternate key to power it on when in AUX mode.

I can give more details if needed. The general information on programming the remote can be found on the Wikibook:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_to_use … the_Remote


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#11 01-07-2007 11:03:38 AM

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Re: "All On" Question

salspalden wrote:

I have the MX-850 with RF. I had first ordered a Harmony 880....sent it right back as soon as I held the damn thing. I knew I could never find those buttons. The 850, was like an old friend from day one.

I'm not a fan those "button pad" type devices either. That's why I carry a black rotary Bell Telephone instead of a Cell phone. Wrecks every damn pair of cargo pants I buy, though.

The Harmony 659 has discreet buttons and has the feel of a TiVo remote. Of course, if RF is required it's not going to help anyone out. I like that I can carry it around the house and use it to operate everything.

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#12 01-07-2007 8:54:03 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

Thanks Andy and Frank. Since I need the RF and the Comcast Remote only handles 3 devices (so I can control tv/dvr/dvd but not receiver), I bought the Universal mx-650 and mrf250 model RF receiver on Ebay for $150 brand new. I didn't want to pay $100 more to program it on my pc - but otherwise, this one seems to meet my needs.  And since it solves the RF problem, the $$ seems like it may be worth it.  I'm the type that like to program these little things so hopefully, it will work out well. 

The Universals use a lcd screen but with adjacent hard buttons next to each programable lcd display item.

http://www.universalremote.com/product_ … p?model=39


i'll report back after it arrives.

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#13 01-07-2007 9:48:19 PM

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Re: "All On" Question

Feel free to start a new thread about your new remote when it comes and/or write a review.

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