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Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Alamogordo, NM USA
Hopefully my very last remote...
I have debated on the idea of getting a more advanced remote, definately programmable.... Everytime I upgrade something in my setup, I end up replacing my remote. Although my last one was programmable... it was difficult to program and manually learning every key of an unknown device was long and only 95% effective, some keys just would not "learn".
I gawk at all the expenses of the more advanced remotes... but recently started "cautiously" buying from ebay. I occassionally browse electronics to see how prices compare. I saw the logitech harmony remote ending in a couple of minutes... although I let it end, I browsed to see what other prices were available, models, browsed logitech's site, read reviews... etc.
A couple of hours later, I bought the cheapest "buy now" unit that followed my set of rules I made up for ebay buying (could never be 100% effective, but I hope it increases probability of success).
Well, it came in only 2 days later, and I had it set up in minutes. It is very handy to just press one macro button and have it turn on your devices. I had one previous remote with macros, but you have to be cautious of accidentally pressing a macro while one is in operation, because your devices get turned on and off expecing them all to be off.
But the logitech remembers what it turned on. So when you switch from PVR to DVD, it leaves the TV on, and turns on the DVD, and turns off the PVR. Very handy.
The hardest part is you do not setup the device with a single 4 digit number. You set it up with the name of your device. So you have to go look and get your model numbers, enter them on the website, which looks up the codes, and downloads it. The advantage is that it was 100% effective right away.
Is it worth the expense? I won't know until the next change in my setup, since my last remote was effective until I replaced a tv, I won't know if this remote can learn "future" devices before they are invented, until I actually buy them....
Since I have bought 4 remotes in the last 4 years, I have equalled the price in one-for-all walmart remotes if you total them all up. So I can "kind of" justify the cost. I got it cheaper than list because I got it off ebay. But I won't know the REAL truth of worth until next year when I buy a receiver, or other device to replace the existing equipement, or add to the existing equipment.
Time will tell.
__________________ And now, Grandfather, I ask you to bless the White Man. He needs your Wisdom, your guidance. You see, for so long, he has tried to destroy my people, and only feels comfortable when given power. Bless them, show them the peace we understand, teach them humility. For I fear they will someday destroy themselves and their children, As they have done so Mother Earth. I plead, I cry. After all, They are my Brothers.... ~ Prayer ~