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Universal Remote Controls

Discussion in 'Accessories, Cables, and Remotes' started by Rowan_Oliver, May 29, 2005.

  1. Rowan_Oliver

    Rowan_Oliver Auditioning

    Jul 8, 2004
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    Can you get universal learning remote controls to learn such things as switching between more than one component on a device?

    I want one and want to make sure it can do this...

    1. switch between devices on the amlifier.

    2. switch between devices on the tv.

    How much of the original remote can be learnt?
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    You need a remote with "Macro" features.

    A macro is a series of commands that you program with 1 button press to do several things. One example would be to program "M1" with the following commands:

    - Turn on reciever
    - Turn on TV
    - Turn on DVD player
    - Set reciever to the DVD input
    - Set TV to the component/DVD input

    See how it works?

    But you have to be careful. Most remotes do not remember the existing state of your equipment. If you hit "M1" a second time, it would actually turn off all your equipment which may not be what you want.

    So the best advice is to keep things simple. Program 1 button to switch the already-on equipment to "DVD", another button to switch to the SAT/CATV box, etc. program separate buttons for the power on/off sequence.

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