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Old 12-26-15, 01:58 AM
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Universal Remote Recommendations

I've been using a Logitech Harmony One for quite some time now; it still works great, had to replace a bulging battery once, but I still love the features and functionality of it with all my devices which currently consist of an XBox One, Cox DVR, Onkyo TX-NR616 Receiver, and Playstation 3 with a Harmony adapter.

I recently got a Playstation 4 and it doesn't look like there's an easy way for the Harmony One to work with it which is pretty disappointing. I've read some guides about using this FLIRC IR adapter and mapping keys to get some level of support, which might be my best option for now.

Thinking more long term though, any one have any other recommendations for a remote that will work across all my devices and both consoles? I'm kind of disappointed to see that the newer high end Harmony remotes drop the physical number pad and even the Harmony Ultimate One is still IR anyway. I really like the one touch activity set up of the Harmony's though. I'm not really interested in using a smart phone for control either.

Not a huge deal, I can get by using the XBox One for most media stuff anyway or I might just leave the PS3 connected and put the PS4 in the bedroom but still Thoughts, ideas, and solutions?
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Old 12-26-15, 11:13 AM
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Re: Universal Remote Recommendations

MX-500. if you can find it somewhere. had 2 in my life and love it. durable and fully functional. love this motherfucker!

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Re: Universal Remote Recommendations

Doesn't seem like that helps since it's still IR, and much uglier then my existing Harmony One.

Reading more online, it doesn't seem like there's very many good options for the PS4 at all. I might just start using the XBox One for all media functions instead (Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon) or end up keeping the PS3 just for that afterall. Even the Harmony Hub devices that are compatible with the PS4 still can't power it on thanks to Sony. Blah.
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Old 12-27-15, 11:55 PM
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Re: Universal Remote Recommendations

I quit trying with game consoles. Picked up a Roku for all the media stuff. Faster to get to the apps I want and remote controllable. Although now those are starting to be proprietary remote systems too.

PS4 plays games just fine.

If someone was interested in the MX-500, the current version of it is the URC-R40. The button layout isn't quite as good, but everything else is an upgrade. (actually, the R40 may have also been discontinued recently)
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Old 12-28-15, 12:27 AM
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Yeah, from all the searching online I can find it sounds like i'm probably out of luck with the PS4. Sony seems intent on being difficult. Luckily the XBox One can do everything I need it to as far as Netflix and Amazon so I feel like that will just be the go to media player.
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Old 12-28-15, 01:20 PM
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I'm assuming you already read this?

How to Control Your PS4 With Your HDTV Remote

More info at link.
Spoiler:

From the main PS4 screen, go to Settings on the top row of icons.
Scroll down to System.
Check the box marked Enabled HDMI Device Link.
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Re: Universal Remote Recommendations

Originally Posted by mndtrp View Post
I'm assuming you already read this?

How to Control Your PS4 With Your HDTV Remote

More info at link.
Spoiler:

From the main PS4 screen, go to Settings on the top row of icons.
Scroll down to System.
Check the box marked Enabled HDMI Device Link.
I saw this before and while it would let me use a particular remote from my TV, it still means manually turning on all my other devices like the receiver, setting inputs, etc. That's the functionality that I like with my Harmony that I would have preferred to have with the PS4.
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Old 01-02-16, 08:36 AM
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Re: Universal Remote Recommendations

My Harmony One is working well too, but what I currently realized is a lot of these newer home automation products operate on something other than IR - be that RF or proprietary networks. To have those work with a One you need some series of convoluted boxes and adapters. The alternative is to get the new Harmony's that support RF.

Very annoying. The Elite at least seemed the best to hold in the store. I didn't notice it was missing numbers until you mentioned it. Either way, I'm not looking to drop $350 on a new remote. Too many other things on the to-buy list.
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