Universal remotes

af123

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My beloved One-for-all Kameleon remote has finally given up the ghost so I'm looking for a new one.



Any recommendations or suggestions? I'm looking at the Harmony 300 at the moment - only £16 from Amazon for the matt version. Four devices is enough (TV/Humax/Blueray/Amp).

The Harmony One looks interesting but I'm not sure about the large touch screen.

TIA.
 
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If you could find the Harmony 555 somewhere I would prefer that one. It's advantage is it is cheaper than the One and it has hardware colour buttons. The disadvantage: it is not rechargeable.
 

Wallace

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af123, I have a OFA Kameleon. I hated it. You are more than welcome to it free of charge, gratis and for nowt. (Well perhaps P&P). PM me if you wish.

It is as good as new. I didn't use it for long. It's been sat in the draw for an age.
 
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If you could find the Harmony 555 somewhere I would prefer that one. It's advantage is it is cheaper than the One and it has hardware colour buttons. The disadvantage: it is not rechargeable.
The 555 looks ideal and the layout is nice; particularly like the way the navigation buttons are laid out - can't find one anywhere though.
 
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af123, I have a OFA Kameleon. I hated it. You are more than welcome to it free of charge, gratis and for nowt. (Well perhaps P&P). PM me if you wish.
Thanks for the offer - to be honest I'm thinking of a change anyway and I can't really face talking to a Dutch call centre again to get them to play modem tones down the line; about time I had one which I can connect to my computer.

My wife always refused to use the OFA (preferring the Humax one which is a pain because it meant she kept changing the Humax volume instead of the TV - hence the poweron-channel package!) and I was getting a bit tired with how often the batteries need changing (using rechargables).

I've ordered a Harmony 300 (£16.99 from Amazon - the 300i is apparently just the addition of a glossy finish as preferred in Europe) for now and will have a play - might upgrade to the new 600/700 series later in the year and let her use the 300 or pass it on to my Dad...
 

Black Hole

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Oh goody. :) We might get some nice customisations for a not-too-expensive RC!

I have a job in mind which involves melding a new TV + HD-FOX + USB drive + programmable remote into a seamless package for the technically incompetent and without mode changes.
 

oijonesey

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Word for the day - "melding" - not used often enough. :) Makes me think of pointy ears!! I will be melding a curry and some beers later on this evening!!!
 

Wallace

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@af123.
I understand, I hated it. As you have also found, it is really battery hungry.

Having changed from the OFA to a Harmony 555 and then to a Harmony 785, I don't miss the OFA range at all. I had completely forgotten about the MODEM programming method, what a fag that was too!

The Harmony remote can be a little time consuming to set up to your own personal taste. The main constraint is that you have to use their software which is somewhat 'clunky', I feel.

Still, only yesterday, I added my Bosé Sound Dock 10 to it's menu no problem at all and without any phone calls to a help desk. Not bad for a remote that must be nearly three years old.
 
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The Harmony remote can be a little time consuming to set up to your own personal taste. The main constraint is that you have to use their software which is somewhat 'clunky', I feel.
I'm reasonably okay with setting up and programming things :D

It cannot be worse than the OFA - I remember several evenings sitting with SWMBO calling out EFC numbers and me testing them to see what they do so I can add missing buttons and move functions around*. Once set up, I loved the Kameleon but I have never got around to finishing setting it up for my new TV, and it has never worked well with the Bose (it assigns inputs to the numbers so I have to manually move them to the macro keys and reprogram the numbers... I'm getting too old for this stuff).

* - good way to find diagnostic test modes on equipment, although it can cause interesting things to happen with a Topfield!
 

Wallace

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Lol, I wasn't doubting your programming ability. I may be slow, but not stupid! :)

I forgot about those too. Spending a lot of time trying to find codes that did a specific 'thing' with my TV etal. Being careful not to find the code that did something that I couldn't reverse!
 
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I've got my new Harmony 300 remote - seems nicely built and the layout is ok.
While setting it up I realised another thing I'm going to miss from the Kameleon though - it supported shifting for all keys, effectively doubling the number of available keys. I used to have eject programmed in as Shift->Stop for my DVD player and Shift->Volume for controlling the Humax volume instead of the TV etc.. I'm sure I'll manage to fit the most common commands somewhere onto the keypad!
 

Ezra Pound

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Is the Harmony 300 programmable via USB the same as the Harmony 200? I was thinking of getting the 200 but a £20 and with only 3 devices controllable, the 300 at £17 and 4 devices looks like a better deal
 
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Yes it is. You programme it with their silverlight app through your web browser then just sync the settings.

I did actually prefer the look and layout of the 200 but wanted four devices.

The 300 is a bit cheap feeling (just the buttons rather than the rest of the plastic) so I might upgrade to a higher model yet.
 
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