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Onkyo HTS5200 receiver
hello,

 

I read the reply below to someone with a similar issue, I would rather program the ATT uverse remote (S10-S3?) for use with my Onkyo HTS5200 receiver, but if I have to buy a new remote control, the Logitech harmony 200 only controls 3 devices; with a receiver, I need 4 devices minimum.  

 

The Logitech harmony 300 is $86; very expensive.  Where may I buy a remote for $30 that works?

 

Can you recommend a remote that works with uverse and has codes for common consumer devices that is less expensive or an update regarding how I can program my uverse remote to work with my receiver?

 

The code I'm using turns the receive on and controls the volume but won't turn off the receiver.

 

Thank you

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Re: Remote access codes for "ONKYO Receiver TX-SR504",
sledgeleo -
If you can live with either the on or off you need another step for the volume. When the TV is programmed the default is to ALWAYS control the TV volume. To change it to ALWAYS control the rcvr - att/ok - 955- aux- enter. If you do not wish to ALWAYS control the rcvr, leave out the aux button press. In this case the volume control will follow the mode button. Meaning that you are in the att mode to control the channels, etc. while watching you will also control the STB volume.

If you cannot get satisfactory function from the U-verse remote get a Logitech Harmony.

I have recommended to many people that were unable to find codes to support their devices with the U-verse remote that they get a Logitech Harmony remote.
 
Many of those people feel they do not want to, or should not have to, spend their own money for a remote.
 
Others, have a very complex setup and are willing to spend their money to maximize their viewing experience.

The U-verse remote is effective for some subset of basic control functions on the most popular equipment, The Harmony provides full control of complex setups across a broader range of equipment.

Until sometime in 2011 the Harmony only offered expensive models (over $100). In 2011 they introduced the model 300 ($30) followed by the model 200 ($20). These only support one activity (Not many for a Harmony, but same as U-verse) - Watch TV.
 
This writeup shows that, even though the basic descriptions sound the same, there are functional advantages to the Harmony. The question is - Is it worth spending $$ for the Harmony.

Basic Similarity (Logitech Harmony Model 300 vs. U-verse remote) - 
 
Both can control four devices (STB, TV, DVD, Aux) under one activity - Watch TV.

Logitech Harmony Model 300 advantages -
 
Must be able to do something no other remote can do to convince you to spend $30 to buy it so Logitech can make a profit.
 
Monster library of supported devices built on budget for expensive remotes (amazing how libraries grow over the years). 

You can predetermine support of make & model via web site (http://myremotesetup.com/EasyZapper/New/Main.asp?WebProcessAction=Start&ReturnUrl=%2FEasyZapper%2F%2...

Since device support is defined in detail, a Logitech customer service rep (CSR) can help with any problems. When anything new comes out it can be added to your existing remote via download.
 
To program - Enter device make model in computer  based wizard. When device is supported, all functions are supported. IR signals can be learned from device remote. 
 
IR/function/button  map - You can map any button to any function. You can pick buttons based on your preference, instead of someone else's. Logitech can add any new IR code format to function mapping via download. CSR can download changes that affect only you,
 
Watch TV button - Turns on/off programmed devices. Sets correct input. Ability to sequence devices and introduce delay between devices.
 
Change from Watch TV mode to individual device control with one button push and vice-versa. Same volume/mute buttons will affect different devices (STB, TV, HT) depending on device selected and the one user selected for the Watch TV activity. Note that the U-verse phantom mute can be un-muted with four logical button pushes - device mode, STB, mute, return to watch TV mode.
 
Able to buy more advanced remotes for more money - Each step up adds more devices, more activities(e.g. Watch OTA, Watch DVD, Watch TV with HT sound), more display (LCD screen) of functions & recharge-ablity . 

Multiple activities appears to be a concept unique to the Logitech Harmony. It allows the same buttons to be programmed to different sets of inputs/functions/devices based on what the viewer is watching (i.e. an activity). The button map is unique to the activity. It can be as similar or different between activities/devices as you need it to be. Each activity has its own start up sequence to power up the selected devices & set inputs needed for continuity. It is especially valuable for complex setups and/or people with only basic knowledge of the operation of the remote.
hello,

 

I read the reply below to someone with a similar issue, I would rather program the ATT uverse remote (S10-S3?) for use with my Onkyo HTS5200 receiver, but if I have to buy a new remote control, the Logitech harmony 200 only controls 3 devices; with a receiver, I need 4 devices minimum.  

 

The Logitech harmony 300 is $86; very expensive.  Where may I buy a remote for $30 that works?

 

Can you recommend a remote that works with uverse and has codes for common consumer devices that is less expensive or an update regarding how I can program my uverse remote to work with my receiver?

 

The code I'm using turns the receive on and controls the volume but won't turn off the receiver.

 

Thank you

-----------------

Re: Remote access codes for "ONKYO Receiver TX-SR504",
sledgeleo -
If you can live with either the on or off you need another step for the volume. When the TV is programmed the default is to ALWAYS control the TV volume. To change it to ALWAYS control the rcvr - att/ok - 955- aux- enter. If you do not wish to ALWAYS control the rcvr, leave out the aux button press. In this case the volume control will follow the mode button. Meaning that you are in the att mode to control the channels, etc. while watching you will also control the STB volume.

If you cannot get satisfactory function from the U-verse remote get a Logitech Harmony.

I have recommended to many people that were unable to find codes to support their devices with the U-verse remote that they get a Logitech Harmony remote.
 
Many of those people feel they do not want to, or should not have to, spend their own money for a remote.
 
Others, have a very complex setup and are willing to spend their money to maximize their viewing experience.

The U-verse remote is effective for some subset of basic control functions on the most popular equipment, The Harmony provides full control of complex setups across a broader range of equipment.

Until sometime in 2011 the Harmony only offered expensive models (over $100). In 2011 they introduced the model 300 ($30) followed by the model 200 ($20). These only support one activity (Not many for a Harmony, but same as U-verse) - Watch TV.
 
This writeup shows that, even though the basic descriptions sound the same, there are functional advantages to the Harmony. The question is - Is it worth spending $$ for the Harmony.

Basic Similarity (Logitech Harmony Model 300 vs. U-verse remote) - 
 
Both can control four devices (STB, TV, DVD, Aux) under one activity - Watch TV.

Logitech Harmony Model 300 advantages -
 
Must be able to do something no other remote can do to convince you to spend $30 to buy it so Logitech can make a profit.
 
Monster library of supported devices built on budget for expensive remotes (amazing how libraries grow over the years). 

You can predetermine support of make & model via web site (http://myremotesetup.com/EasyZapper/New/Main.asp?WebProcessAction=Start&ReturnUrl=%2FEasyZapper%2F%2...

Since device support is defined in detail, a Logitech customer service rep (CSR) can help with any problems. When anything new comes out it can be added to your existing remote via download.
 
To program - Enter device make model in computer  based wizard. When device is supported, all functions are supported. IR signals can be learned from device remote. 
 
IR/function/button  map - You can map any button to any function. You can pick buttons based on your preference, instead of someone else's. Logitech can add any new IR code format to function mapping via download. CSR can download changes that affect only you,
 
Watch TV button - Turns on/off programmed devices. Sets correct input. Ability to sequence devices and introduce delay between devices.
 
Change from Watch TV mode to individual device control with one button push and vice-versa. Same volume/mute buttons will affect different devices (STB, TV, HT) depending on device selected and the one user selected for the Watch TV activity. Note that the U-verse phantom mute can be un-muted with four logical button pushes - device mode, STB, mute, return to watch TV mode.
 
Able to buy more advanced remotes for more money - Each step up adds more devices, more activities(e.g. Watch OTA, Watch DVD, Watch TV with HT sound), more display (LCD screen) of functions & recharge-ablity . 

Multiple activities appears to be a concept unique to the Logitech Harmony. It allows the same buttons to be programmed to different sets of inputs/functions/devices based on what the viewer is watching (i.e. an activity). The button map is unique to the activity. It can be as similar or different between activities/devices as you need it to be. Each activity has its own start up sequence to power up the selected devices & set inputs needed for continuity. It is especially valuable for complex setups and/or people with only basic knowledge of the operation of the remote.

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calibiz - Your timing is terrible. The model 300 just went way up in price. But, I see there are still some on e-bay for 30-40. The 300 kind of was the remote of choice for low cost ones, so I do not know of others. You do have to be very careful though, most of the inexpensive ones do not support U-verse.

You say you want at least four devices. You need to consider the more expensive Harmony models - think $100. Check out the website & watch for deals. Previously Costco and BJs had deals. Logitech and newegg.com may have deals on refurbs.

 

Here is a deal at newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16880111037

Radio Shack lists it for $10 more.

calibiz - Your timing is terrible. The model 300 just went way up in price. But, I see there are still some on e-bay for 30-40. The 300 kind of was the remote of choice for low cost ones, so I do not know of others. You do have to be very careful though, most of the inexpensive ones do not support U-verse.

You say you want at least four devices. You need to consider the more expensive Harmony models - think $100. Check out the website & watch for deals. Previously Costco and BJs had deals. Logitech and newegg.com may have deals on refurbs.

 

Here is a deal at newegg.com - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16880111037

Radio Shack lists it for $10 more.

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calibiz,

 

Try the RCA RCRP05BR 5 Device Cable Replacement Universal Remote.  It's a JP1 learning remote and already knows the U-verse codes.   If necessary you can teach it codes from other remotes, and it can even be reprogrammed with the proper hardware/software.  It's available from amazon for under $15. 

calibiz,

 

Try the RCA RCRP05BR 5 Device Cable Replacement Universal Remote.  It's a JP1 learning remote and already knows the U-verse codes.   If necessary you can teach it codes from other remotes, and it can even be reprogrammed with the proper hardware/software.  It's available from amazon for under $15. 

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