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**Easy to program
**Easy to use
**You may have to tinker with the settings for some of the buttons to get them to respond like the original remote
**Cable box setup can be a little confusing -- make sure you know the maker of the box rather than your cable provider
I've always wanted to try a universal remote because like most home theater installations, we have a separate remote for:
-- cable box
-- ROKU box
-- Blu-Ray player
-- Audio receiver
Just to turn on the cable, you have to use one remote to turn on the TV and then turn on the cable box.There is only one remote for the TV and one cable remote which are normally kept next to my husband's spot -- since the remote gene is on the Y-chromosome.
I was concerned that a universal remote would be difficult to setup and that it would require a high-end expensive remote with a fancy user interface in order to program it.I received the remote today and within 1 hour, I was able to get my TV, cable box, and Blu-Ray player all operating under a single remote.No help from the husband required... just following the 4-step process for each device by following the instructions.
I did have a few problems getting the cable box to respond because we have TimeWarner cable but our cable box is Scientific Atlanta so I wasn't sure which to use.Also, when I initially tried to use the Scientific Atlanta code, it would not "shut off" (which is required to complete and confirm the programming).However, when I used the 9999 code (which will search the database to find the right code for you), that worked just fine.Also, I subsequently was able to reprogram it specifically for Scientific Atlanta (which has some advantages because you can fine-tune the button settings).
Also, the manual is a little confusing because the language is a little too "general" in an effort to make the instructions short rather than having specific instructions for DVD, Cable, and TV.However, given that I was able to figure it out, not that big a deal.
I will probably get the higher end model since this remote is limited to 3 devices and we have six devices I would like to control.But for the money, this is a great addition to our family so that we don't have to fight over the remote, if/when the kids lose one, we're set.
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