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Small "bedroom" IR+RF remote compatible with MRF-350 & RFX-250
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Post 1 made on Monday October 8, 2012 at 12:55
Josh Grisham
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a relatively "easy to use" simple remote to keep in the bedroom that will work with my existing MRF-350 and RFX-250 antenna. I'm already using an MX-850 in the "home theater" type room.

In this setup I have an existing HDMI switch going in to an Onkyo 7.1 receiver, and out from Onkyo to a 65" LCD.

I ran HDMI to a wall-mounted plasma in the bedroom and want to be able to control at least a few of the components from the bedroom as well as IR direct to the TV for power on/off and volume. Mainly I want to be able to control the FIOS STB (Motorola QIP-6416 I believe) but other components would be nice. So that I can have multiple inputs and output to both the theater TV and the bedroom, I'll probably be picking up an HDMI matrix switcher like this: [Link: monoprice.com] -- it has an IR sensor so at a minimum I can teach the MX-850 the codes and it should work out ok I think.

Also I would like to stay relatively cheap if possible ... like well under $100 if possible :)

Anyone have recommendations for a simple URC IR+RF remote that will work with my existing base that could solve this purpose?

Right now I'm actually looking into like the RF-10 / RF-20 to see if it would work (still not sure) but would actually prefer something much more simple if possible (e.g. like the old MX-200 but could do IR+RF with the MRF-350). It would be great if I could program it using MX Editor software like I already do my MX-850 but that is not 100% required :)

Any leads would be appreciated!
Post 2 made on Monday October 8, 2012 at 15:17
Tom Ciaramitaro
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MX780.
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OP | Post 3 made on Monday October 8, 2012 at 17:23
Josh Grisham
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Thanks for the recommendation -- it looks like a great unit but kind of opposite of what I'm looking for I think :) I'm thinking smaller, cheaper, and relatively simple in terms of usage (e.g. like the old MX-200 had basic buttons--channel and volume +/-, arrows etc, and then three A, B, C programmable buttons).
Post 4 made on Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 14:05
goldenzrule
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On October 8, 2012 at 17:23, Josh Grisham said...
Thanks for the recommendation -- it looks like a great unit but kind of opposite of what I'm looking for I think :) I'm thinking smaller, cheaper, and relatively simple in terms of usage (e.g. like the old MX-200 had basic buttons--channel and volume +/-, arrows etc, and then three A, B, C programmable buttons).

If you are going to want something compatible with the MRF-350, you are going to have to stay in the URC family. To my knowledge, they are not making any remote similar to the MX-200 which was basically a companion remote to a more sophisticated remote, such as the MX-850. The only thing in the <$100 range with RF capabilities would be the RF20 (possibly the RF10, not sure if it is a RF capable remote).

Keep in mind that these remotes do not allow for changing the RF address. They are essentially set to '0', which can create problems with other remotes and/or basestations. Even though it is a bit more expensive, the MX780 was a really good suggestion, providing you can find a dealer willing to distribute the CCP software required. The remote is not very big. Yes it has more buttons than the MX-200, but you only need to program what buttons you want.
Post 5 made on Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 14:32
MattBrotzge
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+1 on the first two respones. Or maybe try finding a used mx900. Not a fan of any of there less expensive stuff.
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Post 6 made on Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 15:05
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Go with a MX350. Retail $150.00. Great capabilities for the price. Not an installer's favorite for programming, especially in 2nd zone applications but has a ton of functionality for what it is.


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