Your Universal Remote Control Center
RemoteCentral.com
Complete Control by URC Forum - View Post
Previous section Next section Up level
Up level
The following page was printed from RemoteCentral.com:

Login:
Pass:
 
 

Topic:
Replace MX-850 with
This thread has 4 replies. Displaying all posts.
Post 1 made on Thursday March 19, 2020 at 15:27
Ian_S
Long Time Member
Joined:
Posts:
August 2003
41
I don't know how active this site is. I found it many years ago went MX-500 ->700->850. Wow the 850 lasted for me for a long while. The 850 is worn, and I have bought spares to keep it going. But I wonder what I should do now. Questions-

What model? I am a diy'er

Can I copy the remote profile to migrate to a new remote? Even if I move to a complete control remote.

or should I give up on URC and move to Harmony or get a global control and build the remote from scratch using an iPhone for the remote.
Many thanks.
IS
Post 2 made on Friday March 20, 2020 at 13:15
Brad Humphrey
Select Member
Joined:
Posts:
February 2004
1,925
Using a phone for a primary control device is a bad idea. It always has been, it always will be. You can accomplish some cool things inexpensively on a phone or tablet and apps on those devices make great supplementary control. But there should always be a primary dedicated control interface available for a system.

Being you have been using an MX-850, I'll guess that you are just looking to control a small local system (TV, amp, couple of sources). Meaning not trying to control a whole house, lighting, HVAC, and other home automation systems throughout the house.
So in that case, the Harmony line of remotes should be fine.

If you want to get one of the newer URC Complete Control remotes (MX890, 990, etc.) and do the programming yourself, you will need to make sure where you buy it from will supply the programming software to you. It does not come in the box and URC generally does not give it out to consumers directly. Many places (especially non-authorized discount houses) will not supply the software.
I think there is a way to import parts of the MX-850 programming into the CC software but it has been many years since I had to do that. Being how completely different the layout is going to be, it would probably be best to just start from scratch on the new remote.
OP | Post 3 made on Friday March 20, 2020 at 14:29
Ian_S
Long Time Member
Joined:
Posts:
August 2003
41
Many thanks for taking the time to reply. Good advice.
Thanks again and stay safe all....
Post 4 made on Friday March 20, 2020 at 21:58
tomciara
Loyal Member
Joined:
Posts:
May 2002
7,146
MX-850 software is standalone. CCP for newer is never going to import an MX850 config. You will start from scratch.

The 890/990 are like Christmas after an 850!
"People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive." - Blaise Pascal
Post 5 made on Saturday March 28, 2020 at 13:44
Daniel Tonks
Wrangler of Remotes
Joined:
Posts:
October 1998
28,657
You can import the codes from the MX-850 (particularly learned codes), but not the layout, so overall it's likely going to be faster just to program everything again from scratch with new database codes, new clean learns, and new hex imports where needed.

The newer URC remotes are much more flexible in how you can program them (mixing and matching multiple database codes in a single device, for example, and more sophisticated macros), and as soon as you figure out the vastly different CCP programming style, ALMOST as fast to program as an MX-850.

Just remember to follow prior advice and ensure that where you buy from will supply you with the software. Any help you need you can find from searching or asking in the forums.


Jump to


Protected Feature Before you can reply to a message...
You must first register for a Remote Central user account - it's fast and free! Or, if you already have an account, please login now.

Please read the following: Unsolicited commercial advertisements are absolutely not permitted on this forum. Other private buy & sell messages should be posted to our Marketplace. For information on how to advertise your service or product click here. Remote Central reserves the right to remove or modify any post that is deemed inappropriate.

Hosting Services by ipHouse