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Post 1 made on Saturday September 17, 2011 at 10:37
Lurking Member
September 2011
Though I am a new member I have utilized the knowledge on this forum since 2001. For that I want to thank everyone who contributes.

Since that time I have been using a Marantz RC5000i (Philips Pronto TSU2000).

I have managed to make it work. However, I am now doing an overhaul of my entertainment center. I have tried to make the RC5000 work but none of my new computers have a serial connection and I can't get it to communicate with any of my computers using a serial-to-usb converter cable.

I am looking for a remote that can be programmed via computer (USB), has both screen and hard buttons, and costs ~$150 or less.

This doesn't seem like a big request but I have read so many bad reviews of highly recommended remotes that I am concerened.

Logitech Harmonys have fragile screens, Acoustic Research ARRX18G has sluggish performance and the web-based programming is not great, etc.

Please help!
Post 2 made on Wednesday October 5, 2011 at 06:48
Long Time Member
October 2008
I dont know of any solution that will meet your needs.

Harmony has too many problems for me- and also most of them wont do macro's (activity based programming is not for me)

I settled for a URC MX450 which programs on-screen pretty well and allows backing it up on the PC>

IF you can find a PC programmable remote for 150- I'd like to know about it.

The MX450 you can get on ebay for about that much.
Post 3 made on Friday October 7, 2011 at 22:49
Long Time Member
June 2008
So you are looking for a Quality product with extensive abilities and still under $150. let me know when you come across this.

as for USB to Serial connections.... the ones that work will create a true serial port and are about $40+

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