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Post 1 made on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 23:30
Junior Member
December 2016
I will be moving into a new house, previous owners for some reason, probably aesthetics, preferred to have the TV in the first floor and set up their FIOS box, A/V receiver and DVD Player in the basement. I have no idea or experience on remote world.
I will have a FIOS and Samsung Smart TV only, maybe in the future a home theater set up, too. I saw previous owners were using a MX-900. As far as I read it is a quite expensive HW and has programming cost, too. I don't want to spend hundreds. So if we want to go for that set up, leave equipment in basement and watch TV upstairs:
*) What are my technology options? Wi-fi, RF, IR...? (There might have been left a IR extender cable, I remember a thin one.)
*) There are one left MX-900 programmed for another room set up and a harmony universal remote which I don't remember its model right now. One option maybe I can have it reprogrammed for this room.
*) What is a fair programming cost?
*) If it uses IR extenders eventually why should I pay for MX-900 instead of a cheaper less fancy universal remote?
*) What are the most cost effective/cheapest but solid remote model/brand set up for this case? Does it need expert tooling, wiring, etc. costs? I am not a DIY guy.

I really appreciate your time and help.
Thank you...
Post 2 made on Friday December 9, 2016 at 20:51
Super Member
May 2003
If an IR extender is in place, just use the native remotes. If only the extender wiring is in place, purchase an extender and use the native remotes.

Harmony is a DIY favorite and some models have RF capability. Note that you need a Harmony "box" to receive the RF and convert to IR. You may have a friend or child who could program the Harmony.

The MX-900 is intended for professional programming and there is a "box" (MRF-300) required for RF applications.

It's personal, but neither of these remotes is a favorite of mine because they have (in my opinion) a somewhat limited feature set, however, there are a LOT of these models in the field. If the previous owner took the equipment, but left the remotes, this is a statement about how fond he was of the remotes.

Not everyone needs a fancy remote and I often recommend using the native remotes, usually with an IR extender. Many of the latest TV's, ROKU, TIVO, and cable boxes use RF for their native remote. If you are lucky, the RF will reach to the equipment location (depends on distance, wall and floor density) When I do supply fancy remotes, they probably would be out of your price comfort zone, but I believe that you get what you pay for if the programmer is competent.

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