Can Fire TV Cube do this?

CaptainTivo

Novice Member
OK, this is a long question for experts only, that a lot of googling has yet to answer.

I have an older, unusual AV setup:
All the AV equipment is in a dedicated equipment closet (ie. not out in the open living room). The video and audio signals are routed thru cables to the TV, speakers, etc. There is an infrared (IR) repeater in the living room to send IR back to the equipment in this closet for control. I installed all this in 2006 and it has worked pretty well since then.

Equipment:
1. A Denon 2005 vintage AVR with only component video inputs (no HDMI).
2. A Fire TV (gen 2) box (HDMI output)
3. HDMI-to-component video converter boxes (to convert HDMI to component video and optical audio)
4. A 70" LCD TV in the Living room (component video input) I don't use the speaker in the TV at all.
5. Large stereo, center channel and surround speakers in 5.1 setup
8. A 12" TV in the Kitchen (component video input)

The Fire TV HDMI output is connected to an HDMI-to-component-video converter box. It outputs RGB component HD video signals and TOSLINK (optical) digital audio (it passes Dolby Digital). These are connected to the Denon AVR which selects the video/audio source. The video is routed to the living room TV and the Kitchen TV, the AVR decodes the audio and plays it thru the speakers. At present, I have to control the TV with it's own remote, the AVR with ITS own remote control and the Fire TV with ITS remote! I have to have 3 remotes to watch TV! BTW, the AVR is controlled via it's own remote which is infrared (IR) for input select, volume, mute, etc.

Here is where I thought the Fire TV Cube would help. I want a single, unified remote control to control the TV (ON/OFF only), the volume and mute on the AVR and the Fire TV itself. So I bought a Fire TV cube during Prime Day. But I can't seem to find the right combination to get it work.

For this work, I need the Fire TV Cube remote control to:

1. emit IR control signals itself (not from the Cube)
2. be able to be programmed to control the power (ON/OFF) of the TV and the volume/mute of the Denon AVR separately. In other words, the power button on the Fire TV remote should send TV on/off IR code to the TV and the volume and mute buttons should send IR codes for the Denon, all output from the remote itself. I would still control the input selection via the AVR's remote control.
3. And here's a big one: I want to get a SECOND Fire TV remote (with IR, power and volume control) and program it to control the TV in kitchen (different brand from the on in the living room)

Obviously, the Fire TV Cube was not designed to do this. I don't even plan to use the "Alexa" features of the cube. I only want it because 1) it supported the newer streaming services such as Apple TV+ and 2) it has IR remote, in addition to the Bluetooth.

So, finally, my question is: can I do this with the Fire TV Cube or should I just send it back?

Thanks for reading.
 

GadgetObsessed

Well-known Member
I know this is a bit late but I was searching this site for details on the Fire TV Cube.

Anyway, would a Logitech Harmony Elite do what you need?
This can control devices via bluetooth including Fire devices:

I have a couple of these in the house and they are really useful and relatively easy to set up.
Note the remote itself does not emit any commands directly only the hub does that. Althought he hub can be in a closed cabinet with the IR repeaters outside or alternatively outside of the cabinet with repeaters inside the cabinet - negating any requirement for an IR repeater in a cabinet.
 

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