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I want an idiot proof learning remote with approx 7 buttons

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by Solidstate, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Solidstate

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    You know how they make those very simple remotes with just a handful of buttons for just the basic commands - I need something like this but one that is able to learn.

    My mum & dad are getting on and find the whole Scart/Av TV/Freeview setup a bit confusing. It would be great if I could get a remote control that had just the following functions...
    *Vol Up/Down
    *Channel Up/Down (for Freeview)
    *Scart (AV Select)
    *Mute
    *Standby

    I would like the Vol to control the TV, the Channel Up/Down to control the Freeview box and most importantly of all a button to pick the AV source in case they want to switch to terrestrial instead of freeview. I don't want them to have any buttons they wont use on the remote (or as few as possible).

    The problem comes with trying to mix the functions (Vol on TV, channel on Freeview) - this kind of feature seems to only come on a mega multi function type device - not a simple one.

    Oh and if anyone is thinking Pronto - I'd have to say that I understand where you are coming from - but touchscreens will just cause confusion (and then theres the price issue).

    Anyone know of a simple device that will work like this?
     
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    I know that Universal Remote did the MX700 with a "Sidekick" mini-remote that from your description sounds like the sort of thing you're after. I'm not sure if you can buy them separately although I have seen them on eBay very cheaply in the USA.

    Read up on the MX700 review on RemoteCentral - the manual for the MX700 (and Sidekick) is here.

    Hope that helps
     
  3. Solidstate

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    Thanks for the reply - that sounds just the thing :clap: ......now to find one.......

    I've also come up with the One for All Audio Zapper - the buttons can be reprogrammed by a learning function - its really designed for HiFi but I think I saw one in a local bargain shop the other week, so might well give it a try.
     
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    Sounds like you're after one of these - probably the Weemote Snr version

    Review on RemoteCentral here
     
  5. Solidstate

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    Thats 99% of the way there - if only it could cycle through all the channels (instead of having 5 buttons shiftable for a max of 10 channels). Very good try though. I notice that the Weemote DV can learn commands - but the buttons aren't really suitable for easy identification.
     
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    After looking into it, it seems like the Weemote Sr might well be worth a try. The up/down channel buttons on the Sr model can be set to cycle through all the channels rather than just the 5 or 10 presets like the Jr Weemote.

    The only questions are....
    1) Where can I get one (the Jr version is the only one I can find on Ebay)
    2) As it is designed for the US - what are the chances that it will operate a UK Goodmans TV and a Thomson DHD4000 PVR.
     
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    try the sunwave lcd, will control up to 8 items and dead simple, you will find it at maplins for about 40 quid, self learning from all your other remotes, touch screen lights up when the lights are low, and the macro function allows you to set up all your equipment with one touch of a button, mines superb even giving me full functions of my yamaha dsp

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ModuleNo=38023&doy=26m7
    this is the link it is advertised as 69.99 but if you sign up they will send offers, i paid £32.99 inc p&p for mine but would happily pay the going rate, i am that impressed
     
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    down to £29.99 again but best be quick
     
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    Yes but solidstate ruled out LCD's :) Richard
     
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    I have no experience of it but what about this

    Too many buttons perhaps but at least they are big.

    Richard
     
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    QUOTE "Yes but solidstate ruled out LCD's Richard," UNQUOTE
    touch screens are not confusing and check the price
    :hiya:
    look the lcd looks the part and acts the part, you tell it what to do not vice versa,mine lives with me i dont live with it..
    lcd far superior and you dont have to turn the living room lights on to see what you are doing :suicide:

    and as for that monstrocity at the end of the above link????what were its parents also brother and sister...jeepers creepers YUK
     
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    Do you know if it can operate all Sky+ button fuctions? I need to replace my broken Sky+ remote & this maybe the time to upgrade to a single remote instead of the five I have at the moment..
     
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    it is programmable by using existing remotes so sky+ should be ok (im having sky upgraded to sky plus in two weeks) so all you need is a remote that works, or you can input the code, but i found manual programming much easier.
    if yours is broken surely a pal could loan you one for ten minuites while you programme it :smashin:
     
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    I'm sure that I can borrow a Sky+ remote from next door, so I'll give it a go..
    Thanks :smashin:
     
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    your welcome, please let me know how you get on :thumbsup:
     
  16. Solidstate

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    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    In the end I bought this one for £16.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5799257284

    Its not really what I wanted - but I couldn't get a new Weemote anywhere.

    After reading the manual - I found out that most of the LCD buttons can be deleted leaving the simple rubber ch up/down and vol/up down power on/off and channel number buttons for my mum to use.

    And its a learning device instead of just being code based.
    Its in the new Maplin catalogue for £35 code A64CQ.

    The volume can be set as punch-through - so pressing vol up will adjust the TV vol and channel up will move the freeview channels up without switching devices.
    I haven't set it up yet (my parents live 200 miles away) - but it looks about the closest I could get to my requirements (but I'm still on the lookout for a weemote 4).
     
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    I know this thread is very old, however it ranks high on a google search for 'simple learning remote'

    I found the following remote, which seems very much like what the OP (and I) were looking for:
    SeKi Slim
     
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    You can say that again ! - Nearly 8 years since the last post !?!

    Although I'm happy that the Thread may have helped you find what you were looking for, I doubt that the OP will be still interested, after all these years !

    Perhaps it would have been better for you to have started your own Thread with the Title 'Looking for a small, simple, learning remote ?', and then explaining and linking to what you've recently found.
     

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