[mythtv-users] Remote recommendations

Glenn Harris gharris+list+mythtv at eklo.com
Tue Jun 16 19:10:25 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 2:39 PM, Manuel McLure<manuel at mclure.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM, Christopher
> Meredith<chmeredith at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've been using an RF keyboard for years and I'm finally ready to move to a
>> remote. I know there a re a lot that work with lirc but I wanted to ask
>> about ones that are good for my particular purpose.
> Any of the Harmony remotes from Logitech would suit your purpose. I'm
> using a Harmony 880 (bought refurbished from Amazon) to control my
> Samsung TV, Harman Kardon receiver and MythTV box (in an Antec Fusion
> case.) They're not cheap, but work really well. One disadvantage is
> that you need either Windows or MacOS to program the remote.

I also recently bought a Harmony 880 (also refurbished, but from
newegg).  And I love it.  My girlfriend can now use myth/dvd/wii/etc
unassisted, so GAF has definitely gone up.

It was a lot easier to set up than I thought it would be.  I spent
about an hour the first day programming it (in linux, more on that
later), and about 10 minutes (total) since then, tweaking buttons.  I
have some minor gripes about the physical buttons on the remote - the
placement of some isn't as convenient as I think it should be, and
most of the buttons have a non-descript feel.  But after using it for
a few months I rarely have to look at it anymore, so I guess they are
descript enough.

As for linux, I was able to program it pretty easily using Congruity
(http://sourceforge.net/projects/congruity/) which is a frontend for
Concordance (http://www.phildev.net/harmony/).  Getting that set up
and working correctly took about 20 minutes.

Good luck!

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