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#1 Apr 13 2012 at 9:34 PM Rating: Good
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I upgraded to DVR service from my cable company. But the remote they use kind of sucks. It comes with a default "5 minutes forward" and "5 minutes backward" button, but nothing smaller. And the cheapo remotes they offer are not programmable like some of the ones I've been looking at. Seems that there are remotes out there that can be programmed with things like a "30 second skip" or "15 second replay". That'd be perfect...

But I cannot find them. And the ones I do find are old, and people say they don't work with new cable/dvr boxes.

Where can I get a non-crappy DVR remote to work with my cable boxes and DVR box.

(Motorola DCX3501-M and DCX3200 boxes)
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#2 Apr 14 2012 at 12:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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Any of the Logitech harmony models will work with that particular cable box. They are supposedly rolling out a new remote line in August though if you can wait that long. The "cheap" ones work just as well as the more spendy ones from a programming and usability standpoint, though i really do like the touchscreen on my Harmony 900. I've not tried adding specific time skips to them though. If its a command you can access normally, it should be possible to add though.
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#3 Apr 14 2012 at 3:24 AM Rating: Good
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The only universal remote I've remotely been interested in looked like a magic wand, with a few discreet controls tucked into the handle. It was very expensive, so really nice idea and execution, but no cigar from me.
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#4 Apr 14 2012 at 5:40 AM Rating: Good
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I looked up the Harmony 900. Looks like the perfect remote. And it comes with a USB interface and software.

Now to figure out the price range I want to fall in.

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I went with the Harmony 300. 27 dollars. And two day free shipping (thanks Amazon Prime!)

No LCD, only 4 devices, but for 27 dollars and all the same programming capabilities as the higher models, seemed like a deal. And if it ends up not doing exactly what I want, at least I didn't drop 150-300 dollars on it like the 900.

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#5 Apr 14 2012 at 12:36 PM Rating: Good
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The DVR with Verizon FIOS allows you to program the amount of time to skip ahead and/or back through the menus on DVR itself. I usually keep the forward skip at 30 seconds, and back around 10-15.
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#6 Apr 15 2012 at 3:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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I was going to ask if it is a Comcast remote but they don't come with a default button that skips 5minutes, Well the newest one might but that isnt available in all markets yet only in ones with a new guide system. What you might want to do is look up in google that remote, it is possible people have posted how to re-program buttons for other functions. Also depending on the guide for the box is running sometimes the 30 second skip feature is locked in the firmware and wont matter what remote you have. You said its a dcx3501 but you are using 2 DVR's? no anyroom available where you are?
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#7 Apr 15 2012 at 5:22 AM Rating: Good
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The DCX3501-M is the DVR. The DCX3200 is just a standard HD box. I have one DCX3501 and two DCX3200s. They have any-room capabilities, but I have not hooked them up to my local network. It isn't something I'm interested in doing at the moment, and I'm not sure if it's something I'd have to pay extra for to get the feature enabled on the DVR box.

Some remotes are programmable with the key moving/remapping feature, but the model I have is not. It lacks the SETUP button. There is a proprietary 4 pin port on the back of the remote that can be hooked up to another proprietary remote programming box. Using that it's possible to re-program or remap buttons. But I don't want to bother with it. Looking through all the remote styles available from Charter I don't see any that would have the SETUP button needed to map keys.

From what I gather, the 30 second skip is available for the box, but not programmed on the remote. I haven't read any posts about the feature being locked out of the DVR firmware completely, but have read a few about the feature not being included in default remotes available from the Cable/Satellite company and as soon as they got a remote that could use the feature it worked just fine.
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#8 Apr 15 2012 at 2:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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Most providers wont openly have 30second skip or walk you through setting up. Although it is completely legal to do it is easier to never actively support it just incase rules change down the line so they can say "oh we never supported it in the first place" to avoid lawsuits.

One thing you can try to do is see if you know anyone who has comcast near you and get a remote from them, the comcast remotes will work with your charter box and can be programmed no problem for what you are looking for. If you do get one and it doesn't work with the box PM me and I can give you steps to get it to work.
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#9 Apr 15 2012 at 3:16 PM Rating: Good
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Ya, I figured that their not having 30 second skip by default was to avoid giving people easy access to easy commercial skipping.

Good thing is I have Amazon Prime. Free two day delivery, which means my remote will be here when I get home from work tomorrow. I'll find out if it works then (I'm fairly confident it will).

I don't know of anyone who has Comcast in the area. I'm not even sure if Comcast is a local provider in western Michigan.
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#10 Apr 15 2012 at 6:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Might want to get one of these!

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#11 Apr 16 2012 at 1:41 PM Rating: Good
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So, it's not enough that you can fast forward through the commercials, you need a skip button? I honestly don't know if my DVR remote has that (I think it does), but I never use it. I like fast forwarding through because then if I see something interesting, I can stop and watch it. There are a ton of pretty funny commercials out there. Obviously YMMV, but at the risk of waxing philosophical, sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination.
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#12 Apr 16 2012 at 5:33 PM Rating: Good
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New remote came it, programmed, works. 30 second skip and all. The commercials shown during prime time TV are not the funny ones. It's just trailer reruns, diet pills, and feminine hygiene. Fast Forwarding through the commercials causes much "oh, too far, rewind, blah". And the fast forward speed options were... something like 1.5x then 4x. First speed was barely faster than normal watching, and second speed was so fast that you'd blink and eye and miss the return after commercial.
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Harmony is the only answer.




That or go with a Crestron system and hire me to come program your whole house Smiley: grin
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Harmony is the only answer.


I'm late to the party but this. Harmony One was worth every penny.
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#15 Apr 17 2012 at 10:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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The only thing I dislike about my 900 is it charges funny sometimes and knocks the clock in the remote off a few hours. Other than that, it works great!
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