Universal remote to replace Apple remote (+ TV, satellite, DVD, etc)?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Lornholio, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Lornholio macrumors newbie

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    I've just discovered Front Row on my new Macbook after playing with the Apple remote that came with my iPod dock. Awesome stuff, especially once I sort out my TV connections. Hint: add an alias inside the Movies folder to anywhere you want (I keep most of my video files on my external drive).

    Anyway, does anyone know of a universal remotes that I could use to control my TV, freeview box, Macbook and possibly a DVD player? I've used One For All models before for TV/freeview/DVD, so I've emailed them to ask (no info on their website), but if anyone knows of one let me know.
     
  2. badgerman macrumors 6502a

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    Let us know what one for all say, I would like to know this. I have the Kameleon 6 in 1 that learns remotes. If yours does the direct learning thats one way if ofa dont have the codes.
     
  3. Lornholio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I'll post their reply. So can you program your one to work with your Macbook?
     
  4. speed12 macrumors regular

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    a lot of universal remotes have IR learning which should be good to go to record the apple remote commands. The logitech universals are meant to be ace so I would look there. I'm looking at getting one as my hifi amps remote has just knackered.
     
  5. badgerman macrumors 6502a

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    If I had a apple remote I could do direct learn, but dont so need the codes. Can then update my OFA over the phone.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The logitech harmony remotes will work with it, at least Logitech's compatibility checker says so.
     
  7. Lornholio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got a reply from One Fo All:

    Sounds good, I need to look into those when I have some time.
     
  8. badgerman macrumors 6502a

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    Well good, Ive got the URC 8060. Will give them a call tomoz to download the codes.

    So what can we use with the apple remote, itunes, VLC, Quick time?
     
  9. Lornholio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All of the above. The coolest thing is Front Row - hit the MENU button on the remote and Front Row launches, giving you a very simple layout to browse all your media and play it full screen. My display adapters are coming this week so hopefully this will work well with whatever macbook screen + monitor + TV configuration I work out. Plus you can boot and sleep the Macbook by holding the play button. I'm very impressed.
     
  10. milani macrumors 68000

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    There are some iPhone apps that allow you to control various things. The Apple Remote will control iTunes and Apple TV, and I believe there is software that can control things like DVD players, but don't quote me on the latter. So if you have an iPhone you could use that as a universal remote, I suppose.
     
  11. healimonster macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to use a universal remote to control my macbook pro to control boxee when it is hooked up to the tv....
    Any suggestions?
     

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