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I have searched this forum, looked at the manual, and googled, but I can't find a definitive answer whether the 6100 can be controlled via an infrared remote.

Does anyone know for sure? I'm planning on buying a Logitech Harmony remote 688, but want to make sure it controls the 6100 first.

Anyone control their 6100 with an IR remote?

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Yes.

My old Harmony will change the channels on the 6100 receiver. But it's one of the really old 7xx model without many buttons, so I find the remote that comes with the 6100 is easier to use. It can:
- control the 6100 receiver, TV, VCR, and digital AV receiver volume
- the volume buttons can be set to control the A/V receiver volume instead of the TV volume
- direct channel access via numeric buttons (which are missing from my Harmony remote)
- UHF means I don't have to point the remote at the satellite receiver (but I do to change the volume since the AV receiver is IR)

The other problem with using a Harmony remote is that if I want to use more than one list of favourite channels on the sat rcvr (e.g. Movies, Sports, News, Other), I would probably have to set up a different activity for each favourite list.

The only drawbacks of the included remote that I have come across are:
- I have to get out the DVD remote to watch a DVD
- I have to turn 3 devices on/off separately (sat rcvr, TV, AV rcvr).

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I find the 6100 remote to be pretty easy to use... except every code for my Toshiba TV or Panasonic Home Theatre will control only a few functions, but not others... meaning I still have to use all 3 remotes separately.

TV: power, volume, number keys and input buttons work, nothing else does OR on another code, the power, volume, menu, left/right arrow keys will work, but not the numbers, up/down, input, or anything else.

Panasonic Home Theatre: Only found one code that works, only power and volume.

Somewhat frustrating, but just means I need to constantly be playing musical remotes.
 

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TELUSMobilityGuy said:
I find the 6100 remote to be pretty easy to use... except every code for my Toshiba TV or Panasonic Home Theatre will control only a few functions, but not others... meaning I still have to use all 3 remotes separately.

TV: power, volume, number keys and input buttons work, nothing else does OR on another code, the power, volume, menu, left/right arrow keys will work, but not the numbers, up/down, input, or anything else.

Panasonic Home Theatre: Only found one code that works, only power and volume.

Somewhat frustrating, but just means I need to constantly be playing musical remotes.
This is what I want to avoid. If I buy a Harmony remote( or any other universal remote for that matter ), I want it to be the *only* remote I ever have to use.

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From what I understand, Harmony remotes can "learn" functions from your other remotes... that's cool... I think I need one of those too. Kinda pricey, though.
 

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I have my Phillips Pronto 2000 programmed to use all the functions of the standard 6100 remote and it works flawlessly :)

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Does that mean that the 6100 uses both IR and UHF?

I already have an RF-based universal remote. It allows me to learn IR codes from other remotes but I'm not sure if it can deal with UHF from other remotes. If it does work, my question is how?
 

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Another remote to consider is the Home Theater Master MX-700 (it has a great combination of hard buttons, programmable ones, and a cursor pad, not to mention PC Programmable)... the place to go for all things remote is Remote Central.

Check out the professional reviews, the user reviews, the message forums, and the file sections to see what downloadable configs exist for your equipment (not sure about Harmony, but the HTM can use its' own files and Pronto ones).
 

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I have the MX-800 and love it. For the first time I have gotten everything into one remote and the RF feature makes things even more convenient.
 

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I have a Harmony 659 remote and I use it to control my 6100 with no problems. ALthough please note unlike the remote that came with the 6000 model receiver (it was IR and UHF) the 6100 remote is only UHF which means you can't teach your harmony remote any of it's commands. I was a little concerned at first but once I added the 6100 receiver to my profile I quickly found out all the remote commands where there for the picking, I just needed to select the ones I wanted.

I've used many many universal remotes and for the price of this Harmony it's one best remotes I have ever used. Now there are more expensive remotes on the market that allow you to do more but for the price I paid I would by another one of these!

Take note; If you've never used a Harmony remote before the initial setup is somewhat cumbersome, frustrating and a lot of trial and error. Once you've learned how to use it though, you'll love it!
 

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martianman said:
ALthough please note unlike the remote that came with the 6000 model receiver (it was IR and UHF) the 6100 remote is only UHF which means you can't teach your harmony remote any of it's commands.
The 6100 receiver has a "teach remote" feature. I think that while the receiver is in its "teach remote" mode, each time you press a button on the UHF remote the receiver will emit the IR command equivalent through its IR blaster. I haven't tried it so I don't know how well it works.

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The 6100 receiver has a "teach remote" feature. I think that while the receiver is in its "teach remote" mode, each time you press a button on the UHF remote the receiver will emit the IR command equivalent through its IR blaster.
I couldn't get that to work for one reason my PC was to far from my receiver :lol:
Be interesting to see if this works with a Harmony remote?
 

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Well, I purchased the Logictech Harmony H688 at best buy, and the harmony site already has the 6100 receiver in it's catalog. It seems to have all the functionality of the original remote, so I'm a happy camper!

I had no trouble configuring any of my devices, it worked like a charm the first time.

What a great remote!

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All indications are the the 6100 can be controlled with an IR remote but for some reason I cannot get it to work. I've tried my 3100 remote, my 5800 remote, and programmed my HTM MX800 with a few different device profiles and none of them work. Is there some setting I need to make in the receiver to allow IR remotes to work?
 

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Check your remote address. I can control my 6100 with my 3100 remote, the 5100 remote, and the 5800/5900 remote without any problems. Possibly you have configured an alternate remote address on your 6100 - try setting it back to 1.
 

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I had exactly the same issues with the 6100, IR and a Home Theater Master 500. With feedback from some of the people at this forum (thanks!) I programmed the HTM 500 using an IR remote for my old BEV 2700 to learn each IR command. All is working well. Perfect integration.

I looked at the Harmony Remote 18 months ago but the price was high then- it has come down a long way now. The HTM 500 is great though so no need to change.
 

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My new Harmony 680 Remote (IR) works great with my 6100 and all my stuff. I recommend this remote to all, except those who want to create custom-zillion-length-macros.
 

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harmony 880

:eek: Hey all, I have the Harmony 880 remote, just got it. I also have the 6100 receiver. I have been having some problems with the remote not controlling
the receiver intermittently. I have set the remote address to 1, and the remote can control the receiver, however on several occasions I have to press the buttons repeatedly to operate it. The remote works fantastic with my TV and DVD player, its just the receiver that has the problems. I know that the remove is IR and the receiver is UHF. Is there a setting for the receiver so that it only sees IR? Any assistance would be great.:eek:
 
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