Hopper 3 remote question (1 Viewer)

rstark18

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I'm scheduled to get a Hopper 3 next week and have a question about the remote functionality. I assume I'll be getting the 52.0 remote.

Currently I'm using a Harmony remote to control:
Hopper
TV
Denon AV receiver
I also have a PS4 that I use to switch inputs on the Denon.
Everything goes through the Denon to the TV.

Is it easy to set the remote up to switch inputs on the Denon from Hopper to PS4?

My Harmony is getting pretty old and didn't really want to get another if the Hopper remote will work.
 

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I'm scheduled to get a Hopper 3 next week and have a question about the remote functionality. I assume I'll be getting the 52.0 remote.

Currently I'm using a Harmony remote to control:
Hopper
TV
Denon AV receiver
I also have a PS4 that I use to switch inputs on the Denon.
Everything goes through the Denon to the TV.

Is it easy to set the remote up to switch inputs on the Denon from Hopper to PS4?

My Harmony is getting pretty old and didn't really want to get another if the Hopper remote will work.
It is absolutely easy to use the Harmony to control everything. there really is no reason to use the 52 or PS4 remote at all. Simply add all of your devices with the Harmony app and then set up your activities. For example, my Harmony controls my TV, Hopper 3, Bluray player, Roku, and Apple TV. With push of one button all the inputs get set to whatever activity is pressed as well as turning on, or off, any devices that need to be used to use that activity.
 

rstark18

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It is absolutely easy to use the Harmony to control everything. there really is no reason to use the 52 or PS4 remote at all. Simply add all of your devices with the Harmony app and then set up your activities. For example, my Harmony controls my TV, Hopper 3, Bluray player, Roku, and Apple TV. With push of one button all the inputs get set to whatever activity is pressed as well as turning on, or off, any devices that need to be used to use that activity.

I think you misread. I want to know if the 52 will control the my Denon inputs.
I want to stop using my Harmony for two reasons. UHF works better for me & my current Harmony buttons are wearing out so I'd have to buy another one soon. I'd rather use the 52 if it will work.
 

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I think you misread. I want to know if the 52 will control the my Denon inputs.
I want to stop using my Harmony for two reasons. UHF works better for me & my current Harmony buttons are wearing out so I'd have to buy another one soon. I'd rather use the 52 if it will work.
The answer to your question on the Denon is no. I also have a Denon in my mix. I can control the on an off as well as volume with my 52 remote but not inputs.
 

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The answer to your question on the Denon is no. I also have a Denon in my mix. I can control the on an off as well as volume with my 52 remote but not inputs.

Thx. That's what I needed to know. I'll have to start looking for deals on Harmony remotes :(
 

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That's the one I have right now except in black. It was a lot more money when I but it. Pretty cheap now.
 

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You should not need a new Harmony remote. I have a Harmony 650 remote. A couple of months ago I upgraded from a 722K to a Hopper3. My harmony works just fine with the hopper. I did not make any changes to the harmony set up screens. The harmony setting in the software setup for the dish receiver still shows that I have a 722K. I have not used the dish 52 remote at all. The harmony 650 Is way more versatile and convenient. Also, I use the dish 40 remote for the TV in our bedroom. The additional keys including the colored shortcut ones make it a lot easier to use than the dish 52 which requires going to various menus to make changes. You did not state which model of the harmony remote you have. However, I'm very confident that you could use it as is with no changes whatsoever.
 

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Actually, you might be able to program the 52 remote using the learning mode in the H3 remote settings. Does the Denon remote have a single button that cycles through all the inputs? If so, you might be able to use the learning mode to "teach" the 52 remote's input button to match the input button from the Denon remote.

I was able to successfully do this at one of my brother's TV locations where he doesn't have a Harmony and wanted to use the 52 remote to control inputs on his stereo system that his TV sound was routed through.
 

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I'm scheduled to get a Hopper 3 next week and have a question about the remote functionality. I assume I'll be getting the 52.0 remote.

Currently I'm using a Harmony remote to control:
Hopper
TV
Denon AV receiver
I also have a PS4 that I use to switch inputs on the Denon.
Everything goes through the Denon to the TV.

Is it easy to set the remote up to switch inputs on the Denon from Hopper to PS4?

My Harmony is getting pretty old and didn't really want to get another if the Hopper remote will work.
While the Dish remotes will control multiple devices, it is really more along the lines of picking up remotes for each device when you need to make a change on that device. For example, with the Dish remote, you'd need to go to the TV and change it's input then go to your AV receiver and change it's input then go back to the device you ultimately wish to control.

Remotes like the Harmony go a long way to integrating your components to act as a system. For example, in the scenario above, that's all ONE button on the Harmony and includes powering devices on and off. That button press tells the remote that you want to "watch satellite" for example. You can even build "favorites" like "watch HBO" that will include tuning the device to the proper channel.

I've been using "activity" based remotes for almost 20 years and will never go back to a pile of remotes or even one remote if it means power and source selections on each device are separate functions that don't follow the remote's delegation. The component's remotes sit on a shelf after I figure out what the device can do and get the universal remote programmed. They are there to perform the 1-2% that's not programmed into the universal remote.
 
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rstark18

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You should not need a new Harmony remote. I have a Harmony 650 remote. A couple of months ago I upgraded from a 722K to a Hopper3. My harmony works just fine with the hopper. I did not make any changes to the harmony set up screens. The harmony setting in the software setup for the dish receiver still shows that I have a 722K. I have not used the dish 52 remote at all. The harmony 650 Is way more versatile and convenient. Also, I use the dish 40 remote for the TV in our bedroom. The additional keys including the colored shortcut ones make it a lot easier to use than the dish 52 which requires going to various menus to make changes. You did not state which model of the harmony remote you have. However, I'm very confident that you could use it as is with no changes whatsoever.

I do need a new one. The 650 I have now have a few button that are on their last leg.
 

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I do need a new one. The 650 I have now have a few button that are on their last leg.
Too bad this all didn't come to light sooner. BB had the 650 on sale the week before Christmas for $39.99, which I jumped on.
 

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One of my 650s has begun eating batteries. One new set lasted 2 months. Last set about a month, but I can't be sure they were new. The remote kept going into "assistant" mode and controlled nothing. Still some power left in batteries when replaced.

Will watch this new set carefully. Can't find where someone said the 700s were on sale.
 

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BestBuy has had them on one sale or another for a while. Currently $40: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitec...niversal-remote-black/4801401.p?skuId=4801401

Mentioned this in another post, but replaced a pair of worn out 650s at my parents house with two new 700s for Christmas, and they've been very happy with the 700s. So far, they have found them more responsive than the 650s were.

I think I'd rather have the 650 over the 700. I don't like built in batteries for the remote. For my 650 I use rechargeables. It's so easy to swap them out. With the 700 when the battery stops holding a charge you have to toss it even if there's nothing else wrong with it.
 

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I think I'd rather have the 650 over the 700. I don't like built in batteries for the remote. For my 650 I use rechargeables. It's so easy to swap them out. With the 700 when the battery stops holding a charge you have to toss it even if there's nothing else wrong with it.

Actually, the 700 has regular AA rechargeable batteries in it, not one of those proprietary/oddball rechargeables, and they can be replaced with other AA rechargeables. :)
 
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Actually, the 700 has regular AA rechargeable batteries in it, not one of those proprietary/oddball rechargeables, and they can be replaced with other AA rechargeables. :)

I will be getting one today I guess. Thx.
 
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Actually, the 700 has regular AA rechargeable batteries in it, not one of those proprietary/oddball rechargeables, and they can be replaced with other AA rechargeables. :)
Yep, I recently replaced the rechargables in both of my 700s with Eneloops. I couldn't be happier...
 
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I just recently became a DISH customer (last Saturday) with a Hopper 3. I also have a similar set-up as the original poster, except I have a Pioneer receiver and a Harmony 650 remote. I was able to program both the Hopper's 52.0 remote and the Harmony 650 to control everything perfectly. The advantage of the Harmony is the one button on and off functionality and its backlit buttons. However, I find myself using the 52.0 remote a lot, just because I like how it feels in my hand and I like the how they have simplified the buttons. Why they didn't offer backlighting on the Dish remote is a real head-scratcher!
 
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rstark18

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I just recently became a DISH customer (last Saturday) with a Hopper 3. I also have a similar set-up as the original poster, except I have a Pioneer receiver and a Harmony 650 remote. I was able to program both the Hopper's 52.0 remote and the Harmony 650 to control everything perfectly. The advantage of the Harmony is the one button on and off functionality and its backlit buttons. However, I find myself using the 52.0 remote a lot, just because I like how it feels in my hand and I like the how they have simplified the buttons. Why they didn't offer backlighting on the Dish remote is a real head-scratcher!
Does the Pioneer have an input function that cycles through the different inputs? I don't think my Denon does that (separate button for each input).
 

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