Need "universal" or MCE remote with learning function for volume keys .. suggestions?

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  1. CanadianEh

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    Good morning,

    For some time now, I've been happily using a standard MCE remote with Mediaportal and love it's functionality. However, I recently converted my Mediaportal client over to use digital sound over TOSLINK to my home stereo receiver. Because of this, I can no longer control the volume through MediaPortal. I'm looking for either an MCE remote that has a learning function for at least the Volume Up/Down keys so I can program those two keys to adjust the stereo receiver's volume, instead of the PC's volume controls.

    Otherwise, I could also go the route of getting some form of a universal learning remote, and program it to learn all of the MCE buttons, except swap in the Volume Up/Down from the AV stereo's remote.

    Does anyone have any recommendations either way on this? I am struggling to find a universal remote that has standard media center-type buttons for things like the "guide" "music" "aspect ratio" and those types of keys.


    Thanks!


     
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    It seems that you already know the answer to your own question.
    You need either an original Microsoft MCE Remote that is programmable or you would need a universal remote like Logitech.
     
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    You can use any learning remote, and have it learn a combination of mce keys (from your old mce remote) and vol keys (from your stereo remote). It's a real shame you can't buy genuine mce remotes anymore. I've been looking out for a second hand one, but so far no luck.

    My current work around is I use the IR blaster to blast my amp whenever i press the vol buttons on my non-original mce remote.
     
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    I have found JP1 compatible remotes to be ideal for this. I have a URC-7555 (5-in-1) and use it to control 5 source devices, an A/V receiver and a TV.

    No matter which of the 5 devices is selected, the volume up/volume down/mute buttons control the A/V receiver, the power button turns the TV on and off, and another button controls the TV aspect ratio. And I have put macros on the 5 device keys so that when you press one, as well as changing which device is controlled, it also sends a signal to the A/V receiver to switch HDMI inputs to that device. Search for JP1 or RemoteMaster.
     
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