If you're like me, you (at least used to) have a stack of remotes you juggle to watch TV, adjust the volume, switch between devices, etc. Even if your cable company provided or your television came with a "universal" remote, those "universal" remotes only work with a approved pre-programmed list of manufacturers and models. Roku? Nope. Asus O!Play? Nope. Cheap Chinese HDMI switch? Yeah right!
Enter the Universal WR7. There are a lot of remotes that bill themselves as "Universal" especially a few knockoffs from RCA and brand-X comapanies on one end of the spectrum that are no better than the remote that comes with most cable company's boxes or perhaps your TV. On the other end of the spectrum are Harmony remotes that require a Windows or Mac and hundreds of megabytes of software updates to program and cost hundreds of dollars. What everybody should buy is a remote from Universal. Unfortunately, all remotes say "Universal" so you have to look for this logo:
Is it complicated to set up? Not for me, but I have a degree in Computer Science. Here's how you do it:
- Let's say we want to program the "1" button on the "dvd" setting. Press and hold [dvd] and [ent] at the same time.
- Then press .
- Then point your DVD remote at this remote and press  on the old remote. The new remote flashes three times and your done.
- You can continue to program more buttons by repeating steps 2 and 3.
- Press and hold [dvd] and [ent] at the same time to save.
This remote also supports:
- Punch through. Any button can be programmed to use the button from a different mode. For example, you can say that volume controls always go to the receiver or TV regardless of what mode you are on. Channel changes can always go to the cable box even if you are in DVD mode.
- Macro Mode. You can program a button to send more than one signal to more than one device. Example: Turning everything on and off with one button.
- Old fashioned setup like a normal universal remote (the old three digit code and a giant table in the back of the manual or "press up over and over until the device turns off to search for the right code").