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Offline mysticjay

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Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« on: September 17, 2011, 10:13:30 am »
1. Is there one? (don't recommend monster rev 200 - it's junk)

2. A remote that is fully compatible with A/V equipment + offers Z-wave control on top of it?

Please share your experience....Thanks.
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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 10:21:45 am »
I'll update this post with the Remotes I tried so far.

1. Monster Rev 200 (Completely buggy product, a $10 remote from walmart or Radioshack is far more intelligent ) - FAIL

2. Ordered Monster AVL 300 (Based on some inputs from users - Still iffy because its a monster product - monster products are cheaply made) - Let's see if this is any good I'll keep posted :)

3. If 2 doesn't work well for me I'm going to try the Remotec

Hmm...man there got to be something that is able to control wide range of A/V and seamlessly integrate with Z-Wave

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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2011, 11:09:14 am »
I cancelled the MVL 300 (i'm iffy it being a monster product)


Nevo S70? Anyone?
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No Light @ EOT to integrate Z-wave and A/V togther
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2011, 04:31:06 pm »
I just haven't found the perfect solution - bummer!!!

I might have to just get a logitech harmony for the A/V gear :)
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Re: No Light @ EOT to integrate Z-wave and A/V togther
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2011, 12:04:17 am »
I just haven't found the perfect solution - bummer!!!

I might have to just get a logitech harmony for the A/V gear :)

realize, the avl300 does everything any other harmony can.  it is an 890 PRO clone.

the problem with all harmony zwave implementation is the software used to configure it knows nothing about external primary controllers like the vera. 

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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2011, 01:59:43 pm »
I was also consider to get a remote, but all my previous all-in-one remote's has been limited in some way or another. Plus they are very expensive! I'm now considering a tablet instead. Any pro's / cons regarding this idea that you might share?

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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2011, 08:16:09 pm »
I have tried the AVL300 and actually got 2 working, but the remotes are crap. Yes they are clones of Harmony 890, but buttons are junk and screen is worse and it feels terrible in your hand. Never even really used them.

Best option I think is SQ Blaster + SQ Remote + iPhone, iPad or iTouch.  I am trying is setup now, and generally like it.  Touch screen buttons are not my favorite, and programming SQ Remote, while not difficult is not even close to as easy as a Harmony.

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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2011, 08:32:59 pm »
This looks promising - I dont think its out - seems like they had this at CEDIA

Remotec Z-Extender ZXT-300

Also I'm thinking of giving this remote a try  Z-URC 550
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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2011, 10:22:21 pm »
Eventually ended up order GE 45608  - Hope this will work well for me.
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Re: Best Universal Remote that is Z-Wave capable?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 06:22:23 pm »
Reviewer on Amazon said he had the GE working with Vera 2. Good luck.