“ Preprogrammed and learnable, Ready to operate all brands and all features of 6 devices: TVs, video recorders, satellite receivers/cable boxes, CD-Players and all HiFi-equipment, Built-in modem allows you to add new codes by telephone, Extra learnable keys „
I have had the “One for all 6” for a couple of months now, and what a pleasure. Over the last couple of years I have bought several other universal remote controls made by “One for All” and others companies. Unfortunately I have always been disappointed by the lack of support for most of my equipment (hi-fi, DVD, Digibox, Tapedeck, CD player etc…). This has now all changed I can work everything! When I bought the remote it worked with everything except my Pioneer digibox, one call to the help line and they updated the software in the remote control over the phone…. within 5-minutes I had control of my digibox. The update service is also available from their web site, however this facility was not available at the time so I have not had chance to try it. Another really cool feature is that you can teach the remote using the original remote control with any feature not supported as standard. I have used this feature to enhance the remote so that when in TV mode the navigation keys work my digibox’s most useful features, such as channel changing, and menu selection/control, so that for my normal TV watching habits I never have to change from TV mode. You can even programme macros so that at the push of one button, the TV turns on, the DVD player starts and the hi-fi switches to Dolby Surround.
After having this prodcut now for around a year I can safely say it was a good investment. I mean think what you are saving on time alone. I mean exactly HOW did the remote get there? (there in our house could be anywhere from the back of the sofa (a normal place) to the pantry or outside toilet :)). So you see if one has just the one then one can not really lose it (well that is the theory anyway). As the remote is slightly bulkier than some of the remotes currently on the market it is probably harder to lose anyway. So I purchased it for my bedroom (I was using four (digibox, tv, video, hifi) so I thought this maybe it good way to combine the lot. A few pointers though 1) Make sure have pressed the right button when either wanting to change channel or record because it has been known for me to press the digibox channel instead of the tv and thus subsequently record the wrong channel (usually shop on ondigital as I am obssessed by that channel). 2) The rec button on the remote has to be pressed twice, this is a good thing as then it confirms in your own mind that you wanted to record that channel (just be aware of the above point though). 3) Setting up the remote is a doddle as even though codes for my tv and video were listed they didn't seem to work, there is however a step by step guide to take you through it and a handy little on the underside of the battery cover to allow you to your codes in. My advice here would be to put them in pencil so that if you change the goods thus you can also change the codes very easily. 4) As I have digital I went for the more expensive version as this allowed me to program additional features such as assigning a button for subtitles (in digital mode) or to exit other menus. This feature is good as though it may seem awkward to start with stick with it and your new remote will truely have all the features possible of your other remotes. 5) On a slightly negative
note (and this maybe only true of my hi-fi) with the remote I could only get it to do the basic functions, such as start, change channels etc. Thus for the hifi it maybe a good idea to keep that on standby just in case. To sum then yes it is a good remote (mine even tells me the date and time) and once set up you should find it as easy to use as the remotes on individual items.
I've often been called a control freak, now that doesn't mean I drive a Volvo through whirlwinds or race around on the top of buildings relying on my tyres to save me from a squishy end. Far from it I'm quite a conservative control freak, but one who was rapidly running out of space. For my problem is remote controls or six of them to be exact. It just happens, I head out to buy another most necessary gadget or item of electrical beauty to enhance my lifestyle and guess what? It comes with another remote! So my bedroom now resembles the control room of NASA with enough buttons to run most 3rd world countries and a battery requirement that would equal their national debt. So something had to give I'd had enough of waking up in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in my back to discover it was the video remote wedged where the sun doesn't shine! Enough graphic imagery I hear you cry, so what to do, well the first route was to investigate what equipment could be amalgamated to reduce the number of controls, the only real option was to use a laptop with integrated infa red port hardly a realistic option with having to wait for it to boot up before changing channel. So a quick scout around the web brought up a list of possible "all in one" remote controls, the theory behind this category of device is that most domestic controls use the same infa red language. Yes much to my amazement there are many flavours, you couldn't expect electronics manufacturers to standardize anything could you? Ok just a small techie section, most infa read units use the same carrier frequency of between 38 – 40khz, onto this carrier is laid a binary bit stream (1’s and 0’s to you and me). Using this system, packets of data can be sent much like a CD player or any other digital device. This means that most IR receivers can detect and decode signals sent by other manufacturers system
s but the actual data requires an electronic key to decode the bit stream, luckily this is not regarded as top secret and this information is freely available on the web. For more information on IR technology check out www.us-epanorama.net and wade through the many techie topics and head for the IR section. After quickly eliminating most alternatives it was a question of which "one for all" control to purchase, the obvious choice for any techie is the Marrantz a dare I say it sexy little number with a backlit touch screen capable of controlling almost any device from a home cinema to automatic curtains? But let's be realistic who can afford £250 for a remote control, not me, so the aptly named "one for all" was to be my choice. This unit is slightly larger than your average remote but then when it's replacing multiple units who cares. At first it reminded me of a large print book with huge chunky keys for the main functions but that's what makes this unit so user friendly. The main section of the unit houses the numeric keypad and a cluster of buttons including, play, stop, cue and volume. The top section is home to a large clear backlit display which when considering the complexity of the unit is absolutely vital. So we have a nice simple control interface but how does it manage to operate so many different types of equipment, each device uses a protocol or code this is normally unique to a manufacturer and then within that code they can allocate different strains of code to each type or model of device. The One for all has two main methods for programming devices that you wish to use with the unit. The first is a list of codes which can be entered into the control, for example you would select the TV button and using the "magic" key enter the unique device code. Now assuming you have chosen the correct code from the booklet your telly's functions will be available throug
h the handset. But manufacturers are always releasing new units and even new types of device so they can't be in any booklet. True but these chaps have thought of that and given you two other ways of entering devices. The first is use of the magic key to learn a device, firstly you select the type of device TV / HiFi etc...Then push the magic key, the control now cycles through the available infa red frequencies and protocols and waiting for you to tell it when the device powers down. When it finds the correct combination and the power down occurs you store that protocol as the one to be used with the TV or HiFi. Ok so that could take some time but there is a third option, those clever chappies have built in a modem to allow you to download new codes from their library which is kept up to date with the latest manufacturers devices. This is a fairly simple process first you register at the website then using your normal Internet connection download the required files. Next place the remote next to your PC's speakers and hit transfer after much squawking and clicking the data has been transferred. I suppose that makes this little gadget as future proof as possible. The unit can cope with most types of device including TV, Video, CD, HiFi, Satellite and other auxiliary devices, using the custom keys hidden under a lower flap it is even possible to programme things like automatic curtains if you know the operating codes. These keys can also be used to perform macro functions and perhaps create your own "button of love". Picture the scene your lover arrives at the bachelor pad, you push one button on the unit and it dims the lights, shuts the curtains, plays the pre chosen CD at just the right volume level. That's cool but available on a few other remote controls, what's far more unusual is the ability to group some functions together, this really comes into it's own with home cinema where separa
te speaker controls can be grouped so the menu direction arrows and can then be used to move the sound balance around the room. This unit has obvious benefits for anyone who has built up a collection of remotes and offers a substantial saving on batteries (the unit takes 2 AA's) mine has proved to be very reliable and after the initial programming very simple to use. One for All units are available from most high street retailers and there is a comprehensive range which can handle up to 10 devices on one unit, check out the one for all website which I've listed at the end of this review. If you like me want to be in control but hate the collection of remotes you are hoarding the one for all is an excellent cost effective choice, which I heartily recommend. Lordpercy © 2001 Manufacturers website www.oneforall-int.com Techie Heaven www.us-epanorama.net
Have you got too many remote control units lying around? Did your child just play battleships with your TV remote? Lost a remote for one of your gadgets? Boy am I about to save your life!! I am now the proud owner of the One For All-6 (TM no doubt) URC 7560 remote control. To get straight to the point, it’s absolutely brilliant. If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these for a while then think no more, you can go and buy this one with absolute confidence. You may have been put off by the price and I will admit that for what seems like an unnecessary gadget you may have to decided first whether you really need this. One thing is for sure, if you have several units, TV, VCR, Satellite, DVD, Amplifier, Hi-Fi, then you MUST buy this, even if it’s just to stop all of those remote’s cluttering up your living room. This part is not bragging by the way, but I have a TV, VCR, Satellite Digibox, DVD player and Amplifier all of which have fairly complicated remotes. Owners of Sky Digital will, like myself, have become used to the supplied remote which is actually very good but this URC 7560 has been specifically programmed to deal with Digital Satellite. To be fair, the Sky remote has all of its buttons labelled (TV guide, Open etc) but it takes very little to get used to using this 7560 remote instead. As for my other items, well, they were a doddle. The URC 7560 comes with a booklet full of 4 digit codes for the various types of equipment which you may have. The majority of brands are covered in the booklet and the codes supplied will work with the majority of models from the listed manufacturers. One good thing is that the remote has a ‘search’ function whereby you can experiment with different frequencies to find the correct setup for your equipment. This can be rather laborious but it’s quite likely that you will find the co
rrect frequencies for almost any compatible equipment that you have. My main worry was my home theatre ampifier. It’s about 7 years old and the codes in the booklet under Pioneer didn’t work. So I tried the ‘search’ function and after a few minutes I found the correct frequency and I was surprised to find that things like volume, muting and balance were actually set up correctly on the remote keypad which was great. If that’s not the case though you are able to ‘teach’ the remote new frequencies!!! This is the bit that sold this remote for me. If you find that a particular button on the remote doesn’t perform the function you want it to, then all you have to do is use the original remote to program this remote!!! Instructions to do this are much simpler than it sounds and you’ll soon have this remote customised EXACTLY as you want it. I found that I had to re-program the Sky set up as the ‘select’ button was not correctly programmed, but it really is very easy, trust me. If, heaven forbid, your equipment won’t work then there is one last help at hand. (You won’t believe this bit!). The unit has a built in modem/acoustic coupler which can be used to receive new codes through your phone line!!!! You contact One For All (details in booklet), give them all of the information about your equipment and they can(or may be able to) send a new code down the phone line, all you do is hold your remote to the phone. Sounds ridiculous but that way this remote should never need to be replaced as even new equipment frequencies can be learned. As you can probably tell, I LOVE this remote, it works with everything and is simple to customise, when you get clever you can even program Macros (multiple simultaneous commands) which means that you could turn your TV, Satellite box and amplifier either on or off at the same time! Depending on how
clever you feel you could use this feature for all kinds of clever things. For £34.99 this is an incredible piece of kit and it’s not just for gadget lovers, you should also bear in mind that you could pay hundreds of pounds (even thousands) on this kind of remote control and I am not even joking. They are much more complicated with touch screens etc but for many people that kind of remote is just not an option. This remote is practical, well designed and if it came with batteries (2xAA) then it would be the best thing I had bought in a long time.