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Mediagate - Windows Vista Certified Media Center MCE Remote Control w/ 2 Channel IR Emitter and Infrared Receiver for Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate

3.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • A single remote control gives you the freedom to access your entertainment from anywhere in the room
  • The friendly Mediagate Center on-screen menus are specially designed for remote control interaction, delivering a fun
  • All-access digital entertainment as close as your MCE remote control
  • Use the MCE remote control to enjoy more type of entertainment offered by your Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate PC
  • The receiver also emits signal that will allow you to control your TV with this Remote Control at the same time. 2 in 1 Function

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: MediaGate
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.9 x 6.5 x 2 inches
Item Weight 14.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
ASIN B002XNQHNQ
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3.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,865 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Remote Controls > TV Remote Controls
#19,055 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#29,036 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com November 18, 2009

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Pros:
Works great with Media Center in Windows 7. All the shortcut buttons work as expected.

To enter a period ( '.' character) , the '*' button on the remote will work. So it's possible to enter channel 8.3 by pressing 8*3.

With a Gateway SX computer connected to our TV,an antenna and SiliconDust HD Homerun network tuners, we are now able to watch TV over the air in our living room, using Windows Media Center as a DVR. This remote makes the experience complete.

Comes with a manual that is on the most part helpful.

Cons:

Description on Amazon is incorrect. The description says that the remote can control the TV. The manual also says that the remote can learn TV power, Volume, mute and channel number commands from another remote. The instructions refer to a Green LED that indicates success. This remote only has a red LED. There is no green LED on this remote.

This was a disappointment not to be able to control TV volume with this remote.

No company name, address, website or copyright anywhere on the remote itself, on the box or on the manual.

The manual says the colored buttons at the bottom of the remote are for teletext. So they are totally useless.
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I purchased 2 of these remotes to use to control our tv that we have running through our PC with Windows Media Center. It has served the purpose well. We have separate speakers hooked up through the computer and it does control the volume that way, but does not control the tv or volume on the tv at all. It does power down the computer into sleep mode, but you do need to use another remote or manually turn on and off your tv. All other features of Windows Media Center can be controlled by this remote including the DVR features and recorded tv which works really well.

The main problem with these remotes is that they both have several buttons that have stopped working over time, to the point that they are not usable anymore. The first after about a year and a half, the second after about 2 years. Honestly I don't think that is too bad for a $28 remote, and since we do have kids I'm sure these remotes have been dropped, thrown, etc. many times. So it's possible that they could work fine for a longer time if they are treated with care.
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Just plug it in and it works as expected. I upgraded my Media Center to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center upgrade, and my old remote software did not work well. For the price of this, I saved myself a lot of headach to try and get the other one working. This one works quite well!
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With Windows Media Center remote controls, there's not much room for functional differences. Microsoft defines and indeed mandates what the buttons do, and they require which buttons be on the remote control. Plugging in the IR receiver is all it takes to use this remote control, and Windows itself interprets and processes the signal. So whether it works or not with your software has to do with whether the software designer made things compatible with the Windows specification.

Despite that, Media Center remote controls can and do have differences. The IR receiver for this one is large and can accept signals from remote controls aimed in lots of different directions. Some receivers make you point precisely and even lunge forward to get things to work, but this one works well.

This remote control has all the required buttons, including ones that have limited use in Media Center (such as the four colored buttons) but are needed with add-ons such as Blu-ray disc player software. There are also non-required buttons for radio, music, pictures and videos that are absent from most. There's a zoom button for changing the aspect ratio, which isn't really a "zoom" but is nevertheless easier than right clicking and finding the menu item when the aspect ratio is wrong.

The down side is that the buttons might be considered a bit small and hard to identify for those old enough to need reading glasses but not willing to wear them. I found other remotes such as the
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I bought this to allow more of a home theatre feel to my Computer and it did more than that. I've used this for many months and find it useful for many programs; especially power point, this is good for slideshow even to go thru pictures.

Other:
I brought my computer to my friends house and when I walked around the house pressing buttons.. I noticed the Xbox started blinking and I was actually controlling it as well.
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I have a Home Theater, and Windows Media Center (WMCE) is what makes it all happen on my wall-to-wall screen. This remote does it all--and more! The price is right, too, and the packaging was perfect.
Amendment: The remote continues to work well. No buttons have failed yet. I wish, however, that the colored buttons were programmable. As it stands, they are useless,serving absolutely no purpose.
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