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Universal Remote Control MX-850 IR/RF Aeros Remote Control

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  • 20 different components can be programmed with up to 4 pages of LCD screens and 33 buttons each
  • Memory offers up to 912 potential macros with up to 190 steps each
  • Smart memory back-up feature saves programmed memory for up to 10 years
  • Windows-based PC software contains over 1500 different brand/model code sets, and enables custom program design
  • Expanded RF capabilities with an extended range up to 100', RF routing to allow independent control over an array of identical components
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Universal
  • Model: 8062

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0007N5XPW
  • Item model number: 8062
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

The MX-850 PC Programmable Aeros Remote Control by Universal Remote Control allows you to program up to 20 different components, program up to 50 favorite channels, memory offers up to 912 potential macros with up to 190 steps each, and features a smart memory back-up feature that can store programmed memory for up to 10 years. Includes MX-850 Windows-based PC editor software that contains over 1500 different brand/model code sets, and enables custom program design. When used with optional MRF-300 or MRF-250, the MX-850 offers expanded RF capabilities with an extended range up to 100', RF routing to allow independent control over an array of identical components, and operation of up to 15 different equipment locations. Uses 4 AAA batteries (Included).

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Customer Reviews

Very Easy to program.
B. Wardlow
Let me be clear: I will never buy a URC product ever again unless they fix the two issues above.
A. Fear
This makes the MX-850, potentially, the most expensive controller in the world.
Eugene R. Mannacio

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By George Powers on November 26, 2008
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I just replaced our family's much-abused MX-700 with a new MX-850 and made it work just fine despite some initial difficulties. For the benefit of other buyers, here's my experience.

First off, there's the software, which is not included in the box. You have to visit the universalremote.com site, and download it. To do that, you have to register your name etc. and your MX-850's serial number. Pretend you're a "professional" not a "consumer", go to the professional support page, and find your remote. Next to it there's an option to register and download. The trick is the serial number, which is on two stickers under the batteries, but does not work when you plug it into the form in the obvious way. I found a tip on some support forum that worked for me: Select "K" from the dropdown, and enter the second sticker's number in both fields. I'm not sure which part of this voodoo is significant, but entering both numbers from the stickers definitely didn't work. This is bizarre, and demonstrates a strange inconsistency in this company's support for a mostly fine product. At least they should explain this on their download page.

Next there's the serial data cable, which is included with the remote, though not noted on this Amazon listing. I have an old PC running XP with a serial port on front that I used to program my MX-700 a couple years ago, but it no longer communicates with the remote, probably because the PC has become misconfigured in some obscure way. So I gave up on that PC and tried an even older ThinkPad T20 running Windows 2000. That worked great, and I was able to download my old MX-700 setup onto the new MX-850. I really love the way they preserved compatibility even if the design and interface are showing their age.
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95 of 113 people found the following review helpful By G. A. P. on March 10, 2007
Are you kidding me? The people touting this remote must be professional programmers hoping you will unsuspectingly buy it (like I did) and then have to hire them to program it. I consider myself somewhat tech savvy, but this is ridiculous. If you want to do it yourself, start by downloading the 72 page programming manual (That's right - 72 pages). The programming manual for the MX-850 is intended for professionals (they actually talk about getting the client to approve the cost of reprogramming whenever the cable company makes channel lineup changes). If you can figure out the programming manual, then you have to download the programming software (if you can get it on the internet). Then you realize the device is not USB compatible (Is it 1998 all over again?). So then you have to go out and buy a $35 serial port to USB converter, install the software for the converter and hope it works. Then the fun really begins when you try to navigate the software and get it to communicate with the remote and do what you want it to do. I previously owned the MX-500 which was easily programmed from the remote itself. The product description for the MX-850 is deceiving in my opinion because it makes it sound as if the remote is easily programmable. It is not. Unless you don't mind spending the money to hire a professional, I'm with the other reviewers who say this remote is far more trouble than it's worth.

UPDATE: OK, I've calmed down considerably after working with this remote for a week. I was able to download the programming software off the internet (URC still restricts software updates to authorized professionals so you will not be able to automatically install IR codes for the latest equipment).
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jack L. May on August 6, 2006
Universal Remote has changed it policy to force you to spend lots of money to hire a professional installer to program the universal remote.

They no longer provide the programming software or access to the codes for the latest equipment. Approved dealers have to supply software and remote codes. Amazon is not approved and a lot of approved dealers have no idea how to support the remote.

Find a universal remote from some other company that is not hostile to consumers
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom M Black on March 24, 2011
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I have had a previous model (MX-700) for about 10 years. It came with the necessary sofware (mx700editor.exe) and a programming manual. The MX-850 comes with no software and unless you are willing to pay an authorized dealer to program it for you, you may be in for quite a frustrating experience.

First, I contacted URC and they told me that they only allow their dealers access to the software. I suggested that I would be willing to pay extra for the software and that I was very familiar with the programming environment. They again told me that only authorized dealers are allowed access to the program.

Second, I contacted a local authorized dealer to see if I could get a copy of the program and even offered to buy another MX-850 from them (for my dad) and they not only said no, but treated me with a condescending attitude and reminded me that only they were trained and capable of programming the device.

Third, I figured that I should be able to find it somewhere on the internet. After looking for some time and reading many blogs, I became desparate enough to give my credit card number to one of the more legitimate looking software download sites that indicated that they had the mx850editor.exe program from several servers. After paying the fee, they no longer could find it with there search... Now I have to go to the trouble of canceling my card, reversing the charge, and paying the credit card company to expedite sending a new card to me.

You may wonder why I have gone to this much trouble and why I just don't send it back. It is partly because of the shipping cost and 20% fee that Amazon charges for returning home electronics.
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