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URC WR7 Universal Remote Control for up to 7 A/V Components with 4 Favorite Channel Buttons

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  • 4 My Favorite Channel Buttons
  • Simple Sound.
  • Macro Power.
  • Combines 7 remotes into 1.
  • Quick Setup
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: URC
  • Model Number: URC-WR7
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Width: 13.00 centimeters
  • Item Display Weight: 0.80 pounds
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Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

You just got a brand new Blu-ray player--that's great news. That means you'll soon be enjoying the best Hollywood has to offer. It also means you'll have another remote control on your coffee table. How many does that make, now? Five? Six? It doesn't have to be that way.

Affordable, user-friendly design. View larger

Universal Remote Control's consumer line of remote controls lets you control your TV, Blu-ray, sound system and cable box all with the same handsome remote--all for a lot lower cost than you might imagine. If you have a full-blown home theater system, or plan to have one installed, you may need one of URC's more sophisticated custom solutions. But if you are looking for an easy way to replace all of those old remotes with a simple but powerful solution, look no further. Let the URC-WR7 make your home entertainment experience easier and more fun.

URC Consumer remote controls: helping you control the experience, one component at a time.

Replace Up to Seven Remotes with One URC-WR7

Perfect for DIY, the URC-WR7 replaces up to seven individual remote controls in an affordable, user-friendly design, with bright backlighting for ease of use. URC's WR7 remote works with thousands of A/V devices and has multiple set-up options, including the unique "Quick Set-up" that does almost all of the work for you. You can also use device auto-search and a "Learning" feature for flexible setup applications.

Simplify controlling your home theater
A great replacement for up to seven individual remote controls
Simplify Controlling Your Home Theater with MacroPower and Favorite Channels

In addition to being a great replacement for up to seven remote controls, the URC-WR7 delivers much more. MacroPower is a very useful way to make a lot of things happen with one button push. For example, in most home theaters, to watch television, the user must turn on the TV, then turn on the Cable Box or the Satellite Receiver, then turn on the Surround Sound system for sound. Instead of pressing all of those buttons one at a time, MacroPower enables you to turn on all of these components, in the sequence you want, with one button push.

The WR7 uses one-button "Macros" to allow you turn on your TV, cable box, DVD player and surround sound system all at the same time with the press of one button. The WR7 supports up to 13 separate macros. The URC-WR7 also comes equipped with four customizable "My Favorites" buttons. You can program up to five favorite channels per button. The URC-WR7 can control most IR (Infrared) operated lights, too, so you can adjust room light without leaving the comfort of your easy chair.

"Couch Mode"

The WR7 remote is designed to automatically turn itself off if a button is pressed for more than 30 seconds. This prevents battery power from being depleted should the remote accidentally slip between the couch cushions.

SimpleSound Total System Volume

With SimpleSound, the Volume and Mute buttons always control the sound regardless of what screen is displayed, even those that do not have their own built-in volume control such as TiVO and DVD players. This is set up by using Copy and Paste to copy the commands from your TV or Audio system to the Volume and Mute buttons on all of your other devices. So no matter what, there are no hassles when you quickly need to reduce or mute sound for a phone call or doorbell.

My Favorite buttons
Featuring four customizable "My Favorite" buttons
Channel Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the WR7 remote so that either the Cable or TV Channel Controls (CHANNEL UP, DOWN, LAST, CHANNEL NUMBERS 0-9, +10 and ENTER) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

Transport Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the URC-WR7 so that DVD or DVR Transport Controls (PLAY, STOP, FF, REW, PAUSE, SKIP and RECORD) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

OSD (On-Screen Display) Control "Punch Through"

This "Punch Through" enables you to program the URC-WR7 so that CBL or DVD OSD Controls (MENU, GUIDE, INFO, EXIT, SEL and 4 Cursor Controls) will also operate in other component modes on the remote control.

Learning Mode

This feature will allow you to literally teach the URC-WR7 commands from other remote controls; when the remote is in learning mode, you can line the two remotes facing each other and transfer commands with just a few buttons presses. Press any button on the WR7 remote that you want to teach a command to. For example, if you want to teach the MUTE button on the WR7 remote the TV Mute command from the other remote, first press the MUTE button on the WR7 remote and the TV component button LED light will blink once indicating that the WR7 remote is ready to learn the command. This way, your remote is never obsolete--the URC-WR7 grows with your home theater.

Which URC Remote is Right for You?

Universal Remote Control SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
How Many Components Can It Control? Up to 3
TV and DVD Components
Up to 6
A/V Components
Up to 7
A/V Components
Up to 10
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
MacroPower Single Button Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Programmed and Learning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast & Easy "Quick Setup" Yes Yes Yes Yes
Setup Wizard Yes Yes
SimpleSound Total Volume Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backlit Keys Yes
*device keys only
*device keys only
Yes Yes Yes Yes
"My Favorites" Channels 4 4 4 48 48 48
Built-in Display Backlit LCD Color OLED Color LCD
"Barrier Free" RF Control Yes

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.1 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Manufacturer URC
Item model number URC-WR7
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 1,194 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,567 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Remote Controls > TV Remote Controls
#5,407 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#8,044 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com November 1, 2008

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The WR7 is the best remote I've owned. I love it. So does my wife. It does everything I want (and I'm picky), is guest-friendly and geek-friendly, and it costs twenty bucks. You should buy it.

Other reviews have summarized well what's great about this remote, so I'm just going to add some geek details.

What I love:
- Separate on and off buttons. Simple, but a huge ease-of-use win. Many devices now have discrete on/off codes, and this remote finally lets you use them. A big help to reliability when you've programmed a "system on" macro.
- No LCD screen. Nice idea, but more often than not a crutch that replaces good design. Demands that you look down at the remote, takes space away from keys, and is typically butt-ugly.
- Programmable macros, even on the device keys. So you can program the "DVD" button to switch the inputs on the receiver, the "TV" button to switch the Tivo to live TV mode, etc. Similar to the much-hyped "activity based" Harmony/Logitech remotes.
- Decent IR emitter. So you hardly ever have to hit a key more than once, and macros execute reliably.
- "Punch through" capability on most keys, so that the volume up/down keys can control the AV receiver volume no matter which device the rest of the remote is talking to.
- Decent remote code database, and decent learning capability.

I've set ours up so that "power on" turns everything on using discrete codes, switches the receiver to the Tivo, sends the Tivo to the "Now playing" screen, and leaves the remote talking to the Tivo. This is 80% of our use cases taken care of. The "power off" key switches everything off using discrete codes, there's another 10% of the use cases. All of the device keys power up the relevant devices and switch the receiver inputs.
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I wanted a universal remote for our home theater setup (Panasonic TV, Onkyo receiver, Tivo, and Sony Blu-ray) that didn't cost that much and didn't suck; from the reviews I'd read, most universal remotes seemed to do one or the other -- cost more than I wanted to spend (Harmony) or suck in at least one important way. This remote seemed to be well-reviewed, and it was a nice price.

It delivers: It took me 15 minutes to program it for all four devices, soup to nuts. Its quick-program function found the TV; its "scroll through codes" function found all three other devices. Then I set up punch-through audio, so that the receiver was the only audio output regardless of mode; macro power-on and -off, so that one button turns on the TV and receiver, and another turns everything off; and used the learning feature to teach it the dozen or so specialized buttons I needed from other remotes (Tivo skip back/ahead, Blu-ray open/close and chapter forward/back, etc.).

In terms of downsides, it's heavy, but not uncomfortably so (and certainly not to the point of being an issue), and it lacks some key buttons for a DVD or Blu-ray player, like open/close. Most universal remotes seem to be missing those, however, and it wasn't hard to pick unused buttons and map those functions to them.

I love the one-button backlighting, and the button layout overall is excellent. The tips in the manual are helpful -- for example, it recommends that if you have a plasma TV, you take it into another room to teach it button functions from other remotes; that did the trick for me. Having three programming modes was very handy.

On the whole it does what it says on the tin for a great price, and is an excellent remote.
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I bought this to replace my universal remote that the dogs chewed up. This remote has several features, and lots of buttons. I like the red light up buttons as it makes it so much easier to find the button I am looking for in the dark.
My favourite thing about this remote is the many ways in which to find that pesky code. I find that often typing in the code for your brand of TV, VCR, whatever doesn't work and you can spend hours trying to figure out the proper code. There are at least four different ways (including a list of codes) to program this remote so something will work for your device. My favourite thing is the "learning" mode. You simply put it into "learning" mode and then copy the functions from your old remote to the new one and you can choose which buttons go where. I programmed my TV, cable box, and DVD player all within about 5 minutes and without having to enter a single code. Brilliant! Plus I was able to transfer the sleep function onto a key of my choice (that is the only button that seems to be missing from this remote).

My only complaint is that it is rather large, but that can be a good thing too as it's easier to spot in the couch cushions or under a blanket.
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I have programmed this remote with a bizarre quantity of devices and functions, one of which was completely customizing it to work Windows Media Center. This remote will do everything, and every single review I have read so far is wrong in stating limitations of memory or "it can't learn certain functions." Putting it in your review is fair, but it's very unlikely that this remote will have a problem with any code on any device, so do not hesitate to buy it thinking you might have that problem.

There are some remote functions that are harder to learn because when you are holding your finger down on the old remote - no matter how long - it only broadcasts a singular blip of signal. Most functions will have a continuous stream of signal so you can hold it down until the remote has gotten the code.

When reviewing the remote and claiming your trouble, perhaps tell the make and model of your device. Was it the DVD player you bought at the day-after-thanksgiving special at your local Piggy Wiggly? Some brand nobody would ever have heard of like Wackoshiba?

Someone else reported that they ran out of memory trying to program the remote. Having reprogrammed like 30 additional functions at one point, I don't believe that actually happened. (I say that with kindness.) What I think you're doing is you programmed all the devices and you then tried to remap buttons all over the place. The device handles everything you can think of by default - if there are functions you want to add in there, that's fine, but you can't possibly have more than 2 or 3 functions per device that you might want to add to the remote.
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