- Brand Name: URC
- Model Number: URC-WR7
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Width: 13.00 centimeters
- Item Display Weight: 0.80 pounds
URC WR7 Universal Remote Control for up to 7 A/V Components with 4 Favorite Channel Buttons
- 4 My Favorite Channel Buttons
- Simple Sound.
- Macro Power.
- Combines 7 remotes into 1.
- Quick Setup
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
|How Many Components Can It Control?||Up to 3 |
TV and DVD Components
|Up to 6 |
|Up to 7 |
|Up to 10 |
|Up to 18 |
|Up to 18 |
|MacroPower Single Button Control|
|Pre-Programmed and Learning|
|Fast & Easy "Quick Setup"|
|SimpleSound Total Volume Control|
|Backlit Keys|| |
*device keys only
*device keys only
|"My Favorites" Channels||4||4||4||48||48||48|
|Built-in Display||Backlit LCD||Color OLED||Color LCD|
|"Barrier Free" RF Control|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this 2yrs ago for a little under $24. Shocked that it has more than doubled in price. Remote works like a charm (mine still works). Read morePublished 22 days ago by Scooby
great product!!! works very well
has back-light keypads
easy to program
Replaced all of my remotes. Learning feature is awesome. Also programmed som custom sequences....easay to follow instructions.Published 4 months ago by badbob39
Looks like this product isn't available anymore. That's a shame because I've had it for 3 years now and it still surprises me that it can handle any device I throw at it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arvind BV Raman
Bought this to simplify life for parents. It's not very user friendly and requires multiple reads of the manual. Programming takes lengthy and nonsensical series of button presses. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe Mannor
This really works as advertised without being overly complicated. If there's a code for your device, it's super simple, and if there's no code, or you need to add or correct... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S J Anderson