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Universal remote controls: how (and how well) do they work in practice?
I'm considering getting a universal remote control (possibly a Logitech Harmony Companion) because my wife finds the ever-increasing number of remote controls a constant bother. While I don't mind them myself, when I take a step back and look at all the remotes in use I can see her point. At the same time, I'm finding this business of programming and using a universal remote control somewhat vague.
In practice, how would a universal remote work with a setup like the one described below? Do I understand correctly that universal remotes often work together with some sort of phone or tablet companion app? What are the typical problems and shortcomings? Which ones would you recommend?
To make this more concrete, here's what we have at present:
- Samsung TV (remote 1)
- Sony AV receiver (remote 2)
- Set-top box (connected to TV, remote 3)
- Apple TV (connected to AV receiver, remote 4)
- Blu-ray player (connected to AV receiver, remote 5)
- PS4 (connected to AV receiver)
- WiiU (connected to TV)
(The STB and the WiiU aren't connected to the AV receiver mainly because that means my wife doesn't have to handle an additional remote control.)
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