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Universal MRF-260 RF Base Station

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by Ralph Graves

The MRF-260 base station is specifically designed to increase the range of select Universal remotes, such as the Universal MX450 remote. It receives the radio frequency (RF) commands that the remote transmits and converts them into infrared (IR) signals that can control your components.

On the back of the base station are two fixed and two variable IR outputs, allowing you to control up to four components. The fixed outputs are for standard IR flashers that fit over front-panel sensors. The adjustable outputs can be matched to components that accept rear panel IR inputs.

The base station is addressable, so you can have up to fifteen MRF-260s in your home, with each one controlling a different area. That means you can control up to 60 components and devices — all from the same remote. So you can adjust the volume of your living room speakers without affecting the stereo setup in your kitchen.

Highlights:

  • designed for use with select Universal-brand remotes
  • controls up to 4 components
    • 2 fixed IR outputs for IR flashers
    • 2 variable IR outputs for direct connection to component rear-panel IR imputs
  • addressable for specific location — up to 15 MRF-260s can be used in the same system
  • 4 IR flashers with 10-foot cables
  • wall-mountable (hardware included)
  • AC power adapter
  • 5-1/16"W x 1-1/4"H (without antenna) x 4-1/2"D
  • weight: 1.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • RF base station (with attached antenna and removable mounting bracket)
  • Four 9.75' IR emitter cables (terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • AC adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • 4 Wall-mount screws
  • 5 Self-adhesive pads
  • Adjustment tool
  • 12 Labels for emitter outputs
  • Installation Manual

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Features

Overview: The URC MRF-260 base station is an "addressable" RF base station for compatible URC Complete Control remotes. RF Addressing gives you the ability to control as many as 60 identical components throughout a house. To enable better range and reliability, the MRF-260 is equipped with Narrow Band RF reception. The MRF-260 RF Base Station sits out-of-sight and receives the radio frequency (RF) commands from your compatible URC remote. It then translate these signals into commands that your various components can understand. The benefit to you - no more pointing, because RF passes harmlessly through walls, doors, and floors. That means that you can store all of your equipment behind closed doors in cabinet furniture.

URC Remote Compatible: The MRF-260's integrated Narrow Band RF receiver receives commands from any URC Complete Control remote, such as the Universal MX-450 Remote Control (554MX450, sold separately).

Note: The MRF-260 is only compatible with Narrow Band URC remotes. The current versions of the MX-3000, MX-950, MX-900, TX-1000, MX-850, MX-650, MX-450, and the MX-350 remote controls. The MRF-260 is compatible with all MX-950s, MX-900s and TX-1000s, but is not compatible with MX-850, MX-650 or MX-350 remote controls manufactured before November 1, 2006 or an MX-3000 built before April 2005.You can identify the build date of a remote control by looking at the serial number. The first 6 digits indicate the build date. If the serial number appears as 122905 014054, the first 6 digits indicate that the remote was built on December 29, 2005.

RF Receiver:  The MRF-260 receives RF (radio frequency) signals via its integrated RF receiver and antenna. The MRF-260 displays RF interference via a bright red Status LED which flickers when interference is present, if the ID is set to 0. Simply relocate the MRF-260 should interference occur.

Built-in Front Blaster: The MRF-260's built-in Front Blaster sends commands to components in the same cabinet space as the MRF-260.

4 IR Flashers: Self-adhesive "Flashers" affix to the front panels of your components (over the built-in IR sensor). The Flashers relay commands to components out of  sight of the MRF-260's Front Blaster. The flashers plug in to the MRF-260's rear flasher line outputs (3.5mm) via their 9.75' cables. Uniquely, the MRF-260 can also connect to rear panel IR Inputs (3.5mm) via its adjustable outputs.

  • Dual Fixed IR Outputs: The MRF-260 is equipped with two fixed IR line outputs with standard 3.5 jacks for standard IR emitter/ flashers.
  • Dual Variable IR Outputs: The MRF-260 is equipped with two adjustable IR line outputs. Each output can be individually matched to rear panel IR inputs on any component that is designed to be operated by a standard IR repeater. The outputs utilize a 3.5mm jack and are compatible with standard IR emitter/flashers as well.

Addressable: The MRF-260 has four "addressable" IR Line Outputs. For example, you can control up to four identical TV's with one MRF-260 or route volume commands for a specific zone to a particular zone IR input on a multi-zone preamp. If you have more than four identical components or zones, up to 15 additional MRF- 260s can be installed to control them (thus allowing up to 60 identical components or zones in one house.

Note: Any compatible URC Complete Control remote is "addressable." They can be programmed to specifically control components in a particular room by installing an MRF-260 base station at each location (up to 15 equipment locations). In operation it's simple, when you select a device located in the Den, the remote only sends commands to the Den. When you select a device located in the Family Room, the remote only sends commands there.

Mounting Options: The MRF-260 features 4 integrated rubber feet that allow it to sit horizontally on a shelf inside your AV cabinet. The RF base station also features an integrated mounting bracket and comes supplied with 4 mounting screws to wall-mount the device or mount it to the inside of a cabinet.

Power Supply: The MRF-260 operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter.

  • Input: AC 120V - 60Hz, 9W
  • Output: DC 9V - 300mA

 
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RF Base station

Written By slist, Albany, NY on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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work great, easy to hook up
Pros:
easy to hook up, no delays it just works
Cons:
Directions are terrible, they scare you more than anything that this is going to be hard, the directions in the 450 remote were much better
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WE have (l) tv with a dvd. Why do I need this rf adapter? [ gail  Jan 17, 2014 ]
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  • The MRF-260 base station is specifically designed to increase the range of select Universal remotes, such as the Universal MX450 remote. It receives the radio frequency (RF) commands that the remote transmits and converts them into infrared (IR) signals that can control your components. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 17, 2014 ]

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