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Universal MX-450 Remote Control

Multibrand remote with one-touch operation

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by Ralph Graves

Why juggle five or six remotes when one will let you take complete control of your home theater system? Take the time to custom-program the Universal MX-450, and you can stow those other remotes.

No PC is required to program the MX-450. You program it the old-fashioned way, by pressing buttons. Once you get the hang of it, you can create one-touch "macros" that correspond to everyday activities, such as "Watch TV" or "Play a Game." With macros, a single button push issues a string of commands to set up your TV, receiver, and other components for the chosen activity. If you ever need to change a command when you upgrade components, you don't have to start from scratch. Just change the commands you need to.

Good for both line-of-sight and hidden control
In addition to its line-of-sight IR (infrared) operation, the MX-450 can also send out RF (radio frequency) commands. These radio commands can be received by an RF base station behind a closet door, or even in another room, when you pair this remote with Universal's MRF260 RF Base Station.

Control more than your TV
Universal has an integrated line of accessories to add even more capabilities. With the PSX-2 iPod®/iPhone® dock you can create your own party playlists and quickly navigate through your player's menus. The MRFA-3LD-URC table lamp dimmers raise or lower the lights in your room — all controlled by the MX-450.

And it can survive the couch
The MX-450 can run for months on its supplied "AA" batteries. And it has a unique safety feature to ensure that the power's used for the right purpose. If a button is pressed continually for more than 30 seconds, the remote goes into sleep mode. So if your MX-450 slides between the seat cushions, the batteries won't be drained just because a cushion's depressing a control button or two.

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Highlights:

  • transmits both IR and RF signals
  • RF operation requires additional base station (available separately)
  • IR range: 30-50 feet; RF range, 50-100 feet
  • controls up to 18 devices
  • 2" color LCD screen
    • six activity buttons
    • set up and edit macros (strings of commands) directly from the remote
    • when activity is selected, displays controls for relevant components
  • fully backlit with adjustable illumination duration
  • months of use from four "AA" batteries (included)
  • weight: 9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Universal remote control
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions

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Features

Overview: The MX-450 is an IR/RF Universal Remote Control with the ability to program and control up to 18 A/V devices. The MX-450 features an LCD screen and backlit buttons. All programming is done from the remote control (no PC required).

IR Range: The Universal MX-450 Remote Control has an IR range (line-of-sight via infrared) of approximately 30'-50' (depending on the environment.

RF Compatible (optional): In combination with the Universal RF Base Station (554MR260, sold separately), the MX-450 can control your home entertainment system via RF (418MHz), without being in line-of-sight of the equipment. The MX-450 remote control has an RF rang of approximately 50'-100' (depending on environment).

2" LCD Screen: The Universal MX-450 Remote Control features a 2" TFT color LCD screen (176 x 220 pixels). The color LCD screen will light up with the press of any button. You can select how long the LCD screen display stays backlit, from 5-60 seconds.

Note: The remote's LCD screen is not touchscreen.

32MB Memory: The MX-450 employs 32 megabits of flash memory to store commands.   

Total Customization Capability: The Universal MX-450 offers programming capabilities for up to 18 devices (on 3 Main pages), with up to 8 pages for each device, plus up to eight pages of favorite channels; for a total of 155 pages.

Programming Options: The MX-450 is programmed via LCD screen setup menus and on-screen instructions.

  • Basic Setup: Selecting this option enables you to replace all your remotes by either searching the built-in database or learning commands one at a time from the original remote for the device.
  • Advanced Setup: Advanced Setup enables you to copy & past groups of commands like Volume and Mute, setup macros, customize labels, add/hide pages, erase and setup RF Addressing.
  • Favorite Channels: Favorite channels are macros that enable you to tune to a channel with one touch.
  • User Settings: Selecting this option lets you adjust how long the screen or the buttons stay lit.
  • Display Tips: Select this option to turn On or Off the built-in Setup Tips. Setup Tips are the integrated programming manual for the MX-450.

Button Layout: The Universal MX-450 Remote Control features the following button layout.

  • Power On/System Off: Powers On and Off your programmed devices. System Off, turns off all your programmed devices at once.
  • Main Button: The Main button allows you to access the Activities page, Menu screen, and Setup functions.
  • Page Buttons: Press the two Page buttons to see any other available menu screen choices.
  • LCD Buttons: The six LCD buttons control the corresponding LCD icons or text, and let you select Activities.
  • FAV Button: The FAV button lets you store your favorite On-Air, Cable, or Satellite TV stations (up to 48) for easier access.
  • Volume Controls: The Volume and Mute buttons always control the sound of your system regardless of the what screen menu is displayed
  • Channel Controls: The Channel and Previous Channel buttons will change channels when you have selected an Activity, like "Watch Cable TV" or "Watch SAT TV".
  • 4-Way Cursor: The 4-way cursor buttons enable you to navigate on-screen guides and menus with ease.
  • Transport Keys: The Transport buttons (Play, Stop, Skip +/-, FF, REW, and Pause) operate when the selected Activity requires transport controls. For example, if you watch Cable TV with a TiVo type of DVR, these buttons will control the built-in DVR; or while you are watching a DVD, these buttons will control the DVD player.
  • Numeric Keypad: The Number Keypad will enter numbers for the Activity you've selected. Thus, for watching Cable TV, you use the number keypad to enter channel numbers; while when listening to CD, the number keypad enters track numbers.

Note: A dedicated Light button enables you to backlight the buttons of the remote control at any time.

Activities: The remote's Activities function lets you access and control your programmed A/V components. For example, "Watch TV", "Watch DVD", "Play a Game", etc.. Once you have made your Activity selection, the remote control's buttons will be configured to control that particular Activity.

Macro Editing: Macro programming is a critical function for delivering a specific sequence of commands (up to 255) to a variety of components in order to provide you with an easy to use system. The MX-450 offers Macro Editing right from the remote control. You can see the actual macro-steps clearly displayed on the remote controls' screen. Fine tuning, reordering, adjusting delays, and adding steps to the macros can be done right from the remote control screen, without deleting any of your previous entries.

  • Add/Insert Steps: At any time you can add a new step to a macro. The step will be inserted after the step you select in the macro list. By selecting a Jump step from the Add Menu, you can reset the jump destination using the Left/Right cursor buttons.
  • Move Re-order Steps: Simply select a step with the SELECT button, then use the Up/Down Cursor buttons to move it to a new position.
  • Delays: By simply selecting the Delay you want to adjust, then using the Left/Right Cursor buttons, you can increase or decrease the amount of delay in the macro.
  • Testing: Instead of constantly entering and exiting setup mode to test, simply test and keep working until you have success. No more wasted time.

Archiving Software: This remote control allows you to archive your unique program file. Utilizing special MX-450 software (from the Universal Remote website), you can easily back up your control configuration. This special software also allows the MX-450 to download updates with the latest firmware and IR library for new products.

Note: There is a mini-USB (type-B) port found inside the battery compartment which can be used to connect the remote to your computer for archiving and updates. USB cable not provided.

Battery Operated: The Universal Remote Control operates off of 4 "AA" alkaline batteries (included). The MX-450 offers 18 hours of battery life with continuous button pressing, backlight enabled, and LCD On. This translates into months for most users.

Note: The batteries are non-rechargeable.

Protect Mode: The MX-450 protects itself if it gets stuck between couch cushions (with a button being continuously pressed). After 30 seconds the MX-450 will turn off, and will not turn on again until the button is released.

 
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4 out of 5

Universal MX-450 Remote

Written By Jim, Manchester NH on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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I bought this remote because the one for my tv was broken. The instructions with the remote were, in my opinion, scant and the problem is that the thing is smarter than I am. I think it will do things but I can't seem to make it understand. I am certain that if I could find some kid it would do everything flawlessly.
Pros:
It is extremely well build and very easy to use.
Cons:
It's still smarter than I am but the only real con is the lack of a touch screen. At least I keep trying to use it as a touch screen.
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5 out of 5

MX-450 Is a Tank

Written By SeanL, Long Island NY on Sunday, January 12, 2014
 
I have owned this remote for almost 2 years now and it has been through war and back I have 3 young kids and this remote has been thrown, smashed, submerged in milk, and used as a drum stick and it just keeps working. I had been a logitech fan for a number of years and that to was a great remote but it was much more temperamental and no where near as tough as this remote. As far as the programming goes it was a complete disaster when I had first got it coming from a logitech which was very user friendly and quite easy to set up this remote was like speaking another language it made no sense at first but with some patience and some time I was able to figure out how to set up the macros and now editing or adding new devices are quite easy and if and when the kids finally kill this remote I will be purchasing another one.
Pros:
Tough as nails Easy to use once set up Has the ability to Learn any function that you may need to operate a device
Cons:
There is a learning curve to programming
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4 out of 5

Universal MX-450 Remote Control

Written By AJM, Huntingtown, MD on Monday, January 06, 2014
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Overall this is a good solid remote. The programming is a little bit difficult and I am still trying to figure out certain functions. I think everything I need it for can be done but figuring out how to do it is the biggest hurdle.
Pros:
Overall solid remote
Cons:
Set up is difficult and time consuming
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4 out of 5

Great remote!

Written By JBR, Glastonbury, CT on Friday, December 27, 2013
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I decided to splurge and get this remote. I must say that I am very pleased with the construction and ergonomics. The range of the RF is impressive. I have all my components in the basement and the television about 50' away. However, setting it up was painful. It took several hours for me to configure everything just right. You must have a lot of patience.

Here is a HUGE tip. The first page should be your actions - "watch television" "watch DVD" ect. The second page should be all you components - television, dvd player, cable box, amplifier, apple tv etc. Then set up your macros. The last command in the macro should be "Go To" and the device on the second page. For example: The macro for "watch television" I set up a macro to turn on the television, turn on the cable box, turn on the amplifier, change the amplifier output, and then "Go To" cable box on the 2nd page. Then when you press "watch television" at the end it will jump to the cable box commands.
Pros:
Very nice, should last a long time. RF is impressive
Cons:
setting it up, price
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5 out of 5

MX-450 remote is as avertised

Written By slist, Albany, NY on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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This remote is very good, there are higher tech but this does exactly what is says it will and is very well made, easy to program, no laptop needed , highly recommend
Pros:
Easy to program, walks you thru set up great
Cons:
A little pricey
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5 out of 5

Great Remote

Written By Alex, Lake Forest, Illinois on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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I bought this specifically because there were no touch screens..I like the softkeys and buttons because it's easier get familiar with the keys with touch screen you have to look at the remote to see and use those keys..once you "memorize" the keys..it's easy to use.
Pros:
No touch screens..and very sturdy and up to 18 devices and a large memory...
Cons:
None
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2 questions already asked

Have smart samsung tv Bose sound bar and charter cable. Can thi control all of these completely? [ David  Dec 23, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • This will certainly cover the basic commands of each of these units. With all the code options I would suspect that will cover most (if not all) functions. For more information on compatibility please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 23, 2013 ]
can this remote control more than one tv? [ Dave  Dec 22, 2013 ]
3 answers
  • Yes. However, if they are the same brand of television, you may have issues if they run off the same frequencies. [ Jonathan   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Yes, "but it depends". If they are in same room and are same brand, (ie: use the same IR code) the only way you could do it is to define the second set on a main screen and utilize RF addressing with an optional RF adapter. That would effectively let one set "ignore" identical commands intended for the other. If, however, they are in different rooms, or not same brand (ie: do not use the same IR codes), you can easily define another set on the main screen(s) and control it with this unit. One can theoretically control up to 18 units as long as they have different IR codes---otherwise one has to go to RF addressing. [ Fred   Dec 22, 2013 ]
  • Yes. I personally like the logitech controllers better, I feel they are easier to program with the software you put on your computer. I used this controller for a customer who had an outdoor entertainment setup with the equipment in the basement because this controller can be paired with a rf emitter allowing it to work through brick walls. [ JOSEPH   Dec 22, 2013 ]

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