Universal MX-450 Remote Control
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Item #: 554MX450
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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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...
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.
Button Layout: The Universal MX-450 Remote Control features the following button layout.
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.
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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I bought this. There is a USB connection in the battery compartment. No USB cable is included. Archiving and firmware update software is available online at universalremote residential downloads. Very easy to program after reading the MX?450 Programming Guide. [ End User Feb 14, 2015 ]
No. This remote does not use a PC for programming. The programming is accomplished directly on the remote. [ LARRY W Feb 06, 2015 ]
You can only get software as a dealer. Lotsa luck with that one. They don't tell you this up front either. You don't even get a manual on hiw to program. So i bought something semi-useless except to extent I could figure some of it out trial and error. May be a fine piece of electronics but it was seriously misrepresented (error of omission) by Crutchfield. Expensive lesson. Very unhappy. Doubtful I will ever trust Crutchfield narratives again, or spend $$ there [ Fred Feb 05, 2015 ]
There is no US connection. All programming is done by the internal menu and learning from individual controllers of equipment you have. [ Glenn Feb 05, 2015 ]
You program the device directly on the remote. Therefore you do not need to connect to a PC. And therefore, it does not come with a USB cable [ Jonathan Feb 05, 2015 ]
There is no USB connection and no PC programming. It isn't extremely difficult to program but you will have to surf the internet to find instructions or a video demo. There are no instructions included. There is a link to an on line owners manual, but that manual doesn't have much in programming instructions. It is a bit if a scam to steer you to a video dealer to have it programmed. All that said, once you get it programmed it works exceptionally well. But you suffer a bit to get there. [ Greg Feb 05, 2015 ]
There is no software, and thus no cable. All programming is done on the remote. I did come across some software online but it is for archiving only from what I understand. Never used it though. [ ERIC Feb 05, 2015 ]
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 Dec 23, 2013 ] Staff
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 ]