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New For HP D4000 Media Center Universal Remote Control MCE WIN7 P/N: 5189-3685
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * Programmable to control WMC with remote code 5018 or 5020.
* 4 programmable devices, in addition to the HP MediaSmart Connect, any of which can be configured for WMC.
* Buttons cover most WMC functions.
* Good button design and layout.
* Buttons require only a light touch.
* Audio controls can be programmed to control an A/V receiver.
* Plug 'n' play - no 3rd-party drivers required.
* Backlit when buttons are pressed.
* Sturdy, substantial design.

Cons: * Missing WMC buttons for Pictures, Videos, Music, Radio, Zoom, Angle, Audio, and Subtitle functions.
* Non-functional buttons for WMC: Source, CC, Aspect, SAP, Sleep, Search, Media, Favorites.
* No IR receiver included.

Other Thoughts: The remote works well with the RC6-compatible "eHome" IR receiver included with the Rosewill RRC-126 remote.

The remote is programmable for 4 devices in addition to the HP MediaSmart Connect device (which cannot be reprogrammed). While programmed for a video device, the audio controls can be programmed to control an A/V receiver, so you don't have to switch devices to control video and audio.

To program the remote for use with WMC, select any of the 4 available devices, hold the Device button for 5 secs, enter code 5018 or 5020. Both codes seem to offer the same functions.

Even though the color-coded buttons at the top of the remote are colored and labeled similarly to the WMC functions, the CC, Aspect, SAP, and Sleep buttons don't work for the Subtitles, Angle, Audio, and Zoom functions.

Rosewill RRC-126 Windows Vista/Window7 MCE/Windows 8 MCE Infrared Remote Control with Netflix Function
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: * Buttons for basically all WMC functions.
* Plug 'n' play - no 3rd-party drivers, no config required.

Cons: * Small, flimsy buttons are difficult to press and hard on the fingers.
* Buttons wear out quickly, requiring harder and harder presses.
* The playback controls are at the top of the remote, but the contour of the bottom of the remote fits best in the hand. The playback controls should be in the middle of the remote.

Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock with Built-in WiFi AIRMM02F
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Nice feature set - if one could use it 07/24/2011

This review is from: Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock with Built-in WiFi AIRMM02F

Pros: - WiFi Protected Setup (WPS). The radio has a versatile set of WPS configurations that are undocumented in the user manual. I pushed the WPS button on my router, then the WPS button on the radio, and within 10 secs I was connected to my network using WPA2 (AES). The downside, as noted below, is that it doesn't work with my router to actually communicate with the network. The radio supports WPS PBC (push-button), PIN code as Enrollee, and PIN code as Registrar. I also tested PIN code with Registrar, which is where the router (the registrar) determines the PIN code. I entered the PIN code from my router's setup page, and connected to the network without a hitch.

- Internet radio streaming with vTuner.

- FM radio tuner.

- Media server streaming.

- MP3 playback from USB stick.

Cons: - Doesn't work with a variety of WiFi networks, making this radio essentially useless if it doesn't work with your network.

- No one-button resume. If you stop the stream or turn the radio off, there's no way to resume what you were listening to. You can pause an MP3 track, but that's it. I want something that behaves like a radio, that just starts playing the last station when I turn it on.

- 2 x 2W speakers are good enough for an alarm clock next to a bed, but aren't loud enough for much else.

Other Thoughts: Though WPS worked great to get an IP and connect to the network, I couldn't actually connect to the Internet via WiFi. It worked great connected to Ethernet. When connected with WiFi, attempting to download the Internet radio station list produces a "Failed to lookup DNS" error. Browsing the Internet for this error, it seems to be a common issue, and Aluratek's solution is to weaken your network security to a ridiculously insecure level by using WEP, or to replace your router. My router is not the problem --- the radio is --- so it seems either you have equipment that works with this radio, or you don't.


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Display Name: Kevin O.

Date Joined: 08/31/03

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  • Last Review: 05/18/14
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