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Not functioning with my RF extender

I have the Harmony 550 and using it with the "Next Generation RF remote control extender in my bedroom. I use it with a Panasonic 50' plasma, Onkyo 605 rec., Toshiba HDDVD and Direct TV HD rec. H-200(?). for 2-3 weeks it all worked fine. then for no apparent reason the harmony would not communicate with the RF extender to operate the Direct tv receiver. it works fine with the other components. I have another HD receiver in the Fam. room so I hooked up the RF extender there and the Harmony would not communicate with that one either. I When I remove the transmitter battery out of the Harmony remote and place it in the Direct tv remote it still will not operate the Direct Tv rec. When I put the transmitter in Onkyo remote it works fine. So is it the Next generation RF extender not working with the Direct TV rec? why? thanks Don

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    I have the next generation remote extender as well and it has ruined several Onkyo remote controls that I programmed to act as universal. It works fine for a few weeks then the volume button stops working on the remote. When I take the transmitter battery out the volume button is still shot. I thought it was the Onkyo remote that was weak, but I am starting to think the transmitter must be killing the remote. I called next generation and talked to Bob who claims this is not possible and that the remote is the problem. My remotes, however, work fine until they have the transmitter in them for a few weeks. I then put the transmitter in a dish remote control, programmed it to run the Onkyo receiver, and that volume button finally quit and will not work without the transmitter now either. I was thinking of buying the harmony 550 but now with your problem will hold off. I need something to operate my equipment as it is all in an enclosed closet.



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I had the same issue this morning so my apologies for the delay in answering you. After numerous delays and frustrations in being unable to "update" my remote i did the following. First, remove all batteries and disconnect remote from the USB cable. Check ALL buttons to ensure that none are stuck in the down position. I found that my SELECT/OK button was stuck in the "on" position. Continue to check all buttons to make sure all test fine. After doing this hold down the "Off" button while connecting the USB cable, still no batteries in the unit at this time. Hold the "Off" button down for at least 10 seconds or until the units Testing is completed. If the Harmony remote software is up, perform the Update Remote step still sans batteries. After it completes it may perform a self test again (mine did) and after it completes then insert the batteries back into the unit. Hope this helps.

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