The ability to "Use __ Volume"
Can't find how to add "Use ____ Volume" in a custom recipe. I can only add this to recipes for a specific device.
I need to use my AV Receiver's volume instead of my tv.
You are right, that is not yet possible. I have just increased priority on that one to get that into one of the next releases. There is a "pretty dirty" work around for getting that by just adding any device or a device you actually have again.
Could your describe a bit more what you are trying to achieve with the custom recipes, I am sure then we can find a solution so that you don't have to wait with that for the next update.Reply
This seems like this would be a more common issue. I've got this request as well. My custom recipe to turn on the TV, the AV receiver, switch to all the right inputs, then leave the remote on the 'cable' controls at the end. But I think the original posting was suggesting an addition command that would allow the volume controls to be from a different device than the 'cable' device. Which would be the AV receiver.Reply
Basically, in any recipe, no mater what commands, I want to set the remote's volume to control a specific device. In my case, my AV Receiver handles the volume. Others might use the TV volume etc.
This could also be broadened to separate the channel controls va the volume controls or both together as Rick said.Reply
The use cases are infinite - it's not just about why... It's more of a "duh" kind of moment. When a recipe wraps up we want to assign channels to cable box, volume to receiver and heck, menu button to start a sprinkler running in the yard... It should be simply assignable to anything. So the use button(s) to this device is critical to any automation control. Please add me to the pants-on-fire important to have list.Reply
Reading all the comments the last few days I keep thinking that a computer application that allows users to map all screens and functions would be useful.
I think many of these setup issues stem from the limited way that phone apps can handle complex tasks where there are many branching options.
A computer app would allow arranging screens, arranging buttons on the screens (and the hard buttons) and assigning functions to buttons, custom or otherwise. A user could see all of their menus laid out in one view and how they relate to each other.
A debugging view with pause and start could slowly step through recipes and setups for finding problems.Reply
This sounds very similar to the "punch through" feature of URC remotes. Basically you can decide which device gets the command when you press specific buttons.
This is limited to a few, but really covers most use cases - Volume, channel, play and power
Here is the section from one of the manuals https://www.manualslib.com/manual/334577/Universal-Remote-Automator-Urc-200.html?page=15Reply
thanks Niels de Klerk but in this case i use two devices i have set up previously (Blu-ray->Denon AVR->LG TV) but want to use it in a different way (Blu-ray->Denon AVR) without the TV as i just want to listen to CDs... I can start a new recipe, add the Power On for both devices, then maybe wait a few seconds, then select Input Blu-ray and finally show controls of the Blu-ray player.. but there is no 'use volume denon avr' button to add.. also there is nothing i can rewire?
PS: maybe my problem is that my oppo Blu-ray player is both connected directly to the 4k TV (Video) as well as wired through to the Denon AVR (Sound).. so i selected 'directly to the TV' in the initial wizzard.. might try the other option later... thanks for the tip with the reset wiring!Reply
Niels de Klerk that worked great! thanks for the tip. It takes some getting used to adding the same device multiple times for different use scenarios - one would think that's what recipes are for :) but i can definitely live with that procedure :)
PS: i added the AV receiver a second time and named it 'CD' instead of the Blu-ray player so it didn't prompt me for a TV, and also automatically sets 'CD' (really the AV receiver) for master volumeReply