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Universal Remote RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control

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Product Highlights
  • RF Wireless Capability
  • One-Touch MacroPower Function
  • Punch Through Functionality
  • Convenient IR Learning
  • SimpleSound Technology
  • Instant Channel Access
  • Customizable LCD Screen
  • Control up to 10 Devices
  • 5-Way Thumb-Pad
  • Back-lit Keys

The advent of affordable, very intuitive remote controlling is at your fingertips with the Universal Remote RF-20 Master Control. Designed for both home theater pundits and home entertainment enthusiasts in mind, this universal remote control offers the ability to transmit in either IR or RF wireless technologies. When used in conjunction with the (optional) MRF-100 RF receiver, you can finally close your entertainment doors, conceal your system components and their messy wires, and still maintain full control within a 100' range. With its MacroPower function, you can turn your entire entertainment system "on" or "off" with one-touch control. In addition, it features the ability to control up to 10 devices and any brand with the built-in extensive infrared database.

It features convenient infrared learning (up to 720 commands), easy access commands, up to a 50' IR transmitting range, 432 macro buttons, back-lit keypad, Punch Through functionality, instant access to 40 channels, and a customizable LCD screen. Now you can finally put away all your remote controls and replace them with one stylish, powerful controller, the RF-20.

RF Wireless Control
With an optional PowerBlaster (RF receiver), enjoy total home control and multi-room wireless and wired remote control capabilities. Offering the ability to control out-of-sight components within a 50-100' operation range. It's capable of transmitting multi-directional RF signals through walls, doors, and floors - your entertainment choices are virtually endless with the RF-20.
One-Touch MacroPower Control
Put away all of your remotes and enjoy easy, one-touch activity access to your home-entertainment system. You have the ability to customize up to 432 one-touch macro buttons (with up to 190 commands each) that accommodates your entertainment needs. One simple press of a programmed macro triggers a series of commands such as turning on the right components in the right order.
Punch Through Functionality
Punch Through functionality allows additional programming to enhance transport control, channel control, and on-screen display control.
SimpleSound Technology
Dynamic SimpleSound technology that offers total volume control over all the devices within your system.
Convenient IR Learning
When device codes are not included in the on-board database, they can always be learned from the original remote, simply by pointing to it.
Customizable LCD Screen
Enjoy the convenience of customizing your screen preference with your favorite device and function labels.
10-in-1 Control
Consolidate all your remotes into a single remote; it enables operation of up to 10 devices (i.e., TV, VCR, DVD/CD Players, Cable Set Top Boxes, Satellite Receivers, TiVo and other DVRs, Audio Components, Tape Decks, Multimedia PCs, XM Radio, iPod, X-Box, Lighting Controls, and more).
Favorite Channel Access
The RF-20 enables instant access to your top 40 favorite channels with the press of one button, without the need to remember or punch-in a channel number. Also, it features a 5-way thumb-pad for quick scrolling through menus and commands.
Child Lock Function
This function prevents the unauthorized use of the remote by young children; blocking all operations on the RF-20.
Ergonomic Design
The RF-20 is specifically designed to be used with only one hand. Its vertical alignment results in an easy, single-handed operation.
Remote
IR Signal Yes
IR Learning Yes (720 commands)
RF Signal Yes, with optional RF extender
RF Channels Yes, with optional RF extender
RF Frequency Range 418MHz
Operating Distance RF: 50-100' (15-30 m)
IR: 30-50' (9-15 m)
Max Controlled Devices 10
Memory Yes
Convenience
LCD Size 0.8 x 1.8" (22.2 x 45.7mm) WxH
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Touch Screen No
Display Colors No
LCD Backlight Yes
Button Backlight Yes
Macro Capability Yes, up to 432 each with up to 190 commands
Connector No
Audio No
Digital Media Slot No
General
System Requirements N/A
Battery Type 4x AAA Batteries
Battery Life Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 2.5 x 1" (215.9 x 63.5 x 25.4mm)
Weight 8 oz (226.7g) w/batteries
Color Black
Universal Remote RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control
  • 4 x AAA Batteries
  • Quick Setup DVD Tutorial
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control
     
    4.6

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to program (28)
    • Easy to set up (28)
    • Nice button configuration (20)
    • Nice features (20)
    • Ergonomic (17)

    Cons

    • Not enough features (4)

    Best Uses

    • Replacement (14)
    • Upgrade (12)
    • High-end equipment (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (18), Practical (10), Gearhead (6), Professional (6)
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      • Personal (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great value, pretty rugged

    This was a replacement of the same; our twin 6 yr old boys broke the light switch (not serious) after 1 yr and the infrared transmitter (oh oh! needed for TV) after...Read complete review

    This was a replacement of the same; our twin 6 yr old boys broke the light switch (not serious) after 1 yr and the infrared transmitter (oh oh! needed for TV) after 3 years of fighting over, throwing, dropping, sitting on the remote.

    For those who hide equipment in a closet and need an RF remote extender but don't want to spend $hundreds, this model is a value leader. Far less expensive than other RF remotes (e.g. from Universal, Harmony) but has almost all the function you can think of. Works well with most of my equipment, some aged, most with just published codes.

    Battery lasts a long time. Display not clear enough, and button's not big enough, for Grandmas. Doesn't pick up all the functions and shows incorrect functions for some pre-programmed component, but can be manually, though tediously, edited.

    Tip: You can't definitively switch the input on TV's which don't have one button per input (Like at least some Panasonic Viera's, which uses a round robin input button) using a macro, since this or probably any other universal remote - doesn't know on which component the TV is currently set and how many times to press the input button to get to a specific input. Switching inputs through a component that does have a separate button per component (e.g. some HTIB or most HDMI-switching receivers) is one way to use macros to power on the TV, switch to the component (like a DVD), turn on the DVD, turn on the receiver, switch the receiver sound to DVD).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great remote if the pre-prog codes work

    Bought this to replace a 2006 RF-20 that has worn out buttons. The new one mrg 07/13 had no code that would even turn on a late model VCR. Should have be...Read complete review

    Bought this to replace a 2006 RF-20 that has worn out buttons. The new one mrg 07/13 had no code that would even turn on a late model VCR. Should have be able to learn all the necessary keys but no luck with many of them. Old model had no problem learning from any other remote. New replacment mfg 10/13 slightly better but firmware still buggy. Would be a five star rating if the learning feature worked as it should. Note you also cannot clone an old RF-20 like the instruction say you can.

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    3.0

    Excellent but won't clone

    By bmeiri

    from Hayward, CA

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Program
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Ergonomic Design
    • Nice Button Configuration

    Cons

    • Not Enough Features

    Best Uses

    • High-End Equipment

    Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

    This is probably one of the better universal remotes for its price but the cloning feature doesn't work ("version problem"). To me this is critical and this is why I removed 2 stars

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    5.0

    Fantastic Remote

    By wheeliejoe

    from Barbados

    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Program
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Ergonomic Design
    • Nice Features

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-End Equipment
      • Replacement
      • Upgrade

      Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

      UHF is awesome. I have one cable box and an Apple TV that feeds other TV's around the house and can control both from anywhere around the house. Learning features are a breeze, so you can scrap your other remotes that control your home entertainment system. Of course,the price is fantastic.
      I have tried, Harmony, Sony etc. and have given them away and replaced them with three Universal remotes.... Two RF10's and one RF20.
      They are three years old at the moment and no issues so far.
      This is one of the few products I have owned that I'm 100% happy with. I gave it five stars because it's worth much more than what I paid. If they go on the blink, I will certainly buy again.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By ZW

      from Tuscaloosa, AL

      About Me Engineer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Program
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Ergonomic Design
      • Nice Button Configuration
      • Nice Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Equipment
        • Upgrade

        Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

        This remote is great. I'm replacing an RF10 that had years of abuse and still worked! It finally wore out to the point that the buttons were hard to use. This is quite the upgrade. Much easier to program and very easy to use. I already had the powerblaster, and after a few simple steps, I was back in action.
        Highly recommend the Universal line of remote controls. If this thing gets half of the life of the last one, I will be extremely pleased.

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        3.0

        Great remote if the pre-prog codes work

        By John the TV repairman

        from New Jersey

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Program
        • Ergonomic Design
        • Macros
        • Nice Button Configuration
        • Nice Features

        Cons

        • Incompatible
        • Learning Disability

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

        Bought this to replace a 2006 RF-20 that has worn out buttons. The new one mrg 07/13 had no code that would even turn on a late model VCR. Should have be able to learn all the necessary keys but no luck with many of them. Old model had no problem learning from any other remote. New replacment mfg 10/13 slightly better but firmware still buggy. Would be a five star rating if the learning feature worked as it should. Note you also cannot clone an old RF-20 like the instruction say you can.

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        5.0

        Great remote

        By David

        from SC

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Program
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Nice Button Configuration

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Replacement

          Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

          We had a Sony remote that turned everything on & to correct settings, after 10+ years it died. We paid $ for the Sony & this remote works better & was under $.

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          5.0

          Great Remote

          By techguy

          from kansas

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Program
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

              I like it better then the more expensive Harmony 890. Took just minutes to setup.

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              5.0

              Much better model than the old version

              By Dimitri Deian

              from Housotn Texas

              About Me Gearhead

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Ergonomic Design
              • Nice Button Configuration
              • Nice Features

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High-End Equipment

                Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                For 3 years i have used the old model made by the same compnay and I have the IR treansiver that controlls 5 devices.Back in the day remote like this use to cost $300.00.It was surprising to me how easy was to set up all evices I have the databse in the remote contains old and new models- Surprising.The remote is much smaller and futs in one hand so you do not need two hands to operate the unit. There are allot more features that I am yet to look trough.Recomend it to any one that is looking for IR remore.

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                3.0

                Great Product! Not So Great Support ...

                By dbenutzen

                from Chicago

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Program

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                  I bought two of these to replace other universal remotes made by the same manufacturer. If I was rating the product by itself, I'd give it 5 stars! Easy to program and easy to use. The codes for my cable boxes, receivers, and TV's were built right in and the unit quickly learned the required commands my other components. But Universal's customer support sucks! I emailed them to ask if this unit was compatible with the RF receiver of theirs that I've had for a number of years. Still waiting for a response - I doubt I'll ever get one. Great product for the money! Too bad Universal doesn't support it properly!

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                  4.0

                  Great Addition

                  By mpruner

                  from Camarillo, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Program
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Ergonomic Design
                  • Nice Button Configuration
                  • Nice Features

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                    This has been a great addition to my home entertainment arsenal. The only drawback is that it is not as intuitive for my wife and daughter to operate.

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                    4.0

                    Great Remote

                    By Thomas

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Nice Features

                    Cons

                    • Not Enough Features

                    Best Uses

                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                    Pretty easy to set up. I had some issues with getting it to program but I got it working to my satisfaction. For the price, this is a good value. Great to use for its RF capability.

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                    5.0

                    Very good remote

                    By Tom

                    from Scottsdale, AZ

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Nice Button Configuration

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Replacement

                      Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                      I bought a Universal brand remote R50 to replace a Universal Automator remote. I returned it because the keys wrere to close together in the center and it would bump out of the Guide etc.
                      I bought 2 new RF-20 remotes which are exactly the same layout as my old Automator.
                      It works very well.There were a few things I didn't like but overall good.
                      I prefer to put everything in with the learning method so I can arrange the LCD screen the way I want.Can clone, R50 you can't.

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                      5.0

                      Great value for the price

                      By Grandpa the camera man

                      from Harrisburg, NC

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Program
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Ergonomic Design
                      • Great signal strength
                      • Nice Button Configuration
                      • Nice Features

                      Cons

                      • Very poor back lighting
                      • Very poor battery life

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Equipment
                      • Replacement

                      Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                      We use this product daily. Very powerful RF range. Was very easy to reprogram. Very well priced for a replacement.

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                      4.0

                      great service

                      By mba

                      from raritan, nj

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Program
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Nice Features

                      Cons

                      • Not Enough Features

                      Best Uses

                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                      I love it
                      excellent quality
                      too many buttons

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                      4.0

                      good product

                      By Nicmo

                      from East Bay, CA

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Program
                      • Nice Features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                        I bought this to replace a four year old RF 20. I already had the power blaster and the new remote is compatible. The original remote needed replacement as the signal produced was weaker and the "0" did not work anymore. Another post made a similar comment. Programming was easy as you can clone the old programs to the new remote. For the price this is hard to beat however if it lasts only four years again I may have to consider alternatives.

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                        4.0

                        overall good remote

                        By Nicmo

                        from East Bay, CA

                        About Me Practical

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Program
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Price

                        Cons

                        • Lack of durability

                        Best Uses

                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                        I got mine about 4 years ago and had the same problems as another reviewer (fading signal and inoperative buttons) however based on the alternatives this remote does what is advertised and is far less expensive.

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                        5.0

                        great value for the $

                        By doug

                        from nyc

                        About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Program
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Ergonomic Design
                        • Nice Button Configuration

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                            This is my second remote - i purchased the first one about 4 years ago (so got about 4yrs of use from it) - the signal started fading and some of the buttons stopped working so they recommended i purchase a new one - I love the RF functionality and at [$] dollars you cant beat the price (worth the money)Easy to program and pretty customizable without being overly complicated.Does the same as the $250+ remotes which need an electrical engineering degree to operate...

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                            4.0

                            Nice and simple

                            By Dudi

                            from Haifa, Israel

                            About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Program
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Ergonomic Design
                            • Nice Features

                            Cons

                            • Incompatible

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Equipment

                            Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                            hi
                            i bought the RF20 since i wanted one remote for all my appliance, i didn't want to invest a lot of money and i wanted something the received good reviews.
                            After 4 hours of playing with it i can say not that i am very pleased with the device, very simple and easy to use.

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                            5.0

                            RF-20 URC is Great!

                            By Pete

                            from Southern California

                            About Me Gearhead, Practical, Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Program
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Nice Button Configuration
                            • Nice Features

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Equipment
                            • Replacement
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                            I've had it for a little over a week now. I can't believe people complain about setup. It took me less than 10 minutes to program the controller with my TV, Cable box, and Denon Receiver. Most of that time was spent watching the DVD. I even had time to setup the macros function, which allows you to turn on/off all three components with the press of one button. You can't beat the price for the level of functionality. Great controller.

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                            5.0

                            excellent

                            By tj

                            from stanhope nj

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Program
                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Equipment
                              • Replacement
                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                              excellent product

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                              5.0

                              Total Satisfaction

                              By Bill

                              from Jackson Hole, Wy

                              About Me Practical, Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Ergonomic Design
                              • Nice Features

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Replacement

                                Comments about RF-20 Master Control Universal Remote Control:

                                Product [...] worked properly and was the lowest price of any comparable sales company. I am totally 100% satisfied and will look to purchase additional items from B&H in the future.

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