The Universal Remote MX-980 has reinspired our programmers
with new and impressive features. Full color graphics 320x240, bright screen,
programmable animations, and well laid out buttons. When combined with the
MSC400, this remote can control RS-232, relay control, video and voltage
sensors. IR and RF control.
They also got rid of the serial cable and
have usb to usb mini cables. This was a pain since no laptops have serial
connections anymore so you had to use a usb to serial converter which sometimes
was not recognized by the computer.
What's included in the box
Power Plus Style
MX-980 is a powerful wand-style custom control designed to advance the
state of the art of Home Theater programming and integration. Achieving
an apex of power, style and versatility, it enables professional
installers to more quickly and efficiently customize and automate
sophisticated Home Theaters and whole house A/V systems — while
empowering their owners to handle them as naturally as a race car
driver hugs the road.
Ideal for homes with one or more A/V
systems, the MX-980 is as intuitive for installers to program as it is
for users to operate. Its unique synergies automate and simplify
operation of even the most complex home systems. Its many highlights
include a big, bright color LCD display, an open programming
architecture, Narrow Band RF capability, and seamless integration with
other control devices.
Ergonomics and Customization
MX-980’s display shares the vibrant color capabilities of URC’s popular
MX-3000 Remote Control with an active matrix LCD that offers a 320x240
pixel window to any graphic an installer would like to provide,
including BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF and animated GIF files, all of which can
be assigned to any of eight adjacent activity buttons.
MX-980 also integrates more strongly than other remotes with URC’s
breakthrough MSC-400 Master System Controller. The MSC-400 flawlessly
harnesses the power of sophisticated home entertainment systems to
provide installers with options and advantages not otherwise available.
It offers triggered macros, RS-232 and relay control, video and voltage
sensors, and many more features — taming system complexity, while
delivering unmatched flexibility, automation power, installation speed,
and diagnostic capabilities.
With or without the MSC-400, the
MX-980 is an exceptionally versatile remote that delivers automation
solutions for every purpose as well as superior entertainment. Like the
MX-3000, the MX-980 is programmable by any Windows-compatible laptop or
desktop PC with a USB port. The port provides access to a vast array of
custom solutions, available free of charge using URC’s proprietary
Complete Control Suite programming software, available online at the
URC Control Room.
Selecting a New "Activity"
and LISTEN buttons on the MX-980 display activities users can control.
When a user wants to watch something else (a DVD, a videotape or an
HDTV broadcast), he or she simply presses the WATCH button and selects
the new activity. When a user wants to listen to the radio or a CD, he
or she touches LISTEN. Then, with the press of the button, the MX-980
automates the entire routine of turning on components, selecting inputs
and favorites, even resetting the lights to the optimum scene for the
OpenArchitecture PC Editor
MX-980’s unique OpenArchitectureTM PC Editor provides professional
installers with new solutions to the age-old problem of automating a
central system as well as local TVs, cable or satellite receivers, and
even local surround systems in secondary rooms like bedrooms and
offices. Using the MX-980, installers can simply select an appropriate
solution for each equipment location.
the central system, for example, the MX-980 can trigger sophisticated
smart macros, RS232 and relay controls via a centrally installed
MSC-400 Master Controller. At each local system location, the MX-980
addresses an RF Base Station, like URC’s new MRF-260, which extends the
remote’s range to 50 to 100 feet, and eliminates the line-of-sight
requirement. In any room with a projector, lighting switch or other
IR-controlled device not connected to a central MSC-400 or local MRF,
the MX-980’s built-in IR signal is effective at a range of 30 to 50
MX-980 is packed with practical features for users as well as
installers. These include a motion sensor that automatically turns on
the display when the remote is picked up and refreshes when it’s moved,
and automatic blue backlighting for all the buttons to ensure the
remote can be used easily in dim or darkened rooms. A small integrated
speaker optionally beeps in response to button pushes, indicating the
MX-980 understands an instruction. A built-in time/date display, a
low-battery alert, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and a supplied
USB programming cable further enhance its ease of use.