I had some of the same issues as you discribed in setting up one remote (minus the mother-in-law issue). I finally settled on getting a new Logitech Harmony One remote. It controls everything.You can program it to turn on all components you wish to use by pushing one button. Look at CNET review and Best Buy customer reviews. Good luck.
I have a Samsung UN55B8000 LED TV.
I have a Samsung Blu Ray Player BD-P3600.
I have a Scientific Atlantic HD8300 cable box.
I have a Bose Lifestyle V20 system.
The cable box and the Blu Ray player are plugged into their respective inputs on the Bose Box with HDMI cables.
Output from the Bose box to the LED TV with an HDMI cable to HDMI 2 imput on the TV.
Everything works fine.
My problem is I want to control the TV on/off with the Bose remote.
In the Bose system set up screen there is a place to set the Bose remote to control different components, like DVD, Cable box, Aux, etc.
I have selected the SA cable box configured the code and the cable box is now controlled by the Bose remote.
When I go to the TV line on the Bose set up screen and select Samsung it gives me about 40-50 codes to try, I select each code then try it and nothing happens (what is supposed to happen is that the tv goes off). I have tried this for both the Blu Ray and TV and neither will work with any of the codes supplied.
The Bose has an RF remote, and what I beleive by reading my TV manual is that the LED tv also uses a RF remote, and if the BluRay's player remote also can control the TV then its an RF remote also.
The SA cable box worked with the first cable box code entered and is now controlled by the Bose remote. It is a IR controlled box (I beleive).
Ok with all that information ( I don't think I forgot anything)
Does anyone know how can I get my Bose remote to turn on the TV and Blu Ray player?
I know using 4 remotes is not really a big deal for me, and I will need to keep near by all remotes because of special functions each has, Like connecting to Pandora, Net Flix on the Blu Ray and checking the internet on the TV. But I have a 85 Mother-in-Law living with us, who has a hard time remembering what button to push to watch Regis
The BD-P3600 Blu Ray player came with a wireless dongle, which conenected smoothly to my wireless network. Through this I can get Pandora and Net Flix. The LED TV does not come with a wireless dongle.
When I unplug the dongle from the Blu Ray and plug it into the TV I can get all my Yahoo widgets, but no pandora or Net flix.
Now for Question #2
Is there a way to get both the Pandora/Net flix & TV internet with the one dongle, or do I need to buy another dongle so each the BR and TV have a dongle?
I would have thought through Anynet+ that the two items would communicate with each other requiring only one dongle.
Thanks in advance for any response to these questions.
PS I know someone will say get my Mother in Law to move out but that option is not available.;-)