Go ahead and get the remote for WHATEVER set you use. In my experience it will save you tons of headache. The great thing about it is, with a keypad, its quite constrictive and has to stay pretty much in the same spot. With a remote, you can shove it in a cubby hole or something. I would suggest at least looking at http://www.evation.com for their irman. Costs about $35 if memory serves right but it can use just about any remote you can toss at it.