Yeah, bad history at our house with remotes.. None ever make it very long before something breaks for some reason or another.. The last one (don't recall the brand) lasted literally two cooks..!
We've been using a Thermapen ever since.. No issues.. We even used it yesterday to test out a new furnace thermostat we had installed.. The Thermopen is the most accurate temp probe I've got.. The new thermostat was off by 2 degrees.. Not bad..