I have the r1000.
The R1000 (SoundBridge Radio) has some buttons for basic operations, but unfortunately you need the remote for setting it up.
Will a new remote automatically link up?
There's no "linking" as it's an IR remote (like the one you have for your TV, for example). The remote works with all SoundBridges (which can cause problems if there's more than one device in a room).