Your Time Warner Cable box came with a remote control that is automatically configured to work the cable box, but it is also loaded with Time Warner Cable codes, so you can program it to work with most of the electronic devices in your home entertainment arsenal. The provided remote does more than flip cable stations and set recordings on your DVR. It can act as a universal remote. Your remote probably has buttons on it with labels such as DVD, Audio, TV and AUX, and these can all be programmed to work with the corresponding devices.
One of the biggest problems when it comes to programming your remote is that there are several remotes provided by Time Warner Cable. They provide instructions for each controller, but it can get confusing trying to determine which controller is yours, and then you need to scan through the instructions to find the correct code for each of your electronic devices. Hunting through all this can get aggravating.
Time Warner Cable Codes Scanning
There is one simple method that works with almost all the remotes and most electronics. This is called scanning. Instead of looking up all the information separately, you will make the remote do the work for you. This may take some time, but it’s a lot easier than cross referencing all the required codes, which are frequently written in tiny fonts.
- Turn on the power for the electronic device you wish to be programmed.
- Press and hold the button on the remote which you want the device programmed to. Hold the button for approximately three seconds. At this point, all the device buttons should begin to flash.
- Press and release the power button on the remote and the flashing should stop, leaving you with a solid light on the device button you are programming.
- Point the remote towards the device, then press the channel up key until the desired device turns off.Note: The light will blink during this process approximately once per second as it changes codes. If it has blinked since the item turned off, then press the channel down key, the corresponding number of times it blinked, to return to the correct code.
- Push the power button to see if the item turns back on. If it does, then run through some of the other functions to ensure you have the correct code. If the functions do not work, or the unit does not power back up, then continue pressing the channel up button until you find the correct code.
- If the unit functions correctly then press the “SELECT” button to lock in the code. At this point, the device button on the controller will flash three times.
Recording the Code
Now that you have found the correct code between your remote and electronic device, it is a smart idea to write it down. I like to put the codes on a small piece of paper taped inside the remote itself, so I can not lose them. Once you start the process, the remote will flash the code back to you quickly, so ensure you have paper and pen at hand.
- Press and hold the device button on the remote until all the device buttons begin to flash. (approximately three seconds)
- Press the ‘SELECT’ key
The device button will flash several times, with a brief pause between each number. The number of flashes represents one digit in the code. With the brief pause representing the end of a number. If the flash is extremely rapid, that represents a ‘0.’ You will have 3 or 4 numbers depending on your remote and device.
Programming With a Code
Once you have the code it’s easy to reprogram the remote or device at any point.
- Press and hold the button, which you want the device programmed to. Hold the button for approximately three seconds. At this point all the device buttons should begin to flash.
- Enter the code using the number keys on the controller.
When you have entered the last digit, the device key should flash three times, then turn off. If it does not flash, then the code has failed and you need to try again.
Time Warner Cable codes vary by remote manufacturer, but most universal remotes require a similar procedure to program them with your various electronic devices. They can be programmed to work with almost anything, including your Apple TV and Blu-Ray player.
If you are still having problems programming your remote, then look at the Time Warner Cable support page to find more detailed instructions that will work with your specific remote device.
If you are a Comcast or XFINITY subscriber, then look at our article “Program Comcast Remote Codes in 8 Simple Steps” to find instructions on programming your remote to work with all entertainment devices.