Programming your TV remote codes is easy, but first you need to figure out which of your many remotes you will use. Most of us you have a lot of remote controls for all of our electronics. It seems as if everything comes with a remote control these days, everything from the vacuum to the kitchen fan.
When it comes to your living room, things can get confusing. You have the usual remotes for the TV, VCR, DVD and stereo. Then you have remotes for your Apple TV, and your cable or satellite box, and don’t forget about the remotes for your gaming systems. That means you probably have a minimum of four remotes on you table, throw in the other equipment and you can be approaching five or six different remote controls that are sitting on your living room table.
You probably hardly even use many of these remotes — you pick them up, you turn on the power and then put them down, so you can pick up the next remote and repeat the process. This can be a huge time waster, not to mention all the space taken up by the various remotes, then what happens if one of them goes missing?
Universal remotes are wonderful tools that will eliminate a lot of that chaos and confusion by allowing you to control your entire home entertainment system with just one controller. They consolidate all of your remotes into one universal controller, saving you time and space (not to mention batteries.)
You Already Have One
The odds are pretty good that you already have one or two of these universal programmable remotes. Take a look at some of the remotes sitting on your table. There are probably buttons on them that you have never used, perhaps you’ve never even thought about them. If your remote is a universal style then you will have mode buttons with labels such as ‘DVD’, ‘TV’, ‘AUX’ and ‘VCR.’ These buttons mean that your remote is potentially capable of operating those devices. The most common and probably most useful universal remote is from your Cable TV or Satellite TV provider.
Standard Universal Remotes
There are several types of universal remotes the most common being multi-brand and learning. The odds are pretty good that the remotes you currently have fall into one of these two categories.
The multi-brand remotes come programmed with a series of codes, which will operate the vast majority of electronics available at the time of its manufacture. These remotes can be programmed by either entering the appropriate code or by telling the remote to scan through the codes in its memory. One problem with them is that they will frequently not work with newer equipment.
Learning remotes have programmed TV remote codes in them, but they also have the ability to learn the codes and functions from other remote controls. The learning remotes are held IR-to-IR with the original remote where it picks up the infrared signal needed to operate the device. The AT&T U-verse remote is one of these.
Advanced Universal Remotes
There are several more advanced remotes available out there, however most of them will not come with your standard devices. If you wish to have a high end universal remote control, then you will have to go out and purchase it separately. The higher end remotes typically include features such as PC programmable, RF transmitters, Wi-Fi capability, and LCD touch screens.
PC programmable remotes allow you to program in a wider variety of electronic devices. You go online where you enter in the make and model number for all the devices you wish to operate with the remote. Then all the programming commands are downloaded into the controller through the USB cable.
Wi-Fi enabled controllers typically have an LCD screen, which will show you some basic information they obtain using your Wi-Fi connection such as sports scores and TV programming.
LCD touch-screen remote controllers have a small touch-screen with programmable virtual buttons.
RF (or radio frequency) remotes allow you to operate devices that are not in a direct line of sight. They allow you to control the entertainment devices from almost any room and are frequently used to control outdoor entertainment systems.
Programming TV Remote Codes
Each electronic device operates on a slightly different frequency or code and needs to be programmed into the remote separately. The original manufactures booklet that came with the remote should have the instructions on how to program in other devices.
If you are programming the remote control from your cable provider we should be able to help you. We have already simplified the steps required to program remotes provided by many cable providers;
- Time Warner Cable Remote Programming
- Cox Cable Remote Programming
- Comcast Remote Programming
- Charter Cable Remote Programming
- Mediacom Remote Programming
We have also covered several of the more popular universal remotes, and we also suggest you check out Remote Central, where they keep a continuously growing list of programming instructions for TV remote codes.