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Can I control 3 HR2x with a single remote?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TigerDriver, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. TigerDriver

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    Folks,

    My apologies if this post appears to be a duplicate. I posted a version of this earlier, but it vanished into the ether.

    (1) I'm currently controlling 2 HR2x from a single remote control (and with a Harmony 880). I'm adding a 3rd HR2x, and want to know whether it's possible to control 3 HR2x boxes with the standard-issue DirecTV RC-32 remote control.

    (2) I currently control all my AV components with a Harmony 880. How do I go about adding the third HR2x? (IIRC, I had to get assistance at Harmony's level-2 support to add my second HR2x).

    If there are already FAQs for these topics, a link would be appreciated.

    ..
    Joe
     
  2. Edmund

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    They now have 8 IR codesets available, even though the rc32 is older remote, it has all IR codesets from 00001-00008 on board.

    To switch the rc32 remote and receivers, see this thread:


    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=154302
     
  3. dishrich

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    Yes, have done it several times w/clients - you just can't use the TV position for one of the DVR's.
     
  4. jdspencer

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  5. TigerDriver

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    Thanks.

    Any experience with the Harmony 880? I already have an HR20 and an HR21 installed--but I don't recall how the 880 handles the IR code during setup.


    Joe
     
  6. jdspencer

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    I believe that Harmony has the two code sets in their database. You'll need to use the learning mode of the 880 to create the third code set.
    I need to re-visit this myself since I just added the HR23 to my system.
     
  7. TigerDriver

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    Could you confirm that on the D* remote, the four-position switch at the top selects, left-to-right, channels 1-4?

    If so, this greatly simplifies things.
     
  8. MartyS

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    NO, it selects receiver 1, AV1, AV2 and TV. Receiver 1 is set for the default DirecTV receiver. AV1, AV2 and TV can be programmed to control what you want, but I believe that they need to be set. All the instructions for setting them are here:

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=154302
     
  9. jdspencer

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    I went around in circles trying to get my 880 to work the way I wanted using the DirecTV for my HR20 and AV1 for the HR23. But, the DirecTV mode ended up controlling both on the white remote. So instead of fiddling too much longer I ended up using AV1 for the HR23 and AV2 for the HR20. Then, using the IR learn capability of the 880, I taught it both sets of commands.
     
  10. GirkMonster

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    Sorry, if I'm too late. I've been out of town. That's exactly what you have to do. You can use the Directv (RC32 or higher) remote to learn up to three different codes (0 - 8) and control up to 3 different directv boxes. You then have to teach the harmony what the codes are for your receivers. You can have the logitech folks "clone" your programming if that would help you! Since I have my receivers interconnected on a video distribution system, I programmed 1 remote and cloned my efforts onto the other 2, then, all I had to do was customize for the different tv/stereo combinations in the remote locations.

    It's a bit tedious, but once you've got it done, you never have to worry about it again.
     
  11. mdavej

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    To save yourself a little trouble, codes 1 and 3 are in the harmony database already, so you only have to learn one additional code set. Code 3 is model HR20-700S3 in the harmony database. To teach your harmony any code set, temporarily program that set onto any switch position you like (mute/select 00001, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8) on the D* remote, teach all the buttons to your harmony, then mute/select and enter the original code to put it back the way it was. The D position defaults to code 00001. When you're done, set your HR2x receiver number to match.

    Everything you need to know is already in the original thread you posted in, which is the same one that's been linked in this thread several times. I can't determine what part of the process is confusing you, but you seem to be making this much harder than it is.
     
  12. jdspencer

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    I got wrapped up in the fact that the Advance setup talked about 3 or more receivers so I tried the other method where one receiver would stay in DirecTV mode and the second would be AV1. Anyway, the advanced setup works just fine and the 880 is set to control the 2 DVRs, a Sony AV receiver, the Mits RP HDTV and a LiteOn DVD recorder.
     
  13. TigerDriver

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    Is there any way to get an HR2x to reveal which codeset (0001, etc) it's configured for?
     
  14. carl6

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    Menu, setup, setup, remote, receiver mode. It will show you what it is set to (DTV, AV1, AV2). If it is set to DTV, it is 00001. If it is set to AV1/AV2 it is 00003.

    Advanced Setup to use a code above 00003.
     
  15. TigerDriver

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    I'm confused. I have a brand new HR20-700 I'd like to install in addition to the HR20-100 and HR21-700.

    Following your directions, I see the following

    Remote switch---Receiver Mode shown in Setup--- Model #
    D* icon------------DIRECTV ------------------------- HR20-100
    AV1--------------- AVI1/AVI2 ----------------------- HR21-700

    Nowhere do I see the actual number for the code sets already in use for the HR20-100 and HR21-700. How am I supposed to choose an "unused" code set if I can't see

    Later, I need to set up my Harmony 880. Any suggestions on how I should proceed?
     
  16. mdavej

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    3rd screenshot HERE. Your current code is in yellow. Receiver 1 = 00001, Receiver 2 = 00002, etc. Exit out to avoid making any changes.

    On the harmony add a new device and follow the wizard. Learn all the buttons from your D* remote (which you've already programmed for the new code with mute/select 0000x, where x = receiver number) when you get to that point.
     
  17. TigerDriver

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    I assume when you use the word 'yellow' you mean 'highlighted.'

    So upon reaching this screen the Continue button is highlighted, not the This is: Reciever X, where X is the receiver number.

    If I left-arrow over to the This is: box, it shows Receiver 1 for both the HR20 and HR21--although these receivers are currently working on independent codesets (although I don't which ones).

    So, so far as I can tell, there's no way to identify which codeset a receiver is currently using--short of cycling through all the possibilities until I find the one that works.

    Still confused :confused:
     
  18. mdavej

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    The 3rd screenshot shows your current Receiver mode, I swear. You may THINK they're using independent codesets, but if they both show Receiver 1, then they're both receiver 1.

    Don't believe me? Then here's another way:

    ...Menu>System Setup>Info&Test>MoreSystemInfo>

    Scroll down about a quarter of the way to Receiver Mode:

    You'll see Receiver 1, 2, 3, etc.

    (Same as GirkMonster said in the very first response to your question HERE)

    If that's not proof enough, you'll have to go through Edmund's procedure and change it and look at the results. Even if you remain unconvinced, the only possibilities for your current setup are 1 and/or 3 anyway. So just pick any code besides those (2 or 4 thru 8) for your new DVR and forget about the existing ones.
     
  19. TigerDriver

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    Thanks for your patience. But, forgive me, it's not a matter of my not believing you; indeed, it's a matter of your not believing me--even as I'm look right at the DVRs' screens. Both DVRs' 'Receiver Mode' screens showed Receiver 1--even though both the RC32 remote and my Harmony 880, as always, operated their respective DVRs independently and correctly.

    However, the screen at Menu>System Setup>Info&Test>MoreSystemInfo gave the correct information. It showed my HR20 as Receiver 1 and my HR21 as Receiver 3. (Sorry, I didn't understand Girkmonster's abbreviated reference to 'Info'.)

    As a test, I set my HR21 up to operate temporarily at codeset 5 using AV2 on the remote, confirmed it via >MoreSystemInfo, and verified that it operated the HR21 correctly. Now I went back to the the HR21's 'Receiver Mode' screen--which still identified the HR21 as Receiver 1.

    Annoyed by the discrepancy between the HR21's 'Receiver Mode' and its >MoreSystemInfo, I awoke this morning and rebooted my HR21. Lo, the 'Receiver Mode' screen now agrees with >MoreSystemInfo. My conclusion: the HR21 (to use a technical term) had its head wedged.

    Now the entire process makes sense to me and I can proceed to set up my new HR20-700 and teach Harmony 880 about it as Receiver 2.

    Thanks again for all your help and patience.
     

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