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RF and IR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by -Draino-, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. -Draino-

    -Draino- Godfather

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    I want to use both and I thought the "x" remotes could do both? I had 3 remotes on the HR-500 all woking with my Sammy but I can't get the 3 new "x" remotes to do RF at all.

    I they all do IR but if I change one and it doesn't work I can't just copy the setting back because....well they'll be gone!!! No biggy starting over but I'm trying to avoid do that for all 3.

    Is there an easy way to enable RF to test and then go back if I can't get it to work?
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    You can't do RF and IR at the same time. It's strictly one or the other.

    I assume you mean your "HR24-500", right?
     
  3. Edmund

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    And not all x remotes are RF, a rc65x is IR only. Where rc65rx and rc65rbx are RF.
     
  4. RunnerFL

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    The only units that allow simultaneous IR and RF are the new HR44 and C41. I also believe the R15 did at one time as well.
     
  5. Mike Greer

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    The THR22 also does simultaneous RF/IR. As do the Dish Network receivers.:)

    Unless DirecTV changes the firmware for the HR2x receivers you'll have to use a 3rd party IR repeater option if you want both.
     
  6. Rickt1962

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    WOW ! About F*** Time I love my RF mode for the other rooms but Directv has ther head um you know where when it comes to Home Theater set ups with Full function remote ! I have the Ipronto tsi6400 which everyone today is thinking how great ther new Ipads are lol geesh this came out back in 2002. Can surf the web while watching TV has a great channel guide But sucks when I have to grab my Directv remote to change channels.
     
  7. Edmund

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    Remember it will be the new RC71 directv remote.
     
  8. Athenian

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    I read numerous messages to this effect and was ready to convert my HR24 to RF to accommodate one seat in the room. It turns though, that it's not necessary to put the receiver in RF mode to use the RF remote so both types will work simulaneously if you leave the receiver set to IR.

    I assume that RF mode would be needed if we were trying to use the control from another room but this works very well for us.
     
  9. Mike Greer

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    Not really sure what you are saying or trying to do but unless it just changed with one of the latest software updates you can't do simultaneous IR/RF. The receiver only 'listens' to one or other other - not both.
     
  10. Athenian

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    That is definitely not the case for us.

    My elderly mom had a hard time with remotes (RC64 and RC65) because a) she tends to point at the ceiling (so she can read the buttons) when she uses the remote and b) her favorite seat in one room is just out of the line of sight for the DVR so she had to extend her arm sideways to ensure that it would work. I hoped that an RF remote might make things easier for her...and it certainly does.

    In experimenting with the RC65RB control though, I discovered that the DVRs do not have to be in RF mode to use the RF remote. This is true for all three DVRS I've tried it on -- HR21, HR24, and THR22. So my mom now has her own remotes in each room and the rest of the household uses regular IR remotes.

    If we wanted to go through walls or something, the DVR might have to be set to RF mode but that wasn't the issue here and I'm happy with being able to use both types of remotes in the same room simultaneously.
     
  11. carl6

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    If the DVR has not been changed to rf mode, and the remote programmed accordingly, then it is still using IR (regardless if is an rf capable remote). The HR2x series are not able to do both IR and RF at the same time. It is one or the other, but not both.
     
  12. Athenian

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    That may be true but there is something different about the RC65RBX because even in IR mode, you do not have to point at the TV or receiver....which was all we needed to overcome.
     
  13. Mike Greer

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    Could be that it puts out a wider/stronger IR signal? Maybe? Who knows?:confused:

    I do wish the receivers could do simultaneous IR/RF - It does work with the THR22 at least.....

    Easy test would be hold your hand over the front of the remote and push a few buttons. It would still work in RF mode but IR would be blocked by your hand....
     
  14. inkahauts

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    You are still in IR, its just bouncing the signal strong enough to eventually get there.
     
  15. inkahauts

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    What exactly are you trying to do? And you can always manually program the remotes.
     
  16. mrfatboy

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    I'm a confused what the correct answer here is for the HR44. I just got my Genie HR44 and the installer left me a RC65RX and not the RC71 remote. I called him back and he said he didn't have them yet but would get me one in a week or so. Anyway, does the RC71 do simultaneous RF and IR for the HR44? If so I really want to make sure I get one.
     
  17. dennisj00

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    I don't think the RC65RX will work in RF mode with the 44. Only the RC71. . . It's the new RFCE protocol / frequencies.

    And the 44 does simultaneous RF/IR . . .but RF only with the RC71.
     
  18. slice1900

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    I've always heard the receivers will only listen for IR or RF, but not both, but seeing some of these reports makes me wonder... I'm working on a little project to get centralized IR control for all my receivers and TVs. It would sure be nice if I could have RF remotes as a backup in case the IR system had problems (the TVs mainly just need be to turned on and off at the beginning/end of the day so that part could be done manually if necessary)

    Maybe I should do a quick test sometime just to see for myself since there appear to be a few conflicting reports. It doesn't make sense that it works in some models and not others. Its just software, why not enable it for all instead of just a few?
     
  19. dennisj00

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    I can only assume that the 44 does simultaneous IR / RF because of the new RFCE standard it uses. It would be pretty severe to cut IR out with only the RC71 currently available for RF. Other conspiracy theories are welcome.
     
  20. Jacob Braun

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    The RC71 will do either IR or RF depending on how you program the remotes. The HR44 and C41s however LISTEN to IR and RF at the same time. So you can have one RC71 remote in RF mode and another in IR mode and they will both control the receiver. The RC65RX remote will only control the HR44/C41s in IR mode. Your receiver should have come with an RC71 so if you call DirecTV and explain what's going on they'll send you an RC71.
     

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