1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the new DBSTalk community platform. We have recently migrated to a community platform called Xenfono and hope you will find this change to your liking. There are some differences, but for the most part, if you just post and read, that will all be the same. If you have questions, please post them in the Forum Support area. Thanks!

Strange C41 behavior with IR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by rbpeirce, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Apr 2, 2014 #1 of 17
    rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    I have two C41s. One only works on IR. The other works on IR and RF. Both behave strangely on IR and this has been causing me a problem trying to use IR repeaters.

    It turns out, unless the remote is pointed pretty much directly at the C41 and at the same level, the first button press may not turn it on. The same thing happens going through an IR repeater. The second press usually works. It is almost as if the first press wakes it up so it can act on the second press, if that makes any sense. Has anybody run into this? Is there a solution?

    The unit that only works on IR is in a study and is connected directly to the TV, so multiple presses aren't a critical issue.

    The other unit is in a cabinet connected to the TV through a receiver. I can use the RF remote, but I am attempting to control everything with a Harmony remote because it can turn the receiver off and the RF cannot. What I find seems to work here is pressing the watch TV button turns everything on except the C41. Sometimes the C41 does turn on and sometimes it doesn't. Once the start sequence is complete it goes into a DTV control screen and pressing the list button (which is in the same location as the Watch TV button from the start screen) turns on the C41. It does not display the list after turning on. You have to push the list button again to do that.

    I haven't tested the unit in the study but with the one in the cabinet, signals from the Harmony Remote are not always acted upon. I had thought this was a problem with the IR repeater. Now I am not so sure.

    Could both boxes be defective or is this just the way they work? If so, I should resign myself to using RF and get an RF remote for the study. I can live with leaving the receiver on or having the C41 on when watching DVDs. Although, I don't like the idea of having to use two remotes if I want to switch between DTV and DVD.
     
  2. Apr 2, 2014 #2 of 17
    jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    6,627
    12
    Nov 7, 2003
    My guess is that IR interference from some other source in the room is causing this problem.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2014 #3 of 17
    rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    Any ideas? This is happening in two different rooms at opposite ends of the house and on different floors. The only thing in common is a Panasonic wireless phone system. That is more likely to be a WiFi problem.

    The base station is in the room with the IR only mini. A satellite phone is in a room next to the IR/RF mini.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2014 #4 of 17
    coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    1,810
    96
    Jun 2, 2008
    Southeast
    Just an idea, I would look into the settings of both the Inter-key & Inter-Device Delay on the Harmony Remote. You will need to use the Logitech Harmony Remote Software (ver 7.7.0 is latest).

    Read through the article for some instructions: http://blog.logitech.com/2010/08/24/harmony-tips-and-tricks-adjusting-speed-setting-so-you-dont-always-use-the-help-button/
     
  5. Apr 3, 2014 #5 of 17
    EricRobins

    EricRobins Godfather

    470
    0
    Feb 9, 2005
    I know this is not what you were looking for, but could you program the macro in the Harmony to send POWER ON signals to CR41, receiver, TV and then another to the CR41?

    Its not an answer, but it certainly is a solution.
     
  6. Apr 3, 2014 #6 of 17
    rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    I seem to have this working with some regularity. I did three things. First, I reduced the number of repeats to 0! Second, I put two emitters (or flashers) on the C41. Third, I point the remote up, sort of like reading a book.

    Each of these seemed to help a bit but all three have solved the problem almost all the time. However, I'll be damned if I have any idea why!
     
  7. Apr 3, 2014 #7 of 17
    rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    The previous was for the C41 that can use RF or IR. The solution for the IR only C41 seems to be to make sure the remote can "see" the IR receiver. I don't know if the remote is weak or doesn't spray enough, but if the C41 is on a raised shelf and the remote is somewhat below the shelf it won't work. However, if I slide the C41 forward so it is on the edge of the shelf it works. I think I really need to get one of the new RF remotes for this unit. I don't know why the installer didn't leave one.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2014 #8 of 17
    peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    18,342
    901
    Jan 10, 2008
    NY
    Right, IR depends on "line of sight" of the sensor inside the "receiver"
     
  9. Apr 7, 2014 #9 of 17
    Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    413
    2
    Oct 18, 2011
    Is the one that has the most IR trouble a C41-100 by chance?
     
  10. rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    Yes. Is that significant?
     
  11. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    413
    2
    Oct 18, 2011
    Because I have 1 C41-100 and 2 C41-700s. The C41-100's IR control with the old or new DirecTV remote is non-existent. The C41-700's is like halfway existent.
     
  12. rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    I am luckier than you. The C41-100s both work on IR just not as well as the TVs (Panasonic and Samsung) and the Denon DVD and AVR. I wonder if this is a software or hardware problem. If software it may be corrected at some point in the future. In the meantime, it makes me a bit more comfortable with the flakey performance I have been getting. It looks like it is probably the C41 not the remote.
     
  13. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    413
    2
    Oct 18, 2011
    I'm only talking strictly C41 to remote. Not other devices. I just leave them in RF but used to use the old directb remote to turn on speakers and such first.
     
  14. rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    If I am just watching TV from the C-41 I can use the [new] RF remote to control the volume on the AVR and to turn the TV and C41 on and off (but not the AVR for some reason). The problem crops up when I want to watch a DVD. The Harmony remote will let me switch back and forth, turning the appropriate devices on and off.
     
  15. Rtm

    Rtm Godfather

    413
    2
    Oct 18, 2011
    Oh the remote only turns on and off the TV and Genie/Client by design. The RC71 does allow you to control the volume of but not turn on and off an AVR type device.
     
  16. rbpeirce

    rbpeirce Godfather

    500
    4
    Feb 23, 2006
    That was the point. If I use the RC71, I can control the AVR volume but that's it.
     
  17. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    18,342
    901
    Jan 10, 2008
    NY
    and tis is how is designed to work
     

Share This Page