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Help with setting up a new remote on an R15-500

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by MaryOfDoom, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. MaryOfDoom

    MaryOfDoom New Member

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    It's in RF mode in that selection. I've cycled the RC66RX remote through RF mode a few times and it should pretty well be in RF mode by now.
     
  2. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

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    I do not have any history with using a paper clip. Sometimes odd things work.
    The antenna is cheap enough to try before giving up.
    Good luck with it and let us know the result please.
    Thanks
     
  3. b52pooh

    b52pooh Cool Member

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    You need to select IR/RF setup from the front panel. That will indicate either IR or RF mode for the receiver. Setting the remote is a different process that requires programming the last six digits of the RID number for the receiver into the remote so that only that remote can control the R15. And you will also need the aforementioned antenna if you are going to use the remote from more that 2 feet away.
     
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  4. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Master

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    The R15 can be set to use both IR & RF signals at the same time. You need to do red button reset of receiver, once it comes back it will be in state like it was never put into rf mode through receiver menu before. Because once its put into rf mode through the menu, its RF or IR only from there on.

    Now just attach a working antenna, put rf remote, one with FCC sticker on the back, into rf mode:

    1. dtv

    2. press and hold MUTE & SELECT, wait for two blinks, release

    3. enter 0 0 0 0 1

    4. press and hold MUTE & SELECT, wait for two blinks, release

    5. enter 9 6 1

    6. press CH UP

    7. enter last 6 digits of Receiver ID #(RID), found on a sticker in the access card compartment

    8. press SELECT
     
  5. jimmie57

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    Mary, please pay close attention to Edmund. He is THE Remote control Guru.
     
  6. MaryOfDoom

    MaryOfDoom New Member

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    Well, everyone, I have some great news: the antenna arrived today and using Edmund's method, I successfully programmed the RC66RX remote to control my receiver in RF mode!

    The key, for anyone reading this thread in the future: use Edmund's procedure and program the remote while your receiver is off. I had the receiver code memorized from so many failed attempts, but for anyone else doing this in the future, write down your receiver code and give it a shot.

    Thanks to everyone for their help. I hope to squeeze at least a few more years of useful life out of this receiver.

    (Edited to fix a typo, thanks to autocorrect)
     
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