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HR34, Universal RF Remote questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Earguy, May 20, 2012.

  1. Earguy

    Earguy Cool Member

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    In my house, we have an HR34 receiver with two IR remotes (his and hers).

    In my usual spot in the room, the IR remote does not work well to control the HR34, so I was thinking about getting the Universal RF remote.

    Now, if I get the RF remote, will my wife still be able to use the IR remote? If not, could I get two RF remotes and have both of them control the same receiver?
     
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    You can't use both RF and IR at the same time. That being said though unless you get the X-Sight remote that has built in RF support for the DirecTV HR receivers you'll be ok. The rest of the "Universal RF" remotes out there actually use a receiver near the unit it is controlling that receives the RF signal and outputs IR.

    For example I have a Harmony 900 remote which uses RF to talk to its receiver. The receiver then outputs IR to control my HR34. So I can use my Harmony 900 RF remote and the DirecTV remote setup for IR at the same time.
     
  3. samrs

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    Two Directv remotes set to RF will work fine. ;)
     
  4. am3211

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    I wasn't aware you could set two Directv remotes to control the same DVR via RF. How is that accomplished?
     
  5. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

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    Set up one using the instructions on the screen, then set up the other following the same instructions.
     
  6. samrs

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    The same way you set up the first one. The satellite receiver will only display the directions once though, so you have to memorize or write them down or program all the remotes at the same time. Some folks have multiple tv's working off one DVR with RF remotes at each tv. Some just need his and hers.
     
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    hah, yup, that's correct. I guess I forgot about that when I posted above. :lol:
     
  8. am3211

    am3211 AllStar

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    Thanks, that's why I was confused since the second remote is only working in IR mode the DVR wasn't responding.
     
  9. Earguy

    Earguy Cool Member

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    OK, so I've ordered two RF remotes, and will program them at the same time. Thanks guys, let me know if there's anything else I'm missing!
     
  10. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Welcome to DBSTalk.com BTW! :)
     
  11. Edmund

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    Once you have one RF remote and receiver in RF mode, put them aside, just do the following on second or third RF remotes:


    1. dtv, av1, or av2
    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 the last 6 digits of Receiver ID#(RID), found on a sticker in the access card compartment
    8. press SELECT
     
  12. Earguy

    Earguy Cool Member

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    Follow-up: Got both remotes (RC65RBX), programmed them, it's all good. Edmund, your instructions were flawless. Thanks for everyone's support!
     
  13. ekkoville

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    Earguy,

    Just curious what kind of range you're getting with the RF. I'm thinking of a similar setup only two rooms being fed from one receiver.

    Also, does the ir still work for the TV volume?
     
  14. onebadmofo

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    Not to thread jack, but I have a Harmony 880 unopened. Will it work with the HR34?

    Thanks!
     
  15. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Yes, in IR mode.
     
  16. onebadmofo

    onebadmofo AllStar

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    Awesome thanks!
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    Not 100% correct. You can use the RF capabilities of the Harmony 900, and I do. It uses RF to communicate with its repeater which converts the signal to IR to communicate with your devices.
     
  18. mdavej

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    True, but the 880 isn't RF. In any case the DVR must be in IR mode to work with any universal besides Xsight regardless of whether the remote is RF or not.

    Also the OP should use the HR20 profile because others were incomplete last time I checked.
     
  19. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    You're right. I thought he was asking about the 900 for some reason. :lol:
     
  20. samrs

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    Yes, of course it does. It just needs to be programed by the user.

    Some folks get different results on RF range depending on any number of factors, you just need to step out on a limb an check it out.
     

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