you can just program each of them to their own RF frequency and you dont have to go through all that
I wish they had done IR the same way because in my case, I am using IR distribution system coupled with Harmony 890 remotes which of course use IR blasters, so I am stuck with IR. I could use RF remotes perhaps, if the range is adequate, but I'd be using 2 remotes at each HR20 location. I plan on configuring the 4th standalone unit as RF and testing the range to see if I can carry the RF remote with me to other rooms to control it.naijai said:you can just program each of them to their own RF frequency and you dont have to go through all that
There are RF remotes with range to cover a home that allows IR blasters and multiple addresses? Interesting.JonW said:That's an advantage of going with an addressable universal RF remote. The higher-end of the URC line allows multiple base stations with unique addresses.
However, if more then one person is using an RF remote at the same time in the house, there can be RF interference.
I put one HR20 and two H20s in the same room....IR. Sorry to tell you but the AV1 and AV2 is a shared location/ID for the receiver so this is why they show AV1 or AV2 in the menu as a single entry not split out like DirecTV, AV1, AV2. I spent three hours on the phone with Advanced Tech support trying every IR variant and three more myself....tried every combo in the book....Nada. Yes, I tried many times what you outlined above and others....and two fundamental issues came back. 1) There is only two IR code sets for the HR20 so no way to split three ways.....even if DTV, AV1 and AV2 were all truly seperate 2) AV1 & AV2 are not seperate from a DirecTV Receiver point of view.mvgossman said:My first DBS Talk post as a new convert to the HR20, and a painfully detailed one. I have browsed posts on this topic, but...
I received my first HR20 and have had good luck with it so far. So good that I elected to purchase 3 more, after first seemingly verifying that it is possible to have them all on discrete remote codes.
I now know that I was wrong about that... I thought the "00001 00002 00003 00004" codes were remote codes but I now know that they are device codes. I discovered from Directv people that the proper code is 00003 when setting the remote to use "AV1 or AV2" as the remote mode to use.
They asserted that it is possible to use TWO HR20s in the same room using "DIRECTV" on one and "AV1 or AV2" mode on the other.
Well I assert that it is possible to run THREE units separate from each other, avoiding crosstalk. Here's how:
Go to Menu: Help & Settings: Setup: Remote: Program Remote:
At that point select AV1 or AV2 and then Product "Directv Receiver" - Brand "DirecTV". You will then be told how to program the remote itself with the code, which should be 00003, after putting the slider on AV1 or AV2 depending on which you chose before.
THen you must BACK up to the "Remote" page and select "Receiver Mode" from the three options "Program Remote", "IR/RF Setup", or "Receiver Mode". It is here where you tell the receiver to respond with the slider in AV1 or AV2 on the remote. Keep the remote on the correct slider position, and select "Done" after switching "Mode" to "AV1 or AV2". You will probably have to use the front panel controls to go over to the "Done" button before hitting Select on the remote. I believe it is this crucial point where the receiver learns what to respond to, "AV1" or "AV2" on the remote.
So there you have it. I am about to crack open the other three, one at a time, to see if they indeed do not crosstalk, first concentrating on AV1/AV2 crosstalk, then go to DIRECTV/AV1/AV2 crosstalk. If anyone has any information telling me that I am dead wrong, that it is impossible to program AV1 separate from AV2, I would like to know, but I did at least confirm that when the remote is in AV1 mode the remote does not talk to the AV2-programmed receiver and vice-versa. I cannot tell at this time if it is possible to have one in AV2 and the other in AV1 and neither talks to the other, but I suspect it will work.
If anyone has found a means to have the fourth one "in the same room" either actually or "virtually" with IR distribution, I'm all ears because as it stand now, one of the TiVos will have to be solo in one room. It won't talk to the others because I will configure my Harmony 890 remote blaster to deliver only to the HR20 in that fourth room and not all over the house.
Why in God's name did they have to make this that complex? Give me the TiVo convention where different remote codes are assigned with the remotes. Couldn't they have known that there would be techies and geeks and weirdoes out there on the bleeding edge who would have multiple HR20's in the house in the same rack? In my case, I have them actually in separate rooms but broadcasting (in standard def except for the HDTV in the same room) over conventional ATSC video to other TVs in the house, using whole-house IR distribution to allow control from all over the house using programmable remotes (Harmony 890s).
I suspect that the Harmony database will not include the codes for the HR20 in anything other than "DIRECTV" remote format, i.e. NOT AV1 or AV2 so I will be stuck doing a total learning for those TiVos.