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DirecTV H20 and HR20 remote ARE UEI remotes.
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Post 1 made on Thursday November 30, 2006 at 17:09
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I upgraded my DirecTV service to an H20 (bedroom) and an HR20(living room) over the Thanksgiving holiday. I was surprised to see UEI batteries come with the remote controls that came with these receivers. These remote have an FCC ID of "MG32481" printed on their backs.

What does it mean? It means that internally they are 4-in-1 One-For-All remotes. They will respond to (most of) the same programming commands you use to program your OFA remote control that uses 5-digit device codes. I was able to:

991 Search for codes
990 Retrieve codes
993 Volume lock

You have to press and hold down both MUTE and SELECT buttons instead of SETUP, since there is no SETUP button on the remote.

These remotes have dedicated ON and OFF buttons that send Codes to both your TV and the DirecTV receiver with one push. Essentially a macro ability. It implies they may have macro programmability (995) in them but I have not tried it. I'm considering trying to add my amplifier's OFF and ON codes to the OFF and ON button macros, respectively.

It's taken a few days to get used to them, but I really like these remotes. They've got that "soft" plastic feel previously found on some Radio Shack remotes. Fairly logical button placement. A slider switch to change devices.

Anyone else been playing with these remotes?

DBrown
Post 2 made on Thursday November 30, 2006 at 17:22
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Yes, the white dtv remotes are made by UEI excusively for Directv. They don't accept advanced codes, and they aren't learning remotes. They have been around since 2004 when D10 was released.


Probably every possible question about these remotes have been asked, and then answered by me, here, Tivoburkee.
OP | Post 3 made on Friday December 1, 2006 at 00:04
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Thanks, Edmund.

I followed your link, and yes there have been many questions ask and answered. Unfortunatley my experience with UEI remotes and their hackability causes me to wonder if there is more potential in the remotes than a first look and the manual reveals. For example, has anyone tried reprograming the ON and OFF button macros? It would be great if ON and OFF could send discrete ON and discrete OFF to the H(r)20, TV AND a receiver/amp as A/V2. Yes, I know I can hit OFF, then slide the remote to A/V2 then hit power twice. It would sure be nicer if that one OFF button press also turned OFF the amp.

It looks like the remote runs this macro for OFF:
-DirecTV
-Power (or discrete OFF)
-TV
-Power (or discrete OFF)
-DirecTV
Then leaves the remote in whatever device the slider is on.

Making it play:
-DirecTV
-Power (discrete OFF)
-TV
-Power (discrete OFF)
-A/V2
-Power (discrete OFF)
-DirecTV
Then leaving it in whatever device the slider is on should be easy, IF the remote will take the macro programming command.

Anyone tried? Searching the tech forums at DirecTV found nothing on the subject.
I'll try it myself and report. I ask because I know this remote has been out awhile and someone among all the great minds here might have actually tried this already.

DBrown
Post 4 made on Friday December 1, 2006 at 00:36
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Two years ago I sent Robman two of these remotes, he found them to be worthless and sent them back. He attached jp1 plug to it, only thing he hacked was a punch-through of the vol from the av1 or av2 devices. Now you can do that via the remote.

Last edited by edmund on December 1, 2006 01:01.
OP | Post 5 made on Friday December 1, 2006 at 09:03
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Worthless for hacking, perhaps. They seem to do a pretty good job of controlling the H20 and HR20, which the only universal remote control I have that can also do that out-of-the-box is an RCA model.

I'm getting my 8910 upgraded "any minute now" so I might have one remote that can control everything in my rack.

Just curious...are there JP1 pins inside the things, or did Robman solder on his own?

Thanks.

DBrown
Post 6 made on Friday December 1, 2006 at 12:48
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Robman soldered his own, he had wires coming out of one of the screw holes, with the screw removed. The pins made it hard to close the battery door.

Some current remotes with a preset code for the current line od dtv receivers include: the OFA urc-4220, 3220, 6960. The 6960 has preset codes for both IR addresses in the white remote.

The sony rm-vl600, code SAT 3412. URC FX1, R5, R7, RF10, RF20, and RF30, code in each is SAT 173. The RCA rcr815, code 5094.


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