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Sony Home Theatre System and a Comcast remote...HELP!
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Post 16 made on Monday February 22, 2010 at 21:41
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

These codes worked on the Atlas remote very well. Now, I can program the macros functions to it simple for the family.

Again, thanks!!
Post 17 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 02:02
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Question: Can I program the "old" Comcast remote (w/the gray button) using 1658, then program all the EFCs to gain all the features? (I only ask because I have 6 of them now, along with 6 of the newer "red" button Comcast remotes). In short, I have to do something with them all!

P.S. I love the Atlas remote now! I've programmed macros for DVD & VCR for the family, error proofed the user friendly buttons now! It runs everything on the HT system, TV and cable.

I just wish I had found this forum before I bought all these remotes!
Post 18 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 02:57
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All right, you are a candidate for a JP1.3 cable! Seriously, with several remotes it is really worth the $35 (shipped) to buy a computer interface cable. Then you can upload the IR protocols and devices to control nearly anything, including air conditioners. And, you can take advantage of the 4th device that is hidden in Comcast remotes. If you want to go hog-wild, the red button remotes (and, I think, the Atlas) can accept an "extender" which takes over the firmware in the remote.

No Comcast remote has 1658 built-in, but with an interface cable you can easily upgrade the remotes to have that setup code, or (more likely) a custom setup code that does exactly what you want. We have 3 Comcast DVRs, each with different TVs, etc. and it is easy to set each up so that from a user point of view the remotes all do the same thing.

The steps are to
1) Buy a cable: www.hifi-remote.com/forums/viewtopic.php
2) Download RemoteMaster: www.hifi-remote.com/forums/viewtopic.php
3) Download IR.exe: www.hifi-remote.com/forums/viewtopic.php

Use RemoteMaster to make "upgrades", using the appropriate IR protocol, device numbers and function codes, and then assign these graphically to the remote buttons.  Most likely, somebody has already done the work, and you can just use the file they have contributed.

Use IR.exe to upload and download data from the remote.
Post 19 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 06:06
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Thanks,

The sad part is that I understand (now) what you mean by the JP 1.3 cable. I know I will end up going this route for the last few commands I need.

As a matter of fact, I just got through demonstrating to the wife how she only needs to press one button now to watch a DVD or VHS, and then press one button to get back to TV.

Thanks for the advice for moving to the next step.

P.S. Is there anywhere here in the forums I might find the EFC for a Samsung LCD to program the "TV/Comp" function? This will take the "Comcast greys" to nearly full functions for the family usage.

I'm off to E-Bay to scout cables.
Post 20 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 10:48
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I strongly recommend that you limit yourself to cables made by Tommy Tyler. Those use a FTDI USB serial micro, and the drivers always work. His build is quality is very good also.
Post 21 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 12:22
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I found that out very quickly! Thanks again!

He's also got the best prices..
Post 22 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 19:09
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3FG,

Thanks again for all the help and info. It was a challenge, but I have programmedn fully the Atlas, and three "grey" Comcast remotes. The "reds" are coming along.

I can now see the full value of downloading and doing file transfers. The only code that I trying to fill in is for "DVD Setup", though I can easily live without it.
Post 23 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 22:44
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The DVD Setup in the second post in this thread doesn't work?
Post 24 made on Tuesday March 2, 2010 at 03:11
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Hi 3FG,

First, sorry for the delay in replying; I've been w/o electricity for five days (I'm here in the northeast, where the storm hit), so no Internet, no cable, TV or remotes!

But, to answer your question, the DVD Setup code did not work for me. It would be nice to have. I was looking for it on the other JP1 forum search criteria as well.
Post 25 made on Tuesday March 2, 2010 at 03:40
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Another possibility is Sony 15, device 208, function 7.

15822
Post 26 made on Thursday March 4, 2010 at 22:50
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Thanks 3FG,

I'll try the code and let you know if it works.
Post 27 made on Friday March 5, 2010 at 16:52
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YES!!!!

15822 worked like a charm on the Atlas remote!

I'm running out of buttons on the Comcast remotes!

Thanks so much, this is fantastic!
Post 28 made on Saturday March 6, 2010 at 00:12
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Use shifted buttons. To setup a shifted button, during a keymove press Setup briefly just before pressing the button you wish to assign to. To use a shifted button, first press Setup, then the button. If you setup a shifted number button, it is necessary to press setup twice before the button when using it (but not when programming it).

Roughly doubles the number of available buttons. I use discrete On/Off commands, and use the Power button to turn the component On, and shift Power to turn it Off.
Post 29 made on Monday March 8, 2010 at 14:54
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Thanks again,

I plan to program shifted keys for more advanced functions. In short, functions I can hide from the family!

On another note, I'm definitely learning the value of getting a JP cable; entering all the codes from one remote to another is a large "PITA". I'm trying to set up multiple remotes for the family (as backups).

I think I'm ready to "connect"....
Post 30 made on Thursday April 15, 2010 at 20:18
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Hi,
May I tag on to this thread, please?. I just added DVR service to our Comcast and received a new cable box and remote (red OK button). We use Sony DAV-DX375 HTIB for sound. On old remote, I could control volume up and down using AUX. Had to switch between CBL and AUX but that is not an issue for me. I tried all the 5 digit codes with the Comcast remote to no avail. So I begin searching and wound up here. I tried your advice to OP and using 994 I was able to assign volume down but that is all - the volume up button also makes volume go down. Any advice?
TIA
Judy
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