...Continued from Page 4.|
Although I would have expected the learning option to be located under "Device Setup", it seems One For All was confident enough with their database to make it a sub-function under the "Personalization" heading. But there may be another reason for its relatively unimportant placement: it’s the most awkward learning process I’ve seen. So, let’s program a code:
- Enter Setup Menu
- Enter the Personalization Menu
- Select the "Learn" Menu
- Select the "Learn" Function
- Select the device to learn a code to
- Select the button you want to learn on
- Press "Learn"
- Press the button to learn on the original remote
- Press "OK" to confirm the learn
- When asked whether you want to label the button, press "YES" or "NO"
- After pressing "NO" or completing the new label, press "ESC" to complete the learn.
- Want to learn another button? Start off back at step 5.
So, we’re looking at 7 steps between each and every learned signal, selecting buttons scattered all over the screen. That’s quite a contrast from some other remotes which automatically advance though all buttons – after learning has begun you never need touch the remote. Also, the amount of memory seems fairly limited, with the total free space remaining going down by one percent for every few codes learned. The good news is that the technical process of learning works flawlessly – signals were captured quickly and correctly. Those troublesome Sony receiver input macros were dealt with efficiently, learning the first command from the macro rather than rejecting the entire code outright.
Pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
A very popular item on their hard buttoned remotes is the "Key Magic" function, through which the depths of UEI’s code database can be trolled. Basically, if you have a device that seems to be missing a function or two (as was the case with most of the preprogrammed devices I used), you’ll probably be able to access that function through advanced Key Magic codes. Functions such as discrete power on and off, specific video inputs, sound processing options – if your device supports them they’ll most likely be there. The Key Magic option sends the remote back to the device selection bar, which now displays four-digit numbers that reflect the code assigned to the device above it. This is the only place where you’ll be able to find those numbers. If you ask One For All for a listing of advanced functions for that device code, you’ll get a list of three-digit numbers and brief function descriptions. It’s those new three-digit codes that you want.