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IR / RF Problems - Pronto and Marmitek
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Post 1 made on Monday May 7, 2007 at 04:36
Lurking Member
January 2004

Does anyone have any idea why:

My Pronto RU990 can't reproduce IR commands learnt from a Marmitek EasyControl 6 remote?


How I might be able to generate an RF command 1,2,3 ON, rather than 1 ON, 2 ON, 3 ON, from the Codegen RF utility for the Pronto ?

In more detail -

My Pronto RU990 seems to learn IR X10 commands from a Marmitek EasyControl 6 remote for controlling a Marmitek X10 IR-RF7243U controller. However the 7243 doesn't respond to the Pronto's learned codes (the IR receive light on the controller doesn't even flash).

The EasyControl 6 remote in IR mode issues commands to the controller without problem, so it seems neither the EasyControl 6 remote nor the X10 controller are at fault. The Pronto seems to learn the EasyControl 6 IR commands Ok, but the controller doesn't respond when I use the Pronto.

My Pronto learns and uses IR commands from half a dozen of my other remotes without problem.

If I use the Codegen utility for the Pronto,


I can generate RF codes that work the X10 controller (it's an IR+RF model) from my Pronto, but then I have another problem - Using Codegen, and the RF commands it offers, it doesn't seem possible to generate an 'attention' command without an instruction. So you can generate 1 ON, 2 ON, 3 ON, 4 ON, but not 1,2,3,4, ON. The result is that my lights come on in a daisy chain sequence, not all at once. You can of course send All ON but then all the devices switch on, not just the ones you want.

Post 2 made on Wednesday May 9, 2007 at 17:49
Long Time Member
January 2006
I found several solutions for this problem.

The easiest is to assign a separate house code to all the devices you want to switch on simultaneously. Then you can send All Lights On to this House Code.

An other solution is to build a macro (for example in a CM11a). When it receives A5 ON, the macro sends A1+A2 ON. The drawback is that it's a bit slower.

An other solution is to buy X10-2 lamp modules for These modules can respond to several (up to 16) addresses at once.

- Lamp module 1 responds to A1 + A4 + A5
- Lamp module 2 responds to A2 + A4 + A5
- Lamp module 3 responds to A3 + A4

If you want to switch on all 3 lamp modules --> A4 ON
If you want to switch on A1+A2 --> A5 ON

This works really well. Furthermore, these modules can BRIGHT from OFF without going to full brightness first. A5 BRIGHT 50 --> You get A1+A2 bright from 0 to 50%

I found only one problem with these modules: The DIM level is not interpreted exactly as with Marmitek modules --> 50% is not half brightness. This means it's difficult to build scenes with mixed marmitek and X10-2 modules.
OP | Post 3 made on Saturday May 12, 2007 at 05:56
Lurking Member
January 2004

Thanks for this.

I tried your suggestion re using B codes to the Marmitek X10 IR-RF7243U, unfortunately it only seems to respond to 'A' RF codes as generated by CodeGen. If you send B1 ON or any other, the receive light doesn't flash on the Marmitek and the light doesn't switch.

Your other suggestions are helpful, although they involve further capital investment :-)

I still cannot understand why my Pronto appears to learn the EasyControl 6 IR commands perfectly but the unit won't respond to my Pronto, while switching every time when I use the EasyControl remote...

Marmitek tech support have been as useful as the proverbial chocolate teapot...

Has anyone out there successfully learnt IR codes from an EasyControl remote using a Pronto RU990?

Best Regards

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