Radio Shack Universal Remote 6 IN 1 RF REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM User Guide

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Cat. No. 15-1919  
OWNER’S MANUAL  
Please read before using this equipment.  
6 IN 1 RF REMOTE  
CONTROL SYSTEM  
 
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Favorite Channel Scan — lets you set up your sys-  
tem’s remote control to scan through a list of up to 10  
channels you select.  
Programmable Sequence Command — lets you  
press a single key and send a set of commands.  
Plug ’n Power Controls — let you control Plug ‘n Pow-  
er modules.  
Powerful Infrared Beam — uses UHF radio frequen-  
cies to go through walls, so you can operate your re-  
mote-controlled devices from a greater distance than  
many original remote controls (up to 100 feet!).  
Convenient Keypad Design — places the control  
keys in the perfect position for easy operation.  
Handy Reference Label — provides a convenient  
place for you to write down the manufacturer’s codes  
for your remote-controlled devices.  
Toll Free Support and Telephone Programming —  
lets you get expert help for your 6 in 1 RF Remote Con-  
trol System by calling 1-800-950-7044. You can even  
have the manufacturer’s codes for your remote-con-  
trolled devices programmed into your remote control by  
phone!  
Note: You need four AAA batteries (not supplied) to  
power your 6 in 1 RF Remote Control System.  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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CONTENTS  
How the System Works .......................................... 5  
A Look at the System’s Remote Control ............ 5  
Setting Up the System ........................................... 7  
Installing Batteries in the Remote Control .......... 7  
Setting Up the Remote Control .......................... 7  
Setting Up the System’s  
RF Command Console ...................................... 9  
Operation .............................................................. 10  
Using Two or More Similar Devices ................. 11  
Operating the System’s  
RF Command Console ..................................... 11  
Special Functions ............................................. 12  
Telephone Programming .......................... 12  
Fast Search ............................................. 13  
Channel Scan .......................................... 14  
Favorite Channel Scan ............................ 14  
Sequences ............................................... 15  
Punch-Through ........................................ 16  
Plug ’n Power ........................................................ 18  
Manufacturers’ Codes .......................................... 21  
If You Have Problems ........................................... 49  
Searching the Code Library ............................. 49  
Viewing a Device’s Code ................................. 49  
Troubleshooting ................................................... 50  
FCC Caution .................................................... 51  
Care and Maintenance ......................................... 52  
Specifications ....................................................... 53  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS  
When you press a key on the system’s remote control,  
it sends a powerful RF signal to the RF command con-  
sole, which then sends a corresponding IR signal to IR  
remote controlled-devices in the same room as the  
command console.  
A LOOK AT THE SYSTEM’S  
REMOTE CONTROL  
Your system’s remote control was designed to include  
the functions used most often to operate TV, VCR, ca-  
ble converter, CD player, satellite receiver, and audio  
equipment. Most of the keys operate the same as those  
on your original remote control.  
For example, a key on your original remote control la-  
PWR  
beled PWR ON/OFF is equivalent to  
tem’s remote control.  
on the sys-  
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The system’s remote control also has these special  
keys.  
Key  
Function  
SET UP  
Sets up the system’s remote control  
to replace your original remote con-  
trols.  
CD, VCR,  
CBL, TV,  
AUX1,AUX2,  
and Plug ’n  
Power  
During set up, tells the system’s re-  
mote control which remote controls  
you want to replace. During normal  
operation, tells the system’s remote  
control which device you want to  
control.  
A/B  
Operates like a TV/VCR key on a  
VCR, or an input toggle switch on a  
cable box.  
SCAN  
Lets you easily browse through  
channels on your TV, VCR, and ca-  
ble box.  
AUDIO SEQ,  
VIDEO SEQ  
Send a sequence of commands at  
the press of a button.  
SURROUND,  
SHIFT  
Control your Surround Sound sys-  
tem and other similar devices.  
Notes:  
• The remote control’s red light turns on when you  
press a key, and blinks when you enter a function  
or manufacturer’s code.  
• When you use the remote control’s RECORD key,  
you must press it twice. This safety feature helps  
prevent you from accidentally recording over  
audio or video tapes.  
• When you use the system’s remote control to  
replace extremely complex remote controls, the  
system’s remote control can duplicate the most  
commonly used commands of the original remote  
controls, but might not be able to duplicate some  
of your original remote control’s seldom-used  
functions.  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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SETTING UP THE SYSTEM  
INSTALLING BATTERIES IN THE  
REMOTE CONTROL  
Your system’s remote control uses four AAA batteries  
(not supplied) for power. We recommend alkaline bat-  
teries, such as Radio Shack Cat. No. 23-555. Follow  
these steps to install the batteries.  
1. Press the battery compartment cover tab and lift  
off the cover.  
2. Install four fresh batteries, as indicated by the  
polarity symbols marked in the compartment.  
3. Replace the cover.  
Notes:  
• Do not place objects on top of the remote control  
after you install the batteries. This can press down  
keys and reduce battery life.  
• When the remote control’s range decreases or it  
operates erratically, replace the batteries.  
• Be sure to have fresh batteries ready to install  
before you remove the old batteries. The remote  
control’s memory only lasts about a minute with-  
out the batteries. If the memory is lost, you must  
re-enter the 3-digit manufacturer’s codes for your  
remote-controlled devices.  
SETTING UP THE REMOTE  
CONTROL  
1. Refer to “Manufacturers’ Codes” and write down  
the codes for your remote-controlled devices on  
the provided label.  
2. Press the device key for the remote control you  
CD VCR CBL TV AUX1  
AUX 2  
).  
are replacing (  
,
,
,
,
, or  
All  
Lts On  
SETUP  
PWR  
TV  
CD  
VCR  
CBL  
A/B  
Plug'n  
Power  
AUX 1 AUX 2  
On  
CH  
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3. Press down and hold SET UP until the red indica-  
tor blinks twice, then release it and enter the 3-  
digit manufacturer’s code  
.
All  
Lts On  
SETUP  
CD  
PWR  
TV  
VCR  
CBL  
A/B  
Plug'n  
Power  
AUX 1 AUX 2  
For example, to replace a Panasonic TV’s remote  
control (manufacturer’s code 051), press:  
TV SET UP 0 5 1  
When the indicator blinks twice again, you have  
correctly entered the code.  
4. Point the system’s remote control at your device  
and press PWR. The device should turn on (or off,  
if it was on).  
5. Repeat Steps 2–4 for additional devices.  
If the remote does not operate your device, try other  
codes listed in “Manufacturers’ Codes” for your brand  
of TV, VCR, cable converter, or other devices.  
If your device still does not respond, follow the steps  
outlined in “If You Have Problems.”  
Note: The punch-through feature is automatically  
turned on for the TV’s volume and mute controls. This  
means that when you select cable (CBL) and press one  
of the volume buttons or the mute button, the remote  
actually sends the codes to the television and not the  
cable converter. If you want to use your cable convert-  
er’s volume and mute controls, disable the punch-  
through feature for these buttons. See “Punch-  
Through.”  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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SETTING UP THE SYSTEM’S  
RF COMMAND CONSOLE  
After you set up the system’s remote control, just plug  
the RF command console’s power cord into any stan-  
dard AC outlet in the same room as your IR remote  
controlled devices (TV, VCR, cable box, and so on) and  
fully extend its antenna. Make sure the command con-  
sole is pointed at the devices you want to control..  
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OPERATION  
Each of the system’s remote control device keys are  
preset to control particular devices, as shown in this  
list.  
TV  
— TVs only  
CBL  
— Cable converters, satellite receivers, and video  
accessories  
VCR  
— VCRs, laser disc players, cassette decks, and  
digital audio tape decks  
CD  
— CD players, amplifiers, tuners, receivers, and  
miscellaneous audio products  
AUX 1  
— VCRs, laser disc players, cassette decks, and  
digital audio tape decks  
AUX 2  
— Cable converters, satellite receivers, and vid-  
eo accessories  
Plug ’n Power  
— Plug ’n Power or X-10 home automa-  
tion devices  
Follow these steps to use the system’s remote control.  
1. Press the device key for the device you want to  
control.  
All  
Lts On  
SETUP  
PWR  
CD  
VCR  
CBL  
TV  
Plug'n  
Power  
AUX 1 AUX 2  
A/B  
On  
CH  
3
1
2
2. Point the system’s remote control toward the  
device you want to control and press the desired  
command keys.  
All  
Lts On  
SETUP  
CD  
PWR  
TV  
VCR  
CBL  
A/B  
Plug'n  
Power  
AUX 1 AUX 2  
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Note: The command keys on the system’s remote  
control work the same as the keys on the device’s  
original remote control; however, the labeling  
might differ slightly.  
USING TWO OR MORE SIMILAR  
DEVICES  
Normally, you us each device key to control one of its  
listed devices (see “Operation”). However, if you have  
two or more of the same type of device (two TVs, two  
VCRs, and so on), you can convert any unused device  
key (TV, CBL, VCR, CD, AUX1, or AUX 2) to control an-  
other type of device.  
To convert a device key, press SET UP until the red in-  
dicator blinks twice, then press 9 9 2, (the key for the  
device you want to control), then (unused device key).  
For example, the following key strokes convert an un-  
used CBL key to a second VCR key.  
SET UP 9 9 2 VCR CBL  
To change the CBL key back to its original function, use  
the following sequence of key strokes:  
SET UP 9 9 2 CBL CBL  
OPERATING THE SYSTEM’S  
RF COMMAND CONSOLE  
After you set up the system’s remote control, follow  
these steps to operate your IR remote-controlled devic-  
es from anywhere in your house.  
1. Point the front of the command console towards  
the device(s) that you want to control.  
2. Press the appropriate device key on your sys-  
tem’s remote control, then the desired function  
keys.  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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SPECIAL FUNCTIONS  
Telephone Programming  
The telephone programming feature lets you have the  
manufacturers’ codes for your remote-controlled devic-  
es programmed into your remote control by phone! Just  
call 1-800-950-7044 and provide the Customer Service  
Representative with information about your IR remote-  
controlled devices. The codes are sent over the tele-  
phone lines to your remote control.  
Note:  
Your remote control’s telephone programming  
feature is designed to work with any telephone that  
meets current FCC specifications for hearing aid capa-  
bility. However, it might not work with some older cord-  
less telephones. For the best performance, we  
recommend using a corded phone.  
Follow these steps to have your system’s remote con-  
trol programmed by phone.  
1. Write down the brand name, model number, and  
manufacture date (if available) of your TV, VCR,  
cable box, or other devices that you want to pro-  
gram into your system’s remote control. Have this  
information ready when you call the Radio Shack  
Customer Service Representative.  
Note:  
If you are unsure of your remote controlled  
device’s specific model number or manufacture  
date, you can still have your system’s remote con-  
trol programmed by phone and then use the sys-  
tem’s Fast Search feature to find the specific code  
for your device (see “Fast Search”).  
2. Call 1-800-950-7044 and tell the Customer Ser-  
vice Representative what IR remote-controlled  
devices you want to program into your system’s  
remote control. Be sure to give the brand name,  
model number, and manufacture date (if known)  
of all devices you want to have programmed.  
3. After providing the brand and model information  
to the Customer Service Representative, press  
and hold SET UP until the red indicator blinks  
twice, then press PWR.  
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4. Hold the system’s remote control up to your tele-  
phone’s earpiece.  
Note: You must hold the telephone’s  
earpiece over the remote control’s  
battery compartment. If you do not,  
the system’s remote control might  
not be able to properly receive the in-  
formation coming over the phone.  
While the system’s remote control is  
receiving information, the red indica-  
tor blinks occasionally. When all pro-  
gramming is complete, the red  
indicator blinks twice.  
Fast Search  
If you have programmed the manufacturers’ codes for  
more than one of the same type of device, the remote  
control has a fast search feature that lets you quickly  
search all programmed device codes one at a time until  
you find the right code for the device you want to use.  
Note: After you have your remote control programmed  
by telephone, the remote control immediately goes into  
the fast search mode.  
1. To search the codes programmed for TV, point the  
remote control at your TV and press TV. The  
remote control sends the signal for the first pro-  
grammed TV code.  
2. Press 1. Your remote control sends the signal for  
the next programmed TV code.  
3. Continue pressing the digit keys (1, 2, 3, 4, and so  
on) until your TV responds.  
4. When your TV responds, press SETUP to lock in  
the code.  
5. Press TV, then PWR to be sure the TV responds.  
6. To fast search codes for another device, repeat  
Steps 1-5.  
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7. To exit the fast search mode, press SET UP.  
Note: You can search up to 11 codes for a particular  
device (TV, VCR, cable, and so on).  
Channel Scan  
The channel scan feature lets you scan through all  
channels on your TV, VCR, or cable box, stopping at  
each channel for about 3 seconds.  
To scan through available channels, first press the de-  
vice key (TV, VCR, or CBL). Then aim the system’s re-  
mote control at the device and press SCAN. The 6 in 1  
system automatically scans through available chan-  
nels. To stop scanning, press any key on the remote  
control.  
Note: If you are not using the command module, the re-  
mote control must be pointed at the device the entire  
time you use channel scan.  
Favorite Channel Scan  
The Favorite Channel Scan feature lets you set up your  
system’s remote control to scan through a list of up to  
10 channels you select.  
Follow these steps to set up a list of your favorite chan-  
nels.  
1. Press the desired device key (TV, VCR, or CBL).  
2. Press and hold down SET UP until the red indica-  
tor blinks twice.  
3. Release SET UP and press 9 9 6.  
4. Enter the number of the first channel, then press  
and release SET UP.  
For example:  
0 9 SET UP (for Channel 9)  
1 2 SET UP (for Channel 12)  
1 4 SET UP (for Channel 14)  
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Notes:  
You must enter a zero before a single-digit  
channel number (01, 02, 03, and so on).  
If you normally press ENTER after entering a  
channel number to change to a new channel,  
you must press ENTER instead of SET UP.  
5. Repeat Step 4 to continue entering channels you  
want to include in your favorite channel scan list.  
After you have entered the last channel number,  
hold down SET UP (the last time) until the red indi-  
cator light blinks twice.  
6. To scan through your favorite channels, press  
SCAN and keep the system’s remote control  
aimed at your TV. The remote control scans  
through the selected channels, stopping on each  
one for 3 seconds. To stop scanning, press any  
key on the remote control.  
Note: You can only set up the favorite channel scan  
feature for one device at a time. To clear the favorite  
channel list, press and hold down SET UP until the red  
indicator light blinks twice. Then press 9 9 6 SET UP  
SET UP, and hold down SET UP the last time until the  
red indicator light blinks twice.  
Sequences  
You can use AUDIO SEQ or VIDEO SEQ on your 6 in 1  
RF Remote Control System’s remote control to send a  
set of commands at the press of a button. Any se-  
quence of commands you regularly perform can be re-  
duced to a single keypress.  
For example, you might want to turn on your TV and ca-  
ble box, then set the cable box to Channel 3.  
Follow these steps to set up that sequence.  
1. Press and release TV, then press and hold down  
SET UP until the red indicator light blinks twice.  
2. Press 9 9 5 VIDEO SEQ.  
3. Enter the desired sequence. For example:  
TV PWR CBL PWR 0 3.  
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Note: If you normally press ENTER after entering  
a channel number, you must also include ENTER  
in your sequence.  
4. To store the sequence, press and hold down SET  
UP until the red indicator light blinks twice.  
Whenever you press the selected sequence key (AU-  
DIO SEQ or VIDEO SEQ), your system’s remote control  
sends the sequence of commands you entered.  
To erase a sequence, press the device key, then hold  
SET UP until the red indicator light blinks twice. Then  
press 9 9 5 and the key to which the sequence is as-  
signed (AUDIO SEQ or VIDEO SEQ). Press SET UP until  
the red indicator blinks twice again. The sequence is  
erased.  
Punch-Through  
The punch-through feature lets you alternately control  
two different devices without pressing the device keys  
for each one. Here’s how it works.  
The 6 in 1 RF Remote Control System’s remote control  
keys are not all used by every device. For example, a  
TV is often the only device that uses VOLUME. When  
you press TV, then press VCR, the functions of any keys  
not used by the VCR retain their TV functions. If your  
cable box or VCR has a volume control, you can turn  
off the punch-through feature to allow your cable con-  
verter or VCR to control the volume. If you want to con-  
trol volume through your cable converter, you must be  
in the cable mode. If you want to control the volume  
through your VCR, you must be in the VCR mode.  
For example, to turn off punch-through, with the remote  
in the cable mode, press and hold SET UP until the red  
indicator blinks twice. Then press 9 9 3 CBL. When the  
indictor blinks twice a second time, volume is controlled  
through your cable box.  
To turn on punch-through for the TV, press SET UP 9  
9 3 TV. When the indicator blinks twice a second time,  
the punch-through feature has been turned back on.  
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The punch-through feature does not work if the last two  
devices you select have the same (or similar) features.  
For example, most TVs and some cable converters  
have CHANNEL keys on their remote controls. In this  
case, you must press the desired device key before  
you use the remote control’s CH keys.  
Need help? Call 1-800-950-7044!  
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PLUG ’N POWER  
The Plug ’n Power feature lets you use the system to  
control lamps and appliances with Plug ’n Power mod-  
ules, available at your local Radio Shack store.  
Follow these steps to control Plug ’n Power modules  
with the system’s remote control and RF command  
console.  
1. Set the house code dial on top of your RF com-  
mand console to the same letter as your Plug ’n  
Power modules.  
2. Set the bank switch on the RF command console  
1-4  
for the group of modules you want to control (  
5-8  
). With the switch in the  
1-4  
position, you can  
or  
control module numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. With the  
5-8  
switch in the  
5, 6, 7, and 8 .  
position, you can control modules  
Plug ’n Power  
3. Press  
trol.  
on the system’s remote con-  
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4. To turn on all light and appliance modules with  
your remote control, press All Lts On (PWR) on the  
remote control, or ALL LIGHTS ON on the RF com-  
mand console.  
3
All  
Lts On  
SETUP  
CD  
PWR  
VCR  
CBL  
TV  
Pl g'n  
Note: This affects all light modules and wall  
switch modules set to the same house code as  
the command console.  
To turn off all light and appliance modules, press  
All Off on the system’s remote control, or ALL  
UNITS OFF on the RF command console.  
ENTER  
LAST  
0
VOL  
Dim  
PROG  
TV/VCR  
MUTE  
DISPLAY  
ALL  
OFF  
AUDIO SEQ  
SURROUND  
RECORD  
VIDEO SEQ  
SHIFT  
PAUSE  
Note: This affects all lamp, appliance, and wall  
switch modules set to the same house code as  
the command console.  
5. To turn on or off specific lamps and appliances  
using the remote control, press the appropriate  
digit key (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8) for the selected  
module. Then press On or Off on your remote  
control.  
.
On  
CH  
3
6
1
4
2
5
8
0
CH  
Off  
SCAN  
Brt  
7
9
VOL  
VOL  
ENTER  
LAST  
Dim  
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To control specific lamps and appliances directly  
from the RF command console, press the top but-  
ton of the corresponding module number (1, 2, 3, 4  
or 5, 6, 7, 8) to turn on the module. Press the bot-  
tom button to turn off the module.  
6. To brighten or dim lights connected to lamp and  
wall switch modules, turn on the specific module  
(as described in Step 5). Then press and hold Brt  
or Dim on the system’s remote control (or BRIGHT  
or DIM on the RF command console). Release the  
key when the desired brightness is reached.  
CH  
Off  
5
8
4
6
SCAN  
Brt  
7
9
VOL  
VOL  
ENTER  
LAST  
0
Dim  
PROG  
TV/VCR  
MUTE  
DISPLAY  
ALL  
OFF  
Note: You must turn lights on individually to use  
the dimmer. It does not work if you turned all the  
lights on at the same time from the system’s  
remote control or RF command console.  
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MANUFACTURERS’ CODES  
The following list tells you which 3-digit codes to enter  
to set up the 6 in 1 RF Remote Control System’s re-  
mote control.  
Notes:  
• Use the supplied label to record the manufactur-  
ers’ codes for your remote-controlled devices.  
• The system’s remote control is not always able to  
produce every command of your original remote  
controls.  
• A key on the system’s remote control that has the  
same name as a key on your original remote con-  
trol might have a slightly different function.  
SETUP CODES FOR TELEVISIONS  
Admiral  
Aiko  
093, 016  
092  
Akai  
030, 098  
Anam  
180, 068, 004  
161, 055  
Anam National  
AOC  
019, 030, 185, 137, 052, 003  
Archer  
15-8287 003  
Audiovox  
Bell & Howell  
Candle  
003, 180  
016, 154  
046, 186, 030, 056  
052  
Capehart  
Carver  
054  
Citizen  
030, 046, 060, 056, 092, 039,  
280, 186  
Concerto  
Contec  
Craig  
056  
158, 157, 185, 180  
180, 161  
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SETUP CODES FOR TELEVISIONS (continued)  
Crown  
039, 180  
Curtis Mathis  
Daewoo  
060, 030, 039, 154  
092, 019, 039, 067, 066, 091  
Daytron  
039  
049  
039  
Dynatech  
Electrohome  
Emerson  
236, 158, 180, 177, 185, 039,  
183, 178, 182, 179, 181, 282,  
280, 270  
Envision  
Fisher  
030  
154, 159  
179, 180, 171  
180  
Funai  
Futuretech  
GE  
047, 051, 055, 021, 027, 178,  
174, 279, 251, 282  
Goldstar  
060, 056, 178, 030, 019, 002,  
001, 106  
Hallmark  
178  
078  
Harman Kardon  
Hitachi  
151, 145, 227, 056, 038, 095,  
097, 173, 279  
Infinity  
Kenwood  
JVC  
054  
030  
053, 182, 069, 169  
Jensen  
KTV  
050  
185, 039, 180, 217, 280  
Kamp  
216  
Kawasho  
216, 308  
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