Universal Remote Control Universal Remote MRF 260 User Manual

MRF-260 Installation Manual  
Optimizing Narrow Band Reception  
with Complete Control Remotes  
Universal Remote Control  
The MRF-260 base station is an “addressable” base station. RF  
Addressing gives you the ability to control as many as 60 identical  
components throughout a house. To enable better range and reliabili-  
ty the MRF-260 is equipped with the Narrow Band RF reception (like  
the MRF-350), so is only compatible with other Narrow Band remotes.  
NOTE: The MRF-260 is ONLY compatible with Narrow Band remotes: the  
current versions of the MX-3000, MX-950, MX-900, TX-1000, MX-850, MX-650  
and the MX-350 remote controls. The MRF-260 is compatible with all MX-  
950s, MX-900s and TX-1000s, but is NOT compatible with MX-850, MX-650  
or MX-350 remote controls manufactured before November 1, 2006 or an  
MX-3000 built before April, 2005. You can identify the build date of a remote  
control by looking at the serial number. The first 6 digits indicate the build  
date. If the serial number appears as 122905 014054, the first 6 digits indicate  
that the remote was built on December 29, 2005.  
1. MX/TX remote controls send  
radio waves in every direction, so  
your client enjoys “No More  
Pointing” operation!  
2. The MRF-260’s integrated Narrow  
Band RF receiver receives com-  
mands from any Narrow Band  
remote control.  
3. The MRF-260’s built-in Front  
Blaster sends commands to compo-  
nents in the same cabinet space as  
the MRF-260.  
4. Self-adhesive “Flashers” affix to the  
front panels of your clients compo-  
nents (over the built-in IR sensor).  
The Flashers relay commands to  
components out of sight of the MRF-  
260s Front Blaster. The flashers plug  
in to the MRF-260s rear flasher line  
outputs via their 10 foot cables.  
Uniquely, the MRF-260 can also con-  
nect to rear panel IR Inputs via its  
two adjustable Outputs.  
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Features and Benefits  
Interference Rejection and Extended Range via Narrow Band  
The MRF-260 receives RF (radio frequency) signals via its integrated  
RF receiver and antenna. The MRF-260 displays RF interference via a  
bright red Status LED, which flickers when interference is present if the  
ID is set to 0. Simply relocate the MRF-260 should interference occur.  
Two Fixed IR Outputs  
The MRF-260 is equipped with two fixed IR line outputs with standard  
3.5 jacks for standard IR emitter/flashers.  
Two Variable IR Outputs Match Rear Panel IR Inputs  
The MRF-260 is equipped with two adjustable IR line outputs. Each  
output can be individually matched to rear panel IR inputs on any  
component that is designed to be operated by a standard IR repeater.  
The outputs utilize a 3.5mm jack and are compatible with standard IR  
emitter/flashers as well.  
Up To Fifteen Equipment Locations With Identical Components  
Each MX/TX remote is “addressable.” They can be programmed to  
specifically control components in a particular room by installing an  
MRF-260 base station at each location. In operation it’s simple: when  
you select a device located in the Den, the MX/TX remote only sends  
commands to the Den. When you select a device located in the  
Family Room, the MX/TX remote only sends commands to it.  
A Single MRF-260 Can Control an Array of Identical Components  
or Identical Zones of a Multi Zone Preamp/Matrix Switcher  
Each MRF-260 has four “addressable” IR Line Outputs. For example,  
you can control up to four identical TVs with one MRF-260 or route  
volume commands for a specific zone to a particular zone IR input on  
a multi-zone preamp. If you have more than four identical compo-  
nents or zones, up to 15 additional MRF-260s can be installed to con-  
trol them (thus allowing up to 60 identical components or zones in  
one house).  
Parts Guide  
The MRF-260 RF Base Station includes:  
1 - MRF-260 Base Station  
1 - Mounting Plate for wall mounting  
the MRF-260  
4 - Screws for wall mounting  
1 - 9V-300mA Power Supply  
4 - Visible Flashers with 10 foot plug in  
4 - Extra self adhesive pads for  
12 - Labels for IR Line Outputs  
1 - Screwdriver for Variable Outputs  
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1. Unplug the MRF-260. Test all IR commands and macros line of  
2. Power on all AV components including the TV. Turn on all of the  
lights and lower all dimmers to 50%. Power on anything that  
may create RF Interference (particularly devices with high speed  
microprocessors or hard drives).  
3. Check that the address wheel on the rear of the MRF-260 is set  
to ID#0 (the interference “sniffing” position).  
Check that the arrow pointer in the center of the wheel is pointed to 0, the  
default “interference sniffing” position. If it is not, use a small flat blade  
screwdriver (included) to set the RF ID# to 0.  
4. Connect the MRF-260 to its DC wall adapter and plug the wall  
adapter into a live AC outlet. Place the MRF-260 in a location at  
least 3 feet away from satellite receivers, cable boxes, HDTV  
tuners, DVRs, PCs or any other device with a high speed micro-  
processor (these generate broad band Radio Frequency  
Interference -RFI). Of course, you should keep in mind that the  
emitter cables are 10’ long.  
The green POWER LED indi-  
cates that the MRF-260 is  
powered on.  
The red STATUS LED flashes  
differently, based on the  
Address setting:  
The Status LED flashes  
when it receives ANY RF  
signal, including RFI. This  
makes ID#0 ideal for “sniff-  
ing” out RFI.  
The Status LED flashes ONLY  
when it receives a correctly  
addressed RF command.  
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5. Observe the Status LED of the MRF-260. If it is glowing or flick-  
ering you must relocate the MRF-260 to a location where the  
LED doesn’t flicker.  
If your installation location simply doesn’t offer you any choice  
and you are detecting interference everywhere you place the  
MRF-260, you have two last resort options:  
a. Remove the MRF-260’s antenna. This will reduce the  
range enormously, but may still be enough for this client.  
b. Admit defeat and install the two piece MRF-350 base  
station, which can have the RF Antenna module remote-  
ly located (even in another part of the house).  
7. Once you have found a location that is absolutely free of RFI  
with everything on, test to see if the range is ade-  
quate and that macro reliability is perfect. Start  
with the antenna angle set to 45 degrees and posi-  
tioned so that the long side of the antenna is fac-  
ing the customers favorite seating position.  
When testing, set both the remote and the MRF-260 to the same  
valid RF ID#. Keep in mind that zero (0) is not a valid RF ID#.  
Watch the Status LED on MRF-260 - it should light every time  
you press a button on the remote. This confirms that the signal  
was received and understood perfectly. If you repeat any button  
press multiple times and the Status LED lights correctly every  
time, you have no interference and a very reliable installation. If  
some of the presses do not light the Status LED, you still have  
some RFI. Your best strategy is return to step 3 and try to find a  
better location for the MRF-260.  
8. Now that the location is fixed, connect each of the emitters to  
the appropriate IR output and run the cable to the appropriate  
component. Do not attach the emitters to the front panel yet!  
Utilize the included preprinted labels to identify which emitter  
goes to which component. If you’d like to make your own, the  
slots for the labels have been sized at 12mm to enable a Brother  
P-Touch 12mm label to fit perfectly.  
NOTE: TiVo, Replay TV, other DVRs, Satellite Receivers and Cable  
Boxes are all extremely sensitive to IR overload or saturation. For  
this reason, it is recommended that you always connect the IR  
flashers for these types of component to the Variable IR Outputs of  
the MRF-260.  
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Test a few commands for each device before fixing the flasher in  
place on the front panel of a device.  
Since TiVo, Replay TV, Satellite Receivers and Cable Boxes are all  
extremely sensitive to IR overload or saturation, you should test  
them thoroughly. Put up the on screen guide and test the navigation  
arrows. Compare operation via RF to the original remote control.  
Operation should be identical. RF is not slower. If operation is  
inconsistent or sluggish, lower the IR line output and/or reposition  
the flasher.  
If you still have sluggish operation, check that the remote control is  
set to a particular LINE OUT, rather than ALL. When IR commands  
are sent to all the flashers in a cabinet, you can have difficulty  
adjusting the IR Output. Reprogram the remote control to send IR  
commands only via a specific (1-4) Line Output, then readjust the  
IR Line Output level.  
Note: Remember, the MRF-260 will NOT respond if you select IR  
line outputs 5 or 6. The MRF-260 has only four IR Line Outputs.  
1. Connect an IR emitter to each IR output and run the emitter  
wire to the front panel of each component. DO NOT STICK the  
emitter in place. ADJUST the level first.  
2. Adjust each of the IR Output levels for best operation. If the  
component operates best at minimum level, but is still operating  
sluggishly or intermittently, move the emitter farther away from  
the components IR sensor.  
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Front Blaster Overload  
A few models of audio/video components can be overloaded by the  
Front Blaster. If you are having intermittent or inconsistent results  
with a particular component, try repositioning the MRF-260 and  
facing the Front Blaster in a different direction. If this improves the  
situation but is impractical, it may be necessary to utilize the self-  
adhesive flashers only and follow the steps below to Disable the  
Front Blaster. This will limit the number of components your MRF-  
260 can control to four. If you have more than four components  
you can purchase an additional MRF-260 or upgrade to an MRF-  
Disabling the Front Blaster - Step by Step via PC  
Note: If you are programming a URC MX “addressable” remote  
control that sets up without a PC, refer to the owners manual to dis-  
able the Front Blaster.  
Open the PC software, then plug the MX PC programmable remote  
control into the PC. Open your saved configuration and follow  
these steps to turn off the front blaster:  
Step 1 - Open the RF Setup Window  
The RF Setup window opens after selecting RF Control or Settings  
from the Program Menu of most MX/TX editors or from the Main  
Menu of the ProWizard.  
Step 2 - Setup the Receiver  
Extend the RF Setup window by clicking on the  
RECEIVERS button.  
Step 3 - Turn off the Front  
Click on the cell in the IR  
column. A list box will  
appear. Select OFF from  
the list.  
Next, click on Close to apply your change.  
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Controlling Four Identical Components/Zones  
There are several considerations to take into account when you are  
installing an MRF-260 to control an array of identical components:  
1. The RF ID# cannot be set to Code 0, the universal setting. You  
must use one of the fifteen unique IR Routing addresses.  
2. Each identical component must receive IR commands ONLY  
from a dedicated Flasher affixed to its front panel or a rear panel  
direct IR input. The SIGNAL of the remote should be set to RF  
ONLY for each identical component. IR can still be utilized for  
other devices in your system!  
3. You must note the NUMBER of the Flasher Output you have uti-  
lized for EACH of the identical components.  
Identical Components/Zones - Step by Step via PC  
Step 1 - Create and Program a Device for Each Component/Zone  
Try to name each device with a descriptive title. At a minimum,  
label them TV1, TV2, TV3 and so on.  
Step 2 - Open the RF Setup Window  
The RF Setup window opens after selecting RF Control from the  
Program Menu or from the ProWizard’s Main Menu. The RF Setup  
window is composed of a “spread sheet” of options for EACH of  
your devices.  
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