Universal Remote Control Universal Remote Unifier URC 100 User Manual

Owner’s  
Manual  
 
Table of Contents  
Getting Started  
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Button Layout  
Basic Operation  
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Basic Setup  
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Pre-Programmed Method  
Learning Method  
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Volume Control Punch Through  
Advanced Setup  
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Own Two VCR’s? Set Aux to be VCR2  
Editing Device Names  
Macro Button Setup  
Erasing Settings  
Recalling Pre-Programmed Settings  
The Optional Expander  
Pre-Programmed Code Tables  
Specifications/Warranty  
 
T h e U n i f i e r  
Getting Started  
Congratulations!  
You’ve purchased one of the most advanced and easy  
to setup remote controls ever made. The Unifier’s  
built-in library includes thousands of different brands and  
models of remote controls. In most systems, all you have  
to do to setup the Unifier is enter which brands and  
models you own. If you own a component too new to be  
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in the library, the Unifier uses advanced DoubleTap  
learning technology to quickly set each Unifier button,  
one at at time. Setting up your Unifier to replace all your  
existing remote controls can be done in a few minutes.  
Basic Setup is described on pages 5 to 12.  
The Unifier’s exciting advanced features automate and  
customize operation in many ways. You could use  
Macro Setup to power on all of your components and  
start the show with the press of one button! With the  
Unifier’s unique macro capability you can automate the  
most complex home theater system. Any of the names on  
the display can be edited as you like. It is best to delay  
any Advanced Setup (described on pages 15 to 22) until  
after you finish Basic Setup.  
Battery Installation  
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Remove the battery compartment  
cover by pressing up the cover  
lock. Insert four AAA batteries into  
the battery compartment as shown  
in the diagram.  
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Button Layout  
LIGHT  
Button  
DISPLAY  
DEVICE  
Buttons  
SHIFT  
Button  
FUNCTION  
Buttons  
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T h e U n i f i e r  
Selecting a New DEVICE Changes  
All Button Commands Instantly  
The Unifier can operate eight different devices even  
though it is only one remote control. Let’s try it now!  
Press the CABLE DEVICE button. The top of the screen  
changes to CABLE. Now all of the buttons of the Unifier  
operate a Cable box. To operate any of the other devices,  
simply press one of the eight device buttons.  
CABLE  
DEVICE  
SHIFT  
Button  
Button  
The SHIFT Button  
Press SHIFT to access a second command for each  
button. While the Unifier is in SHIFT mode, the display  
will blink. If you don’t press a button within ten  
seconds, the Unifier will timeout and return to normal  
operation. The orange button labels indicate some of  
the commands available when you are in SHIFT mode.  
Note: The AUDIO device has unique SHIFT functionality.  
It can issue input commands to your A/V Surround Sound  
receiver by pressing the DEVICE buttons after SHIFT is selected.  
Light Button  
Press the LIGHT button to backlight all the buttons. To  
turn off the backlighting, press the LIGHT button again,  
or just wait ten seconds (the backlighting automatically  
shuts itself off).  
LIGHT  
Button  
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Basic Setup  
You can start setting up your Unifier using either the  
Pre-Programmed Method or the Learning Method.  
However, all the buttons of the Unifier are setup at once  
with the Pre-Programmed Method, so it is usually faster  
than the one-button-at-a-time Learning Method.  
Pre-Programmed Method  
Power on the A/V component you wish to setup, so that  
you can test codes by sending power off commands.  
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Refer to the pre-programmed code tables on pages  
25 - 46 and write down the code numbers listed  
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for your A/V component. The code numbers are  
listed by categories of devices, then by brand. See  
page 25 for a category list.  
Press and hold both the SHIFT and ENT (Enter)  
buttons for approximately three seconds. The top of  
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the display will blink “SET” then one of the eight  
device names. You are in SETUP mode now.  
Note: You have 30 seconds to perform a step while you are  
in SETUP mode. If you don’t press a button within that time,  
the Unifier will time out and return to normal operation.  
SHIFT  
ENT  
Button  
Button  
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Choose the name of the device you’d like to  
setup. Use the cursor LEFT or RIGHT buttons to  
change the flashing name.  
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For Example: I wanted to setup the TV Device button  
first, so I pressed the cursor LEFT or RIGHT until “TV”  
was flashing on the display.  
LEFT  
RIGHT  
Point the Unifier at the component, then enter the  
first three digit code number from your notes using  
the numbered buttons. After you enter each three  
digit code number, look at the component to see if  
it turned off.  
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Using the  
numbered  
buttons,  
enter the  
3 digit  
code  
number.  
Continue to enter code numbers until the  
component powers off.  
For Example: I have a Sony TV. I found the code  
numbers 070, 139,147, 126, 185, 194 and 085 under  
Sony in the TV TABLE. Using the numbered buttons on  
the Unifier, I entered 070 and looked at the TV. It  
didn’t turn off, so I entered 139, then 147 and so on,  
until I found the code that powered off the TV.  
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When the component turns off, save the code  
number you entered by pressing the LIGHT button.  
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LIGHT  
Button  
The Unifier responds by flashing SAVED on the  
display twice, then returns to normal operating  
mode.  
When the display shows a device name, you are  
back in normal operating mode. Now it’s time to  
test all the buttons. If some buttons don’t work, try  
repeating steps 1-6 with the remaining code  
numbers, to see if you can improve the match to  
your component.  
For Example: My Sony TV powered off with TV code  
number 147. However the number buttons didn’t work  
when I tested them. So, I repeated steps one to six, using  
other code numbers and eventually discovered that when  
code number 185 is set, all the buttons work perfectly.  
Repeat steps one through seven for each of your  
devices. In most systems, you can finish basic  
setup in just a few minutes and put all your old  
remote controls away.  
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Learning Method  
The Unifier can learn commands from your old remote  
controls one-button-at-a-time by following these simple  
steps:  
Line-up the Unifier with your old remote control,  
head-to-head, one or two inches apart.  
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Press and hold both the desired DEVICE button  
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and the SELECT button for approximately three  
seconds. The top of the display will show  
“LEARN”. You are in LEARN mode now.  
Note: You have 30 seconds to perform a step while you are  
in LEARN mode. If you don’t press a button within that time,  
the Unifier will time out and return to normal operation.  
DEVICE  
Buttons  
SELECT  
Button  
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Press any button you want to teach a command to.  
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Press  
any  
Button.  
Once you press a button, the top of the display will  
change from “LEARN” to “READY”.  
READY  
SHIFT Functions: You can teach a second additional  
command to a button by pressing the SHIFT button, then  
pressing the button you want to teach. Additionally, using  
the SHIFT button, you may teach commands to the  
DEVICE buttons themselves (on AUDIO only). Select the  
AUDIO device in Step 2, press SHIFT and then the Device  
button you want to teach.  
Press and hold the button on your old remote  
control until the display changes to “RETRY”.  
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RETRY  
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T h e U n i f i e r  
Press and hold the same button on your old remote  
control once again.  
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The Unifier’s unique DoubleTap learning technology  
ensures compatibility with the widest variety of remote  
controls ever!  
Once you have taught the button twice, the display  
will change to either “GOOD” or “FAILED”.  
If the “GOOD” label appears on top of the display  
and “SAVED” flashes on the bottom, you were  
successful. Now, press the next button you wish to  
teach (repeating steps 3 through 6 until you have  
learned all the buttons you want).  
If the “FAILED” label appears on top of the display,  
try to teach the same button in Unifier once again  
by repeating steps 3-6.  
Once you completed teaching all the buttons, save  
your work and return to normal operation by  
pressing the LIGHT button. Test all your new  
commands. If any of them don’t work, try learning  
again using these notes:  
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Move to another room. Plasma TVs, sunlight, halogen or  
quartz lighting can interfere with the learning process.  
Although the old remote control seems to work fine,  
change the batteries to fresh alkaline batteries.  
Vary the distance between the remote controls  
gradually. Try 1/4”, 1”, 2”and so on, up to 4 feet.  
Tap the button on the original remote control instead of  
pressing and holding it during the learning process.  
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Volume Control Punch Through  
In most home entertainment systems, the sound  
volume is only controlled by one device. In some  
systems, it is the TV speakers that make the sound, so  
you would use the TV device on the Unifier to raise  
and lower the volume. In another system, it might be a  
surround sound receiver and speakers that control the  
sound, so you would use the Unifier’s AUDIO device  
to adjust the volume. Constantly switching the Unifier  
to TV or AUDIO to adjust the volume is inconvenient  
in daily life.  
You can use Punch Through to set the Unifier’s  
volume buttons to always control the sound in your  
system. That way when the Unifier is set to VCR or  
DVD, the volume up, down and mute buttons will  
work perfectly without switching back to AUDIO or  
TV. Here’s how:  
Press and hold both the DEVICE button that  
doesn’t have volume control commands yet and  
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the MUTE button for about three seconds.  
For Example: You want to make the DVD volume buttons  
control the sound. Press and hold DVD and MUTE.  
DEVICE  
Buttons  
Mute  
Button  
Note: You have 30 seconds for each step, otherwise the  
Unifier will time out automatically.  
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The Unifier displays SET in the display.  
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SET  
Press the SHIFT button. The Unifier displays  
PUNCH in the display.  
PUNCH  
Press the Volume Up button. The display confirms  
by displaying “VOL”. This sets up the group of three  
buttons (Volume Up, Volume Down and Mute) in  
one action!  
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VOL  
Press the Device button for the device that has the  
Volume control commands you want (i.e.,TV for  
systems using the TV speakers, AUDIO for systems  
with surround sound receivers). The bottom of the  
display will flash “SAVED”.  
The Unifier will flash the device’s name twice and  
return to operating mode.  
Repeat steps 1-5 until all your other devices (VCR,  
CABLE, CD, etc.) operate the volume perfectly.  
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Note: The Punch Through feature is not limited to  
volume and can also be applied to other groups of  
buttons. If you find yourself switching to a particular  
device frequently to use a group of controls, consider  
using Punch Through for another group, as listed here:  
VOL - Volume Up, Volume Down and Mute  
CH UP- Channel Up, Channel Down and Prev. Channel  
PLAY - Play, Stop, Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward  
GUIDE - Guide, Menu, Info, Exit, Up, Down, Left, Right, Sel  
POWER On - Power On and Power Off  
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Advanced Setup  
After you’ve finished all your basic setup, you can  
choose to make operation easier by customizing the  
Unifier just the way you want, using the Advanced Setup  
features described in this section.  
Own Two VCR’s?  
Set Aux to be VCR2  
Any device button can be setup for ANY type of  
component (for example, you can make the AUX device  
button operate a second VCR). To setup a device button  
for a different type of component, use these steps:  
Power on the A/V component you wish to setup, so that  
you can test codes by sending power off commands.  
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Refer to the pre-programmed code tables on pages  
25 - 46 and write down the code numbers listed  
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for your A/V component.  
Press and hold both the SHIFT and ENT (Enter)  
buttons for approximately three seconds. The top  
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of the display will blink “SET” for a moment.  
SHIFT  
ENT  
Button  
Button  
Note: You have 30 seconds for each step, otherwise the  
Unifier will time out automatically.  
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T h e U n i f i e r  
In this step you choose the name of the device  
you’d like to setup. Use the cursor LEFT or RIGHT  
buttons to change the flashing name.  
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For Example: I want to setup AUX as my second VCR,  
so I press the cursor LEFT or RIGHT until “AUX”  
appears in the display.  
LEFT  
RIGHT  
Press the MUTE button, then use the left and right  
buttons to select the type of component you plan  
to operate with this device button.  
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For Example: I want to operate a VCR, so I press the  
cursor LEFT or RIGHT until “VCR” appears in the display.  
Note: Each name that appears in the display may  
include several types of components. For example, the  
SAT category includes Digital Video Recorders like  
those from TiVo and Replay. See page 25 for a list of  
component types each Code Table contains.  
Point the Unifier at the component, then enter the  
first three digit code number from your notes  
using the numbered buttons. After you enter each  
three digit number, look at the component to see  
if it turned off. Continue to enter code numbers  
until the component powers off.  
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When the component powers off, save by pressing  
the LIGHT button. The Unifier responds by  
flashing SAVED on the display twice, then returns  
to normal operating mode.  
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