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PodCapsule #6 - Getting Control of Your Gear

Today, every electronic component you add to your home theater system, whether it be a TV, DVD player, DVR, cable box, or even game systems, all seem to come with their own remote control. Sooner or later, you may end up juggling eight or more remotes in order to operate your system. Tune in to PodCapsule #6 to get a better understanding of what a "universal" remote really is, how to set up a macro, how to finally conceal all your A/V components without limiting your ability to control them, and more!

-hosted by Matt Whitlock

Why I returned my Sony RM-AV3100 universal remote...


Got the new TV. Love it.

Got the new DirecTV receiver. Pretty much have it working the way I want it to.

Got the Sony RM-AV3100 "Integrated Remote Commander". Not sure I'm keeping it.

Here's what I'm thinking...

Infra Red Signals - The Bi-Phase (RC-5) Format.

Written by Guy Kuo

Much of the data here was builds on and borrows information from the
Pulse Width Method document by Barry Gordon. You should read that
document and understand how to decode pulse width modulated codes. This document
covers decoding of RC5 phase modulated codes.

The Pronto learned hex code is a series of hexadecimal numbers. The first four of which have special meaning.

Infrared Signals - Pulse Width Method

Written by Barry Gordon

This document describes the format of learned IR codes as they are displayed in ProntoEdit program. It is assumed that the reader has a working familiarity with the Philips Pronto remote control and the ProntoEdit software system.

Adding JP1 to the RCU810

Adding a JP1 connector to the RCU810 remote is a little bit more complicated that adding one to a remote like the Cinema 7, so I have outlined the steps involved here.

First you have to take the remote apart. Remove the screw in the battery compartment, then pry the two sides apart. Read Tommy Tyler's Instructions if you have difficulty doing this. Personally, I slide an old credit card into the crack at the lower end of one side, and proceed to seperate the two parts.

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