How to Program an RCA Universal Remote Control

by Adrian Grahams Google
    Pair your RCA remote with a range of video devices.

    Pair your RCA remote with a range of video devices.

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    If you're fed up with juggling multiple remote control handsets to operate your TV set, cable set-top box, satellite, digital-television converter, VCR or DVD recorder, then a universal remote control might help to simplify your viewing. The RCA universal remote control can operate the main functions on most audiovisual devices and you don't necessarily need to know the correct remote code to pair the device with the RCA remote control. While the RCA remote does offer a direct brand code input option, the device also offers automatic and brand code searching that can save you time if you can't find the user manual with the remote code for your video equipment.

    Program With Automatic Code Searching

    Step 1

    Power on the device that you want to operate with the RCA universal remote control.

    Step 2

    Press and hold the "VCR-DVD" button on the remote control if you want to operate either of these device types. While holding the button down, press "2" on the numeric keypad to pair with a VCR and "3" to pair with a DVD. Skip this step if you don't need to operate a VCR or DVD with the remote control.

    Step 3

    Press and hold down the correct button on the remote control for the type of device you want to operate. Press the "SAT" button for a satellite receiver, the "CBL" button for a cable set-top box and the "DTC" button for a digital-television converter. The RCA remote automatically scans for a TV set, so you don't need to press a button to pair with your TV.

    Step 4

    Press the "On-Off" button on the remote with your other hand while still holding down the device button.

    Step 5

    Point the remote control at the device. Press the "Play" button on the remote and wait for five seconds while the remote tests a batch of codes with the device. If the device stays powered on, press "Play" again to test another batch of codes. Repeat this step until the device switches off.

    Step 6

    Press the "Reverse" button on the remote and wait for two seconds. If the device powers on, press the "Stop" button. If it fails to power on, press "Reverse" again and wait two seconds. Repeat this step until the device turns back on and then press the "Stop" button to complete the pairing procedure.

    Program With Brand Code Searching

    Step 1

    Power on the device you want to control.

    Step 2

    Press and hold down the "VCR-DVD" button on the remote control. While holding the button down, press "2" on the numeric keypad for a VCR and "3" for a DVD. Skip this step if you don't need to operate a VCR or DVD.

    Step 3

    Find the brand code for your device in the list that shipped with the RCA remote. If you can't find this, check the RCA website (link in Resources).

    Step 4

    Press and hold down the device key -- "CBL," "SAT" or "DTC" -- that you want to program.

    Step 5

    Press and hold down the "On-Off" button at the same time. Release both buttons when the "On-Off" key lights up and stays on.

    Step 6

    Enter the brand remote code number with the remote control's numeric keypad.

    Step 7

    Point the remote at the device, and then press the "On-Off" button and wait for two seconds. If the device switched off, press the "Stop" key to store the code. If not, keep pressing "On-Off" and waiting for two seconds until the device switches off, and then press the "Stop" button.

    Program With Direct Brand Code Entry

    Step 1

    Switch on the device you want to operate.

    Step 2

    Press and hold down the "VCR-DVD" button on the remote control, then press "2" to pair with a VCR or "3" to pair with a DVD. Skip this step if you don't need to operate a VCR or DVD.

    Step 3

    Find the brand codes for your device in the code list that came with the remote.

    Step 4

    Press and hold down the device key that you want to program.

    Step 5

    Enter the first five-digit brand remote code with the numeric keypad while holding down the device key.

    Step 6

    Look at the "On-Off" key. If the key is lit, you've successfully paired with the device. If not, repeat the steps with each code in the list until the "On-Off" key stays lit.

    Tips

    • After pairing the remote control with each device, test the remote control to ensure it operates as many functions as possible. If it doesn't work for some functions, try a different code or programming method.

    About the Author

    Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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