How to Program a Sony Universal Remote Control

by Jeff Grundy Google

    Most Sony home-entertainment equipment comes with some sort of remote. Consequently, if you have several pieces of Sony gear, keeping track of the multiple remotes can be a real chore. To streamline your A/V equipment, Sony offers a line of universal remote controls that enable you to control devices from Sony or other manufacturers, such as A/V receivers, cable boxes, DVD players, DVD recorders, DVRs and VCRs. When using a Sony universal remote, you'll find it works with many Sony devices right out of the box. With some Sony products, though, as well as those made by other companies, you must program the remote before you can use it with the device.

    Manual Programming with Codes

    Step 1

    Power on the component or device you want to program with the Sony universal remote.

    Step 2

    Locate the "Manufacturer's Code List" in the user guide or manual for the Sony universal remote. Browse down to the section displaying the type of device you want to program (i.e. TV or VCR.) Locate the manufacturer of the device in the list and note the numerical remote code.

    Step 3

    Press and hold the "SET" button. After two or three seconds, the LED next to the SET button lights up. While continuing to hold the "SET" button, press the button with the device name you want to program. For example, if you want to program the remote to control your DVD player, press the "DVD" button while holding down the "SET" button. Then release both buttons.

    Step 4

    Enter the 5-digit code number for the selected device using the number keys on the remote. After you enter the 5-digit code, the light next to the SET button flashes three times and turns off.

    Step 5

    Aim the Sony universal remote at the selected device. Press the device name menu button for the device, then use the remote to control the component normally.

    Using the Code Search Function

    Step 1

    Power on the component you want to control with the Sony remote control.

    Step 2

    Aim the remote at the device to control, then press and hold the "SET" button. While holding the SET button wait for the LED indicator next to it to light up, then press the button with the type of device you want to remote control. Release both buttons.

    Step 3

    Enter "922" using the number keys on the remote. The SET LED indicator flashes three times and then turns off. Continue aiming the remote at the component you want to control.

    Step 4

    Press and hold the "Play" button while the remote scans codes for the component. Once the device you want to control turns off, release the Play button. Press the circular button in the center of the four arrow buttons - it has a picture that resembles a cross hair. After you press the button, the SET indicator LED flashes three times and turns off.

    Step 5

    Press the device button for the component you programmed. Press the "Power" button to turn the device on again, and then use the remote to control the device normally.

    Programming by Brand Name

    Step 1

    Power on the component you wish to control with the Sony remote.

    Step 2

    Press and hold the "SET" key for at least two seconds, then press the "PRESET" key.

    Step 3

    Press the device button for the component you want to program into the remote (i.e. DVD or VCR.)

    Step 4

    Press the "Brand" key, then "OK." A list of brand names appears on the display screen of the remote. Touch the up and down arrow buttons on the display to scroll to the manufacturer name of the component to program.

    Step 5

    Aim the remote at the component and press the "TEST" key after highlighting the brand name of the device. The component turns off after you press the "TEST" key.

    Step 6

    Press the "OK" key on the remote after the component turns off. Press the device name key for the device on the remote, then press "Power" to turn the component on again.

    Tips

    • When programming by brand name on remotes with the feature, some manufacturer names may appear more than once in the list. If the brand name of your component appears more than once, you may have to try more than one in the list to find the correct code for your device.

    Warnings

    • Older Sony universal remotes may not be able to control Blu-ray disc players. However, if your Sony remote has a "Learning" feature, it may be able to learn the infrared frequencies required to control a Blu-ray player. Refer to the instruction manual for the remote to determine if your Sony remote has a "Learning" feature and instructions on its use.
    • Sony universal remotes work with equipment from most major manufacturers. However, the remote may not be compatible with some lesser-known brands not listed in the unit's user guide or owner's manual.

    Required Items

    • User guide or manual for the remote

    About the Author

    Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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