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- Compatible in IR mode with most DirecTV receivers
- Built-in RF feature allows the remote to control the receiver without having to point it at the receiver
- Receivers with compatible RF include R16, R22, H21, H22, H23, H24, HR21, HR22, HR23, HR24, HR34 and C31
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The RC66RX has more codes available than it's predecessors (RC65RX, RC65R and RC64R). It can do everything the Infrared(IR) can do, and more. It's Radio Frequency (RF) capable, so you don't have to point your remote at your receiver to control it. You change channels from other rooms. Older model receivers may require an antenna to use this remote in RF mode (look for remote antenna input on the back panel of the receiver). This remote will also work in IR mode if your receiver is not RF capable (must change remote to IR mode).
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So I start by searching "cheapest remote" on Amazon and while reading some reviews I see this DirectTV remote recommended by a few people. Then I find out it has an online database with remote codes - I ordered immediately!
Remote gets here a couple days later and my first impression is "dang this thing is built like a tank!" I will be fully surprised if this remote doesn't last 10 years like all my other (non-Logitech) remotes. It is very solid and the buttons feel great. If I were to guess, I'd say the remote cost more to build than they are selling for.
Programming - this was both easy and difficult (see below)
The easy part is the online database (on the DirectTV website). I was able to type in the brand of: home theater receiver, TV, and Blu-ray player and get a recommended code as well as a list of alternate codes if the first one didn't work. In each case, the first suggested code worked correctly (however I didn't "think" it was working as I will explain).
The difficult part - there are a number of "secret codes" you may need to look up in order to get everything working as expected. These don't seem to be written down in any one place, I found them within various DirectTV forum/help pages. The issue arises from this remote being targeted for use with a DirectTV box (duh). So for example when you program in your TV, the volume buttons seem to do nothing. The input button seems to do nothing. Other stuff works. So if you are like me, you go back and try other codes and basically you don't get it working. So the trick is, you need these various 3-digit codes which bypass the DirectTV functions. You will know this is the case if you press a button (like volume up), and look at which LED lights up at the top - it defaults to go to the DTV receiver no matter what the slider switch is set to. So to fix this:
Activate TV INPUT button:
Mode switch to TV
Press and hold Mute and Select until the LED blinks twice
Enter: 9 6 0
If the LED flashes twice after entering 9 6 0, the Input button is enabled. If it flashes four times you've turned the Input button Off and need to repeat the above step to enable it again.
(now input goes to TV)
Send volume commands to home theater receiver:
Mode switch to AV2
Hold Mute + Select
Enter 9 9 3
(Now volume goes to AV2)
Bottom line: This is probably the best made inexpensive universal remote, and possibly one of the best made remotes period. The online code lookup is way more convenient than flipping through hundreds or thousands in a tiny printed manual. Programming is easy but watch out for the "secret codes" I mentioned in the review, as some of your buttons may appear to not work but they are mostly likely going to the DTV output and need to be remapped.
This remote is larger in size and easier to use.
The setup was a breeze and took less than 5 minutes to complete. The original black and white remote will be put aside as a back up remote. I may even buy another one of these remotes for my other TV set. Also for those who say this doesn't work etc. This is an OEM original Directv remote.
The price with overnight shipment was dirt cheap and Amazon delivered as promised.
That's the only thing I don't like about these remotes. It'd be nice if DirecTV had put the device selector slider on the right hand side of the remote so you could change it with your thumb, instead of making it a two-hand operation as it is now. But for this price, I'll live with it.