Understanding Universal Remote Codes

How to make sense of universal remote control codes

When you get a universal remote control, you will need to configure it to recognize your television, VCR/DVD player, cable box, and auxiliary channel. This may seem confusing at first, but there's actually a rather simple method to the madness. If your universal remote control is made by the same manufacturer as all connected equipment, you may not need to worry about entering codes as they may be preprogrammed. However, if you've opted for an aftermarket universal remote, you'll need to enter codes when you set up the device so that it is able to control all your media equipment.

Default Universal Remote Codes

A universal remote control usually comes with the following default settings:

  • Television: 000
  • VCR/DVD player: 000
  • Cable box: 000

The default auxiliary (AUX) setting may vary, but you don't really need to worry about programming it unless you have a technical reason to access your system's auxiliary channel.

If you're wondering how to program a universal remote, the first thing you need to do is enter the three-digit code that corresponds to the television, VCR/DVD player, and cable box in your home. You can do this one of two ways: you can load the code from a list, or you can use the remote to search for the proper device code. While the exact steps may vary depending on your particular universal remote, the process is fairly uniform.

Here's how to load codes from a list:

  1. Consult the list of device brands in your user's manual.
  2. Press and hold the "code search" button.
  3. Select the device you want to enter the code for (TV, VCR/DVD, cable box).
  4. Enter the corresponding code.
  5. Repeat for all devices you want to connect.

You can also search for the right code by doing the following:

  1. Turn on the device you want to connect.
  2. Press and hold the "code search" button.
  3. Press and then release the on/off button for the device you want to connect.
  4. Release the "code search" button.
  5. Turn off the device you want to connect.

The proper code should generate automatically after you follow these steps. If you have any problems, check your owner's manual or contact the universal remote manufacturer for assistance.

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