How to Program a Jumbo Universal Remote without Codes?

How to Program a Jumbo Universal Remote without Codes?

What is a Universal Remote?

A universal remote control is a particular remote that can control many devices, such as TVs, DVD players, cable boxes, and more. Instead of having a separate remote for each device, you need one universal remote. This makes it much easier to watch TV and movies without having to juggle multiple remotes.

Why Program a Universal Remote? 

When you first get a universal remote, it doesn’t know how to control your specific devices yet. That’s where programming comes in. Programming tells the remote what codes to use for your TV, DVD player, etc. Once programmed, your universal remote can control all those devices properly.

Getting Ready to Program:

Before programming, you need to gather a few things:

– Your universal remote control

– The instruction manual for the remote

– A list of code numbers for your devices (usually in the manual or online)

– The devices you want to control (have them plugged in and turned on)

Having the manuals and codes on hand makes programming much more straightforward.

Programming by Entering a Code:

One of the easiest ways to program a universal remote is by entering a code number. Here are the steps:

  1. Turn on the device you want the remote to control.
  2. Pick the mode button on the remote for that device (TV, DVD, Cable, etc.)
  3. Press and hold the mode button until a light blinks on the remote.
  4. Use the number buttons to enter the code for your device brand.
  5. Once the code is entered, point the remote at the device and press a button, such as power or channel up/down, to test if it works.

The device should respond to the remote buttons you pressed if the code is correct. If not, try entering a different code number and testing again.

Searching for the Right Code:

If you don’t know the specific code for your devices, many universal remotes can search through a library of codes until they find the right ones. The process goes like this:

  1. Turn on the device.
  2. Pick the mode button for that device type.
  3. Press the mode button and power button together until the light blinks.
  4. Press the play button and wait. The remote will send out a code.
  5. If the device doesn’t turn off, press play again to try a new code.
  6. Keep pressing play every 5 seconds until the device turns off.
  7. Once off, press reverse, and the device should turn back on when the correct code is found.
  8. Press stop to save that code for the device.

The search process can take a few minutes as the remote cycles through hundreds of codes. Be patient and keep trying until you get a working code.

Using the Remote’s Learning Function:

Some advanced universal remotes can learn signals directly from your original remote controls. This lets the universal remote copy the exact codes. The steps are:

  1. Put the universal remote into learning mode (check the manual)
  2. Put the original remote head-to-head with the universal remote so the IR sensors line up
  3. On the universal remote, press the button you want to program (like volume up)
  4. Then press the volume up on the original remote
  5. The universal remote captures that signal and assigns it to the button you picked
  6. Repeat for every button function you need

Learning can take time if you need to program many buttons, but it ensures the universal remote can fully control each device.

Programming from a Computer:

A few universal remote brands, like Logitech Harmony, let you program using a computer instead of manually entering codes on the remote. You just connect the remote to a computer, go to the manufacturer’s website, and follow the online setup instructions. This eliminates a lot of the guesswork.

Tips for Programming Success:

Programming a universal remote isn’t too hard, but here are some tips that can make it go smoother:

– Have your manual handy so you can refer to the programming instructions

– Make sure devices are plugged in and turned on before programming

– Keep fresh batteries in the remote while programming

– Write down any codes you get working in case you need to reprogram them later

– Be patient and keep trying if you don’t get a code to work on the first few tries

With some patience, you can set up your universal remote to control all your devices with just one controller instead of a handful of remotes.

Universal Remote Programming Codes:

For reference, here are some of the most common device codes that can be used when programming a universal remote:

TV Codes

Samsung: 0032, 0033

Sony: 0639, 0749  

Panasonic: 0703, 0776

LG: 0035, 0105

Vizio: 0766, 1756

DVD Player Codes  

Sony: 0904, 0905

Panasonic: 0621, 0677

Samsung: 0608, 0790

LG: 0703, 0855

Cable/Satellite Box Codes

Comcast: 0276, 0477

DirecTV: 0642, 0724

Dish Network: 0629, 0696  

Cox: 0054, 0457

Audio Receiver Codes

Sony: 0325, 0326

Denon: 0635, 0994

Pioneer: 0119, 0590

Samsung: 0032, 0060

This is just a small sample of codes. If you need an extended code list, check your remote’s instruction book or the manufacturer’s website.

Programming Your Universal Remote Made Easy:

There you have it—everything you need to know about programming your universal remote control! By following the steps for manually entering codes, searching for codes, or using learning capabilities, you can set up one remote to control your entire home entertainment system.

You are having a single universal remote beat juggling multiple remotes any day. It keeps your coffee table clean and makes watching TV, movies, and playing games much more convenient. Just grab your new programmed universal remote, and you’re in control! The hardest part is taking the time to set it up properly in the first place.