Originally Posted by MarcInOC
Kind of pulling my hair out over this, so I hope someone can help. We have a simple set up in one of our rooms. A Plasma TV connected to a Cox Cable/DVR box, and a Blue Ray Player. Our old remote was a URC that a A/V installer set up for us. It was an RF type, so we have our components in a cabinet. It worked well for several year, but lately not so much. I just purchased a URC RF20 remote, which also has RF capability, along with a new RF Blaster.
I've been able to input the correct identifier numbers for the three components into the remote, but I'm have a difficult time beyond that. I've been able to set up a couple of macros for turning on and off the TV and Cable box, but they don't always work. The old remote macro turned on the TV, switched to an HDMI input, and turned on the cable box.
I've tried to use the "Learn" mode on the RF20 to import the old macro but that doesn't seem to work. I've also tried the "Learn" mode using the Cox remote with the RF20, and that doesn't seem to work too well either.
I would just like to be able to turn on and off the TV with the new remote (with the HDMI input), and also have the Cable Box always on. Now it turns off when the TV turns off.
That sounds like you've included the Power command for the cable box in the macro which you don't want if you want the cable box to always remain ON. So, for example, your Power On Macro would look something like this: TV > ON > Pause > Pause > HDMI 1 > Main > Cable Box
So, all this Macro is doing is turning your TV on, going to the input that your cable box is plugged into and putting the remote in Cable Box mode. Note
: Pause is 0.5 seconds so put in as many as you need to give the TV time to turn on and accept the command to go to the proper HDMI input. Actually, assuming your Cable Box is your main source, you can leave out the HDMI input command since it will more than likely already be on the right input when you turned the TV off before you went to bed the night before. This is what I do and it works out well. Even if you watched a DVD at some point during the night, just make sure when you're done you execute the Cable Box Macro (we'll get to that one next) and your TV will always be on the right input for Cable Box viewing the next time you turn it on.
My Power On/Off macro looks like this: Audio > ON > Main > TV > ON > Main > DVR#1 (Note
: I use a AVR, hence my first steps are Audio > ON)
Now, your device macros are different than your Power On/Off macro in that they'll require you to hold the device button down to execute them, as opposed to the Power On/Off macro that only requires a quick press to execute. The reason for this is that you want to still be able to access a device without executing it's macro, hence, these device macros will begin with the Pause command (2 or 3) meaning you will hold down the device button for a second or two to execute it.
Okay, so your DVD macro might look like this: Pause > Pause > TV > Pause > Pause > HDMI 2 > Main > DVD > Power
(The TV should now be on the right input and the remote is in DVD mode). (Note
: I didn't include the ON command for your TV because I'm assuming your system was already up and running when you decided to watch a DVD).
And your Cable Box macro: Pause > Pause > TV > Pause > HDMI 1 > Main > Cable Box
: don't include a Power command because you want the Cable Box to always remain on).
One last thing worth mentioning is that the macros I've suggested assume you've input a code into the RF20 for your TV that includes a command to choose the various inputs of your TV. And if necessary, learn individual commands that the pre-set codes might be missing.
This may all seem a bit daunting if you've never done it before but take your time, read the manual and you'll find out just how capable the RF20 is....good luck.