My Learning Remote + Others
I use a Philips 7-Device SRP5107/17 Learning Remote
, a 2012 model in the always-evolving SRP Series. Newer versions of this SRP Series should operate about the same. Got mine at my Walmart store.
SRP5107/17 User Manual
. WM model (SRP5107WM/17). Early version with L1 and L2 buttons at bottom center.
SRP5107/27 User Manual
. Widely available model (SRP5107/27). Current version at WM & elsewhere with L1 and 3D buttons at bottom center.
Remote Control Code Finder
, code search tool.
SRP5107/27 at eBay, ~$6
SRP5107/27 at Walmart, in-stores only.
Similar 7-device model = SRP6207/27
Looks identical to my 5107 model except says it has "Glow in the dark buttons"
Similar 8-device model = SRU5108WM/27
A page of remotes at Amazon
, incl. an SRP5107.
8-device Sony RM-VLZ620L
Learning Remote that look good. At Amazon for $16
When searching, make sure remote is "Learning." Click product pic, then thumbnail pic, then use zoom tool to look for learn or set button, usually top-left.
SRP models are ~5-1/4" long x 2" wide at top, sculpted (wavy) bottom 1" thick at base and 5/8" thick in center and at top... nice size and feel. Two circles and two rocker buttons for easy finding of keys by feel. Only the Device keys are backlit. Remembers device codes thru battery change. It controls TV volume and mutes it when using any Device connected to the TV, without having to press the TV Device button!
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My remote takes the place of five
remotes in my main stack: 3575, 2160/513/515, HDR5710
, Vizio HDTV, and old Panasonic AV receiver. It has codes for over 625 brands, 60 buttons max learned memory. Tivo/Replay DVR-specific buttons (blue) for those DVRs. I have cable TV, no box.
For learning commands:
1-Press SRP Device button, SRP light blinks once.
2-Simultanesouly press and hold SRP LEARN button and SRP function button to be taught until light blinks twice and stays on. Release SRP buttons.
3-Place or hold remotes head-to-head 2-3" apart.
4-Press and hold the OEM remote button to be learned. SRP light stays on until command is learned, then blinks twice, then off.
Make sure you hold
the source/OEM remote button down until AFTER the SRP light STOPS blinking to indicate it has learned that command. Also, keep trying
if a command fails to take on first try. For other devices, see special notes that might apply to you here
Note: An SRP button can be taught the same action under different Device buttons... can even be a different
action. The Device button "determines" the action. If you have Mag and Philips DVDRs like I do, the color buttons are great for this. Example in my system: Yellow button for TV (ANT) input and Rec mode for both Mag and Philips, all taught separately under their Device button. I also taught Timer for both DVDRs under the Green button.
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|My Device Codes (these codes set each device's primary functions:|
|3211 for Vizio LCD TV, under TV button.|
|1056 for Mags, under DVR button.|
|2195 for Philips, under DVD button.|
|2153 for Pan AVR, under AUX button.|
|HD button is for any other device.|
|Learned, SRP BUTTON > DVR/DVD Function:|
|Place remotes ~2-3" apart. Hold source button down until SRP light stops blinking. Device code above sets primary device functions unless learned otherwise.|
|• MENU > Setup/Menu... 2nd press exits menu(s) no matter how deep. EXIT button backs out one menu at a time like our Back/Return button.|
|• GUIDE > Title List... for HDD & DVD titles. 2nd press exits menu but still requires STOP to get completely out.|
|Between the circles|
|• INPUT > Timer... 2nd press exits menu. See notes on INPUT button below.|
|• COLORS > TV Inputs + Dubbing + Rec Mode... See note on COLOR BUTTONS below.|
|• ↓P/PREV > Replay... Moved PREV to CC (bottom left).|
|• ↑P/NEXT > Skip... Moved NEXT to PREV.CHANNEL (bottom right).|
|• Philips device code 2195 (and alt. 3715) made my FF/REW buttons do NEXT/PREV actions, so had to teach them proper FF/REW actions. Mags OK with their device code.|
|• ENTER > DTV/TV... Toggles between them.|
|• (-) > Erase... TOOK MULTIPLE TRIES to get this function learned properly. 1st tries only got one Title char. erase with each press, no hold & erase-all. Finally took full Erase function... keep trying. Hold source button til SRP light stops blinking.|
|• CC > PREV... Moved here from top-left of 2nd circle.|
|• PREV.CH > NEXT... Moved here from top-right of 2nd circle. Doesn't change PREV.CHANNEL function under TV Device button.|
|• L1 > HDD|
|• L2 > DVD|
|EXIT/CLEAR (top circle) exits menus like our Back/Return button. It gets out of Display menus immediately.|
|VOL +/- rocker button turns TV volume up/dn when using the DVDRs. Also turns AVR vol. up/dn if you teach it under the AUX device button.|
With my teaching of Replay/Skip to the SRP's ↓P & ↑P buttons at top of 2nd circle, all our high-use Play-mode buttons are in the "Play" circle, an arrangement that makes playback, skip, replay, FF, etc. exceedingly pleasant! I moved the DVDR-normal PREV/NEXT, which we use primarily to move page-to-page in the HDD Title menu, to the CC/PREV.CH buttons on each end of the bottom row.
It also allowed me to teach (combine) key button functions from my separate
remotes: Vizio HDTV remote's TV input select and old Panny AVR remote's Vol +/-, the only AVR function we use but not gained with the top device Code.
These are your "secret weapon" and multi-tasking wonder in the button wars. You can assign these 4 color buttons different
functions for each of the 7 Devices, so 4 x 7 = 28 functions possible just for these color buttons. Selecting a Device button determines what function each of the 4 colors will do... limited only by the 60-button max. for learned functions.
I taught the 4 color buttons multiple
tasks, as follows:
Yellow = TV Input -- also taught REC MODE for Mags under DVR Device button and for Philips under DVD button.
Blue = HDMI Inputs, Mag 1/2/3
Red - Component RGB Inputs, Philips 1 -- also, under DVR Device button, used Red for DUBBING button needed to register titles in Mag Dub Menu
Green - TIMER for both Mags and Philips
The SRP remote has a dedicated INPUT
button to scroll the TV's input menu and select one. However, my Vizio 47" LCD has a tiny Input menu that's hard to see from our viewing distance. PLUS, the four color buttons were a perfect substitute for four buttons on the TV remote my wife was already familiar with for menu-less, one-click selection of which device (input) to watch. So, using the color buttons for TV inputs for each DVDR, instead of the native INPUT button, was a BFD in our house!
Since I taught the Input function to the Color Buttons
, as described above, I was able to teach the SRP's INPUT
button the MUTE function for my AV receiver.
Some functions I have alternatives for, like Source, which I can get to with the CH buttons (numeric & CH+/-) or more quickly by pressing 001 or 002 for E1/E2 or L1/L2. CH+ from there for L3.