Originally Posted by sfo1
Anyone got the OEM remote to work on other products (i.e. dvd, BR player, receiver, etc)?
Well I can tell you I tried today with the Roku unit I had an that did not work. Although it did work somewhat for my STB. Details are below.
So first for the Roku thing an don't know if anyone has gone through the setup process, but will tell you how it went for me.
Setup things as per the instructions where I plugged in the Blaster to the IR Out of the TV, then placed its round part it in the direction shown, IE, cord entry side/back facing the front of the device an its IR rec. Also placed it 4" away like it says to do (yeah I measured).
Then went through the setup in the TV, an it first confirmed I had the Blaster installed, then basically I got to a point it was asking me for what kind of device I wanted to control, but only gave me three options, a Set-top-box, a Blu-ray player and a Home Theater System.
For me as the Roku has the most in common with features of a Blu-ray player, I choose that. Note: for my Harmony Remotes, the Roku is also under the Blu-ray category.
So after it then brought me to asking if the device was plugging into the TV, or a HTS, then once choosing TV, it brought me to a Brand list menu.
Which of these, the Roku was not listed naturally. Which also to note, I did try the other two categories, an wasn't listed there either.
But for all of these an at this point, there is a Brand search box option too, so I used that, an via the onscreen keyboard that came up, I input Roku, an when I pressed done, it came up with a check mark. Interesting point here, I did not in put an uppercase R...but it did.
So after that things move forward an I was brought to a menu to select the Input Source the device was plugged into, which I selected properly, then it brought me to a Control Test menu, of which "Function Test: Power" was the only choice (an already highlighted).
Bit of a note here: If you don't know, Roku's are all always on an there actually is no way to turn them off aside from unplugging them, which once plugged back in, they do a complete reboot. Is kinda like a PC. So the idea is to never turn them off.
So I tried this first option, an it then had a part on that screen that asked if the device turned on a off, an as I couldn't tell, I first said yes..an after was a exit or new setup screen, an with exit the setup was over.
So after all this I tested it an although the remote seem to make the TV's IR light blink, it did not work on my Roku
To point out, when I did the "Did it Power On/Off your device test/Yes or No" part an I would respond "No", it tried two more times, an for each of the following two, I tried saying "Yes" (with being sure to first delete any old one at the beginning), but after all was the same. Only reason I point that out is I suspect it is trying a dif group of codes.
Then after a third try at "No", it brought me to a Search for Model Number screen, to which I put in the exact Roku number, an that came up with a check mark too, an while after it called it a Roku, but that as well did not control the unit.
Anyway, know that was all long winded but thought I would put all that in there as I wonder if anyone might find something I did wrong?
Now for the second part to this story.
I did all the same things for my cable STB, an that did work.
Basically all it asked for during the test process was a channel up down approval, an then it worked.
Although will add that its functions seem limited to powering on the box, an changing its channels, although is hard for me to fully say as I am not using a 100% matching remote to my TV (thought I would be getting the right one today, but got sent the wrong model).
So I guess in conclusion unless someone else know more then me, I might say that, the system works, but could be limited to what code possibilities an for just what equipment it has in the TVs existing software (?), and or if it is going online to get codes, just what that has?
But it seems if its a device you might have that is not on its list, it won't do it at all, an even it is there, it does not control all things.
Is kinda funny as from what I have read of IF Blasters, they are just repeaters an should do all the native remote does an thus allows you to place the device out of site, with the blasters transmitter part placed near this device.
So one, I don't know if you can call this a 100% IR Blaster as while I did not discuss it, it def does not work with the native remote. Which I sort of understand an will admit, they never said it did. But two, it really only does certain things an works with certain stuff, so for that I would also not say its a full Blaster.
Anyway, sorry for such a long post, but thought I might as well give all info I found.