4 Tips for Controlling Your Remote
From toggle codes to managing macros, today's remote control can be anything but simple. Here are a few tips to help you stay in control.
Universal Remote Control - MX-3000.
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December 07, 2007 by EH Staff

Before you start programming macro functions, always test all of your IR commands for each A/V component. Experiment with the order of commands in your macros to see what works best. Some components require a certain amount of time to warm up before they accept any other information. Time those intervals, and set the appropriate order for your sequence.

When I hit my macro button, everything turns on except the TV, which turns off. What gives? We’re continuously asked, “What’s a toggle code?” Toggle code automation is one of the most frequent programming concerns. For example, let’s say you have only one button for power that toggles between the on and off state of a TV. You then implant that command into a macro along with your other devices’ power commands. If the TV doesn’t receive the information properly for some reason, everything else will be powered on except for the TV. Then, if you hit that macro again, everything will turn off and the TV will turn on. Since the state of a component can be easily thrown out of sync, remotes have technology (like the R70’s “help” feature) to help users reconfigure the setup by simply pointing to the out-of-sync device.

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