IR Learning with iconRemote
How do I learn codes from another remote?
The iconRemote’s learning featureThe iconRemote lets you “learn” functions from your original remote control. For example, you may want to use your remote to operate the RANDOM PLAY feature from your original CD remote control. This remote is equipped with an “easy learning” feature that lets you “learn” features (such as RANDOM PLAY, etc., from your original CD remote). The IconRemote can store more than 1,000 learned codes.
Learning commands from existing remote
You can learn commands from an existing remote and store them under the “Main” keys on the iconRemote or learn commands from an existing remote and store them under any of the 10 Side Keys. Press Home, then Setup, then More, then Learn. (If you have the IR10A remote just hit Home then Learn.) Then you have two options:
- At the next screen press any of the 5 Side Keys K1-K5 on the left to learn commands under a Side Key or
- Press any of the top 4 Side Keys K6-K9 on the right to learn commands under the main keys on the remote.
Right Side Keys
If you press a right Side Key (to select Main Keys) you are going to learn, say, the Chan Up key from an existing remote and store it under the Chan Up key on the iconRemote. Or learn the Power key from an existing remote and store it under the Power key on the iconRemote, etc.
Left Side Keys
If you press a left Side Key (to select Side Keys) you are going to learn, say, the “DVD Zoom” function from an existing remote and store it under a Side Key on the iconRemote. You will then be able to name the key “DVD Zoom” and access this “DVD Zoom” function from the Mode screen when the remote is in the mode that you selected when you learned this “DVD Zoom” command.
Tips On Learning
- Some functions from some types of remotes might not be able to be learned. You need to make sure the remote sends IR (infrared.)
- No functions may be learned under the HOME, MODE, FAVORITE, HIS, or HERS (hard) buttons.
- Use fresh batteries for both the iconRemote and your Original Remote.
- Keep at least three feet away from incandescent or low energy lights when learning.
- Place the original remote end-to-end with the iconRemote so the IR transmitter (at the top) on your original remote points at the IR learning device on the bottom of the iconRemote. You may need to adjust the position of either remote to achieve this.
- Keep the distance between the two remotes to approximately 1 inch and do not move or change the distance between the two remotes until you have learned all the required buttons.
- When Learning, do not release the button being Learned until the display prompts you to do so. Exception: Some keys might be learned multiple times if you do this. If this happens just “tap” the key you want to learn, rather than press and hold it. Some experimentation might be required.
- If learning the first or second keys results in continuous errors then try the following:
- Check the IR transmitters/sensors are correctly aligned between the two remotes.
- Adjust the distance between the two remotes to be closer (e.g. half an inch) or a further away (e.g. 2 inches) from each other.
- Hold the source remote at a different angle- some remotes do not fire their IR signal out in a straight line.
- Try learning the original remote keys again.
- If problems reoccur with the same key check the original remote key being learned – does it transmit? Does it operate the target device?
Side Key Labels
If you are programming a Side Key, you can now change the label for the key. If you select Change Label, by pressing Side Key K9, you can change the name to anything you want. You’ll generally want to rename it with the name of the function that you learned. After you select Change Label you see the screen to the right. You enter the new name for the key using the numeric keys on the remote, in a similar fashion to typing in text on a cell phone.
“Triple tap” name entry works in a similar fashion to text entry on a cell phone. Tap each numeric key to cycle through ALL caps, numbers, and lower case letters. E.G., repeatedly pressing the number 2 key cycles through A, B, C, 2, a, b, c. Pressing the 9 key cycles through W, X, Y, Z, 9, w, x, y, z. A “space” can be selected with the 0 (zero) key. The number 1 key selects 1 . @ ? ! - & : and back to 1. And you can backspace an entry with the key to the left of the 0 (zero) key. Press OK (or the Enter “E” key) to confirm your new name.
Macros let you issue multiple commands by pressing one button. A Macro could include the Power key for your TV, followed by the Power key for your Cable box, followed (after a 2 second delay), by digit 4 from your cable remote. Then when you later activate this Macro it will turn on your TV, turn on your cable box, wait 2 seconds then set the cable box to channel 4.
After programming one command using IR Learning, you will see an Add Key to Macro option on the Success-Key Learned screen. After relabeling the key if desired, hit Side Key K8 to select this option. You can set a delay of 1-10 secs after which the next command stored in the Macro will be sent.
Point your existing remote at the bottom of the IR10A remote and press OK when you`re ready. Then press your next key.
After adding all your keys you can keep the label for the key or select Change Label by pressing Side Key K9.
Generally, you do not want to create macros directly under the POWER key; use a Side Key if you want a button that turns all your devices on or off. Creating a macro under POWER will usually prevent the QuickPower feature of your remote from working correctly. See page 23 of the owner's manual for details on QuickPower: ftp://ftp.x10.com/pub/manuals/IR34A%20OM.pdf