How2 Program Your X10 Ultimate Remote
Consolidation is the word of the year. Weve got to consolidate.
Weve got to simplify, merge, integrate, incorporate, assimilate, downsize, rightsize, and
all those other buzzwords of 2001. These words have been bantered around at work, but they apply
at home as well.
One of the most obvious places to consolidate would be the area of remotes. It seems that anymore
there are just too many remotes to keep track of. Theres the remote for the VCR, the remote
for the TV, the remote for the CD player ... did we miss anything? More than likely we did.
Anymore, we need a remote just to handle our remotes. So lets talk about that.
As you know, X10 makes remotes, and Universal remotes are our specialty. Wouldnt it be nice
to be able to put all your other remotes away and instead use only one remote to control
everything? What better way to consolidate your stuff than with an X10 Ultimate Remote? So in this How2, were going to show
you how to program your Ultimate Remote so that it can take over for all those little remotes.
First things first though. The first thing to keep in mind regarding your remote is batteries.
Your remote needs four AA batteries to function. Without those batteries, you wont be able
to get that remote to do anything... unless of course youre experienced in the Jedi arts.
Before we begin though, lets talk about the remote for just a moment and familiarize you
with some of the buttons. Some of these are similar to your regular remote and so therefore
wont need any explanation. In this How2, were only going to cover the buttons that
you will need to program the remote, as most of the other buttons should be self-explanatory.
(If theyre not, we have a list of all this on our website.)
Indicator Light - This is an LED light on the top left of your remote that flashes whenever you
press a button.
Power Button - Works the same way as your other remotes.
TV/VCR/CBL/AUX/SAT/DVD - These buttons allow you to select between the VCR, the Television, the
Cable Box, your Auxiliary, a Satellite Dish, and the DVD.
Display - This button allows you to have the track/time/date information on the screen, or it
will take it off of your screen if its already on there.
Return - This button returns you to your previous menu.
UP/Down/Left/Right DVD Keys - These are your menu navigation keys.
OK - This key is your "Enter" button.
Exit - This allows you to clear, and/or finish your program.
Setup - This is what tells the remote youre going to be programming it.
0-9 - These are the buttons you will use to program in your device codes (well go over that
A-B - This is your DVD setup.
X10 On/Off Keys - Here you can control you X10 modules to operate your lamps and other appliances
Alright, lets set up your TV and VCR
- Turn on the device you want to add to your remote (for example, your VCR).
- Press and hold the "Setup" button until the "Indicator Light" (see above)
lights steadily. Once the light is steady, then release the "Setup" button.
- Now press and release the "Mode" button, i.e. VCR. (If youre setting up CD
components, use the "Aux" function.)
- Enter the code of the device that you want to control. The code is a three-digit code that
identifies the makers signal. If you dont know the code, we have a list of codes at
ftp://ftp.x10.com/pub/manuals/codelist.pdf, and well go over how to find the code if you
dont see it on the list. (To run this site, youll need Adobe Acrobat, which is available
to download at http://www.x10.com/support/support_manuals.htm.
- Point your remote to your component and press the "Power" button. If everything
went well, your component should turn off. (Also if it responds to the channel, volume, etc, then
its working fine.)
- Repeat these steps for each component you wish to program into your remote.
Now if youre setting up your remote and realize that you dont have any record of the
three-digit code for the device, then you can search for that code on your own. Heres how
you do it.
- Turn on the device youre wanting to program.
- Press and hold the "Setup" button on the remote until the LED lights steadily, then
release the "Setup" button.
- Press the mode button that matches the component that youre programming, i.e. VCR,
CABLE, TV, etc.
- Press the "Channel+" button until the device controller changes channel. If you
go too far, then simply press "Channel-" and go back. The remote has found your
components code and youre done searching.
- Press and release the "Enter" button, and your setup is complete.
If that doesnt work, theres still one more way to search for those codes. And
- Turn on the device youre wanting to program.
- Press and hold the "Setup" button until the LED lights steadily, then release the
- Press the mode button that matches the component that youre programming, i.e. VCR, CABLE,
- Press and release the "Setup" button so that the LED blinks once.
Lets look for the first digit of the code.
- Press digits 0-9 on your remotes number pad. Press each digit slowly, keeping your eye
on the LED. If the LED blinks, then the last number you pushed is the first number of your
- Now lets start again. Press digits 0-9 on the number pad, again keeping your eye on the
LED. When the LED blinks again, youve got your second number.
- Do the same to find your third number. When the LED blinks, youre done. You have your
components code. Once this third digit is found, your remotes LED will turn off.
From here on out, you should be able to neatly stack those extra remote controls in drawer or a
box, and put them away forever. Youve got all the remote you need with the Ultimate Remote.
Thats it for todays How2. If you have anything you would like to see done, let us
know, and well use your ideas for our next How2.
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