How to Use a DirecTV Remote Control

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DirecTV has designed its remote control with universal applicability in mind. With proper use, you can use it with your television, DVD player and other components, as well as controlling the DirecTV receiver itself. The key lies in the four-position switch at the top of the remote.

Things You'll Need

  • DirecTV receiver
  • DirecTV remote
  • Audio/Video components

Controlling the DirecTV receiver

  • Find the brand and model number of your DirecTV receiver. It's usually on the back or the bottom. Write it down somewhere so you don't have to go looking for it again.

  • Find the five-digit code of your particular DirecTV receiver in your user's manual. using the brand and model numbers.

  • Move the four-position toggle until it is directly beneath the little DirecTV logo. Press and hold the Mute button and Select button simultaneously until the green LED light above the logo flashes twice, then release them both.

  • Type the five-digit code of your particular receiver into the remote using the numeral buttons. The green LED light should flash twice again.

  • Point the remote at the receiver and press the power key. The receiver should turn off. If it doesn't, you may need to try a different code, repeating the first four steps if necessary.

Controlling the TV

  • Locate the five-digit code for your TV model in your DirecTV manual.

  • Turn your TV on.

  • Move the four-position switch to the TV setting. Then press and hold the Mute button and Select button simultaneously. Release them when the green LED light flashes twice.

  • Type the five-digit code for your TV into the remote control. The green LED light should flash twice again.

  • Point the remote at the TV and hit the Power button. The TV should turn off. If it doesn't, you may have entered the wrong code and should repeat the steps in this section, doubling-checking to make sure the numbers are correct.

  • If you wish to control the TV Input feature instead of just the TV, slide the four-position switch to the TV button. Then press and hold the Mute and Select buttons simultaneously until the green light flashes twice. Type in the numbers 9, 6, and 0 in that order. The green light should flash twice again and the remote will now let you control the TV input.

Controlling the DVD Player, VCR or Stereo System

  • Slide the four-position switch to either the AV1 or AV2 position.

  • Turn on the DVD player, stereo or other component you wish to control with the remote.

  • Find the five-digit number that corresponds to your component in your DirecTV manual.

  • Hold down the Mute and Select buttons simultaneously until the green LED light above AV1 or AV2 flashes twice.

  • Type in the five-digit code using the numerals on the remote control. the LED light should blink twice when you are done.

  • Point the remote at the component and push the power button. The stereo, VCR, or DVD player should turn off. If it doesn't, you may need to double-check the numbers you've entered to make sure they are correct.

Using the Remote

  • Slide the four-position toggle until it corresponds to the component you wish to use.

  • The controls on the remote are fairly self-explanatory. The ones surrounding the play button control the DVD or VCR: pause, fast-forward, stop, and so on. The ones surrounding the Select button control the functions on the DirecTV receiver: allowing you to access the menu, search for shows, and select programs to record and save. The Volume and Channel buttons adjust the sound and change the channel on whichever component is being controlled at the time.

  • Switch the four-position toggle to another component if you wish to operate it instead. You can only control one component at a time using the DirecTV remote, although some models will allow you to control the TV and DirecTV receiver simultaneously.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you ever get confused, there is a way to wipe the remote control clean and start from scratch. Simply press and hold the Mute and Select keys until the green light flashes twice. Then release the keys and type in the numerals 9, 8, and 1 in that order. The green light will flash four times, which means the remote has been reset to its factory default settings.
  • Each position on the four-position switch corresponds to only one component. If you program the remote to control your DVD when it's set to AV1, and then set up AV1 to control your VCR, you will no longer be able to control your DVD with position AV1.
  • Photo Credit remote control image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com
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