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Tue, Dec 3, 2013 8:02 AM
Can you use a RF Anywhere remote, and a regular IR remote, interchangeably with a single U-verse receiver?
7 years ago
Sure. All the RF remote has is a USB dongle that plugs into the receiver and replicates the IR remote signal to the reciever.
Instead of getting an RF remote you can use one of the AT&T Uverse apps to control your receiver thru a tablet or smart phone. Just FYI.....
hamilt14 - As BB says you can do both. But, they do work differently with different problems -The IR & RF remote are both susceptible to light corruption. To prevent this, the RF STB should be hidden from ambient light. Of course, you cannot hide it to use it IR , as well.The RF remote is subject to a weak RF signal.If you want to use the RF remote just because you have one & you do not have any IR problems, you might want to turn off the RF feature & not plug-in the dongle in order to circumvent problems caused by the weak RF and, perhaps, extending battery life. Or, you could get a regular remote. Unless you need the learning feature of the RF remote.Programming to turn off RF is att/ok (simultaneously) - 916. 915 turns it back on.
Another cosideration is - Are you also using the RF remote with another TV? IR remotes can be swapped between STBs and TVs that have the same IR, but can cause confusion if the TVs are different. But, it seems impractical to move an RF remote, because you would have to move the dongle, as well & the original dongle STB is probably hidden. Maybe the easiest way to handle this example would be to reprogram the RF feature each time it is moved - RF for the original and IR for the new location.
OK. Thanks. My mother currently has a single U-verse receiver and regular IR remote. I was thinking I would simply use a coax splitter to feed a new second TV in an adjacent room. And I would purchase the RF remote to control the existing receiver thru the wall for viewing the second TV. Both TVs would not be viewed at the same time.
I just want to make sure the new RF Anywhere remote does not disable the original IR remote operation for the existing TV. Bottom line, I need the regular IR remote to continue to work in the room with the existing TV and receiver...AND I need the new RF remote to work about 8 feet away from the adjacent room for the second TV.
Unfortunately, my elderly mother does not have a smart phone or tablet. And the wireless receiver solution requires a monthly rental fee she cannot afford. But thanks for the tip.
ACE - Expert
I think the RF may work for you, or it may not, depending on the composition of your walls, ambient RF noise, etc.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, then you could use the U-verse connected App to control the STB in the other room, while the IR remote would still work for your monther while in that room. It does require that you have AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, though.
6 years ago
This seems to be an old post but I figured I'd add my experience. I recently got Uverse and have the equipment in a separate room. My receiver is a VIP 2250. I have the att rf remote because of the location of the equipment. The tv is located in the living room and the receiver is in the next room with a very thin wall in-between. The RF remote works intermittently. I have done the tape trick but no luck. It is not hidden but that was never my plan. I just wanted to stack it in another room. Now for the strangest thing I have ever run into. Aviewer suggested placing the remote under your chin. Holy smokes Batman - it freakin works! I almost fell of my Ikea Poang. I also found that if I hold it against the palm of my hand - I can see the buttons better - it works - so it seems to me to be more of a antenna issue than IR for me. I ordered http://www.amazon.com/Cellular-Innovations-A-BOOSTER-Universal-Antenna/dp/B00009WCAP/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1366128630&sr=8-8&keywords=cell+phone+booster and it should arrive Monday. I'll post again after testing. If it does not work I was thinking of getting an http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Ultimate-Customizable-Cabinet/dp/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402683281&sr=8-1&keywords=harmony+rf+remote
i am not sure how that will work but I do like the universals and I have an IR harmony which I like. There is a cheaper version too.
For or now I hope the antEdna works.
i have posted in multiple locations but I will concentrate my posts here from no on. I will look at the URC remotes. In the past I have had good success with Harmony and I like the screens on them. My wife is not technology inclined so the easier and prettier it looks the simpler my life becomes. I tried the cell antenna but it failed. i placed it in multiple locations on the remote. I'd press guide a few times with success think to myself 'Self - eureka' and than it fails. I than say 'Self, %#}^*' and sigh. I did not replace batteries yet. So, that is the next step. Right now I look pretty funny placing this thing in the palm of my raised hand to change channels but it works. I know i. Is not IR related. I'll post here again once I try a few more combinations.
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