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Looking for remote code for my Samsung HW F-550 Sound Bar


Looking for remote code for my Samsung HW F-550 Sound Bar

I have been trying to get my UVerse remote to find the code for my Samsung HW F-550 Sound Bar but have had zero results.  I have the audio routed through the Aux jack.  The volume works with an HDMI cable but I need it for my DVD player.





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Re: Looking for remote code for my Samsung HW F-550 Sound Bar

Ohjai - Sounds like you have two problems - ability to program the remote for full control and ability to wire up all your equipment for selecting the input. You may not be satisfied until you have a full featured Home Theater to control the selection and a full featured remote to control it.

As your setup gets complicated it may be a good idea to draw it out on an erasable board. A box for each device, with inputs/outputs & connect them together on a medium that is easy to change before you start wiring. At least, you would know what cables you need.

You need either the TV or the HT to have a robust suite of inputs/outputs to be the selection control. Sounds like the current TV & HT is severely limiting your connections.

If the Samsung has limited inputs it cannot be used for selection. If the TV is also limited & does not have a way to feed the samsung with a full featured signal you are kind of stuck without a selection device.

Draw out your setup & see what you can do. Then try it with a full featured HT.

The U-verse remote also has limitations (after you find a programming code) - You can select one device to always control the volume or have it follow the mode button. For robust support of a complex HT setup you need a Logitech Harmony remote model higher (more expensive) than a model 300. This allows you to set up various viewing scenarios - called activities - that turns on devices, selects inputs & maps buttons to support a specific combination of devices.

I have recommended to many people that were unable to find codes to support their devices with the U-verse remote that they get a Logitech Harmony remote.
Many of those people feel they do not want to, or should not have to, spend their own money for a remote.
Others, have a very complex setup and are willing to spend their money to maximize their viewing experience.

The U-verse remote is effective for some subset of basic control functions on the most popular equipment, The Harmony provides full control of complex setups across a broader range of equipment.

Until sometime in 2011 the Harmony only offered expensive models (over $100). In 2011 they introduced the model 300 ($30) followed by the model 200 ($20). These only support one activity (Not many for a Harmony, but same as U-verse) - Watch TV.
This writeup shows that, even though the basic descriptions sound the same, there are functional advantages to the Harmony. The question is - Is it worth spending $$ for the Harmony.

Basic Similarity (Logitech Harmony Model 300 vs. U-verse remote) -
Both can control four devices (STB, TV, DVD, Aux) under one activity - Watch TV.

Logitech Harmony Model 300 advantages -
Must be able to do something no other remote can do to convince you to spend $30 to buy it so Logitech can make a profit.
Monster library of supported devices built on budget for expensive remotes (amazing how libraries grow over the years).

You can predetermine support of make & model via web site (

Since device support is defined in detail, a Logitech customer service rep (CSR) can help with any problems. When anything new comes out it can be added to your existing remote via download.
To program - Enter device make model in computer  based wizard. When device is supported, all functions are supported. IR signals can be learned from device remote.
IR/function/button  map - You can map any button to any function. You can pick buttons based on your preference, instead of someone else's. Logitech can add any new IR code format to function mapping via download. CSR can download changes that affect only you,
Watch TV button - Turns on/off programmed devices. Sets correct input. Ability to sequence devices and introduce delay between devices.
Change from Watch TV mode to individual device control with one button push and vice-versa. Same volume/mute buttons will affect different devices (STB, TV, HT) depending on device selected and the one user selected for the Watch TV activity. Note that the U-verse phantom mute can be un-muted with four logical button pushes - device mode, STB, mute, return to watch TV mode.

Supports some functions not available on standard remote - e.g. direct change of TV input - Instead of menu-navigate-select, Have a single button for HDMI 1 & another for HDMI2 - change inputs with one button push.
Able to buy more advanced remotes for more money - Each step up adds more devices, more activities(e.g. Watch OTA, Watch DVD, Watch TV with HT sound), more display (LCD screen) of functions & recharge-ablity .

Multiple activities appears to be a concept unique to the Logitech Harmony. It allows the same buttons to be programmed to different sets of inputs/functions/devices based on what the viewer is watching (i.e. an activity). The button map is unique to the activity. It can be as similar or different between activities/devices as you need it to be. Each activity has its own start up sequence to power up the selected devices & set inputs needed for continuity. It is especially valuable for complex setups and/or people with only basic knowledge of the operation of the remote.

U-verse remote limitations -
U-verse  remote is provided free to watch U-verse TV. Support for some functions on some other devices is included so that it can be called "universal". But there is no business driver to spend money to assure full support of all functions on all possible devices .
Limited library of supported devices. Vague lists by type/mfgr. No model detail. No definitive/comprehensive list of codes. No "not supported" statement. If support is not accomplished, there is no way to find out if it should be supported until you find that the remote works for you. Since device support is not defined in detail, customer service rep cannot help with problems.
To program- Enter an arbitrary code that may be difficult (or impossible) to determine or step through every possible entry using the search method. Possibly finding some partially supported sets along the way.  No IR learning.
IR/function/button  map - Button/IR map cannot change (need new physical remote). IR/function map can only change if U-verse globally changes STB software. No ability to provide individual tuning.
Watch TV (ATT/power) -  Turns on/off programmed devices. Does not set input. Devices can be sequenced but cannot introduce delay. sequence program - att/ok-977-mode buttons pressed in desired sequence- enter.
Default mode of operation is Watch TV (Channel change on STB, Volume on TV, Power up STB/TV). To vary operation requires reprogramming with more arbitrary codes applied to individual functions. No clear distinction between Watch TV and individual device control (i.e. It is difficult to change operation between Watch TV and controlling individual devices by programming with codes.)

To clear phantom mute - att/ok - 955 - att - enter - mute - att/ok - 955 - tv - enter. 12 button pushes, where two are two finger. If you can remember how to do it.
Point anywhere remote is the only extra cost upgrade - provides RF (with STB pairing) and learning IR.


*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.
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Re: Looking for remote code for my Samsung HW F-550 Sound Bar

Thank you Aviewer for your response.


I have five Uverse boxes around the house and a universal remote from another manufacture is not an option.


I was ableto resonlve the volume control issue on the sound bar with the UVerse remote by connecting the sound bar to the TV with a HDMI cable.  Then letting the Samsung Smart TV find it and now it works fine.


What I was tring to do was use the Aux output from the TV, this would not work with the UVerse remote.


This was an interesting challenge and I learned many things about rany remotes.


Again hank You.



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