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I was wondering if I could possibly program my remote so the U-Verse remote controls the TV volume and mute, but also controls the U-Verse guide, menus and etc.  I have it like that in another room but I have no idea how to do it because the AT&T guy programmed that one.  I currently have it so I use the U-Verse remote for everything EXCEPT volume and mute.

Also, I was wondering if it was possible to make it so my U-Verse remote controls my TV's input selection....that way I could get rid of the TV remote completely.

 

Any help appreciated,

 

THANK YOU.

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kundmat1 -

What you describe about operating the TV volume and mute is standard. That is the way it works in the other room.

If you program the remote to control the TV, the default is that the volume/ mute ALWAYS controls the TV.

So, I am thinking the remote never was programmed for your TV.
Please post your TV make so I can give you some codes to program or look at help on the TV to program it.
Once it is programmed for the TV it may or may not allow you to select the TV input by pushing the TV button, followed by either menu or tv/video.
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Vizio...is the only way to do it is to keep testing codes until one does everything you want it to?
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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

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kundmat1 -
Yes, you either need to keep trying codes or use the search method. Either method is very frustrating & I think Vizio is one that may not have complete coverage.
Here is where codes are - https://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB409009&cv=813&_requestid=970816#fbid=xiZOj_B58iA

If you hate codes enough to spend your own money, get a Logitech Harmony model 300 - NO codes = program by make/model.

Least expensive is newegg.com refurb for $16/ free ship.
Locally - Radio Shack - $30.
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 only a subset of basic activities with the most popular equipment, The Harmony provides more efficient 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). Although, these only support one activity - Watch TV - they are more effective than the U-verse remote.
 
This writeup shows the functional differences between the two remotes to assist in deciding whether or not to go for a Harmony.
 
U-verse remote vs. Logitech Harmony Model 300 - Both can control four devices (STB, TV, DVD, Aux) under one activity - Watch TV.

Logitech Harmony Model 300 -
 
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. (amazing how libraries grow over the years). You can predetermine support of make & model via web site (http://myremotesetup.com/EasyZapper/New/Main.asp?WebProcessAction=Start&ReturnUrl=%2FEasyZapper%2F%2... Since device support is defined in detail, a Logitech customer service rep (CSR) can help with any problems,
 
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. CSR can download changes that affect only you,
 
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.
 
Watch TV button - Turns on/off selected 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 unmuted with four button pushes - device mode, STB, mute, return to watch TV mode.
 
Able to buy more advanced remotes for more money - more devices, more activities(e.g. Watch OTA, Watch DVD, Watch TV with HT sound), more display (LCD screen) of functions. Multiple activities appears to be a concept unique to the Logitech Harmony. It allows the same buttons to be applied different sets of devices based on what the viewer is watching (i.e. an activity). It is especially valuable for complex setups and/or people with only basic knowledge of the operation of the remote.
 
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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. 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. Possibly finding some partially supported sets.  No IR learning.
 
IR/function/button  map - Button/IR map cannot change. 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 selected devices. Does not set input. No ability to sequence devices or introduce delay.
 
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. difficult to change operation between Watch TV and controlling individual services.)
 
Point anywhere remote is only extra cost upgrade - provides RF (with STB distinction) and learning. New buddy TV is good if you already have supported equipment (e.g iphone). But, it probably has similar limitations to the standard remote because it would be based on that design
 





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kundmat1 - Appears you like the idea of the Harmony over elusive codes - But, I did have another thought.

How are you turning the TV on/off? Manually or by the U-verse remote. I guess it does not really matter as long as you are happy with the way it is working.
If the remote is not programmed for the TV it should be controlling sound/mute on the STB. This should work fine by leaving the TV set to a level that is comfortable in the midrange of the STB.
If the remote is programed (inadequately) for a TV, you can separate the sound by att/ok - 955 - enter (bottom right). Then, in the att mode, you would control the STB as described above.

You may be happy with this operation or use it while exploring the Logitech Harmony models & looking for a deal.
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Radio Shack has a web only sale on the model 700 for $80 til 7/31.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11888469
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