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My remote will not control my TV:.>
All satellite system remote controls have the ability to operate additional devices. All remotes have the ability to program in codes for televisions, most have the abiliyt to run VCR's and some have options for home theater stereo systems and DVD players. Your owners manual will contain the codes that are used for your system. Follow the instructions on how to program your TV model into the remote. There are some TV's that may not work with your remote. If you try all the codes for the TV manufacture listed in your manual and you still can't operate your TV, look inthe manual for a SCAN method of code entry. A SCAN method will try every code it has in it's memory one at a time. Because televisions are often made by one company for another, you may discover a code that operates your TV. Sometimes you may find a code that will turn the televsion on and off but will not control the volume or the other way around. If you can find a code that operates your televisions volume but will not turn it off and on, that is OK. The common use of a remote is for the volume.

UHF Remote range is short:
If you are not sure what a UHF remote is, please use glossary. UHF remotes are tricky. They can be a wonderful and a pain in behind all at the same time. There are two types of UHF remotes.
Built-in UHF remote and remote extender or upgrade kit.
A built in UHF remote has the UHF antenna coupled directly to the receiver either by screwing the antenna directly to the receiver or by using a seperate antenna box which couples to the receiver with a 1/8 inch minijack plug.

A remote extender or upgrade kit uses a seperate box to receive the UHF signals either from a UHF remote or UHF transmitter in another room and does not couple directly to the receiver but converts the UHF signal to a Infra-red signal and controls the receiver as if it were the remote. If you have a remote extender design some of the suggestions here will work but you should also read Using Remote Extenders

The primary reason for a UHF remote not working well is a combination of distance between remote and receiver and the number of, or type of, walls and floors between the remote the receiver. You should expect any UHF remote to work through two standard wood framed walls or one wood framed floor. The type of wall construction can affect performance greatly. Stucco walls have a wire mess in them can greatly reduce UHF range. Rock or brick fire places will also reduce UHF signals if the rock/brick wall is between you and the reciever. In a large house were the receiver is on the first floor and you are on the 3rd floorand over a room or two, you should not expect to be able to use a UHF remote.

To improve the range you can first these steps.
1. Wiggle the UHF antenna on the receiver back and forth. This will clean the contacts and may help.
2. Repostion the antenna or antenna box. By changeing the angle of the antenna you change its reception charactoristics.
3. If you have a seperate antenna box, move the box away from the receiver and(or) TV.

4. Try turning off lights or any electrical device that uses a transformer. You may have a device emitting UHF interference. Neon, flouresent, some halagon, mercury vapor and sodium vaper lights all use transfomers.

The last step you can try is to move the UHF antenna closer away from the receiver and closer to the area you want to use the UHF remote from. This can be done by inserting a piece of cable between the antenna and the receiver. Some times a few feet is all that is needed. Receivers placed low to the floor may need the antenna moved higher on the entertainment center. If your UHF antenna screws directly to the reciever use a short coax with a coupler in one end. Attach the the coax to the receiver were the UHF antenna was mounted. Attach the antenna to the other end of the coax using the coupler. Attach the UHF antenna to the back of the entertainment center or as high as you can get it.
If you receiver uses a seperate box with a antenna on the box, you will need to go to your electronics store and get a extension cable for the type of cable your antenna box uses to connect to the receiver,
Oh and don't forget to change your batteries every 3 months. UHF remotes use more power then traditional remotes.

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