Programming the 4-in-1 Remote

Your remote is designed to control four electronic components, like a TV, VCR or DVD. But it doesn't happen magically. You have to program the remote so it speaks the same language as all the components you want it to control.

It's not difficult to do. You simply have to program the remote for each component. We'll walk you through the steps.

Programming the receiver frequency

This gets your Shaw Direct receiver and the remote working on the same frequency to they can talk to each other. It's your first step.

Turn the receiver on
Press the power button on the front of the receiver.

Determine the receiver's address
Press the up and down arrow keys on the front of the receiver at the same time. Look for the letter A, followed by a 0, 1, 2 or 3. You can change the address by pressing the up or down arrow key to another number, which you may do if you have more than one Shaw Direct receiver in your home. You'll want each receiver to be on a different frequency to make sure they don't interfere.

Program the receiver's address
Press the SAT button. Hold it for about three seconds until it starts flashing. Then let go. Using the number keys on the remote, press 0,0 and then the number from the receiver. It will be either 000, 001, 002 or 003. Press enter. Look on the receiver. The letter A should be gone. This confirms you have programmed it correctly.

Test it
Press the SAT mode and the power button. Your Shaw Direct receiver should turn on.

Programming for the TV

You want the remote to work the TV. You have to find the remote frequency that will talk to your TV, then program it to the remote.

Turn the TV on
OK, we shouldn't have to explain this one.

Determine your TV's code
This is a three-digit number. You can find it a number of ways. First, check your Shaw Direct Receiver owner's manual. It's got a list. We also have a list on our web site.

Many brands have more than a dozen codes, You may have to enter more than one code until you find one that works with your model of television.

If you can't find the code, there is a way to scan all codes to find one that works. This can take some time, but it's often easier than entering codes from the list.

PDF Find your TV's Code

Program the TV's code
Press and hold the TV button on the remote control for about three seconds until it flashes. Use the number buttons to enter the first of the three-digit codes for your TV brand.

If the remote accepts the code, you'll see several rapid flashes of the TV button. You'll also be able to turn off the TV. If it doesn't work, you'll have to try again. Press and hold the TV button, and try the next code.

Or scan for codes
To scan all the codes, make sure the TV is on. Press and hold the TV button until it flashes. Then press the arrow up button to scan the first code. Check to see that the TV mode button is lit. That means you're looking for a TV code.

Press the arrow up button again to try another code. Keep doing this until the TV turns off. Make sure you don't go too quickly. Many TVs won't power off instantly. If you scan too quickly, you may miss the code.

Once the TV turns off, don't hit the Arrow button again. Press enter to store the code.

Test it
Try turning the TV on and off with the power button. Just make sure you're in TV mode.

No code?
If you can't find a compatible code, you may have to use the remote that came with your TV.

Programming for the VCR

This makes the remote control all the functions of your VCR. You need to find the remote frequency to work with your VCR and program that frequency into the remote.

Turn on your VCR
Nothing too difficult here.

Determine the code for your VCR
Just like the TV, you need to find the three-digit code for your VCR. You can find it in your receiver owner's manual or on this Web site. Many brands have more than a dozen codes, You may have to enter more than one code until you find one that works with your model of VCR.

If you can't find the code, there is a way to scan all codes to find one that works.

PDF Find your VCR's code

Program the VCR's code
Press and hold the VCR button on the remote control for about three seconds until it flashes. Use the number buttons to enter the first of the three-digit codes for your VCR brand.

If the remote accepts the code, you'll see several rapid flashes of the VCR button. You'll also be able to turn off the VCR. If it doesn't work, you'll have to try again. Press and hold the VCR button, and try the next code.

To scan all the codes, make sure the VCR is on. Then press and hold the VCR button until it flashes.

Press the arrow up button once to try the first code. You'll know you're in the right mode if the VCR button lights up.

Press the arrow up button again. You'll know it's found the right code if the VCR turns off. Continue pressing the arrow keys slowly, giving a few seconds each time to see if the code works. When it does, press enter to store the code.

Test it
Try turning the VCR on and off with the power button. Make sure you're in VCR mode.

No code?
If you can't find a compatible code, you may have to use the remote that came with your VCR.

Programming for auxiliary equipment

Do you want to hook up a DVD player or cable box to work with your Shaw Direct receiver? You can also program the remote to control that component.

Turn on your auxiliary equipment
Simple.

Determine the code for your equipment
Find the three-digit code for your auxiliary equipment in the your Shaw Direct receiver's owner's manual or listed on this Web site. You may have to try a few different codes until you find the right one.

PDF Find your DVD codes
PDF Find your cable box codes

Program the remote
Press and hold the AUX key on the remote control three seconds until the AUX button flashes.

Next, you'll have to press the TV or VCR key to specify the type of device to be controlled. This helps your receiver match the code to the equipment. DVDs are almost always classified under VCR. Cable boxes are under TV.

Then, use the number buttons to enter the first of the three-digit codes for your AUX equipment brand.

After the remote control accepts the code, the AUX button will flash. Press the power key on the remote control to make sure the remote control is able to power off your AUX equipment.

A word about stereos
Your universal 4-in-1 remote is not designed to control stereos. However, if you can find a code to work the stereo, you should be able to program the universal remote to it. Try scanning for codes in the AUX mode.

To scan all the codes, make sure the stereo is on. Then press and hold the AUX button until it flashes.

Press the up arrow button once to try the first code. You'll know you're in the right mode if the AUX button lights up.

Press the arrow up button again. You'll know it's found the right code if the stereo turns off. Continue pressing the arrow keys slowly, giving time to see if the code works. When it does, press enter to store the code.

No code?
If you can't find a compatible code, you may have to use the remote that came with your auxiliary equipment.

Programming TV volume

This means that when you press the volume button, it will control the volume on your television set.

  • Make sure the TV code is programmed properly.
  • Press the SAT button until the light flashes and then press TV.
  • Test it out

Programming the master power feature

This means that you can turn off all your components with one click. It's easy to program. It saves clicking on each mode and then hitting power to turn everything on and off.

Turn everything on
The Shaw Direct receiver, your TV, VCR and whatever auxiliary unit you are hooking up with the system. Everything must be already programmed to work with the remote.

Program the power
Press the SAT button on the remote for three seconds until it flashes. Then, press the power key. You'll see the SAT light come on. Press power again and the SAT light will briefly blink on and off. This means the remote has accepted the master power command.

Test it all
Do we have lift off?

Want to get rid of Master Power?
Simply repeat the steps.

Verifying codes

Since we've spent so much time looking for these codes, it would be kind of nice to keep track of what they are.

Your remote is set to verify the code. It will play it back to you in light flashes, kind of like Morse code. It's handy to check and then write down the code for each component, the TV, VCR and the AUX component.

That way, if the batteries die in your remote and you lose power, it's easy to reprogram the codes.

  • Pick the item you want to test, TV, VCR or AUX.
  • Press its mode button for three seconds until it flashes.
  • Press the info key.
  • Watch the Mode button. It will blink. Count the long flashes to get the numbers. A short flash is zero.
  • So, if you see, a pause, then a long flash. That's one.
  • Then, a pause and a short flash. That's a zero.
  • Finally, a pause, then five long flashes. That's a five. The code is 105.