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Remote won't stay in RF mode

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by pwas, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Sep 4, 2013 #1 of 135
    pwas

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    The remote is paired to my Roamio and will work in RF mode for a little while after I hold the TiVo button + D but then it will switch back to IR mode and then back and forth every few seconds or minutes.

    Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions?

    I've tried resetting the remote and removing the batteries.
     
  2. Sep 4, 2013 #2 of 135
    captain5

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    Mine was DOA out of the box. I wonder if this is going to be a recurring problem?:(
     
  3. Sep 5, 2013 #3 of 135
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Anything nearby that could cause interference? 2.4GHz phone? Wifi access point? Etc...
     
  4. Sep 5, 2013 #4 of 135
    Rkkeller

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    Mine seems to do the same, switches from ir to rf every couple presses.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2013 #5 of 135
    ss-stingray

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    How do you know it's in rf of if mode?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2013 #6 of 135
    Gary-B

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    I was having the same problem with my Roamio, every couple remote presses, no response but I'd see the yellow light on both my tivo's light up. Turned my routers wifi off and haven't had a problem in two days.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2013 #7 of 135
    Unbeliever

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    The LED at the top of the remote. (Red for IR).

    --Carlos V.
     
  8. Sep 5, 2013 #8 of 135
    pwas

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    I temporarily unplugged my router, which is in a different room to see if that could be the issue and it did the same thing.

    It's really frustrating. When it actually is in RF mode it works great but it still constantly goes back to IR mode.
     
  9. Sep 6, 2013 #9 of 135
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Are you using wifi on the TiVo itself?
     
  10. Sep 6, 2013 #10 of 135
    aaronwt

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    Maybe it is just defective? I have 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz going all throughout my condo and being used from a multitude of devices. My Romaio remote still works without issues. And actually has an excellent range. Far longer than any of my slide remotes has. Although I prefer to use the slide remote over the Romaio remote. I don't need to control the Romaio from the other end of my condo.
     
  11. Sep 6, 2013 #11 of 135
    pwas

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    No, I'm not. I have it connected via Ethernet.
     
  12. Sep 6, 2013 #12 of 135
    lessd

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    My remote does it own RF to IR switching when I get more then about 4 feet from the Roamio, could be my phone near the TiVo I will remove the phone when I get a chance.
     
  13. Sep 6, 2013 #13 of 135
    gatorbait

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    This looks like it is the same issue I am having.

    What is the proper behavior on a functioning remote. If I am out of RF range does the remote fail to IR mode?

    I am guessing it should always output RF or IR depending on how it is setup?
     
  14. Sep 6, 2013 #14 of 135
    CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

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    Remember that it will always output IR (and thus flashing red) for the non-TiVo commands (TV Power, Volume, Mute, Input).
     
  15. Sep 6, 2013 #15 of 135
    aaronwt

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    My Roamio remote doesn't flash red when I use the IR controls for my receiver. It still flashes amber.
     
  16. Sep 6, 2013 #16 of 135
    pwas

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    It seems stupid to me that when I manually put it into RF mode it will still use IR, even for TiVo commands. I understand that it has to do the TV commands in IR, but you would think if you tell the remote to use RF it would use RF all the time and if the RF isn't working it just wouldn't work unless you switched it back to IR.

    My problem is that I switch it to RF mode and it's working fine with the amber light flashing and so I stop pointing it at the box and one second later it's not working and I look down and it's only flashing red when I press button so I have to point it at the box for it to work.

    Obviously it's not that big of a deal to just put it into IR mode and point it at the box and it works fine, but I kind of have a coffee table in the way of the direct line to the box, so it's a little annoying to work around. If the RF mode actually worked like it is supposed to it would be perfect.

    Also, I don't think it could be interference, because when it actually is using RF mode and I see the amber light on the remote flashing, the box recognizes every press. You would think that if there was interference I would have some RF presses that wouldn't register. I'll sit there and it will be in RF mode and without moving the remote or doing anything I'm looking down at the remote while I'm pressing buttons and I'm seeing amber, amber, amber, amber, red, red, red, red, red, red... amber, amber, red, red, red, red.
     
  17. Sep 6, 2013 #17 of 135
    dmaneyapanda

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    Hmm, I have noticed my remote go "unresponsive" for a few seconds at a time, and only recently noticed that it seemed to be switching to IR at those times for some reason. I'll keep an eye on it and see if I can find any patterns. (I do have both wifi and a phone with BT.)
     
  18. Sep 6, 2013 #18 of 135
    gatorbait

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    That is exactly my experience as well.
     
  19. Sep 6, 2013 #19 of 135
    Dan203

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    I've used mine in RF mode quite a bit and never had this problem. Maybe yours is defective?
     
  20. Sep 6, 2013 #20 of 135
    aasun

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    I'm having the same experience. I have two Roamios. Only 1 of them is having this issue. It's the same one with the TiVo in a different room (controlling it through a wall). I was just assuming that it was at the edge of the RF reception... and maybe losing it's "connection".. Maybe not?
     

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