Roamio Remote Problems

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by hhh222, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    So hopefully that means that it wasn't a Roamio remote problem (well unless it's more susceptible to RF interference)?

    Scott
     
  2. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

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    That would be my guess at the moment.

    I'll just have to wait a week or three to see if the 'fix' is permanent, but for now the remote continues to stay in RF mode.
     
  3. 53richart

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    As a ham radio operator, I find dimmers to be a major source of RF interference. Some other culprits are some LED lamps and switching type power supplies.
     
  4. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

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    Agreed (as also a ham radio operator). Especially 30 year old dimmers which otherwise worked well as dimmers for 30 years.

    What intrigues me is how what is essentially a dumb remote would know to switch to IR mode because RF mode was not viable due to interference. The only explanation I can think of is that the Roamio somehow sees the degraded/swamped RF signal and instructs the remote to switch to IR mode. The Roamio can talk to the remote in some way or another as evidenced by the "Find The Lost remote" feature. So maybe not such a dumb remote after all.

    I caution those following the thread that it's early days yet, and I want to see the thing working properly for a few weeks before declaring that my problem is solved.
     
  5. timchi29

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  6. timchi29

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    I'm so fed up with their remotes. I have 2 that dont work, and using the 3rd to share between 3 units.
     
  7. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    The link between an RF remote and the TiVo is bidirectional. Among other evidence, as you yourself point out, the TiVo can send a signal to the remote so that it plays its locator tune.

    If the remote is not receiving from the TiVo, it knows IR is needed.
     
  8. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

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    Makes sense. The Roamio sends acknowledgement of received RF commands; if the remote doesn't see that, it switches to IR mode. Clever fallback, actually.
     
  9. 53richart

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    I am new to Tivo...enlighten me, please? How can you tell if the remote is operating via IR or RF? My Roamio OTA came with the VOX remote and included a Bluetooth dongle. Still sorting all this out.
     
  10. dougdingle

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    Don't know about the VOX remote, but on the "normal" remote that shipped with the Roamio, when the LED in the nose of the remote goes red on a button push, it is in IR mode, and when it goes amber, it is in RF mode.

    The exception is for remote commands that speak to devices other than the TiVo. So while pushing volume, for example, the light will remain amber, but the remote is sending out IR to some component or another.
     
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  11. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    My Roamio OTA warned me recently that the batteries were low on my RF remote and needed to be replaced, so there is some sort of health check communication going on between the Roamio and the RF remote.
     
  12. JoeKustra

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    An RF remote's battery condition can be viewed in System Information. With lithium they will show 100% and die a quick death. Other types usually show 90% and die slowly. Same for all devices. The other information in diagnostic as pertains to the remote should be ignored (except IR channel).
     
  13. dougdingle

    dougdingle HD Tech

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    Well, it was too good to last...the remote for the Roamio is back to being in IR mode at least 2/3 of the time.
     

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