Overview: The RF20 universal
and learning remote control is designed to operate up to 10 different
audio/video components. The RF20 sends both IR and RF signals, making
whole-house operation (indoors and outdoors, through cabinets, walls and doors)
possible with the addition of the optional MRF100B RF receiver base station. The
RF20 can be programmed to execute "macros," each with nearly two-hundred
Basic Setup: You can start
setting up your RF20 using the Pre-Programmed Method or the Learning Method. The
Pre-Programmed Method allows you to choose codes from the RF20's built-in
library, which includes thousands of codes for different brands and models of
remote controls. Using the Learning Method, the RF20 can learn commands from
your old remote controls one button at a time.
Pre-Programmed Codes: The RF20 is pre-programmed
to control most brands of TVs, VCRs, DVD players, CD players, cable boxes,
satellite receivers, TiVo hard disk recorders, DVRs, tape decks, multimedia PCs,
XM Satellite Radio tuners, iPods, Xbox consoles, lighting controls, and other
custom installation products.
Punch Through: In most home
entertainment systems, the volume is controlled by a single device. In some
systems, the TV speakers produce the sound, so you would use the TV device on
the RF20 to raise and lower the volume. In other systems, a surround sound
receiver and speakers combine to bring you the audio, so you would use the
RF20's Audio device to adjust the volume. You can use SimpleSound to set the
RF20's volume buttons to always control the sound in your system. That way, when
the RF20 is set to VCR or DVD, the volume up, down and mute buttons will work
without switching back to Audio or TV. The Punch Through feature is not limited
to volume, and can be applied to channel selection, playback controls, etc.
Backlight: The buttons and LCD
screen are backlit for easy nighttime use. You can adjust the amount of time
that the RF20's backlight stays on by entering the Setup mode. You can adjust
the backlight duration from 0-99 seconds.
Favorite Channels: The RF20
allows you to store up to 40 of your favorite channels.
MacroPower: The RF20 features
453 macro buttons, each allowing you to program up to 190 commands.
Hiding and Adding Pages: Each
of your RF20 Devices actually contains eight pages. However, only five pages are
visible in the factory default setting. Three pages are hidden in each device.
If you wish to use the hidden pages, you can add them. If you don't want to use
some of the existing pages, you can hide them.
Erasing: You can erase an
individual button with a learned command, a macro or a favorite channel. You can
erase an entire Device's learned command or macro buttons. You can also erase
all your learned commands on all devices, or all your macros and favorite
channels everywhere. If you really want a fresh start, it is possible to reset
everything to the factory default condition.
Cloning One RF20 to Another: If
you own two or more RF20 remotes, you can copy and transfer all the setup from
one RF20 to another.
Memory: The RF20 stores all of
your settings in non-volatile flash memory. The settings will be retained
Child Lock Feature: The Child
Lock feature blocks all operations of the remote control.
Optional Expander: The RF20
transmits both IR and RF signals. By purchasing the optional MRF100B
PowerBlaster, you can operate your equipment with the RF20 up to 100 feet away
(through walls, doors, cabinets, inside or outside). The RF20 sends a radio
signal to the MRF100B, which is a radio receiver. The MRF100B converts the radio
signals to standard infrared commands and sends them out to components in the
same cabinet space via a built-in front blaster.
Note: The RF20's radio
signals will not control components directly. You must have an MRF100B
to receive the RF20's radio signals.
Learning Capability: 825
IR commands at standard frequencies (15kHz to 100kHz)
Macro Capability: 453
Macros of up to 190 steps each
IR Range (Line of Sight via
Infrared): 30-50 feet, depending on the environment
RF Range (radio frequency):
50 to 100 feet, depending upon the environment
RF Frequency: 418 MHz