Most devices come with their own remote controls. If you happen to lose your remote control, however, you can purchase a universal remote and use it for all your appliances. Universal remote controls are meant to be used on a wide variety of products and appliances—your television set, your VCR, your DVD player, or more. One of the more popular universal remote makers is GE, which sells the universal remote under the name Jasco. Here’s how you can program your GE remote and use it for your appliances.
- Turn On. First, turn on the appliance that you want to program. Naturally, you will need to turn the product on manually, since the universal remote control cannot be used as of yet for the device because it has not yet been programmed.
- Code search. After you have turned on the appliance, you will need to take the remote control and aim it at the device. Press on the code search button, so that the remote control can be programmed according to the particular code that comes with each brand of appliance. If you cannot find the code search button, simply refer to the manual that comes with the universal remote, and look for the diagram where all of the buttons are explained.
- Enter the code. Now that you have activated the code search, all you need to do is to enter the code for the particular appliance that you want the universal remote to be configured with. Simply check the documentation that comes with the universal remote. In the documentation, you will usually find a list of all the codes of the various brands of appliances that you can program the universal remote into. The codes are usually three digit codes. In some cases, you may not find a code for a particular type of appliance that belongs to a particular brand. In this case, you simply need to choose any other code from the same manufacturer. Usually, the same manufacturer will use the same codes for their appliances.
- Aim. Now that you have programmed the universal remote control, all you need to do is to position it so that is aimed right in front of the appliance that you want to control, within the signal range of a few feet. Click the off button and watch as the device turns off. This means that the program is already successful.
- Check the functions. Open the appliance again, using the same universal remote control that you have programmed. After opening the appliance, try on the various types of commands, such as increasing or decreasing the volume, opening and closing the CD tray, or changing the channels. If all of these basic commands work, then you have successfully programmed the universal remote. Otherwise, you may need to repeat the procedure, and does a code search again. Enter the codes again, and check whether the universal remove already works or not.
If you are working with a particularly rare brand of appliance, it may take a couple of tries before you finally get the correct code. With these steps, you should be able to program a GE universal remote all by yourself.