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Lost your manual? Can’t figure out how to change the settings on your universal remote control? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got several
sections on Remote Central that can help you figure out how to program your remote.

Please note that Remote Central does not sell any remotes; we are an online publication dedicated to remote controls.

Our Programming Guides

First is our collection of in-house programming guides. These are instructions for certain popular remote control models that we’ve written
ourselves – you should find them easier to understand and more direct than the original manuals.

True or False?

False. Each remote control manufacturer uses a different system for storing preprogrammed codes, and as a result their remotes will have completely unique code numbers compared to all others. Even within the same brand, what may work for one model may not work on the next due to database updates.

Now there may be some database similarities between certain brands of remotes, as one manufacturer may produce remotes for several third-party brands, or license their database for use to other companies.

False. Preprogrammed databases contain finite, specific instructions for devices that existed up to the point that the remote was first produced. If a manufacturer releases new equipment that uses previously unknown IR instructions, you can’t just enter a new code number in your preprogrammed-only remote and have it work.

Note that learning remotes can be taught nearly any infrared command as long as you have the original remote to teach from, and a few brands also offer methods of upgrading their code databases.

True. Due to the growing number of OEM and “house” brands, if your specific brand is not listed there may still be a functional code somewhere in your remote. Most remotes offer a code search function for this reason, which will step through the entire built-in database and help you locate a potential match.

Download Original Universal Remote Control Manuals

Didn’t find what you need? Then it’s time to bring out the big guns! As a special service we offer a file section with over 1,600 universal remote control manuals and code lists for more than 115 different brands! If you’ve got the remote, chances are we have the manual.

It’s the largest collection of remote manuals you’ll find anywhere, and what’s more we offer them to you absolutely free! However, if you do find what you need then please consider making a donation to help support bandwidth costs.

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You can also request manuals and codes in our message forums.

External Programming Websites

Finally, if you still don’t have what you need, here’s a selection of manufacturer and end user remote control sites that may be able to help you further.

Official website with remote control manual downloads.

Carlton Bale’s page dedicated to programming the stock Dish remote.

Official website with remote control manual downloads.

Manufacturer’s website with PDF instructions to GE universal remotes.

Manufacturer’s website. Search by original device model number.

Manufacturer’s website. Select “Country: USA”, click on “Owners Manuals”, then select your product type.

Select your model and then click on the “Manual” link.

Select your model.

Select “Universal Remote Controls” and your model for a list of manual downloads.

This FAQ by Gerard J. Pinzone contains answers to many questions about the Cinema 7 and other similar remotes.

Rob Crowe’s resource site for the Radio Shack 15-1994, 15-1995 and One For All Cinema 7 remotes.

Manufacturer’s website. Select your model from the list.

Rob Crowe’s resource site for the Radio Shack 15-1994, 15-1995 and One For All Cinema 7 remotes.

Manufacturer’s website. Covers fairly recent models. For newer models you must search through the normal Radio Shack product catalogue using your remote’s part number (15-####).

Manufacturer’s website. Select “Remotes” in the left column and then type of remote.

Manufacturer’s website. Select the type or enter the model number of your original component.

Manufacturer’s website. Select the type of your original component.

Manufacturer’s website. Enter the model number of your original component.

Use Option #1 to search by remote control model number, or select “Remote Controls” in Option #2.

Enter in your remote control or product’s model number in the left. Or select “Personal Audio” in the right, followed by “Other”, for a remote control model number list.

Enter in your remote control or product’s model number in the left. Or select “Accessories” in the right, followed by “Portable Audio Accessories” and “Remote Commander”, for a remote control model number list.

Manufacturer’s website. Select your original device type.

Manufacturer’s website with cable OEM remote control manuals.

Manufacturer’s website. Consumer, professional and cable OEM product manuals.

Manufacturer’s website with cable OEM remote control manuals.

Manufacturer’s website. Select “Country: USA Zenith”, click on “Owners Manuals”, select Product Group: “Accessory”, Product: “Accessory”, Language: “English” and then hit “Search” for a list of all manuals.

A website with links to many manuals and other resources.

If you know of a remote control programming resource that isn’t listed here, please send it to us!

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