Can you have two RF remotes at the same time?

If you have a DIRECTV Genie DVR, the answer is yes.

DIRECTV’s newest DVRs come with remotes that can aim through walls and doors, and the best part is that unlike older systems, you can have more than one RF remote at a time. I haven’t found a limit to how many, but I’ve personally tried two at a time and there doesn’t seem to be any problem at all.

The process is easy. Here’s a quick guide.

The easiest way to start is with a new Genie Remote. They’re available at an awesome price at Solid Signal. Trust me, get two. They’re that cheap. They come programmed for IR mode and can be put in RF mode easily.

Press {MENU} then go to Settings&Help, Settings, Remote Control. In most cases you will be able to choose “Copy Settings” which will copy all the settings including your choice of TV to your new remote. It’s a one-step deal.

If “Copy Settings” is greyed out as you see above, this is still not a deal-breaker. This happens when your receiver thinks you’re using a non-DIRECTV-branded remote, as I did intentionally when I took this screen capture. In that case, just select “Program Remote” and follow the steps. (Need a full tutorial? Get one here.) It takes a little longer but it still works. Programming a new remote doesn’t change the RF capability of the old remote, as long as you have a Genie DVR or client.

If you are using an older DVR you can still usually have one RF remote but you can’t have more than one. Programming a new remote will take away the RF capability of the old one and require you to reset the old remote or it won’t work at all. In a case like that, you’re better off adding RF capability to a second remote using a remote extender kit like this one.