Can you use any remote with a DIRECTV receiver or DVR?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a remote. Maybe it feels right in your hand, or maybe it seems familiar. Maybe you like the brand name. Maybe it matches the drapes. Whatever the reason, you have options.

Most people do opt for the standard DIRECTV remote because it’s so capable. You have the choice of the old-fashioned white rectangle that controls up to four devices, or the sleek Genie Remote that works with your newer equipment in RF mode. Choose the right one and it’s practically self-programming. But it’s your call if those remotes don’t suit you.

The good news is that most remotes you’ll find today do work with DIRECTV equipment. If you want to use a different remote, you may have to follow the on-screen instructions to reset the receiver to IR mode. On the front panel, press the {MENU} button and choose Settings&Help, Settings, Remote Control and reset the remote. You’ll be given some buttons to push on your DIRECTV remote, but if you don’t have it anymore, just highlight “OK” and press {SELECT} to continue on. This step is only necessary if you’ve programmed your receiver to use an RF remote or if you’re using advanced setups. If you’re trying to program a remote for a Genie Mini client, you shouldn’t need to do this step.

When choosing a third-party remote, you should know that every DIRECTV box (except the TiVo units) made since 2003 uses the same code. Here’s a partial list of model numbers that all use the same codes:

  • D10, D11, D12
  • R15, R16, R22
  • H10, H20, H21, H23, H24, H25
  • HR20, HR21, HR22, HR23, HR24
  • HR34, HR44 (Genie DVR)
  • C31, C41, C41W (Genie Clients)

That covers pretty much every DVR and receiver that works today and has a DIRECTV logo on the front. So, if you see that a remote works with any of those models, you know that it will work with yours.

You should be aware that not every remote has the buttons you’re looking for. The remotes may lack color buttons or a dedicated button for the guide or playlist. Take a quick look for the buttons you’ll need because while some things can be found using the menus, some things (like the Guide) can only be accessed using the {GUIDE} button.

If you are using a programmable remote, such as one of Logitech’s Harmony models or URC’s high-end remotes, note again that all DIRECTV receivers and DVRs use the same codes. If you’re looking through a database and see any DIRECTV products, you’ll be ok choosing them. If there is an option for your specific model that’s great, but even if there isn’t you’re totally ok. Just watch out for codesets that say “Code 2” or “Set 2” or something like that because they usually indicate a special setup that your receiver probably isn’t going to work with.