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My father-in-law gave us his old TV after buying a new set. With it came a very cheap GE Universal Remote (silver and blue, no visible model number) which, knowing him, was the cheapest available option among remotes at the store.

After my dog chewed up the remote to the stereo (Aiwa) that drives audio for my home theater, I decided to look up the programming codes (via this PDF) for the remote.

While punching in the various Aiwa codes, looking for the one that worked, I saw Apple iPod beneath the Aiwa section. After getting my stereo to work, I decided to punch in the Apple code (the iPod code is 0885) and assign it to the VCR button on the remote, which wasn't being used. It worked!

For this specific remote, you just hold down the Setup button until the red light stays on, press the button corresponding to the device you'd like to program (i.e. TV, CABLE/SAT, VCR, DVD, etc), and then punch in the code you want. Some people don't realize it, but you can punch in any code for any button -- the remote doesn't care; they're just arbitrarily-labeled memory locations.

After programming, the remote works to control an iPod in a compatible dock, or any Mac with an IR sensor. I don't know about an AppleTV, but I have to assume it works there, too.

The button layout is a little awkward, and it doesn't work perfectly for some things (third party apps that require that you hold a button down, like Lockdown), but it's pretty nifty nonetheless. On a Mac, you can control system volume, iTunes, sleep/wake, etc.

I'm sure several other universal remotes can be programmed similarly as well.
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Sony programmable remote...
Authored by: gabester on Dec 23, '09 08:24:51AM

I did this with a Sony Programmable remote - only as far as I know there's no preset code for the Apple Remote, so instead I just programmed one of its modes to perform the Apple remote functions and held them head to head so the Sony remote could "learn" the Apple Remote's buttons.

Has anyone publicly documented what the signal codes are for the Apple Remote? And how does it work when you pair a remote with a Mac?

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Use a GE Universal Remote as an Apple Remote
Authored by: waffffffle on Dec 23, '09 08:47:10AM

FYI, while the posting refers to using an Apple Remote with Mac OS X, an Apple TV, which also uses the same remote, can now learn the codes from any infrared remote.

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Use a GE Universal Remote as an Apple Remote
Authored by: dfbills on Dec 23, '09 10:53:51AM

I've always wanted to get my harmony remotes to "pair" with a specific apple device, but have never got it to work properly. Would love to know how to make this work.


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Lots of Multi-Device Remotes work w Macs
Authored by: chucky23 on Dec 23, '09 03:41:29PM

I've pulled off this trick with a Mac Mini and the remotes from a couple of cable TV companies.

However, while I could access all the Apple Remote function via the CableCo remotes, the button layouts were a bit random, unintuitive, and semi-unusable.

A high-end universal remote where you could manually map out the button layout matches might prove more useful, but my experience with this is that it's just a curiosity.

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Use a GE Universal Remote as an Apple Remote
Authored by: gxw on Dec 24, '09 05:13:24AM

Logitech has Apple Remote as one of the selections you can choose for the Harmony remotes. I tried it and it works. Other than that, never had use for that particular capability.

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Use a GE Universal Remote as an Apple Remote
Authored by: carpenter940 on Apr 25, '12 02:30:57PM

After much searching I found your post and the code worked on my universal remote to control my Apple TV. As you mentioned the buttons don't match but after a little trial and error I figured them out enough to allow me to go into apple TV settings and have it learn my remote. Thanks.

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