How to Change the DirecTV Remote From IR to RF

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How to Change the DirecTV Remote From IR to RF
Sometimes an RF remote will work better for you than an IR remote. (remote control image by Albert Lozano from

DirecTV remotes come in three wireless modes. The first is the "Infrared," or IR, remote that is a line-of-sight device that must "see" the DirecTV receiver to function. The second is the "Radio Frequency," or RF, remote that can function behind walls and around corners. The third is the "Infrared/Radio Frequency," or IR/RF, remote, which provides the best of both worlds because the user can configure this remote to switch back and forth between the IR and RF transmitter modes.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Change the remote's transmitter from IR to RF, starting with writing down the last six digits of the DirecTV receiver ID (RID), which is located on the back of the receiver or inside its CAM access door by the reset button.

  2. 2

    Select "DirecTV," "AV1" or "AV2" on the remote by using the slide switch on the top of the remote.

  3. 3

    Press and simultaneously hold "Mute" and "Select" until the green light on the remote flashes two times, then release "Mute" and "Select."

  4. 4

    Enter "961" using the number keys. The green light will flash two times.

  5. 5

    Press and release the "Chan Up" rocker button, and you'll see the green light flash two times.

  6. 6

    Use the number keys to enter the last six digits of the RID number that you obtained earlier from the back of the DirecTV receiver.

  7. 7

    Press and release "Select," and the green light will flash twice. The RF transmitter has now been activated.

Tips and warnings

  • The DirecTV receiver must be operating in the same wireless mode as the remote, whether it's IR or RF.
  • If you have an "IR only" remote, it is cost prohibitive to modify it by adding an RF transmitter. It is much less expensive to simply replace the IR remote with an RF remote or IR/RF remote.

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