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MRF-260 Installation Manual
Optimizing Narrow Band Reception
with Complete Control Remotes
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MRF-260 Installation Manual ©2007 Universal Remote Control, Inc.
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Features and Benefits
Parts Guide
Front Blaster Overload
Disabling the Front Blaster - Step by Step via PC
Controlling Four Identical Components/Zones
Identical Components/Zones - Step by Step via PC
Programming For Multiple Equipment Locations
USA Limited Warranty Statement
Frequently Asked Questions
The MRF-260 base station is an "addressable" base station. RF
Addressing gives you the ability to control as many as 60 identical
components throughout a house. To enable better range and reliability the MRF-260 is equipped with the Narrow Band RF reception (like
the MRF-350), so is only compatible with other Narrow Band remotes.
NOTE: The MRF-260 is ONLY compatible with Narrow Band remotes: the
current versions of the MX-3000, MX-950, MX-900, TX-1 000, MX-850, MX-650
and the MX-350 remote controls. The MRF-260 is compatible with all MX950s, MX-900s and TX-1 OOOs, but is NOT compatible with MX-850, MX-650
or MX-350 remote controls manufactured before November 1, 2006 or an
MX-3000 built before April, 2005. You can identify the build date of a remote
control by looking at the serial number. The first 6 digits indicate the build
date. If the serial number appears as 122905 014054, the first 6 digits indicate
that the remote was built on December 29, 2005.
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1. MX/TX remote contro ls send
radio waves in every direction, so
your client enjoys "No More
Pointing" operation!
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2. The MRF-260's integrated Narrow
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Band RF receiver receives
commands from any Narrow Band
remote control.
3. The MRF-260's built-in Front
Blaster sends commands to components in the same cabinet space as
the MRF-260.
4. Self-adhesive "Flashers" affix to the
front panels of your client's components (over the bui lt-in IR sensor).
The Flashers relay commands to
components out of sight of the MRF260's Front Blaster. The flashers plug
••....lliiO~------- in to the MRF-260's rear flasher line
outputs via their 10 foot cables.
Uniquely, the MRF-260 can also connect to rear paneiiR Inputs via its
two adjustable Outputs.
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Features and Benefits
Interference Rejection and Extended Range via Narrow Band
The MRF-260 receives RF (radio frequency) signals via its integrated
RF receiver and antenna. The MRF-260 displays RF interference via a
bright red Status LED, which flickers when interference is present if the
ID is set to 0. Simply relocate the MRF-260 should interference occur.
Two Fixed IR Outputs
The MRF-260 is equipped with two fixed IR line outputs with standard
3.5 jacks for standard IR emitter/flashers.
Two Variable IR Outputs Match Rear Panel IR Inputs
The MRF-260 is equipped with two adjustable IR line outputs. Each
output can be individually matched to rear panel IR inputs on any
component that is designed to be operated by a standard IR repeater.
The outputs utilize a 3.5mm jack and are compatible with standard IR
emitter/flashers as well.
Up To Fifteen Equipment Locations With Identical Components
Each MX(fX remote is "addressable." They can be programmed to
specifically control components in a particular room by installing an
MRF-260 base station at each location. In operation it's simple: when
you select a device located in the Den, the MX(fX remote only sends
commands to the Den. When you select a device located in the
Family Room, the MX(fX remote only sends commands to it.
A Single MRF-260 Can Control an Array of Identical Components
or Identical Zones of a Multi Zone Preamp/Matrix Switcher
Each MRF-260 has four "~ddressable" IR Line Outputs. For example,
you can control up to four identical TV's with one MRF-260 or route
volume commands for a specific zone to a particular zone IR input on
a multi-zone preamp. If you have more than four identical components or zones, up to 15 additional MRF-260s can be installed to control them (thus allowing up to 60 identical components or zones in
one house).
Parts Guide
The MRF-260 RF Base Station includes:
1 - MRF-260 Base Station
1 -Mounting Plate for wall mounting
the MRF-260
4- Screws for wall mounting
1 - 9V-300mA Power Supply
4 - Visible Flashers with 10 foot plug in
4 - Extra self adhesive pads for
12 - Labels for IR Line Outputs
1 - Screwdriver for Variable Outputs
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1. Unplug the MRF-260. Test all IR commands and macros line of
2. Power on all AV components including the TV. Turn on all of the
lights and lower all dimmers to 50%. Power on anything that
may create RF Interference (particularly devices with high speed
microprocessors or hard drives).
3. Check that the address wheel on the rear of the MRF-260 is set
to 10#0 (the interference " sniffing" position).
Check that the arrow pointer in the center of the wheel is pointed to 0, the
default "interference sniffing" position. If it is not, use a small flat blade
screwdriver (included) to set the RF ID# to 0.
4. Connect the MRF-260 to its DC wall adapter and plug the wall
adapter into a live AC outlet. Place the MRF-260 in a location at
least 3 feet away from satellite receivers, cable boxes, HDTV
tuners, DVRs, PCs or any other device with a high speed microprocessor (these generate broad band Radio Frequency
Interference -RFI). Of course, you should keep in mind that the
emitter cables are 10' long.
The red POWER LED indicates that the MRF-260 is
powered on.
The red STATUS LED flashes
differently, based on the
Address setting:
The Status LED flashes
when it receives ANY RF
signal, including RFI. This
makes ID#O ideal for "sniffing" out RFI.
The Status LED flashes ONLY
when it receives a correctly
add ressed RF command.
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5. Observe the Status LED of the MRF-260. If it is glowing or flickering you must relocate the MRF-260 to a location where the
LED doesn't flicker.
If your installation location simply doesn't offer you any choice
and you are detecting interference everywhere you place the
MRF-260, you have two last resort options:
a. Remove the MRF-260's antenna. This will reduce the
range enormously, but may still be enough for this client.
b. Admit defeat and install the two piece MRF-350 base
station, which can have the RF Antenna module remotely located (even in another part of the house).
7. Once you have found a location that is absolutely free of RFI
with everything on, test to see if the range is ade-
quate and that macro reliability is perfect. Start
with the antenna angle set to 45 degrees and positioned so that the long side of the antenna is facing the customer's favorite seating position.
When testing, set both the remote and the MRF-260 to the same
valid RF ID#. Keep in mind that zero (0) is not a valid RF ID#.
Watch the Status LED on MRF-260- it should light every time
you press a button on the remote. This confirms that the signal
was received and understood perfectly. If you repeat any button
press multiple times and the Status LED lights correctly every
time, you have no interference and a very reliable installation. If
some of the presses do not light the Status LED, you still have
some RFI. Your best strategy is return to step 3 and try to find a
better location for the MRF-260.
8. Now that the location is fixed, connect each of the emitters to the
appropriate IR output and run the cable to the appropriate component. Do not attach the emitters to the front panel yet!
Utilize the included preprinted labels to identify which emitter
goes to which component. If you'd like to make your own, the
slots for the labels have been sized at 12mm to enable a Brother
P-Touch 12mm label to fit perfectly.
NOTE: TiVo, Replay TV, other DVRs, Satellite Receivers and Cable
Boxes are all extremely sensitive to IR overload or saturation. For
this reason, it is recommended that you always connect the IR
flashers for these types of component to the Variable IR Outputs of
the MRF-260.
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Test a few commands for each device before fixing the flasher in
place on the front panel of a device.
Since TiVo, Replay TV, Satellite Receivers and Cable Boxes are all
extremely sensitive to IR overload or saturation, you should test
them thoroughly. Put up the on screen guide and test the navigation
arrows. Compare operation via RF to the original remote control.
Operation should be identical. RF is not slower. If operation is
inconsistent or sluggish, lower the IR line output and/or reposition
the flasher.
If you still have sluggish operation, check that the remote control is
set to a particular LINE OUT, rather than ALL. When IR commands
are sent to all the flashers in a cabinet, you can have difficulty
adjusting the IR Output. Reprogram the remote control to send IR
commands only via a specific (1-4) Line Output, then readjust the
IR Line Output level.
Note: Remember, the MRF-260 will NOT respond if you select IR
line outputs 5 or 6. The MRF-260 has only four IR Line Outputs.
1. Connect an IR emitter to each IR output and run the emitter
wire to the front panel of each component. DO NOT STICK the
emitter in place. ADJUST the level first.
2. Adjust each of the IR Output levels for best operation. If the
component operates best at minimum level, but is still operating
sluggishly or intermittently, move the emitter farther away from
the components IR sensor.
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Front Blaster Overload
A few models of audio/video components can be overloaded by the
Front Blaster. If you are having intermittent or inconsistent results
with a particular component, try repositionin g the MRF-260 and
facing the Front Blaster in a different direction. If this improves the
situation but is impractical, it may be necessary to utilize the selfadhesive flashers only and follow the steps below to Disable the
Front Blaster. This will limit the number of components your MRF260 can control to four. If you have more than four components
you can purchase an additional MRF-260 or upgrade to an MRF-
Disablin g the Front Blaster- Step by Step via PC
Note: If you are programmin g a URC MX "addressable" remote
control that sets up without a PC, refer to the owners manual to disable the Front Blaster.
Open the PC software, then plug the MX PC programmable remote
control into the PC. Open your saved configuratio n and follow
these steps to turn off the front blaster:
Step 1 - Open the RF Setup Window
The RF Setup window opens after selecting RF Control or Settings
from the Program Menu of most MX(fX editors or from the Main
Menu of the ProWizard.
Step 2 - Setup the Receiver
Extend the RF Setup window by clicking on the
Step 3 - Turn off the Front
Click on the cell in the IR
column. A list box will
appear. Select OFF from
the Iist.
Next, click on Close to apply your change.
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MRF-2b0 Bl\0.,1
Control Ii ng Four Identical Components/Zones
There are several considerations to take into account when you are
installing an MRF-260 to control an array of identical components:
1. The RF 10# can not be set to Code 0, the universal setting. You
must use one of the fifteen unique IR Routing addresses.
2. Each identical component must receive IR commands ONLY
from a dedicated Flasher affixed to its front panel or a rear panel
direct IR input. The SIGNAL of the remote should be set to RF
ONLY for each identical component. IR can still be utilized for
other devices in your system!
3. You must note the NUMBER of the Flasher Output you have uti1ized for EACH of the identical components.
Identical Components/Zones - Step by Step via PC
Step 1 - Create and Program a Device for Each Component/Zone
Try to name each device with a descriptive title. At a minimum,
label them TV1 , TV2, TV3 and so on.
Step 2- Open the RF Setup Window
The RF Setup window opens after selecting RF Control from the
Program Menu or from the ProWizard's Main Menu. The RF Setup
window is composed of a "spread sheet" of options for EACH of
your devices.
RF Setup
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By looking at the Signal column, you can see that the factory
default programming sets all of the devices to send both IR and RF
commands. If you look at the column for Flashers, you can see that
the default sends IR commands for all devices to ALL of the flashers. Both options must be changed for identical components.
Additionally, you must disable the Front Blaster (see page 6 for
directions) .
Step 3 - Adjust the Signal For Each of the Identical Devices
The RF Setup window enables you to adjust the Signal output for
each device individually, by clicking on the intersection of a row
and a column and then selecting RF from the three options shown
in the pull down list box.
Select RF from the three options shown for EACH of the identical
TVs. You may leave the other components of the system set to IR
& RF.
Rf Setup
Step 4 - Adjust the Flashers For Each of the Identical Devices
The RF Setup window enables you to adjust which Flashers output
by the remote control for each device individually, by clicking on
the intersection of a row and a column and then selecting 1-4 from
the seven options shown in the pull down list box.
Select the correct Flasher (refer to your connection notes) for
EACH of the identical TVs. You may leave the other components of
the system set to ALL.
See figure on the next page.
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In the figure below, each device is set to a specific flasher.
RF Setup
I Signal
I Receiver
I Flashers
Line 1
Line 2
Line 1
Line 2
Line 4
Line 5
Line 6
Receivers >
Note: Remember., the MRF-260 will only respond to selections 1
through 4.
Step 5 - Make sure that the I D# is set on both the remote and on
the wheel of the MRF-260.
Click on the Receivers button and set the RF address to one of the
first 15 addresses (1-9 or A, B, C, D or E). The second set of addresses is on ly supported by MSC units.
IR Blaster
Receiver ID
ID 2
ID 3
ID 4
ID 6
Toaddress ports7·1 ID7
ID 8
ID 9
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's (1 0 through 1F).
Step 6- Close the RF window and Download to the Remote.
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Programming For Multiple Equipment Locations
You can operate up to 15 different equipment locations, each with
an MRF-260 assigned a unique Receiver 10#. You program each of
your remotes to talk to the equipment locations you want by assigning each of your devices to a receiver. First, you must add and
name your receivers for the locations they are placed in:
Step 1 - Open the RF Setup Window
The RF Setup window opens after selecting RF Control from the
Program Menu or RF Settings from the Main Menu of ProWizard .
Step 2 - Reveal the Receiver settings
Extend the RF Setup window by clicking on the Receivers button of
the RF setup window.
Step 3- Add, Name and Assign Receiver ID#
Using the controls at the bottom extended portion of the RF Control
window, add new receivers and rename them for the equipment
Add new receivers by cl icking on the Add button.
Delete receivers by selecting them
first by clicking on their Name,
then clicking the Delete button.
Receiver ID
ID 0
Assign the correct Receiver ID# for
each LOCATION by cl icking on the
desired CELL and selecting the ID#
you w ant from the pull down list.
Each LOCATION should have a
unique ID#. It is ok to install multiple MRF-260's in one location.
You may rename the Default
receiver to something more
descriptive by clicking on
the Rename button .
Enter new name:
Step 4 - Save and Download to your
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USA Limited Warranty Statement
Your Universal Remote Control, when delivered to you in new
condition, is warranted against defects in materials or workmanship as follows: UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL, INC.
warrants this product against defects in material or workmanship for a period of one (1) year and as set forth below.
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product using new or comparable rebuilt parts, or exchange the
product for a comparable new or rebuilt product. In the event
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~:,, MRF-260
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use flasher/emitters that I have already installed in the system to connect to the MRF-260?
Yes, the flashers are compatible if they use 3.5mm mono mini plugs with
the same polarity (Tip is data, sleeve is ground).
I'm getting inconsistent operation regardless of flasher level or
Some components are easily overloaded with IR from nearby flashers.
Prevent IR from affecting the problem component from other flashers or the
front panel blaster by setting the device to a specific IR Line Output instead
of ALL, then adjust the Line Output.
I have a row of identical TVs. I've correctly set the flasher outputs
using the Editor software, yet when I send a command to one of
them, the TV next to the selected TV also responds. How do I stop
First, check the RF 10#, if the RF 10# is set to 0, IR routing does not work.
Second, set the RF I 0# from 1-9 or A-F on both the remote control and the
rear of the MRF-260. Third, check that the flasher level is set to the minimum necessary. Fourth, check that the emitter is facing the component.
Power Supply: 9V 300mA
IR Flasher Line Outputs: 3.5mm Mono Mini Jack
RF Frequency: 418MHz
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Information To The User
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
more of the following measures:
+ Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
+ Increase the separation between the equipment and
+Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
+ Consult the dealer or an experienced radio(rV technician for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user 1 s authority to operate the equipment.
Note : The manufacturer is not responsible for any Radio or TV
interference caused by unauthorized modifications to this
equipment. Such modifications could void the user 1s authority
to operate the equipment.
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500 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
Phone: (914) 835-4484 Fax: (914) 835-4532
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