Remotes & Accessories

Help with Roku remotes and accessories, including pairing a remote, setting up TV power & volume control, using voice commands, power adapters, cables, headphones, and wireless speaker accessories.
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Hypersonic
Level 7

I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

The TCL 55R615 TV included a weak IR remote that barely works with a soundbar placed in front of it. I paired the TV with a different Roku remote, but the TCL Roku TV settings do not include an option for "setup remote for TV control." How am I suppose to program the TV volume and power buttons without this option? The only way that I can program these buttons is by using a Roku stick. There should be an easier way.

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gadrago
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

You are mixing two different things, the remote for a TCL Roku television and the remote for a Roku streaming box or streaming stick.  The TCL Roku televisions ship with either a Wifi Direct remote (617 series) or infrared remote (615 series) that is already capable of controlling the TV power/volume, so why would there be a menu option in the television to set up the remote for those functions?  It is in the menus for the Roku streaming boxes and streaming sticks because the TV power/volume control is an addon functionality to those streaming device remotes.  Besides, the streaming box or streaming stick remotes that have TV power/volume control those TV functions via infrared signals from the remote to the television.  So since your problem is that your soundbar is blocking line of sight to the TV sensor, one of those remotes would not perform any better than the infrared remote that came with your TCL television.  In your situation, you either need the WiFi Direct remote from a TCL 617 series (hard to purchase separately), an IR extender, or an IR repeater.  Or you can use the Roku app on a phone or tablet through your local network.
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Hypersonic
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

When I tried the Roku streaming stick's remote, I was able to control the TV's power without programming, but the volume buttons aren't working correctly with the Klipsch soundbar. The Klipsch soundbar is not able to recognize the volume button signal from the Roku stick remote, but it is able to recognize the TCL remote's volume buttons. I tried reprogramming the Klipsch to accept those TV signals, but it won't work. Therefore, I need to program the Roku remote to use different codes that the Klipsch will recognize.

Also, I can actually power the TV off by pointing the remote in the opposite direction; that's how much stronger the remote is than the TCL one.

The Roku app won't be able to control the TV power and volume buttons because my smartphone doesn't have IR.
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gadrago
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

The Roku app on a phone or tablet links via your home network to a TCL television.  It does not use infrared.  It controls volume up/down and power off with 'Fast Start' disabled.  In order to power the television on, 'Fast Start' must be enabled in the television Settings, Power, Fast Start.
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Tivoburkee
Level 13

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

Neither a Roku tv Wifi direct  or the Stick Wifi direct remotes can be programmed to control ANY soundbar or stereo. They can only be programmed for  TV's!!! You maybe able to control it via hdmi cec? Firestick 4k remotes can be programmed for Soundbars.

Anyway I have two TCL Roku tv rc-al5 wifi-direct remotes, and no roku TV's. They con be paired with my roku stick plus, but the volume only controls TCL TV's.
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Hypersonic
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

Neither a Roku tv Wifi direct  or the Stick Wifi direct remotes can be programmed to control ANY soundbar or stereo. They can only be programmed for  TV's!!! You maybe able to control it via hdmi cec? Firestick 4k remotes can be programmed for Soundbars.

Some soundbars can be programmed to accept TV remote codes, such as this one. This soundbar doesn't have HDMI.
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Tivoburkee
Level 13

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

If TCL isn't listed as one of the brands it can control, try LG, Goldstar, or Insignia.
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Hypersonic
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

There is no way to reprogram the remote without a Roku stick. I was wondering if there is a way to do so without one.
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twiceover
Level 11

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

"Hypersonic" wrote:
There is no way to reprogram the remote without a Roku stick. I was wondering if there is a way to do so without one.

I think we are all confused on what you have for a remote.  If you are using the remote that came with the TCL TV, it is not programmable at all.  It is an IR remote.
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Hypersonic
Level 7

Re: I can't program the remote's TV power and volume buttons with the TCL Roku TV software

I think we are all confused on what you have for a remote.  If you are using the remote that came with the TCL TV, it is not programmable at all.  It is an IR remote.


  1. TCL R615 IR remote

  2. Roku Voice Remote with TV Power and Volume Buttons RC127


I also noticed that there is a Roku TV Voice Remote RC250 available.
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