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StreamerUser
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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@BraelynnAlex wrote:

Hi there, if someone gets the practical answer let me know... what I know 

It’s quite right that Roku doesn’t respond to CEC (Simplink), but LG Magic Remotes are supposed to be able to control Roku devices via  Settings/All Settings/Connection/Device Connection Settings/Universal Control Settings, where you can specify a device plugged into one of the HDMI ports, and if the Magic Remote has its keypresses in its repertoire, IR or RF, it will operate it.

In fact, sometimes it will even sniff a new device and set itself up for it.

So our new LG 43” Nano just picked up the Roku Premiere I plugged into it, and worked it, straight off the bat.

But I wanted to use that downstairs, so I swapped in a Roku Streaming Stick+ instead.

No go; the LG didn’t auto-configure for it


It can't, because the SS+ doesnt have any IR control and doesnt allow incoming CEC, and LG's dont use WiFi Direct for remotes - that pretty much eliminates nearly every avenue of control, aside from network based (such as ECP)

https://developer.roku.com/en-gb/docs/developer-program/debugging/external-control-api.md

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Dad_Vader
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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tldr: yes, it has the capability.  I set mine up using the "Set Top Box" option in the Magic Remote configuration screen.  You'll have to input the manufacturer.  Next, it shows the "Menu" button, Try it, and if it doesn't work, it'll give you another incantation of the same.  In my Roku Smart Soundbar, the second one worked fine.  

The other thing to be aware of is for ARC, the Roku soundbar feeds into HDMI port 2.  (It's specifically labeled as ARC on the back.)  The supplied Roku cable supported both 4K at 60/s and ARC. 

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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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@Dad_Vader 

Perhaps you should have ‘read’.

Most Roku devices will work, except for the Streaming Stick, which uses wireless rather than IR, and a protocol that the LG magic remote cannot emulate.

LG really did not give me a satisfactory answer as to how they have the Streaming Stick in the list of Roku devices the magic remote can be configured for, as it is now pretty clear that it can’t.

But it does seem that all recent Roku devices use IR, not proprietary wireless, so Premiere, Express, and the Soundbar are controllable.

I wasn’t sure about the Soundbar, though, so pleased to see that the magic remote can indeed control it.

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Tivoburkee
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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The roku soundbar and streambar uses the same IR commands that roku 12 years ago used, just with a few new commands for tv power, volume and mute. Which roku cec commands to control whatever tv its connected to, if the tv responds to cec signals. 

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nolapawn
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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Reviving an old thread as I am uncertain whether it is resolved. I just set up an LG G1 and the magic remote does not control the Roku Ultra. I have tried various approaches through the universal remote menu without success. When entering the model number manually 4800x is not an option. Has anyone had any success?

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Tivoburkee
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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Try any model of roku listed, it will control your roku as well. Roku IR commands for stand alone roku's like ultra haven't changed ever. 

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nolapawn
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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Thanks but that did not work. I tried all the model numbers. Is there a setting on the Roku to turn on receiving of IR (not just RF or whatever it uses)?

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DBDukes
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@nolapawn wrote:

Thanks but that did not work. I tried all the model numbers. Is there a setting on the Roku to turn on receiving of IR (not just RF or whatever it uses)?


Excluding the Sticks, all Roku set-top boxes use the same IR codes all the time. The devices don't switch back and forth, nor is there a setting for such. If you have a Roku Ultra, for instance, and the remote that came with the Ultra (RF) as well as a Roku Simple Remote (IR) you can use both at the same time. Your can press UP on the RF remote and the menu will go up. You can then press DOWN of the IR remote and the menu will go down. All Roku set top devices always accept both RF and IR commands.

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nolapawn
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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Sounds great.  Unfortunately, it still does not work with the Magic Remote.  Has anyone gotten the two to get along? Thank you!

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Tivoburkee
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Re: LG smart remote to control Roku

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Sorry but I don't have a LG tv, but did you follow Dad_Vader instructions above? You program it be testing a certain key, the menu key since the roku doesn't have power, if the first doesn't work, tell it, it will try another command, he wrote that the second try worked. 

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