Introduction: Use Xbox 360 With a Directv Remote!

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This "hack" allows you to use a directv remote with an xbox360, saving you around 25-30 bucks!!! I accidentally did this when I was trying to program my stereo. This is extreamly simple and easy to do. I am the first that I've seen that has done this. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. POST A COMMENT ASKING ME AND I WILL REPLY!!!

Step 1: 1

First switch your remote to av1. Point your remote away from your reciever so that when you press a button it won't react. Then press and hold the select and mute buttons untill the light above the av1 switch blinks twice.

Step 2: 2

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press 991, then press 2. After that you press power.

Step 3: 3

After doing this you press the up button 30-50 times untill you xbox turns on, do this slowly cause there is a small delay. If you've done everything correctly while pressing the chan. up button nothing should happen on the tv and the light above av1 will go on each time you hit it.

Step 4: 4

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When your Xbox 360 does turn on (after about 5-10 min.) press the select button to store that code and your done! Enjoy your new xbox 360 remote!!! =D

P.S. this was my 1st "hack" ever and I'm glad to see it can save you money and be somewhat usefull.


lcmgraber (author)2016-10-22

would like to use your Directv/Xbox 360 hack, may I? thanks. mudcrab

CamirraC (author)2016-05-11

can i have permission to use this with my directv remote for my xbox 360

joen39 (author)2016-02-05

can i have permission to use dish remote with xbox360?

Pandaangel76 (author)2015-09-12

Awesome!! Thanks! I did it the way you said and it works. I was looking to buy a media remote on eBay. I am so glad you posted this. It will save me money. ?

Jboat77 (author)2015-08-22

Oh.. So monroe07 is the authority on what can be posted! So glad you told us. Everybody needs to contact you before we post an instructable so we know "it's an intelligent doorknob"!!

monroe07 (author)2015-04-03

The writer of this instigram is a moron. Can we have him removed? If you want to "protect" your "work" learn something a halfway intellegent doorknob cant learn and do some meaningful work thats actually unique and Then protect it.

darkmickey420 (author)2011-11-07

ive had my xbox tuned to my universal remote for years this aint no hack sorry to burst ur bubble dude most come with the code even the direct tv remote also on some smart tvs like i got u can control it thru the hdmi cord with the remote that came with the tv much simpler havent seen it for a while tho

wutangpoppa (author)2011-11-06

lol, i did that like three years ago dude

Thyme Cypher (author)2011-11-05

Google brought me here, so I just want to say, thanks for the guide, but you can easily skip the code search by using the code 21708 (source: DirecTV)

davidkichi (author)2011-09-30

I'm curious if a universal remote could be used to control the xbox 360 or is there something special about the directv remote such as having a code that other remotes won't possibly have? Thanks for anyone up to the challenge to try this out and replying.

youngchulo (author)2010-09-18

it's not a hack either, it's a feature of the remote, it's used to find the codes to the device without having to read a manual to manually enter the numbers

annaleecook55 (author)2010-05-27

Which directv remote are you using for this?? Let me know asap.


N2Otorious (author)2009-07-16

For those of you that don't have 30+ minutes. The OP did a poor translation right out of the Direct TV manual, The link was posted below. Page 23.

Here is the quick and easy programming of the xbox 360, no scanning.

1. Turn on the Xbox 360.

2. Move the slide switch under the AV1 (or AV2) icon.

3. Press and hold the MUTE and SELECT keys at the same
time until the green light under AV1 (or AV2) flashes
twice and then release both keys.

4. Using the number keys enter the 5-digit code "21708". If performed
correctly the green light under TV will flash twice.

5. Aim the remote at your Xbox 360 and press the power
key once. The Xbox 360 should turn off.

djepik (author)2009-03-08

For those in Canada with Shaw digital cable... The code to set up your xbox 360 is 1708. (At least it is for the DCT700). While your remote is pointed at your XBOX: 1) hit AUX 2) hold SETUP until it blinks twice 3) hit 1708 4) hit POWER I haven't been able to find buttons for A,B,X or Y, but maybe you can make the remote learn them?? I'm not sure, but it WILL work to control DVD playback. Use play, pause, rewind... directional arrows and the settings button (for menu). I'm not sure where the "enter" button is (OK/SELECT doesn't work), but usually the play button will work well enough.

zepeda128 (author)2009-02-20

i tried this and i have the updated software of xbox360 and tried the steps but still doesnt work. any help on that.?

errolbert (author)2007-01-24

The original XBOX is listed in the remote's manual as having the code 20522. It is quite possible you could save yourself some time by just going to the manual and following the instructions to enter the code.

It's listed under "Setup codes for DVD players"

errolbert (author)errolbert2007-01-24

Well, no dice. I tried this with the DirecTV remote I have and neither the old Xbox code, nor the code search worked. I guess you have a newer version of the DTV remote... :-(

Luis74 (author)errolbert2007-10-18

If you notice for the original xbox the remote resemles all of the more common (cheap) remotes that RCA makes. If you follow the set-up on the Directv remote for RCA you will be able to program the remote to control the old xbox. I have not seen the xbox 360 remote so I do not know if it is manufactured by RCA or not. If you can determine the manufacturer just follow the programming step for that manufacturer.

weatherjack (author)Luis742008-12-01

IMO The Xbox remote resembles the old DTV TIVO remotes? Going to check!!

Program (author)Luis742008-01-07

you also need the little thing that goes in the xbox controller port to receive the remote signal if you use an original XBOX

blindskull13 (author)errolbert2007-03-11

hey just wondering wouldent it be the version of remote and the reciver, because arnt the codes stored on the reciver.

Kipkay (author)errolbert2007-01-27

errolebert, what model remote do you have. I have the RC-23 but have not had a chance to try it yet.

Fluffiestspoon (author)errolbert2007-01-25

Hm... well thanks for trying, if you have the remote model number post it so others can give up hope right away. =D

kyuubinaruto (author)2008-08-07

its cus infra red i can do the same with my dvd controller and my robosapien lol

jman1118 (author)2008-07-12

Oh, and I forgot, between 2) and 3), you may need to press power before doing the code. sorry if I hijacked your Instructable, but this Is a better way to program the remote and you left out the All Channels part .

jman1118 (author)2008-07-12

I got it to work with a RC-23 remote 1) go to settings on your xbox 360 and set remote to all channels 2) hold mute and select at the same time till the light blinks twice 3) enter the code: 21708 or what ever works.

glosters (author)2008-07-10

done this before mate not exactly special

kmelon (author)2008-06-21

or you could by an xbox remote?

Sleek816 (author)2008-01-19

would this work with a dish network remote?

redfoxtrystman (author)Sleek8162008-06-20

yes all you have to do is look up the codes for them in your code book and fallow the programomg instrucions. P.S. IT WORKS ON MOST UNIVERSAL REMOTES AND Xin1 REMOTES. AND MOST ALL CABLE AND SAT SYSTEMS. so this is not new and microsoft made the xbox remote ready just get off your lazy but and look it up lol. also the original xbox works with the same remotes but you still have to buy the dvd playback kit For any remote to work, you'll need to plug the infrared receiver into an open controller port on the Xbox

Shut Up Now (author)Sleek8162008-03-08

yah i have the same question..

Genocide (author)2007-02-05

Follow all the steps above but enter this code 21708

Shut Up Now (author)Genocide2008-03-08

is that code for an xbox 360 or an original xbox

Fluffiestspoon (author)Genocide2007-02-05

Hey, thanks for the code... to enter the code do step one and simply enter 21708. Press power to make sure it responds then move switch back to directv and it'll store that code.

Genocide (author)Fluffiestspoon2007-02-06

You can make a full video tutorial with the code I gave you for the lazy people if you want.

Program (author)2008-01-07

...PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. POST A COMMENT ASKING ME AND I WILL REPLY!!!... so i would need to ask your permission if i can program my 360/DirecTV remote?

oneandonlykenny (author)2007-12-31

All You Need Is A Universal Remote Or A 3in1 Remote.
Then You Program Is

pctopgs (author)2007-12-27

Hey does this work for Cablevision??????????

jdacheifs (author)2007-09-15

i am betting you a lot of money that yellow red blue and green buttons do not work. the power select and the diectional buttons do though and i did this with my time warner remote before i ever saw this site

ac1D (author)2007-07-08
are you on "i copyright my stuff for com" or at "instructables dot com"
RobbyTheSheef (author)2007-02-03

Or, you can just hold down your guide button on your nifty wireless controller, and it comes on. And, if you're thinking of using it for DVDs, the regular controller does that too :D. Cool hack though, keep it up.

Yes well... I thought of that too LOL, just a neat little the I found out accidently.

Well, yes, don't get me wrong, its a cool trick, I just felt like being that jerk who ruins it. :P

Fluffiestspoon (author)2007-02-03

LOL all the people on youtube are saying this is fake... dumbasses =P

cam001001 (author)2007-01-31

Hi fluffiestsppon it took me about 80-90 clicks to get mine to work and i made an updated picture of the buttons you can use to control your 360

Fluffiestspoon (author)cam0010012007-02-03

80-90 dang!!! well for some people it may take longer so put aside some time to do it I guess =P

NVR 20 (author)2007-01-27

i like the discovery, now if i could only get it to work!

Kipkay (author)2007-01-22

What remote is that? The RC-23?

Fluffiestspoon (author)Kipkay2007-01-22

No, the remote I was using is the rc32, altho it probably will work with some of the other models, put a post here if it doesn't so others can know about it.

mspark400 (author)2007-01-22

good idea, you could also use this for other things too im sure

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