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How to upload custom remote .BIN files

Here are step-by-step instructions to upload a custom remote control using a .BIN file that you've created yourself, or obtained from a trusted source.

Slingplayer for Desktop (Slingbox M1 and Slingbox M2), Watch on Slingbox.com (Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500), and Setup on Slingbox.com (older Slingbox models) include several hundred remote control codes to operate thousands of different devices. However, some devices, like a surveillance camera, do not have remote control codes supplied for them, and you need to install custom remote code to control the device. Several third-party sites offer custom remotes for controlling devices not supported by Sling Media. 

Alternatively, if you have advanced technical skills, you can create a file yourself that contains the code for your special remote control. Creating a custom remote code file that you can use to control your video source isn't for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of patience, but it's great when it's done!

How do I get more information?

If you want to find out more about these custom files, see the forums linked below. These forums aren't connected with Sling Media, but they're a good place to exchange ideas and get help.

None of this makes sense to me!

If that's the case, then you aren't likely to benefit from this article. Its sole purpose is to show you how to upload a remote control using a custom .BIN file. This .BIN file is one that you already have ... either because you've created it, or because you've obtained it from another source. This article isn’t intended to show you how to create .BIN files.

Please note that because these files are not created by Sling Media, we can't provide troubleshooting if you have problems.

What type of files are used for custom remote code files?

Custom remote code files always end with a .bin extension. However, depending on the viewing options you have set in Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, you might not see the .bin file extension. So be sure to look for an indication that you're working with a "bin" file of some kind.

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Where to copy the .BIN file

You can put the .BIN file in any location that you can access on your computer. But you will have to manually type the full file path name shortly, so you might want to make things easier for yourself and put the file somewhere that has an easy path name. While the root level of your hard drive (C:\) is probably the easiest, make sure you have access to it first. Otherwise, try the Desktop or Downloads folder.

Note: After you're done uploading the .BIN file, you can delete it.

Proper naming for the .BIN file

Here's the format you must use for the .BIN file to install properly:

XNNNN_DD.bin

Where:

Filename character What it should be Typical values (yours may be different yet still be correct)
X Can be any single character. C for a Cable Box, S for a Satellite system, and V for a Video Recorder.
NNNN Must be a four digit number. Between 0000 and 2047.
DD IR chip type. PL is primarily for Slingbox models in the US, Canada, and some other countries.

JB is for the Slingbox PRO-HD and newer Slingbox SOLO models, but because there are no IR files for the JB code, use PL for the .BIN filename.

RV is for the European Slingbox PRO and earlier Slingbox models, except for the Slingbox PRO-HD and newer Slingbox SOLO models.

Note: Try using the "DD" string that's suitable for your Slingbox. If it doesn't work properly, try the other strings. Just be aware that Watch and Setup on Slingbox.com accept an incorrect BIN file without displaying an error!

Uploading a custom remote control

To upload a custom remote control for use with a Slingbox M1 or Slingbox M2

  1. From Slingplayer for Desktop, click the Standard View icon in the upper right corner, then click Reconfigure Video Input under Settings.
  2. Select the input you want to configure, and click Add Device:



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  3. Click Continue to reset your Slingbox settings:



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  4. Re-enter the name and zip code for your Slingbox, then select your cable or satellite provider and click Continue.
  5. Click Pick to choose from the device types and manufacturers of your cable or satellite box:



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  6. Select your device type, then scroll to the bottom of the manufacturers and select Custom:



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  7. Click Choose File, and select your custom .BIN file.
  8. Click Continue, and follow the instructions to test your .BIN file.
  9. If it successfully passes the tests, click Continue, and you're done!
To upload a custom remote control for use with a Slingbox 350 or Slingbox 500

  1. Open Watch on Slingbox.com. Select your Slingbox in the Directory, click Settings, and then choose Configure Input.
  2. Select the input that you want to configure, and click Next.



    Select_Video_Input_1.png
  3. From the Set Up Your Remote screen, click PICK and select the proper Device Type.



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  4. Then, from the Select Manufacturer drop-down list, choose Custom at the very bottom of the list.



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  5. In the field provided on the Setup Remote (Advanced) screen, type the location of the .BIN file that you want to upload to create a custom remote control.



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  6. Click Test, and Watch on Slingbox.com uploads the .BIN file and performs some tests on it.
  7. If the .BIN file is okay, the custom remote control loads and displays on your screen. Note that custom remotes normally use the default remote image, unless the third party supplying the code links to a realistic remote image. Test the remote to make sure that it works okay.



    Note:
    An incorrect BIN file appears to load correctly, even though the remote doesn't operate. If that happens, go back and try other naming parameters for the .BIN file.
  8. Click Next and you're done!
To upload a custom remote control for use with a legacy Slingbox

  1. Go to setup.slingbox.com. Cick Get Started, select your Slingbox in the Directory, and click Configure Inputs.
  2. Select the input you want to configure, and click Next.



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  3. On the Remote Control Setup screen, click the supported devices link at the bottom of the screen.



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  4. Select your device type from the dropdown list.



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  5. Scroll to the bottom of the list of manufacturers, and select Custom. Then click Next.



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  6. Enter the path and filename of the .BIN file you want to upload.



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  7. Click Test, and Setup on Slingbox.com uploads the .BIN file and performs some tests on it.
  8. If the .BIN file is okay, the custom remote control loads and displays on your screen. Note that custom remotes normally use the default remote image, unless the third party supplying the code links to a realistic remote image. Test the remote to make sure that it works okay.



    Note: An incorrect BIN file appears to load correctly, even though the remote doesn't operate. If that happens, go back and try other naming parameters for the .BIN file.
  9. Click Next and you're set to go!

 

Third-Party Resources

Link to JP1 Remote Codes
Advanced Users Only! These user-developed remote code solutions are unsupported by Sling Media and are linked here as a courtesy only. Any questions, technical support, complaints or claims regarding these solutions must be directed to the appropriate third-party resource.

Link to JP1 Remote Forums
Advanced Users Only! The solutions linked here are unsupported by Sling Media and are presented as a courtesy only. Any questions, technical support, complaints or claims regarding these solutions must be directed to the appropriate third-party resource.

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