FAQ - ResidentialFAQ - Residential
1) HOW MANY DEVICES CAN THE MX 900 CONTROL?
The MX 900 is capable of controlling up to 40 devices under the Watch Main page, and up to 40 devices under the Listen main page, to equal a total of 80 devices.
2) WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO PROGRAM MY MX 900?
You need a PC with a USB 2.0 port. MX 900 Editor will run on any Pentium II or faster Windows PC. Your PC should be equipped with an adequate amount of RAM for the operating system you use. MX Editor is compatible with the Windows ME, 2000, XP and XP Pro operating systems. It is not compatible with Windows 98 or previous versions of windows.
3) IS MX EDITOR MACINOTSH COMPATIBLE?
MX editor is a Microsoft windows based application and is not compatible with Macintosh operating systems. You can use MX editor through PC emulation software on a Macintosh; however, this type of operation is not currently supported.
4) MY MX 900 EDITOR SOFTWARE AND REMOTE ARE NOT COMMUNICATING. WHAT DO I DO?
If you experience difficulty establishing a connection it may be due to your USB ports. Always try to connect directly to your PC USB 2.0 ports. When using external USB hubs, it is important to remember that they may not have enough power to support the MX 900 remote control.
5) I COULDN’T FIND A CODE FOR MY DEVICE IN THE IR DATABASE, WHAT CAN I DO?
If your model component is still not available in the IR database after trying to live update your editor software, you can use the factory supplied remote from that specific component to “teach” the MX 900 codes through the learning feature.
6) WHICH BUTTONS ARE CAPABLE OF LEARNING CODES?
You can learn to any button on the MX 900 with the exception of the LISTEN, WATCH and the PAGE buttons.
7) WHAT IS THE 2-LEARN FUNCTION FOR?
The 2-learn feature is useful and/or necessary for learning toggle bit codes. Some examples of toggle bit codes include Philips DVD players and TV’s, Yamaha DVD players and XM Radios.
8) HOW CAN I IDENTIFY DISCRETE CODES IN THE IR DATABASE?
If discrete codes are available for a particular device, they are usually located on the LCD buttons. In the IR database, discrete codes can sometimes be found as model title themselves under certain manufacturers that make them available.
9) IS IT POSSIBLE TO ENTER HEX OR BINARY IR CODE DATA INTO THE MX EDITOR?
The most recent version of the MX editor does support direct entry of Hexadecimal command, however it must be in the pronto format.
10) I HAVE ANOTHER REMOTE CONTROL FILE FORMAT CAN I IMPORT IT INTO THE MX EDITOR?
You can import LEARNED IR codes from .CCF files through the Universal Browser, (p. 60 in manual). Also, you can import IR codes from other MX Editor File formats including MXF, MXA, MXT, MXG and RCC files. You can find an abundance of various files on specialized Forums like www.RemoteCentral.com
11) CAN I PROGRAM THE MX 900 WITH ANOTHER UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROLS EDITOR SOFTWARE?
No. When programming the MX 900 be sure to use MX 900 editor software only.
12) CAN THE MX 900 CONTROL RF DEVICES DIRECTLY?
The MX 900’S radio signals will not directly control components that operate with “no pointing” RF remote controls. The only devices that will receive the radio signal from the MX 900 are the addressable MRF base stations (MRF 200, 250 and MRF 300). The component must have the ability to be controlled direct line of sight in order to be compatible with the MX 900.
13) WHAT MRF BASE STATIONS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE MX 900?
The MX 900 is compatible with all of the addressable MRF base stations. These include the MRF 200, MRF 250, MRF 300, MRF-350 & MSC-400
14) HOW CAN I RESET MY MX 900 TO FACTORY DEFAULT?
You can open a new default configuration in the MX Editor software. First click the icon for New Configuration or click on File and then select New. Now choose default configuration and apply that choice. Now select Download using the icon on the Toolbar or by clicking on Communications and selecting Download to remote. After you complete the Download your MX 900 will be reset for the factory default mode. Alternatively, you can press and hold the LISTEN and ENTER buttons for three seconds, when you do the screen will change to the EDIT screen, press the Factory Default button on the setup screen, then answer Yes to the are you sure(?) and format disk(?) prompts.
15) WHAT TYPE OF BATTERIES DOES THE MX 900 USE?
The MX 900 uses four AAA Alkaline batteries.
16) HOW LONG DOES A SET OF BATTERIES TYPICALLY LAST IN THE MX 900?
Battery life expectancy should be from 3 ½ - 5 months under normal operation.
17) IF THE BATTERY CHARGE RUNS OUT, DO I HAVE TO RE-PROGRAM THE REMOTE?
If the battery charge runs out, you do not have to re-program the remote. The MX 900 will retain its programming. You also have your saved MXG file readily available on your PC just in case.
18) WHAT IS THE SAFEST WAY TO CLEAN MY MX 900?
It is always best to clean your MX 900 with a soft dry cloth. Never use abrasives or cleaning solutions on the cloth.