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How long does the remote control battery last? PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

The battery provides up to a week of operation for normal use, or about four hours of continuous microphone operation.

 
What is the range of the Amulet microphone? PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

The microphone uses wireless technology to connect back to your Windows Media Center, and will work up to 100 metres / 300 feet away through air, or about 25 metres / 75 feet in a typical household environment through interior walls.

 
Advanced Learning PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

As well as the standard Media Center reprogrammable buttons, the Amulet Remote also allows you to create up to four device maps, giving you the ability to reprogram any button on the remote with up to four separate functions. Buttons reprogrammed in this way are called extended keys.

The four colored buttons (Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue) at the lower end of the keypad are used to select one of four device keymaps. Pressing the green Media Center Start button in the center of the remote at any time returns all buttons to their usual Media Center functions.

For example, you may wish to control a standalone CD player with your Amulet remote. Using the Blue device keymap, you learn the Play, Pause, Stop, Skip Forward, and Skip Back keys from your original CD player remote.

Now, when you wish to control your CD player, just press the Blue button to activate the CD keys. You can now use your programmed CD buttons to control the player. They will continue to behave as CD player buttons until you press a different colored device button, or press the green Start button to return to Media Center behavior.

NOTE

  • When using device key maps, any button which has not been reprogrammed will continue to transmit its original Media Center key code.

Learning procedure

To reprogram any Amulet Remote button with a new function:

  1. Place the Amulet Remote with its learning lens 2‐3 inches away from the other device’s remote control
  2. On the Amulet Remote, press the DVD Menu and OK buttons at the same time. The Logo on the remote slowly flashes light blue to indicate it is now in learning mode.
  3. On the Amulet Remote, press and release the Red, Green, Yellow or Blue button to choose the device keymap you want to use for this button.
  4. Now press and release the Amulet Remote button you wish to train (for example, Play). The Logo color turns a solid light blue to show it is waiting to receive a new key code.
  5. Press and release the button on the other remote that you are learning from. The Logo flashes light blue to indicate the code has been successfully learnt.
  6. If you wait too long before pressing the button on the other remote, the Logo flashes amber to indicate a timeout; repeat the programming from Step 2.
  7. If the Logo flashes amber after learning, the remote’s memory may be full. Erase an unneeded key code and then try again.

Repeat these steps for each new key you want to teach to the Amulet remote.

If all went well, you can now try out the newly programmed button on your Amulet Remote to make sure it carries out the expected function.

Erasing an extended key code

To erase a learnt code from a button and restore the button’s original function:

  1. Press and hold the DVD Menu button and Left navigation button at the same time until the Logo on the Amulet Remote flashes light blue.
  2. Press the Red, Green, Yellow or Blue button corresponding to the device for the button you want to erase. The Logo will continue to flash light blue.
  3. Press the button you wish to erase. The Logo changes to a solid light blue color.
  4. Now press OK to confirm the erasure. The Logo will flash light blue for several seconds to confirm the code has been erased. The button is now restored to its original function.

You must carry out the entire procedure within 10 seconds, or the erase operation will be automatically cancelled. If this occurs, the Logo will flash amber.

Erasing all learnt codes

To erase all reprogrammed buttons in a single operation, and restore the Amulet Remote to factory settings:

  1. Press and hold the DVD Menu button and Left navigation button at the same time until the Logo on the Amulet Remote flashes light blue.
  2. Press the OK button twice to confirm erasing all codes. The Logo turns a solid light blue color while codes are erased, and then flashes for several seconds to indicate successful erasure.

After this, all basic and extended device key codes will be removed and all buttons are restored to their normal Media Center functions.

HANDY HINT

  • If a key code seems to learn successfully, but your equipment doesn’t work correctly when you press the trained Amulet button, try holding the button down for several seconds. Some equipment can take longer to respond than others.
 
​Pairing the Voice Remote to the USB dongle PDF Print E-mail
Troubleshooting

During the manufacturing process, your Voice Remote is electronically paired with the USB dongle that comes in your package. In the unlikely event that the pairing established between the remote and the USB dongle becomes broken, or if you need to pair your remote with a new USB dongle, follow the steps below.

WARNING: If the USB dongle shows a solid blue light when you lift up the Voice Remote (even if the red light on the remote is not visible), then your remote and dongle are already correctly paired and you should not attempt to re‐establish the pairing.

To complete this procedure you will need a straightened paper clip or pin to reach the pairing buttons on the Voice Remote and USB dongle. The diagrams below show where these buttons are located.

To access the pairing button on the Voice Remote, you need to remove the battery compartment cover, as described in the installation guide. If you are having difficulty with the cover, the Amulet Remote Hardware video within Media Center shows you how to remove it.

You should also ensure the USB dongle is connected to an accessible USB port, and displaying a slow flashing blue light.

Use a paper clip to push the pairing button on the Voice Remote. When you are looking at the battery compartment, with the top of the remote facing away from you, the pairing button is located through a small pinhole to the bottom left of the battery compartment, where the lip of the battery cover fits in.

You will feel a distinct click when the pairing button has been pressed, and the Amulet Logo will start flashing purple. You now have 10 seconds to complete the next step.

Use the paper clip to push the pairing button on the dongle, accessed through the small pinhole near the front of the casing. Keep the button pressed in until the blue light changes from flashing to solid on the dongle. You will feel a distinct click when the pairing button pressed.

You can now remove the paper clip. The USB dongle has been paired to your Voice Remote. If you raise the remote up, you should see the logo lighting solid red to indicate an audio connection has been established.

Now you can retry any operation you have previously had trouble with.

If you take too long to complete the pairing operation, no harm will result but your remote will not be correctly paired. Simply follow the above steps from the start to try again.

 
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Settings

Welcome Message

When you start Media Center, Amulet initializes its speech vocabulary and then says “Welcome to Amulet” to let you know it is ready to process your commands. To use an alternative startup message, type it here.

Default: “Welcome To Amulet”

Start Page

Amulet can automatically navigate to one of its user interface pages when it starts up, for convenience. Choose from Music, Photos, Movies, TV, Videos, Help Videos, or None.

Default: None

Automatically Show Song Window

If you are viewing the Amulet Music screen when you play music by a new artist or album, Amulet usually opens the song window automatically so you can see what songs are being played. If you would prefer this didn’t happen, you can turn off this option.

Default: On

Ad Skip Duration

Defines how many seconds to skip forward for the command SKIP OVER ADS. You can adjust this if you find the default setting too long or short for the TV programs you watch.

Default: 240 seconds (four minutes)

Show Full Category Menus

Enable this option to include additional category menus on the Amulet Movie and TV Series screens that let you view your media files sorted by years, actors, directors, etc.

Default: Off

 
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