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!
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.
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 isnâ€™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.
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.
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.
Here's the format you must use for the .BIN file to install properly:
|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!