One of the things I received for Christmas – although it didn’t arrive until the week after – was a new TV, the Samsung U55D8000 LED 3D HDTV. The TV is amazing on many levels (I’ll post a quick review in the coming days), including its QWERTY keyboard remote. On one side the remote is a standard up-down-left-right-numbers affair; on the other it’s a QWERTY keyboard that allows you to use the TV’s SmartHub for searches, to send IMs via Skype, etc.:
But as handy as the keyboard remote is, getting it paired with the TV was a real pain. The instructions inside the box – and on the keyboard’s LED display – say to press and hold the SYM and TAB keys to pair (the keyboard uses Bluetooth technology for wireless connectivity). Try as I might, though, I couldn’t get the remote to pair with the TV, or worse I’d see a message on the TV screen saying that the devices were paired, but I’d get no response from the remote when I tried to type something into a search field.
Happily, after many attempts and frustrating failure, I finally found the solution.
In order to pair the UN55D8000 TV and the remote, you do indeed need to press the SYM and TAB keys and the same time. The trick is that you need to do this while the remote is very close to the TV.
To pair the remote, turn on the TV and stand near its right side. Hold the remote near the LED indicator light near the bottom-right corner, say within 6 inches or so. Press and hold the SYM and TAB keys for a few seconds. You should see a pop-up on the screen showing that the pairing was successful.
That’s it! It’s just a matter of distance. The remote has worked flawlessly ever since.