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How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your TV

Oyetoke Tobi - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Want to control your TV with other smart devices? Do you know that with HDMI-CEC you can control your TV? 

If your TV has support for HDMI-CEC, you can control your TV with other smart devices like Android TV, Siri remote and so on. Actually, most HDMI enabled TVs usually have support for this feature since it is one of HDMI features.

What is HDMI-CEC?

“HDMI-CEC”, is an abbreviation for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. It is a handy HDMI feature many TVs and peripherals have. This feature makes your devices work better together. It is usually disabled by default.

Most TV and other HDMI enabled devices Manufacturers don’t usually call this feature “HDMI-CEC”, which makes it hard to know if your TV has it. Similar to MiraCast, each manufacturer wants to call it a customized name.

HDMI-CEC Uses

HDMI-CEC lets other devices connect to your TV through HDMI ports in order to communicate with and control your TV. Some devices can have control over the TV, while the TV can have control over the devices. This means you could control your TV with other devices and control some devices with your TV. For instance, you could control your Blu-ray player with your TV remote. You can control your TV with Siri remote. Some devices can also automatically change your TV’s input when they need to carry out a process.

For instance, let’s assume you connect a Chromecast to your TV, but you’re not using the Chromecast right now. Instead, you’re watching TV or playing Xbox. With HDMI-CEC, you can start casting to your Chromecast from another device, and the Chromecast will send a signal to the TV, forcing the TV to switch to the Chromecast’s input. You won’t have to use the TV’s remote control and switch to the appropriate input on your own.

You can also used HDMI-CEC with game consoles like PlayStation 4 and so many more. For instance, on PlayStation 4, you can just press a button on the controller or the game console itself to bring the game console out of rest mode. Then the PlayStation 4 can automatically switch the TV to the correct HDMI input. Or, in case you switch the TV to the PlayStation 4 input while the PlayStation is still in rest mode, the PlayStation will recognize you want to use it and then automatically turn on. Sadly, neither the Xbox One nor the Wii U has supports for HDMI-CEC presently.

Some devices usually label their inputs, for instance, your Chromecast will automatically appear as “Chromecast” instead of just the normal “HDMI 2.” Of course, you can manually enter your own label, however, some the device can do it for you when you use HDMI-CEC.

Like I said earlier, different TV manufacturers have different names they called the HDMI-CEC feature. So you won’t see any “HDMI-CEC” printed on a specifications list. You’ll see a branded “trade name”, instead. These names still stand for the HDMI-CEC feature and they really exist only to confuse customers. To know whether your TV has the feature, you’ll need to know the name your TV’s manufacturer uses. With that you can look for the feture in your TV settings and enable the hidden HDMI-CEC option on your TV.

We’ve listed some of the names popular TV manufacturers called their HDMI-CEC feature.

AOC: E-link
Hitachi: HDMI-CEC (Thank you, Hitachi!)
LG: SimpLink
Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
Philips: EasyLink
Pioneer: Kuro Link
Runco International: RuncoLink
Samsung: Anynet+
Sharp: Aquos Link
Sony: BRAVIA Sync
Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
Vizio: CEC (Thank you, Vizio!)

How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your TV

The HDMI-CEC settings will be in your TV’s settings menu. Use the TV remote to navigate to the TV settings menu and look for the HDMI-CEC settings. Of course for easy navigation, you can look at your TV’s instruction manual on how to enable HDMI-CECor you can just do a web search on “how to enable HDMI-CEC on (the model of TV).”

On Vizio TV, the HDMI-CEC setting is situated under Menu > System > CEC. It is very easy to locate as long as yo are in the settings menu and your TV has support for it. 

After enabling the HDMI-CEC feature on your TV, you can now proceed to enable it on the devices you want to use with them.

How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your Devices

Some devices don’t have the HDMI-CEC feature enabled by default, so you may have to check the device’s settings to enable it. For instance, HDMI-CEC is automatically enabled on Chromecast. Therefore this will just work provided that you have HDMI-CEC enabled on your TV.

Device like PlayStation 4 have it disabled by default for some reason. So you had to navigate into Settings > System and enable the “HDMI Device Link” settings. You have to look for the HDMI-CEC option in your settings. You can also do a web search of the name of your device to know whether it has supports for HDMI-CEC and how to enable it in case it’s not enabled by default.

HDMI-CEC is very handy, so you may need to know how to enable it yourself. You can do this on any new TVs and devices you set up in order to save yourself some time, at least when switching between inputs on your TV.

However, advanced feature like controlling attached devices with your TV’s remote control, may or may not work since it depends on how the TV manufacturer or device integrated their HDMI-CEC. Nevertheless, the input-switching alone and controlling your TV with Siri makes HDMI-CEC worth enabling.



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