I installed a Hunter ceiling fan with a remote control receiver about a week ago. During installation it said to connect grounds to grounds, blacks to blacks, whites to whites, etc. which I did. I am sure the wiring I did between the fan, receiver and ceiling box were correct (with one exception, see below).

The problem is that the remote control receiver has TWO white wires on it, but the manual only mentioned one (and I checked the manual 3-4 times to see if it mentioned that second white wire). I went ahead and connected both white wires on the receiver to the white in the ceiling and the white on the fan (making 4 whites in the wire nut).

Anyway, the fan works perfectly. However, this 2nd white wire bothered me, so I did some googling around and realized that that extra white wire (on the bottom of the receiver) is the damned ANTENNA wire for the remote control. But now I have it connected to the white neutrals on the fan and ceiling box. Is this a danger? Should I take the fan down and disconnect that wire from the neutral circuit? As I said, the fan works fine and I've had no issues with it or the remote.

Why Hunter made the antenna wire WHITE is beyond me. They don't even mention what this wire is in the manual. I didn't realize we still used external antennas on devices such as this in 2018. If they're going to use external antennas, they should do 2 things:

  1. Make the antenna wire an off color like purple or pink or something (a non-electrician color).

  2. Clearly mark in the manual what the freaking wire DOES and how it should NOT be spliced together with other wires.

The wire is stranded like it WANTS to be connected to a wire nut. It is even pre-stripped on the end.

In any case, what should I do?

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    Can you post the model of the fan? It would help us give you an answer
    – Machavity
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 12:11
  • Hunter Channelside (Home Depot exclusive model I think). Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 12:13
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    Getting warmer. Does it have a model number?
    – Machavity
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 12:14

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It sounds like you figured everything out. I agree their documents should be better (MUCH better) and identify the antenna somehow, use pink or purple for the antenna wire, not strip the end.

Now the part I think you already know but were hoping not to hear:

You should disconnect the antenna from the neutrals.

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    Just opened it up and took the antenna wire out of the circuit. Everything still works. Glad I did it before something happened down the road. Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 14:55
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    What is the model number of the remote? I have two Hunters with remote model 99119. My remote receivers have a total of five wires as follows: Line power in black hot, white neutral; output from receiver: black switched hot for fan, blue switched hot for light, white common neutral. I don't recall any antenna wire, but I'm not up for taking the shroud off right now. Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 19:37
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    Every remote controlled fan I've ever installed, including Hunter, the antenna was black with a "cap" on the exposed end of the wire. Then as mentioned in other comments, white common, black hot for the fan, and a blue hot for the light.
    – BillWeckel
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 21:44
  • I just did the same thing , I accidentally wired the white antenna wire to the neutral power white wires. The fan didn’t work . Curious if this would have damaged the receiver ? I will soon know when I take the antenna wire out of the power wiring nut . Agree poor instruction manual and poor choice on antenna wire color . Are they expecting it to be left hanging outside of fan canopy and blend into the white ceiling.?? The instruction manual barely even depicts the internal wire different from the power wires. Frustrating
    – Greg C
    Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 2:06

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