The switch may be a safety device to prevent unwanted intrusion when you are away.
However, it should not cause the symptoms you are displaying, as if that were the case it would turn the power on/off.
If the switch is wired with bell wire;http://www.lowes.com/pd/100-ft-20-AW...2-0339c8e38912
then you are correct, there would normally be a switch similar to a doorbell push button.
Unwire the switch and with the conductors separated, try the remote and then touch the conductors together.