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"I want an IR repeater for my entertainment system"

My TV is on a cabinet and my DVR, DVD player and cable box are inside the cabinet. I need something to allow my remote to work.

wanted by: amykim (25) in Needham, MA 02492 +
updated on: Oct. 6, 2011, 12:43 p.m. (5 years, 10 months ago)
posted on: Dec. 9, 2010, 3:05 p.m. (6 years, 8 months ago)
tags: computer electronics remote tv
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Logitech Harmony IR Extender System

I've recently solved a similar problem: my cable box is hidden behind my 42-inc LCD TV on my mantle, requiring my remote's IR signal to go around the TV to get to the box. I have also recently added a Roku box which I have stashed behind the TV as well.

I use the Logitech Harmony IR Extender System (Price: $59).

My couch is ten or fifteen feet away from the TV and, right now, I am using the individual remotes that came with each device in my system. I have one for the Sony DVD player, one for the Westinghouse TV, one for the Verizon FiOS cable box and one for the Roku box.

I do have a Logitech Harmony remote, which would work great with this setup, but I just haven't programmed it with all my new components yet! I do love the remote and will be happy when I finally combine four remotes into one!

Anyhow, the Logitech IR system works great. It is super simple to setup (no programming required), is not too expensive and is low-profile enough to blend in nicely with my entertainment system setup. Its "universal design" works with all infrared remotes.

For what it's worth, it is very highly rated on Amazon earning 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 44 customer reviews. I am very happy with my purchase and would happily recommend it as a low-cost, low-profile solution to other users, especially ones who hide their entertainment components inside cabinets or closets. Happy clicking!
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Find a local Home Theater System Installer

My home theater installer used this IR repeater in the system he designed form my family room redesign. It works great and we love that all the components are not cluttering up our view when we watch our blue-ray DVDs!

Because we designed a comprehensive home entertainment system, and because I didn't have the time, we used a local expert to do the work. Depending on your schedule and aptitude, you may want to consider doing the same.

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How much does an infrared extender costHow Much does an IR Extender Cost?

How much does it cost?

An infrared (IR) extender is a relatively inexpensive device in your home entertainment system. Expect to pay no more than $100 for a good IR extender system, and in many cases, less than $50.

Compatibility is not typically an issue, since most remote controls are IR-based. However, do pay attention to how many IR blasters come packaged with the system. Depending on how many hidden A/V devices you intend to control, you may need more.

Keep in mind that one IR blaster can control multiple hidden audio-visual devices as long as the IR receiver on both devices are close enough together that the IR blaster can broadcast to both of them.

More information about IR RepeatersWhat is an Infrared Repeater?

An infrared (IR) extender device will let you control your infrared remote controlled audio-visual gear from a distance. This allows you to hide your current audio-visual devices out of view (i.e., inside a cabinet, at the back of your living room, or even in an adjacent room in your home) while still being ablte to effectively control your cable box, DVD player, A/V receiver and other components.

An IR system works with any normal remote control device, since most are IR-based. An IR system will typicall have these three components:

  1. A small IR receiver: This parts goes on top of or under your TV and receives the IR signal from your TV, cable box, DVD or receiver remote.
  2. A set of IR blasters (emitters): These parts go out of view and relay the signal from the IR receiver towards the devices that you wish to control.
  3. A relay box: A small, DC-powered box which both the IR receiver and IR blasters connect.

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