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#1 of 7 munsterrr

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Posted December 09 2008 - 12:04 PM

i finally mounted my TV on the wall and want to put the reciever, cable box, and PS3 on the other side of the wall so the only thing showing is TV and speakers. I use a Harmony 550 remote. I literally need something that goes through one wall and is literally 1.5 feet away. What is my easiest cheapest option?


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#2 of 7 Greg_R

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Posted December 10 2008 - 06:49 AM

Look into X10 IR repeaters, they are the cheapest option. Niles makes some really nice stuff but that is likely out of your intended price range.

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Posted December 10 2008 - 09:43 AM

Terk Leapfrog. I don't think you'll find another solution for close to $30. Works great with both my and my parents' 550s. Also available at your nearest Circuit City.

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#4 of 7 Kevin Stewart

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Posted December 10 2008 - 10:38 AM

Used something similar to the Leapfrog for a few years, then switched to this system about 3 years ago:

Amazon.com: Next Generation Remote Control Extender: Electronics

Love it. I control 2 DVR's a DVD player and my receiver from any room in the house.

Since I control more than one component, I also have one of these (but it has 4 ends, instead of 3)

Amazon.com: Next Generation 3-EYE Triple IR Mouse Emitter: Electronics
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#5 of 7 munsterrr

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Posted December 10 2008 - 11:18 AM

so since i use more than one component i would need one of these "multiple emitters"? or would the simple first thing work for me?

#6 of 7 Kevin Stewart

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Posted December 11 2008 - 11:49 AM

You'd need a multiple. Each component in your system would need an IR emitter in front of it.
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#7 of 7 Brent_S

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Posted December 11 2008 - 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by munsterrr
so since i use more than one component i would need one of these "multiple emitters"? or would the simple first thing work for me?

The current Leapfrog includes a triple emitter on maybe a 6' cable.

Needing the emitter depends on how you have the equipment housed. I have an older generation Leapfrog and my gear is housed in a converted armoire. The vertical spacing of the equipment spans about 24". The Leapfrog controls all of the gear by bouncing it's signal off of the doors and scattering it around the cabinet. The older unit only included a single emitter, but the base and cable emitters were hot at the same time*.

cable box
shelf
blu-ray
dvd-a/sacd
hd-dvd & IR controlled HDMI switch beside it
shelf
8" of air
receiver & IR base beside receiver

*The newer Leapfrog is an either/or situation. When the triple emitter is plugged in to the IR base unit, the base itself no longer outputs IR. Unplug the emitter and the base itself acts as a flood. One other thing to note, the triple emitter is wired in series instead of a splitting into three at the end of the wire like most do. Not really a problem if your gear is stacked vertically. Ideally, the flashers should be stuck over each component's IR eye, but the flashers are still effective if placed relatively close with a line of sight. If using a flasher this way, you may have to experiment with placement.

Any standard 3.5mm IR flasher with a mono connector will work with the Terk. If the included flashers can't be placed correctly, you might can find a Channel Vision/Xantec/etc. unit similar to the one Kevin linked that would line up better. There may even be enough voltage to use a 3.5mm Y-splitter to add a second emitter cable for up to 6 flashers, if needed.

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