How can I use a remote control outside by the pool?

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  1. John Stream

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    I've got my equipment inside my family room which is right next to my pool. I have my pool speakers mounted on the patio overhang and wired directly to my receiver in the entertainment center. My question is how can I have a cheap universal remote out by the pool change radio stations and/or volume inside?

    Facts:
    -The pool is a max of 30' from the window which has view to the equipment.
    -The sunlight is AZ sun. Bright and hot is an understatement
    -I'm willing to spend money to get a good solution.
     
  2. Jim Rakowiecki

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    I just picked up a remote extender from Radio Shack. Nothing fancy what it amounts to is an IR repeater that uses RF to transmit from the point to point and and converts back to IR. It's supposed to work through walls up to about 100 feet. No hardwiring involved you just need an outlet. The downside is that the reciving end has to be placed in front of your components.
    I think it cost around $45.00. You could pick up a remote as well and walk away for less than $70.00 including batteries.
    http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...t%5Fid=15-1950
    If that is not going to work for you you may want to check out the Niles Audio web site. They have some more involved and expensive solutions but they might be better suit your needs
    http://www.nilesaudio.com/products/infrared.html
     
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    I have seen both of their products. My main question is whether or not the remote will reach the IR repeater which will be in the window sill.

    I guess I'm heading to Radio Shack, buy the thing and see if it works for me. I hope it does.

    Thanks for the help.
    Stream
     
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    The range on the remote may be a problem. I'm not an expert by any stretch but from what I've seen most infrared remotes are pretty limited in range so if your looking to float around the pool and change the station you may be out of luck. Have you ever been to this website? Maybe someone there would have a better solution or some ideas on remotes with more range.
    http://www.remotecentral.com/index.html
    Or try here
    http://www.smarthome.com/wirelessir.html
     
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    Depending on how much you wanted to spend, the Home Theater Master MX-600 would work. It could also function as your main remote control if you do not already have a universal remote.

    The following site has an open box special for less than $170:

    http://www.surfremotecontrol.com/HTM-600.html
     
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    I've already got the MX-500 and I don't think I need another $100+ remote. Plus I want the pool remote to be cheap and easily replaceable (sun damage and drop ins). I'm going to start with the IR Repeaters from Radio shack and hope they work.

    Are there any cheap RF universal remotes?
     
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    I don't think there are any cheap ones. I've heard of a "Leapfrog" made by Terk. It clips over the front of your remote and sends the signals out via RF. I've never used it, or even seen it, so I can't vouch for it's reliability. Shoud be perfect for your application if it works as advertised however. Look here, http://www.terk.com/pdfs/LEAPFROG-LB.pdf the LF-UNIV model.

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