IR Distribution

So you want to hide all your tech devices from sight but need to control them with your IR remote controls.  Problem is, IR remote controls only work in line of sight.  You have to actually point the remote control at the device to control it.  Not to worry, there are lots of products out there which can relay the IR signal to another location.

magic_ir_eye_front

IR Receiver

Pictured above is the Labgear MRX110 set top IR receiver.  Place one of these or a simliar product in each room on top or under your TV to relay IR signals from your remote control to where ever your device is located.  Each MRX110 or other makes of IR receiver are connected to a single run of Coax cable.  This cable can also carry an RF signal which can be sourced from a TV ariel or straight out of the back of your satellite or cable box or even your CCTV using an RF modulator.  The set top IR receiver is powered by the small voltage running in the coax.

IR Decoder

Power is injected into the coax using the Labgear MRX120 unit pictured below.  This unit extracts the IR information from the incoming coax cable and sends IR commands to IR emitters which are plugged in to the bottom of the unit. Depending on your requirements you can use specific and directed IR emitters which attach to the front of the device, or you can use flood IR emitters to control multiple devices.  The IR decoder contains it's own power adaptor so can be plugged directly into the mains.  The input is the Aerial or RF signal you want to distribute via the outputs.  This means you can distribute TV or radio via RF along with the IR.  Most types of IR receiver come with a splitter so you can feed one piece of coax into the back of the TV and the IR receiver.

labgear_ir_repeater

This works well if you only have 2 locations recieving IR, but if you want more you'll need something to split and amplify the signal.

    Post your comments...