The IR extender and the IR repeater

IR Extender258Well it is the key to the modern homes and the wand to operate all audio video devices at home. In today’s digitalis ed lifestyle, a universal remote control is capable of controlling all your equipment’s at home. Now back to the concept of IR extender, it is nothing but simply a device which effectively increases the range of infrared signal. In other words the IR extender is something that enables you to get the convertor out of sight while still has the control through your remote by aiming it at a completely separate sensor. They are mostly of two broad categories depending upon the mode they use for increasing the range. The IR extender could be using the physical cable or the radio frequency to increase the signal strength.

Understanding the mode of extenders

If you are using the physical cable for the signal extension then you will be having a physical cable connecting an IR transmitter to the receiver. In the radio frequency transmitter, the IR remote receiver is coupled with the radio frequency transmitter. The IR transmitter is connected with the RF receiver through radio waves. The catch is that in both the types of IR extender you will be having IR extender operating by changing the pulsed light signal into any other form of signal.

The most common and popular form of IR extender is the radio frequency type as it allows more mobility and higher degree of freedom. The IR extender or the IR repeaters brings you the power of controlling your audio video equipment’s through remote even when the equipment controls are kept behind cabinet doors.

Inside a IR extender

The IR remote extender or the IR remote repeater comes with a small radio frequency transmitter and a battery. Then the radio frequency is send to the receiver that is somewhere placed near the equipment we wish to control. Making use of the IR blasters the receiver then controls the IR equipment without facing the line-of-sight issues.

Benefits of the IR extender and the IR repeater

With the demand of higher control and flexibility, the IR extenders gained popularity. The common issue that we face with traditional remote controls is line of sight issue. Once we have the IR extender or the IR repeater, we can control our audio and video devices from greater distance and through any cabinets.

There are also the wired control in which the controller are linked to the receiver through wires. This system is also highly efficient as the high grade cable make the action time very fast.

Just imagine you got a home theater with its control kept in some cabinet. With the IR repeater or the IR extender you could be controlling the home theater system without facing the issue the line of sight. It is the device to upgrade your digital lifestyle.

 

Going for an IR extender – Why to go for it?

Infrarot-VerlängerungFor easy understanding it is something that helps you to operate the A/V devices and equipment though wireless transmissions surpassing blockages like cabinet doors. Even if the cabinet door is shut or is out of sight, still the IR extender makes it possible for you to operate your audio or video devices from a distance.

What the IR repeater does?

The IR repeater picks up the infrared light coming from the remote controller and then converts that IR signal into electrical signal which could be easily distributed over the electrical circuit to one or many IR remote controlled sections.  Among the IR repeater components, there are target, connection blocks and emitters. The target is the IR receiver, which receives the modulated IR light coming from the remote, converts them to the electrical impulses and forward it to connection blocks and circuits. In the connection board, there is emitter, power supply and the receiver are wired together without or with any terminal strip. The emitter takes the converted electrical signal and turns it back into modulated infrared band light signal.

The potential problems with the system

The problem arises when the system loses its transparency or faces difficulty in the conversion of the electrical signals or problem in distribution of signals.

Understanding the first problem, the power issue. The power issue arise when the number of targets or emitters get limited. Apart from them the gauges and cable lengths can also be a crucial factor, as with increasing length, the power loss increases.

Next is the duplicate IR codes. When a device manufacturer inadvertently uses the IR code used by any other manufacturer then you will be facing this problem. If two device are using the same function code then they both will be receiving the signal and performing the function. The hypersensitive equipment occurs when the emitter over powers the equipment’s IR sensor. In satellite and cable TV boxes the low power emitters often get overpowered or overloaded by high power emitters.

The IR extender is used to operate the audio and video equipment in ay controlled multimedia cabinet with any remote control. These IR extenders work with every audio and video devices let it be beamer, sat, DVD etc. The IR extender connects the A/V devices and helps in managing them even when the cabinet door is shut or it may be out of sight. Generally the IR extenders work on low power batteries like 9V or can even be run by main supply with the help of adapter.

Using the IR repeater

The IR repeater extends the limit of your remote control and helps in controlling your audio video devices. You can place the repeater next to or under the multimedia cabinet or at any place in remote control view.

Equip your audio and video devices with the IR extender or the IR repeater and have a better controlling of them. Now you’re DVD, SAT or any other device will be following your command through the remote controller.

What is Infrared Extender/ Repeater ( IR Extender/ IR Repeater ) ?

IR extenderThe Remote Control Infrared extender aka Infrared Extender ( IR Extender/ IR Repeater ) is a very useful audio video accessory which improves the remote control signal of your electronic equipment Basically, it improves and amplifies the signal of your remote control without having to be close to the device.

Under normal circumstances, a remote control requires you to be within a certain distance ( usually around 3 – 5 meters ) from the device in order to have the control signal transmitted successfully.  Many remote control users face the problem of short transmission distance or insensitive remote control.  With the aid of Remote Control IR Extender, the transmission of IR signal of remote control signal increases sharply.

Two of its functions

  1.  If your have a Home theater system and your DVD players, set top box are placed inside a concealed cabinet.  Most likely your remote control doesn’t seem to be able to communicate with the devices. Reason being the signal is being blocked by the cabinet. By using the IR Extender, it amplifies the remote control signal and ensure your devices in the cabinet receive a clearer signal regardless of any possible obstruction of signals.
  1. Remote Control IR extender enables long range remote control or activate any device in your premises possible.  This is extremely hassle-free if you are watching your DVD in your room when the DVD player is located in a different room or hall.  With this remote extender, you can perform the same control over the device anywhere in your home. Meaning having to enjoy One DVD player in different rooms. Huge savings isn’t it?

Features of IR Extenders

Usually there are 4 components for an IR Extender namely IR Emitter, IR Receiver, IR Transceiver and DC power.

IR Receiver –  It is placed where it has an unobstructed line of sight between it and your remote control.  It receives commands from your remote control and pass on to the IR Emitter.

IR Emitter – An adhesive small chip which sticks to the Infra red point on your Set Top Box. It communicates between the IR Receiver and your electronics devices

Some IR Extender comes with a few emitters for the purpose of amplifying the infrared signal of several electronics devices.   Commonly comes in one, two, four or eight emitters to suit your requirements.

IR Transmitter is usually used when many receivers or emitters are required by the user. All IR Receivers & Emitters will be connected to this IR Transceiver which receive and send out signals.

A quality IR Extender can drive up to 24 Emitters effectively such as our model BD324

DC Power – IR Extender/ IR Repeater requires DC power

DC5V power can be drawn by using USB 5V adapter or by connecting the USB cable to your electronic device ( if the devices have USB Port ).

Alternatively, DC12V power adapter is used.

IR extender can be set up easily and upon completion, you will be able to enjoy your program without having the frustration of insensitive remote control. Check out the models at http://www.ir-extender.net or our you tube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZgWDztcsO-RJM9iMFEzhg

Control your home appliances with IR remote extenders

ir-extender With the advancement in technology, you can find more and more latest innovations for the benefit of the society.  IR extender is one of the latest innovation with which you can control several home appliances that are IR remote controlled like your air-conditioner or DVD player. Using such a device, you need not to run extra cables to control the devices if you want to control them from another room.  The benefit of this extender is that it can send infrared signals without using wires from one room to another.  It is a great tool for clean family room background or advanced home theatres. Use it wirelessly Infrared remote extender is a tool that lets you to extend the range of your remote controls so that you can control your home appliances even it keeps in a different room or cupboard. As everyone knows that a remote controller will not work if there is any kind of blockage. However, there is no such problem in the case of infrared controllers. The infrared remote extender features cable length that helps to extend the signals around the corners. By following some simple instructions, you can connect the extender to your direct TV remote. Infrared repeater If you have a home theatre device at your home, then it is beneficial to use an infrared repeater as with this tool you can control your home theatre even from a separate room. The best feature of this repeater is that it has a cable length of 25ft between the emitter and the repeater which almost double the cable length that seen in standard controlling tools. With this features, you can use and IR remote extender for the installation of easy home theatre. By using such a tool, you can control several A/V components like cable box, amplifier, DVD player, CD player and satellite TV receiver, and several other parts controlled by controllers of infrared signals. Benefits of using IR extender Nowadays many people use such devices to control their out-of-range home appliances like stereos or DVD players.  The advantage of such extenders is that they provide the capacity to control the source even with the help of already using remote control devices.  The technology behind these IR extenders is that they can convert the infrared signals that emitted by your remote control device to a signal frequency of radio in UHF band at the 401T transmitter and send it back to the 401R receiver. Then the RF signal is converted again to the original infrared signal and send out to the video or audio source. Every home has a media centre that consists of a television, CD and DVD player, stereos and several other entertainment devices.  Since all of these devices are a long term investment, most of the owners prefer to keep them in safe closets.  Sometimes, it is difficult to transmit signals between the remote control and the source if it keeps it in cabinets with wooden doors. By using an infrared repeater, you can easily control an electronic device even from another room or location. Choose the best system for IR repeater and you can take help for choosing the best brand from the internet.