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Monday, July 14, 2008

Infrared Repeaters

Once again I am going to refer to Diamond Case Designs and once again I will reiterate I am not being paid one dime by DCD nor am I in any way financially connected to Diamond Case Designs. I do find their newsletters and their information center really interesting which may indicate that I need to get a life or maybe not.

As you may know, infrared remotes depend on line of sight to function. While babysitting my grandchildren I noticed that I had to open the cabinet under the big screen to use the remote. I thought at the time how inconvenient and it definitely impacts the whole reason for having the components out of sight. How could I use an infrared remote through the wooden door? I happened on the infrared repeaters at the Diamond Case Information center and realized I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

To begin place a sensing receiver somewhere in line of sight. There is a table top receiving eye and a tear drop style receiving eye. From my perspective, the tear drop style is way less obtrusive and that is the whole point of hiding the components in the first place. You mount an infrared emitter over the receiving eye of each of your components. A connecting block is mounted out of sight in with the components. It seems pretty slick. I am sure there are others out there that sell the same or similar components but the fact that Diamond Case goes out of their way to explain it, put them one up in my book. Take a look at their in depth explanation. http://diamondcase.com/Knowledge/Knowledge_HTML/Repeater.HTML
It seems like they have a pretty comprehensive solution that will undoubtedly end up as a birthday present for my son.

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