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IR EXTENDER CENTRAL
Hide your home theater equipment in a closet or cupboard without forfeiting the power of your remote with an IR Extender from Sewell Direct.
IR, short for infrared, is the type of signal your television remote controls use to transmit information between your remote and the device it’s controlling. As we have all experienced, a remote control won't work if there's something blocking the signal between the remote control and the device it is intending to control. An IR extender uses a cable to extend the IR signal around corners, behind entertainment centers, or any situation where line-of-sight between your devices and your remote control isn’t possible. Great for both professional grade home theaters as well as clean family room setups.
Which IR Extender Is Best For Me?
Though most IR extender kits feature the same basic parts, they come in many different varieties. Here are some of the options we offer here at Sewell Direct:
The Easiest IR Extender Installation Available:
Sewell has recently developed a groundbreaking innovation in the IR extender market with the injectIR – IR injector over HDMI. The injectIR is the easiest IR extender on the market to install. The injectIR simply runs the IR signal over an HDMI cable, so you can use the wires already running through your wall or into your cupboard to send the IR signal. With the injectIR there is no need to run extra wires to complete your IR extender setup.
The injectIR simply has 2 units that attach to both ends of the HDMI cable being used. An IR extender is plugged into the unit on the TV side of the cable. An IR emitter is then connected to the opposite end of the HDMI cable to control your audio/video devices.
A Robust IR Extender
This unit is a robust IR kit with a durable metal receiver block, 8 emitter “eyes” included, with the ability to add more. The BlastIR gives you the power to control 8 devices out of the box, or purchase additional emitters to control even more devices.
Basic IR Kit
A Bargain IR Extender
This unit is a great value: with a basic receiver block, a plastic connecting block, 4 emitter cable outputs, with a total of 8 emitter “eyes” included.
In-Wall IR Kit
An Integrated IR Extender
In-Wall IR Extender Kit (4 Emitter "eyes")
This unit features wall plates for both the receiver unit as well as the connector block. This is the best option for running cable through a wall. Includes 4 emitter "eyes" with the ability to add more.
What Is IR?
IR, short for infrared, is the type of signal your television remote controls use to transmit information between your remote and the device it’s controlling. IR is the invisible signal that travels across the room to change the volume, play your movie, or change your channel- so you don’t have to. This type of signal is most common because its relative reliability and ease-of-use, but as we have all experienced, it has its drawbacks. An IR extender can maximize the power of your remote controls.
Why Do I Want An IR Extender?
IR’s biggest fault is that it requires an unobstructed view between your remote control and the device it’s controlling in order to function as intended. For example- when someone stands between you and the TV, you can’t change the channel, because the signal is blocked from reaching the TV.
For the cleanest family room or home theater TV setup you’ll want to hide all those Blu-ray players, Tivos, and cable boxes inside a cupboard or video closet and protect them from kids and pets. An IR extender uses a cable to extend the IR signal around corners, behind entertainment centers, or any situation where line-of-sight between your devices and your remote control isn’t possible.
How Do IR Repeaters Work?
Most IR extender kits feature the same 3 components- an IR receiver block, a connecting block, and 1 or more IR emitters. Though the kit may be confusing at first, if you follow these steps you’ll find it works rather simply-
- Place the IR receiver block in a spot that will allow for an unobstructed line-of-sight between it and your remote controls (on the top or side of your TV for example).
- Run the IR receiver block cable to the cupboard or closet where your audio/video devices are stored and plug the end into the connecting block. This cable can be run behind cupboards, along walls, or through walls to get the IR signal to your hidden devices.
- Emitter cables are then attached to the connecting block and the emitter “eyes” at the end of each cable are placed in front of your devices where they can successfully transmit IR signal to your audio/video devices. note: one emitter can be used to control multiple devices if the “eye” is placed so that the signal can reach each device’s IR receiver