Controlling Audio and Video Components Through Walls

"I have placed my cable box and DVD player inside a cabinet/closet and I would like to be able to control my equipment. What do I need to achieve this?"

It seems that as more people toss out their old huge TV and cabinets in favor of that sexy wall-mounted flat panel TV, the more they realize just how much room the A/V gear takes up. They now want to move the gear to a nearby closet or maybe just completely hidden behind closed cabinet doors. These are both great ideas, but how can you control them once they are out of sight? Since most components are controlled by infrared (IR), the question is how to get those signals through an opaque wall, door or cabinet?

Basic Solution

The most basic solution we have is the IR to RF to IR Remote Control Range Extender Kit which will allow you to change out a battery in your remote (AA or AAA) and replace it with a special battery. This battery detects and converts signals from your remote into RF (radio frequency) which will then communicate to a base station to control your components.

Pro Solution

For control of more than two devices you would need a hardwired system. These systems allow you to use an existing infrared (IR) remote control to operate up to eight audio/video (A/V) components located behind closed doors or walls in an entertainment cabinet or equipment closet. The built-in IR distribution technology gives you the ability to conceal, yet still control, bulky electronic equipment such as a cable or satellite TV receiver, stereo receiver or amplifier, CD player, DVD player, Blu-ray player, or virtually any component controlled by an IR signal. The system uses an IR receiver to take in the IR signals from an existing remote control and distribute those signals via IR emitters to A/V components. No more leaving cabinet doors open or struggling to remotely access your hidden equipment, you'll be able to control up to eight A/V components from up to 40 feet away with extreme reliability.

The system uses an IR receiver to take in the IR signals from an existing remote control and distribute those signals via IR emitters to A/V components. Point the remote at the IR receiver to send the appropriate commands to your hidden A/V components. The receiver was specifically designed to reduce interference from Plasma, LCD and LED TV screens that cause other IR receiver systems to fail.