DIY remote control range extender

Posted by on September 17, 2011 in DIY | 1 comment

diyHave you ever been frustrated that the range of your remote controls is a little too short? Infra Red is visible line of sight. It doesn’t go through walls or around corners. Ambient lighting can also shorten its range.¬† There isn’t much you can do to improve the remote itself, but you can place a repeater midway between it and the device it controls.

A simple repeater circuit by Andy Collinson can built built in an evening for less than $20. Place one between  and that favorite dead spot and remote away frustration free!

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  1. Interesting. Cheap too! But I don’t think long term IR remote is going to last. My XBMC media box sports WiFi capability though I control it thru the home network AP. The Controller? Why my Android smart phone.

    My guess is that this is the way things will go in the future. The chips are cheap. The controller is nothing but software. When you can have a `remote` on your cell, Xoom pad, iPad or any other Pad the CES mavens will drift that way.