IR Emitter and Receivers
Clean home theater set-ups, especially those involving wall mounted HDTVs often involve storing your video equipment (like Blu-Ray players, DVD players, TIVOs, and game consoles.) in a remote place like a closet or another room. This poses a problem for your remote controls, which rely on line-of-site to properly send signal to your devices. In other words: your remote control won't be able to control your device if it is located in a closet or cupboard, out of site from where you're sitting. You need a way to send this signal (known as infrared, or IR) to your equipment. Your solution is a wired extender.
These IR extender kits provide all the parts you need in one convenient package to send an IR signal direct from your cozy couch to any concealed equipment.
How They Work
This kit includes an IR receiver, a connecting block (which also serves as a signal repeater), and IR emitters. The IR reciever is a small inconspicuous device that you can mount on your HDTV's bezel or anywhere else in the room you can easily point your remote. It is small and very easy to hide, but must be in line-of-site to where you will be using the remote control. This receiver takes your remote control's commands and sends the signal over 3.5mm wire (the same type of cable called mini-stereo) through the connecting block, which can be hidden behind a wall.
The connecting block then actively repeats and sends the same signal through all IR emitters connected to the block. Two emitters come with the kit and each emitter features two "eyes". Each eye blasts out the same IR signal as your remote, and you can tape them directly over each IR receiver on your equipment or simply fix them to an opposite facing wall (like the back of the door of your video closet for instance.)