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post #1 of 7 Old 03-10-2008, 03:58 PM - Thread Starter
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I am designing an entertainment system with equipment in another room. The equipment is approx 30-40 ft away from the television. Has anybody ever personally extended the Wii's IR sensor bar with CAT5 before? If so, what were your results? I want to make sure this will work before I go cutting my customer's wires for their Wii.

Another option that I've seen over the internet was a battery operated RF version of the Wii's sensor bar, does this product work well? Thanks.

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PS- just read somewhere that the wireless version of the Wii Sensor bar only works within 25 ft. So i guess scratch that idea...

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Did you ever get this to work over cat5?

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I didn't end up trying it. But now the company Psyclone makes a Wii sensor bar that seems to work well (haven't heard of any complaints from any customers). You can get this item from Target for $15.

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in case anyone else stumbles on this thread...

The sensor bar distance to the console is irrelevant because all it does is transmit an IR light. This is why the wireless bars work, because all they do is create an IR source. (there was a video a while back of someone using two candles instead of a sensor bar)
The wiimote has an IR camera that picks up this light and communicates it via bluetooth to the console. The only distance factor is the BT radio to console.

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I haven't personally done the cat 5 extension solution, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I've done with with standard IR signals, as I'm sure you have. Do you have a Wii yourself you could try? Pretty easy repair if it didn't work.

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I have pot lights above my screen. with the pot lights on low/dimmed, I don't even need the sensor bar.

I do have a wireless one though.
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