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post #1 of 6 Old 09-18-2007, 11:57 AM - Thread Starter
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Qusetion that has been driving me crazy the last few days - looked through the search but have come across nothing. Here's the issue at hand -

I have a Sony VGX-XL1 computer that is located in my living room. I have a HDMI splitter that allows me to have the Sony XL1 connected to both my living room and bedroom. In my bedroom I have a Onkyo TX-NR1000 where the computer is plugged into. The NR1000 has a great IR learning remote.

The Sony has two plugs in the back of it for IR Blasters (LEDs) and they can extend into my bedroom. If I plug in the IR blaster and put it in my bedroom can I remotely control my computer thats in the living room?

If not, is there anything I plug into the back of the XL1 so that it can be controlled with my IR remote in my bedrrom. My NR1000 controller has already learned all the functions of the sony remote.

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The blasters send IR only, they can't receive IR.

Maybe you can just use an IR repeater/IR extender, which you can find in a google search.
Like this:
http://www.smarthome.com/59500.html?src=WG1004232
Or maybe this:
http://www.hometech.com/infrared/extenders.html

I have no experience with these devices, do your research, there may be better or cheaper options.

Another option might be using two MCE receivers on the same system and running a long USB extension or something for one of them. I have not tried two receivers on one system. It should work in theory but I don't know if they actually will or anyone that has tried.

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Look into IR up the coax if your home is prewired for cable TV. You might also try a "powermid" IR>RF>IR system, mine seems to work fine.
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pc Cinema and Collin,

Thanks for the information and suggestions. I think I'll try out the hidden IR sensor and see if that fits the bill.

Thanks again
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I'm also wondering if I can just plug an IR receiver in the back of the computer where the IR blaster was and see if it will accept the signal.....do you think that would do the trick?
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You might blow the circuitry, it certainly will not work. Blasters and the blaster connection send only.

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