I have got the audio and video on my AV distribution network DIY upgrade up and running but am having problems figuring our what to do with IR controls.
I am distributing HDMI from four sources (Oppo BDP, DirecTV HMC, DirecTV HDDVR, Security DVR) through an Octava 4x4 HDMI matrix to four zones (3 over CAT5e using Altona HDMI Extenders and 1 wireless using Iogear Kit).
Two of the sources (Oppo, DTV HMC) and the Octava have direct IR input ports which I would like to use in lieu of stick on emitters. The Altonas have bidirectional IR and the Iogear has unidirectional IR. I also have Universal Remote RF/IR remotes communicating with a base station from the original installation.
I bought a bunch of 2.5 and 3.5 mm stereo cables and have tried a couple of obvious setups and they have given me erratic results. I have tried using the UR's and outputting from the the UR base station to the sources direct and through emitters. I have also disconnected the UR's and gone strictly with IR through the extenders. I also have tried a high power IR blaster in lieu of multiple emitters. Only a fraction of the signals seem to get to the DirecTV boxes and not in any consistent way. The Oppo responds consistently. The Security DVR not at all.
I thought maybe the problem was incompatible cables (2 vs 3 conducter, mono vs stereo) but the device manuals have no specific info on this and could not find much helpful in searching this site.
My eventual plan is to use a Xantech 4 zone IR distribution block to consolidate and distribute IR signals in the rack and a Globalcache GC-100 IP-IR network adapter so I can switch from RF/IR remotes to Iphone/Ipads over IP. I have these two devices but don't want to dive into connecting them until I figure out the compatibility issues....
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...