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post #1 of 4 Old 03-29-2001, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
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I've poured over the components on www.smarthome.com and am still not sure what I need.

All I need at the basic level is to be able to control my stereo's volume from outside (outdoor speakers near the hot tub). I can actually almost see the stereo, but my windows have UV blocking, so no IR can get through them http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/frown.gif My preference would also be enough buttons (programmable) to change radio stations or change playlists on my new Rio Digital Audio Receiver (it plays MP3s off my computer via an Ethernet cable)

The other problem is in the living room, I don't really have anywhere to put a goofy pyramid-type IR transmitter where it could see the stereo. About the only place would be on the wall, about 7 feet off the ground on the little shelves I have my rear speakers on (see diagram, "A")

I am considering the In-wall Blast IR Emitter, but I am not sure where it gets its power from, does it need to be hooked to anything (a control unit, or does it receive the RF signal directly). What infra-red sensor would I need outside? Ideally, I would prefer a simple (like only a few buttons, and thus economical) RF remote for outside that would work with the IR blaster inside.

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In addition, does anybody know of any simple waterproof universal remotes - preferably one that is RF http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif ?

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Glen -

I was under the impression that IR doesn't work outside due to sunlight containing the same spectrum. I *think* your only choice is RF.

Having said that, you could use an RF/X10 tranceiver (like the XT751 at http://homecontrols.com), a keychain remote (like the XTKR19A or XT6500) and an X10/IR emitter/blaster (like http://smarthome.com/8010.html) or home controller (like http://www.smarthome.com/1620.html).

IR emitters can be attached directly to the IR windows of components so you don't need to blast the entire room, unless you want to.

I hope this helps.

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Use this remote to make life easier and enjoy your tub a little longer:
http://www.smarthome.com/8188r.html This remote can be placed in a ziplock bag for those careless nights in the tub. the other end goes to a blaster that sits on top of the cabinet and shoots down across the face of the gear.

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The best solution for near a hot tub is usually just a keypad. Xantech, Niles, and plenty of others make all-weather keypads just for this application. You will then need an IR distrobution block with a power supply and an IR emmitters for each component you need control of. Xantech would be my choice for these. The only hassle may be that you need to run a 3 conductor wire between the keypad and the distrobution block. One nice benefit you will have is that if you want, you can then extend this control anywhere you like, including adding an IR receiver in the home theater room if you like(this can make macros and general use much more reliable). While not the least expensive option, this would be the desired way to accomplish what you are asking.

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