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post #1 of 12 Old 12-04-2001, 10:54 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi there!

Thanks to the feedback that I receive in this forum I decided to go the wireless way over the Xantech solution, to control my equipment (cheaper, easier setup).

Among this products which one you consider the best:

Recoton DSC-IR100 - $30.00 on the web
PowerMid PM5900 - $40.00 on the web
Radio Shack model (that looks like the PowerMid)- $50.00

Do you know any other similar product?

Thanks!

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post #2 of 12 Old 12-04-2001, 09:33 PM
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Had a Recoton, but it worked inconistently.

Bought a PowerMid PM5900 - directly from the X-10 site - and so far, it has worked flawlessly for me.
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Had a Recoton, but it worked inconsistently.

Bought a PowerMid PM5900 - directly from the X-10 site - and so far, it has worked flawlessly for me.
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I use the RCA pyramids sold at Wal Mart and they work fairly well over my 2 stories and a basement. Keep them out of direct sunlight and not too close to the TV and they work fine. I have 9 senders and 2 receivers overall.
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How much does the walmart unit cost? I need a repeater just for in my HT because my AV receiver sits perpendicular (on a shelve) to the sitting position and does not always get the signal. I just want to sit something near the screen (projection screen) that will bounce the signal over to the rack.
Do these things repeat any ir signal?

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How much does the walmart unit cost? I need a repeater just for in my HT because my AV receiver sits perpendicular (on a shelve) to the sitting position and does not always get the signal. I just want to sit something near the screen (projection screen) that will bounce the signal over to the rack.
Do these things repeat any ir signal?

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You'll probably have similiar results with any of them. But as others here have said, that's not always the case.

Just be aware that the reason the wireless solutions are cheaper than the hardwired Xantech stuff is that they have just don't work as well in many applications.

I tried wireless at first (all the above brands) and got about 80% reliability. I've been using Xantech for the last couple of years and I have virtually 100% reliability.

The good news is that the wireless stuff is so cheap, it's easy to experiment with. If your house is small and relatively interference free, you might be OK. But don't be surprised if reliability goes down (or quits working altogether) everytime the microwave, a hair dryer, a dimmer switch, etc., is used.

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It looks like I should check this post more often. The RCA pyramids are $40 at Walmart. That includes a sender and receiver. I bought 2 of them there. They are occasionally cheaper on the internet but not by enough to justify the hassle. I bought all my stand alone senders off the Internet for about $25 each.

As I said, with some fiddling to find the offending sender and re-postioning, they work fine. I define that as the wife only complains about them about every 3 months or so. That's when the postion of the sunlight changes or somebody moves it too close to the TV.

I've recommeded this to others who've also had good succes with them. Good luck!
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Should've read your post a little closer. The Walmart unit also includes an extenal emitter which you can put right in front of the equipment you want to control. If you have two pieces, you can replace the one provided with one of the two emitters that are sold all over and put the reciever away in a cabinet.
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I purchased the rcas to try. So far its better than expected but not perfect. I'm still tweaking a bit though. I saw Niles makes a sytem silmiliar to the xantech. Anybody know what that goes for?

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Steve is 100% right. All of the wireless versions are iffy. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. It also depends on the distance you are going and interference of various types. The bottom line is that if you want true reliability, go for the hardwired version. You will be much happier in the long run. If all you care about is price, go for wireless and get what you get. I am particularly pleased with the performance I get with Audioplex Technology IR Systems. They also offer plasma proof IR.

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It appears the IR emitter for the powermid is different than the standard ones. Anyone know where to get the emitter for the powermid?

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