I am designing a basement with a media closet. My media closet is next to my bar and behind closed doors. There is a mirror behind the bar (I have heard this can affect RF transmission). The TV I am going to control with my media closet components is 25' away from the media closet. The couch is probably going to be ~15' away from the media closet. There's going to be a Dish Hopper, Xbox 360, Wii, blu ray player, and A/V receiver in the media closet. I bought a long active usb extender cable for the Kinect and a sensor bar extension wire for the wii. I've read that the xbox controller range is 30' and wii's is very long, so hopefully distance won't be a problem with these.
I have a Harmony One currently that I like a lot. The wife has even gotten used to pointing the remote at the components for the entire time needed for all components to get turned on (gasp!). She has figured out how to run the "help" system when something doesn't turn on as planned. I have thought about using my existing Harmony One and running an IR repeater through the wall with IR blasters in the media closet. My fear with this is that if something doesn't get turned on appropriately, navigating through the help menu may be a pain b/c I'll have to go to the media closet to see which component didn't turn on properly. Are there any other downsides to running this setup that you can think of?
Other thoughts I have had include buying a new RF remote to run my system. The Harmony 900 seems like it would fit all my needs, but I keep reading about its range being the main issue. I fear that with my setup, the RF signal would often not pass completely with this remote and commands will get lost. Is this a legit concern with this remote?
If the Harmony 900 isn't a good option due to its somewhat limited RF range, can anyone recommend another good RF universal programmable remote with a better range. I've tried to read about all the other fancy brands (URC, Crestron, etc) but I can't really get a grasp on which is right for me.
Any advice would be much appreciated!