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Well, I researched. No, Global Cache doesn't have a repeater/controller combo unit. That would be really cool, because I can't imagine JUST going to global cache - for rarely used remote control commands, I wouldn't want to program all that into my universal remote application, I'd just want to pick up the original remote and use it. So for me it is important to have the ability to use the original remotes as well as "inject" the IR signal generated from my iRule/Global Cache setup.
I did see that the Xantech devices you're talking about DO have TWO IR inputs. One through the terminal block and one through the 3.5mm jack. Do they just connect to the same place inside, or is the unit "smarter" than that and arbitrates colliding signals between the inputs?
If it just connects them together inside the box, I suppose there isn't any harm in connecting multiple receiver wires to the terminal block, as long as collisions aren't expected.
All this is academic for me. I don't even have sheetrock up yet! But I was about to post a question EXACTLY like this, and found this thread which pretty much answered it. A testament to searching for a thread first before posting!
Hopefully this thread helps others like me. I only wish the thread's title was a little more descriptive.
Electrical engineer by education. Currently a system engineer. I like home automation, theaters, and blinking lights.
Someday it'll be more of an actual hobby - if my employer would ever let me go home!
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