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by JHBrandt Combined Rating: 4.0
This is a simple, clever idea: convert any infrared remote into a UHF remote by putting a UHF transmitter in the remote's battery compartment. The product contains a transmitter and a rechargeable...
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  • Very easy to set up. No need to buy/install IR "targets."
  • Remote to be converted must use AA or AAA batteries
This is a simple, clever idea: convert any infrared remote into a UHF remote by putting a UHF transmitter in the remote's battery compartment. The product contains a transmitter and a rechargeable battery. When the battery is inserted into the transmitter, the combo is the size of a AAA battery, so you simply replace one AAA battery from your remote with this combo. (If your remote uses AA batteries, there is a AA-battery-sized sleeve included that will let the transmitter replace a AA battery as well.) That way there are no infrared targets to buy or install in other rooms, nothing cumbersome to attach to the remote being converted, and the converted remote will work from anywhere within about 100 feet of the receiver.

The "flying saucer" simply receives UHF signals from the transmitter and emits them via its own infrared LED. Just place it near the device(s) to be controlled by the converted remote and plug it in. The flying saucer's base also contains a charger for the rechargeable battery.

The product comes with an extra rechargeable battery, which you can leave in the charger. That way when the one in your remote runs down, just switch it with the spare and you're back in business.

I've seen this product sold in both 418 MHz and 433 MHz versions, so if you or a neighbor already has a UHF remote, pick the frequency that won't interfere.
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JHBrandt 06-24-2013, 08:35 AM

Another user pointed out that if you try to use your RF-converted remote in the room where the "flying saucer" is, the remote may not work consistently. I'm guessing this is due to devices receiving the same infrared signals from both the remote itself and the flying saucer, causing interference. So it's probably best to leave your RF-converted remote in another room. But if you want to carry it from room to room, you could try putting up a screen so that your devices can only see infrared signals from the flying saucer and not from the remote itself.

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