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post #1 of 9
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I have yet to find a concrete answer to what IR setup will work with DirecTV. If anyone has a solution please share. Especially if is with HotLink or Xantech. Thanks.
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Have you searched dbstalk DirecTV forums?
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Originally Posted by fax6202 View Post

I have yet to find a concrete answer to what IR setup will work with DirecTV. If anyone has a solution please share. Especially if is with HotLink or Xantech. Thanks.

Most any of them. Only issue I know of for D* receivers is that some models are sensitive to "overdriving" the IR (too much signal). Fixed by placing the emitter a small distance from the eye.

What are you trying to do? D* HD receivers also support RF remote control if you buy the ~$40 RF-capable remote, for example. Much easier route if all you need to remotely control is a D* receiver.

Jeff
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Thanks Jeff.

I have used RF before and it works although the lag is a little frustrating. I am going to get one of the harmony's to control the AVR, BluRay, D* receiver, etc. I have just heard of so many systems have issues with D*.

although the Niles system seems to really work. I would rather go w/ xantech however
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Xantech gear will work fine. Again, only issue I know of with IR on D* is placing the emitter perhaps 1/2" away from the eye opening (if directly over isn't working well). Lag from RF/IR is more on the D* software than the remote...

Jeff
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I have used both Xantech and Speakercraft IR products. And thru several automation systems including Crestron, AMX, Control4, Savant, and RTI.

As mentioned some of the older boxes (H20/21 HR20/21 I believe) were a bit finicky. Offsetting the emitter helps with these boxes. So does poking a pin hole in some electrical tape and putting the emitter on the tape. I have also heard of guys using resistors on the emitter...
post #7 of 9
I use a 15+ year old extender kit from Rat Shack and I have yet to have a problem that re-orienting the antenna hasn't resolved. I use a dual emitter that plugs into the receiver to feed my AVR, DVR, HDDVD Player, Bluray Disc Player, and OTA tuner. One eye taped onto the AVR and the other on the DVR gets them all.
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Originally Posted by fax6202 View Post

Thanks Jeff.

I have used RF before and it works although the lag is a little frustrating. I am going to get one of the harmony's to control the AVR, BluRay, D* receiver, etc. I have just heard of so many systems have issues with D*.

although the Niles system seems to really work. I would rather go w/ xantech however

If you get an Xsight Touch instead of harmony, you can use RF directly with your D* DVR in RF mode and avoid any potential IR issues altogether, while still using RF to your IR blasters for everything else. There is zero lag on my Xsight.
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

If you get an Xsight Touch instead of harmony, you can use RF directly with your D* DVR in RF mode and avoid any potential IR issues altogether, while still using RF to your IR blasters for everything else. There is zero lag on my Xsight.

I have that remote and love it. The only downside for me is that if you have 2 DVRs, you can't setup one for IR and the other for RF. I use 2 DVRs -- one IR and the other RF.

Other than that, it's been great!
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