Originally Posted by bemoore
Anybody having problem with the range of the remote? My equipment rack is right behind my seating area, with my projector projecting onto a wall. I can point all of my remotes (except the one for this device) at the wall, and they will work fine. I find that this remote has only about half the range of my other remotes. Anyone else notice this?
I have a similar problem, but it doesn't seem to be a range issue, it's more of a direct angle issue. I have been using ONLY a Logitech Harmony Smart Control hub with one IR blaster hooked up in the center of my HT room, and it controls everything perfectly EXCEPT for the PVR. The blaster has to be pointed directly at the front of the unit and not to either side more then 5° or so or it will not receive a signal. My cabinet is a self built cherry equipment rack with rack rail and steel shelves at the bottom, and record storage and a turntable filling the top area, so I don't have a lot of room to move it vertically or more in the open, but a Roku, Blu-Ray, and receiver on the same shelves work fine with IR from the center of the room without moving the blaster. The cabinet is approximately 5' to the left of my wall mounted TV, and set at a 45° (not on the same plane as TV) in a corner. I don't have a huge issue with the setup like it is, but my intention is to put the Harmony hub in the cabinet, and wire the blaster using 2.5mm to 3.5mm mono adapters and extensions through to my ceiling, and have the blaster placed in front of my ceiling fan base which is in the center of the room. I know the rest of my equipment will receive the signal fine with the fronts of the equipment pulled forward to the front of the shelves, but the PVR will not receive the signal. I don't really want to wire another blaster to the lower area of the room, as I'm going for a clean, wire free setup.
So I guess my options are
1) to relocate the PVR to an area or lower shelf that I don't need to see/access the front, where the hub can directly face it (meaning I'd have to have a permanent USB solution instead of changing flash drives like I am now)
2) use another brand blaster that goes over the IR eye instead of having to be away from the PVR. The Logitech has 2 2.5mm outputs, and they can be split.
Any other suggestions?
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Others have made similar complaints. Here are a few things to try:
- AAA lithium (e.g., Energizer Max, Energizer Ultimate) batteries have a slightly higher voltage and may help by increasing the brightness of the IR LED in the remote.
- A universal remote, especially one that uses 3 or 4 batteries instead of 2 and/or has multiple IR LEDs.
- If you're handy with a soldering iron you could replace the IR LED itself with a brigher one, as described here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1482341/homeworx-hw-150pvr-support-and-discussion/640_20#post_24112100
- A mirror on the wall
I see these posts also mention that the weakness might be on the receiving end, I wonder about removing the receiver and extending it with tiny wires off the board so it protrudes further, or comes out of it's hole. I have not torn anything apart yet, so I don't know what I'd be looking at yet. Maybe an IR receiver from another device could be put in its place that isn't so directional, unless it's just the plastic around the eye causing it.