Originally Posted by newg
That was probably my post. I was asking what I thought were stupid questions. I for some reason thought the IR on the 805 was powered. I am still interested in getting a cheap IR extender solution.
Any DIY solutions out there that are fairly low cost?
I've been using a Terk Leapfrog
system for the past 10 years. The link is to the newer version while I have an older NLA version. I have the IR target at the front of the room beneath the projection screen and the RF receiver is in an armoire at the back of the room with all of the gear. The older version I have has one external emitter plus one built into the RF receiver, but still manages to do a good job of spraying IR across all of the shelves inside the armoire by bouncing off of the closed doors. Never had a problem with interference between other RF sources in the house (wifi, cordless, cellular, etc.).
I put the newer (linked) version in my parents' house when I hid all of their A/V gear behind an LCD TV (retrofitted a custom built-in cabinet designed for a 4:3 box to hold the LCD plus gear). The newer Leapfrog is either/or with external emitter (with 3 flashers) or the emitter in the RF recv. May or may not be an issue depending on how your gear is laid out. My parents gear (A/V receiver,dvd,STB) is layed out in a dual side-by-side stack. I was able to stick emitters directly on the eye of two components, but the 3rd has to be controlled by bouncing the signal. Like my older unit, it's worked fine for my parents the last 3+ years with no "call backs".
Other current IR->RF->IR extenders should work similarly to the Terk units I've used. And they should all accept standard IR emitters
if the included parts aren't long enough or spaced correctly.
If you want to go to the trouble of a wired solution, Monoprice
both offer inexpensive kits. I have no personal experience with either. Note that cable lenghts can be extended with standard 1/8" cables, but they must be *mono* cables.
Depending on your display, it's worth noting that none of the solutions I listed are considered LCD/Plasma proof. I use a FP so not an issue for me. My parents' LCD TV seems to overload the Terk IR target for a few minutes after the TV is first powered up. However, once this "warm-up" finishes, the interference goes away. YMMV.