Originally Posted by David Haddad
You can just splice whatever IR wire you have right to the Cat 6
Is there any way to tell which IR receivers are most likely to have a strong enough signal to extend?
I'm based in the UK which looks to mean no Monoprice options or Channel Vision (which were mentioned here!). And, unless I've misunderstood, it looks like the Harmony systems do way more than I need... unless I can justify it due to faster performance? (Some reviews of repeaters said they were slow, to the point of it being frustration using them)
(note: I mention the Harmony as another post (avsforum.com/forum/93-remote-control-area/1734177-extending-harmony-ir-mini-blasters.html) said they had great success extending it long distances)
I get the feeling the in-line types (amazon.co.uk/Neoteck-Repeater-Infrared-Amplifier-Satellite/dp/B01HAV9JCQ) would likely not support extending.
One I looked at was a Neoteck IR Repeater (amazon.co.uk/Neoteck-Repeater-Receiver-Emitters-Installation/dp/B07CV9M918). One review on Amazon said extending didn't work, but that they'd used a cheap cable (and no guarantee they were extending the emitter, or didn't have another issue, or whatever... but it's the best I have to go on).
I will obviously test any setup before putting it in, but would like to save buying too many of these things just to find out they don't work!
1) How do I make a best guess at which repeater will support extending 15m (50ft)?
2) What's needed for a Harmony setup? Is it just Harmony hub and use existing remotes, or (as I suspect), a Harmony remote for each room, and hub?
Additional info on my setup:
I have a TV in the living room with Satellite box. I would like to be able to watch content from that box in two other rooms; the master bedroom (~15m away) and the cinema room (~12m away). I plan to run HDMI cables direct to each. I have existing CAT6 cabling that goes to a patch panel in the kitchen, but plan to run direct cables for extending the IR (as it will be a shorter distance, and I might as well as I have to route the HDMI the same way anyway). I will probably use a ready made 3.5mm jack (or whatever size they are) cable to extend.