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Did you check the harmony settings for each device, you can have a certain device work off the remote or hub and/or the hub and outputs 1, 2, and so on!
 

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Did you check the harmony settings for each device, you can have a certain device work off the remote or hub and/or the hub and outputs 1, 2, and so on!

Okay, I am an idiot. That is literally the ONE THING I didn't think to try. Forgot all about the Hub/IR Blater/Remote Only assignment in the actual Harmony settings on the remote. I had originally changed the three devices that wouldn't work with the hub (because they were too far from the Hub and the IR Blaster) to "Remote Only," but that was months ago, when I first bought the Elite, and I totally forgot about that option in the settings. That worked, thanks!!


The only "problem" I am having is that the three devices do work with the IR Blaster, BUT I have to put the actual Logitech Blaster very close to the IR sensor on each device. It's weird, because all the devices in my living room work with only one blaster in the room. Even my non-Wifi, non-Smart AC in the window 9 feet away. I suppose this is because the Hub is also in the same room as the Living Room devices? Not a problem, though, as I can just order this little gizmo to solve the "proximity" issue, since I have tested all three devices, and as long as I place the blaster near the IR sensor they work properly without having to point the remote at them.


https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/harmony-precision-ir-cables








Thanks again!
 
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The Harmony Hub only has 2 IR output jacks, but I need a 3rd and maybe a 4th. The device(s) I need to control are at a bad angle to see IR from the hub. I bought the "YCS Basics 6 foot 2.5mm Male to Female mono extension cable" in an effort to get a blaster at a better angle to the device. However, I overlooked that I was already using both of the hub ports.

1) Can I simply use this mono Y-Splitter like this?
https://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-y25m-25ff.htm ($24.50 includes shipping)
OR
http://a.co/2tO6Kop

2) If my first idea won't work, then I assume something like a connecting block, along with a "2.5mm mono Male to 2.5mm mono Male Cable" to connect one end to the IR Receiver emitter port on the block and the other end to one of the inputs on the harmony hub will work?

http://www.xantech.com/product/one-zone-four-source-connecting-block-78944
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http://a.co/8gNY8jg
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http://a.co/7oXgrXZ

http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/k-25m25m-18i.htm
 

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The Harmony Hub only has 2 IR output jacks, but I need a 3rd and maybe a 4th. The device(s) I need to control are at a bad angle to see IR from the hub. I bought the "YCS Basics 6 foot 2.5mm Male to Female mono extension cable" in an effort to get a blaster at a better angle to the device. However, I overlooked that I was already using both of the hub ports.

1) Can I simply use this mono Y-Splitter like this?
https://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-y25m-25ff.htm ($24.50 includes shipping)
OR
http://a.co/2tO6Kop

2) If my first idea won't work, then I assume something like a connecting block, along with a "2.5mm mono Male to 2.5mm mono Male Cable" to connect one end to the IR Receiver emitter port on the block and the other end to one of the inputs on the harmony hub will work?

http://www.xantech.com/product/one-zone-four-source-connecting-block-78944
OR
http://a.co/8gNY8jg
OR
http://a.co/7oXgrXZ

http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/k-25m25m-18i.htm


You can always splice multiple IR cables together. Just cut off the end and tie them together. I’ve had to do this and works fine.


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Harmony hub with OREI HDMI extender

Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

The OREI HDMI extender I'm using with the kitchen TV has an IR extender, and I would like to make this work with a Harmony mini blaster, but my lack of electronics knowledge is making this painful. The issue likely has to do with the fact that the Harmony mini blasters are TS, while the OREI extender is TRS. My first attempt looked like this: Harmony Hub -> 2.5mm male to 2.5mm male mono cable -> 2.5mm mono jack to 3.5mm mono plug adapter -> stereo IR input on OREI transmitter -> Cat6a between OREI transmitter and receiver -> stereo IR output on OREI transmitter -> 2.5mm mono jack to 3.5mm mono plug adapter -> Harmony mini blaster.

My first thought would be that because the OP alternated between mono and stereo, there should be no issue with shorting the output and 5V power and all I have to do is replace the 2.5mm mono jack to 3.5mm mono plug adapters with 2.5mm mono jack to 3.5mm stereo plug adapters. Is there anything else I'm doing incorrectly?

Any ideas?
 

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Hello folks,

Many of you have been asking about extending the IR mini blaster's reach in the various Harmony threads. We did a little experiment, the results of which I wanted to share, and let everyone know which parts we used in case you wanted to order the same.

Please note that the longer the wire, the more current loss is experienced, so extended mini blaster performance may not be on par with that when using the regular cable.

As you're aware, the goal here is to use a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter on the mini blaster side, use a 3.5mm extension cable to reach the desired length, and reduce back from 3.5mm to 2.5mm on the hub side to fit into one of the blaster ports.


We purchased the following adapters from monoprice:

Mini blaster side (2.5mm mono to 3.5mm stereo adapter)
Monoprice item #7125

Harmony Hub side (3.5mm mono to 2.5mm mono adapter)
Monoprice item #7121


We also ordered various cable lengths to test

100ft 3.5mm to 3.5mm mono stereo extension cable (warning - this cable really isn't pretty :) )
Monoprice item #5595

50ft 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo extension cable
Monoprice item #5593

25ft 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo extension cable
Monoprice item #5591

12 ft 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo extension cable
Monoprice item # 649

Using each of the extension cables individually worked well.

Also, after teasing each individual one, we started from the 12ft cable, and gradually added a longer cable length, testing every time, until we had the full 187ft of cable daisy chained (12 + 25 + 50 + 100). This also worked, though we did experience a loss of IR signal strength. We backed up from the devices being tested as far as 3 - 4 feet and the devices still responded, but the blaster requires a lot more positioning, etc towards the device. However, it still worked.

We hope this is helpful to whoever wished to extend their mini blaster's reach. Those cables aren't pretty, but those wishing to send a mini blaster off to their entertainment cabinet on a different floor, etc will definitely find success with these parts.

Please feel free to refer anyone asking about mini blaster extension to this post! :)

Regards,

Sylvain

Does this setup work? I've seen comments both ways in the replies. I have a Harmony Home Hub that will be 35' from the TV and I need to run either an emitter or blaster from the Harmony Hub to the TV to control it. Thanks!
 

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Extending the original IR mini blaster from Harmony over cat5/6 is very easy. I have standard patch panel which when I ran my outside patio network cables for the TV instead of wireless I ran two to every device. From my upstairs run to my two outside TV's are basically 100ft +-. I took my IR mini blasters cut them into equal lengths "basically in half" then took a 1foot piece of Cat6 cable wired it to one end standard 568B on one end and the other end I stripped back all except brown and white/orange cat6 cable. Strip the ends on the cat6 cable tin them with solder. Now take the end on either end to start on the ir mini blaster. Strip it back one wire is without insulation so you will need to wind it and tin it with solder. The other strip the wire and tin it as well. Now before you solder them shrink wrap the main cat6 cable and shrink wrap the two wires to be soldered. No solder both together. Easy peasy. Do this for both ends and you will have any working length. Nothing to buy unless you want to make your connections 3.5 instead of 2.5 and use something other than the harmony hub.


By the way I'll make any one a cable for an extension and solder either yours mailed to me or I can purchase the ir mini blaster and send them to you. Of course it only will work if you have a network cable end to end either via patch panel or ez connectors from access at the hub to the device. All punched down to 568B wiring "search for 568B wiring cat5 /6" to understand the wiring method.







Send me yours to solder its 50.00
Mydelf sending you my stock already done up 85.00


PM me if interested.



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Phone Wire?

Does anyone know if extending an IR blaster would work over an old pair of phone wires? There are tons of the legacy things in my house and 1 right below the TV.

Would it work if I just cut into the IR blaster line, spiced it to a phoneline in the basement and then out that same pair below my TV?

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Does anyone know if extending an IR blaster would work over an old pair of phone wires? There are tons of the legacy things in my house and 1 right below the TV.

Would it work if I just cut into the IR blaster line, spiced it to a phoneline in the basement and then out that same pair below my TV?

Regards,
Yes, it will work. The blaster cable carries a low voltage signal and no special shielding is required in the wiring.
 

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Hi all
Great thread and very useful.

I already have “after market” IR emitters run to a different room. The cable for these emitters, on the harmony hub side, has a positive and a negative which used to be connected to a Savant IR terminal. If I solder this cable onto a 2.5mm mono jack to be able to plug into the harmony hub, which is positive and negative in the jack? Is the tip positive and sleeve negative?

Is there an easier solution?

Thanks!
 

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I'm 99.9% sure the tip is positive, as for easier IDK thats usually personal preference on the design and know how of consumer!
 

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It would be nice if Logitech would actually give the length of this device in their specs so I could figure out if I need to have an extender. Does someone have the approximate length? Does any IR blaster work with the hub or do I need to use the specific Logitech blaster?
 

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So I connected one of the two 3.5 mm outputs to the receiver portion of an IR repeater block. That essentially shut down the IR repeater.

Any thoughts on what might be going on?

I have other questions but this seems like a good spot to start.

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The receiver portion of the IR block is for a IR receiver. The 3 conductor 3.5mm plug on a IR receiver is IR, +V and GND. You probably shorted out +V to GND.



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The receiver portion of the IR block is for a IR receiver. The 3 conductor 3.5mm plug on a IR receiver is IR, +V and GND. You probably shorted out +V to GND.



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I cut off the plug and stripped the ends of the hub output and attached the individual wires to a xantech ir repeater. It works great.

I do not recall the wiring layout of the hub output, but I found it online somewhere, ie. color of wire and which was ground, etc.

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For anyone interested in extending the IR blasters, this item from Amazon works to extend over Cat5e/6:



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IXZRXAS/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1



I tried extending over 50ft with a 3.5mm mono cable like the OP and the signal was too weak to be worthwhile.



Hope this helps someone out.


Make sure to also get these if using a Logitech Hub with 2.5mm plugs and LINESO adapters.

Monoprice 2.5mm TS Mono Plug to 3.5mm TS Mono Jack Adapter, Gold Plated https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KP2AJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xWvTCbWRPKDW8

CESS 3.5mm Male to 2.5mm Female Mono Audio Headphone Jack Adapter - 3.5mm Mono Male to 2.5mm Female (2 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017CBSAFQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Y2vTCbTFWN0EN


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I bought what was listed, but for a shorter distance. but it's not working. My Vizio tv is not picking up the signal. Did I buy the right stuff?

Monoprice 25ft Premium 3.5mm Stereo Male to 3.5mm Stereo Female 22AWG Extension Cable (Gold Plated) - Black #5591

Monoprice 3.5mm TRS Stereo Plug to 2.5mm TS Mono Jack Adapter, Gold Plated #7125

Monoprice 2.5mm TS Mono Plug to 3.5mm TS Mono Jack Adapter, Gold Plated #7121
 
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