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==General==
 
==General==
 
===Applications for extending IR receiver===
 
===Applications for extending IR receiver===
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Moving a MythTV (or any media center machine for that matter) to a location other than that of the display can often be the most affordable solution to a stubborn problem. Noise. Often times, space constraints or aestetics may prevent a machine from residing near the display. Some power-users often centralize their equipment to a machine room in the basement such as this  [http://ultimatemythtv.wordpress.com/ fellow] has.
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Ultimately, if the machine that needs to be controlled is not within line-of-sight of the remote control or outside of it's nominal range, an IR receiver mounted in the viewing room can be wired to the remotely installed frontend. A classic example is the common practice of moving the machine to a cupboard or room [under the stairs] to because space isn't available in a small apartment.
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Another popular practice with the advent of the wall mounted flat-panel display is to hide all of the existing home theatre equipment in a nearby closet or built into a rack enclosure behind a panel thus creating a streamlined or minimalist decor. In this scenario, each piece of equipmemnt would also need to have it's respective IR signal forwarded or "repeated". An [IR - control system|IR control system] would be used to collect, concentrate and then deliver the signals from any remote control to the proper piece of equipment (eg. HT receiver, sat/cable box, DVD).
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===Overview of IR recievers===
 
===Overview of IR recievers===
 
===Cabling for IR signals===
 
===Cabling for IR signals===
 
===Types of IR receivers===
 
===Types of IR receivers===
[[Image:hauppauge1.jpg|300px|Early Hauppauge remote with receiver]]
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====Bundled====
[[Image:hauppauge2.jpg|150px|Hauppauge PVR Infrared receiver cable]]
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Image:hauppauge1.jpg|Early Hauppauge remote with receiver
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Image:hauppauge2.jpg|Hauppauge PVR Infrared receiver cable
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====Ready Built / Retail====
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<gallery>
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Image:.jpg|[http://www.irBlaster.com/ IR Blaster ]
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Image:.jpg|[http://iguanaworks.net/ Iguanaworks serial IR transciever]
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Image:.jpg|[http://www.commandir.com/ Linux-friendly IR transciever]
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</gallery>
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====DIY / Homebrew====
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Image:.jpg|[http://www.lirc.org/receivers.html/ Lirc's own page for do-it-yourselfers]
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Image:.jpg|[http://lnx.manoweb.com/lirc/?partType=section&partName=introduction/ Manoweb's comprehensive guide to building your own serial receiver]
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Image:.jpg|[http://stuff.nekhbet.ro/2006/07/10/make-an-infrared-remote-control-for-pc.html/ Trimbitas Soren's excellent blog write-up with diagrams]
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====Commercial====
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<gallery>
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Image:.jpg|Xantech
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Image:.jpg|Channelvision
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Image:.jpg|Russound
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Image:.jpg|Leviton
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==Preparing the plug end==
 
==Preparing the plug end==
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===Identify the cable conductors===
 
===Identify the cable conductors===
[[Image:DMM_01.jpg|150px|Digital Multimeter testing the tip, ring and shiled of the receiver's jack]]
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Image:DMM_01.jpg|Digital Multimeter testing the tip, ring and shiled of the receiver's jack
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=== Prepare and solder Category 5 to jack end of cable===
 
=== Prepare and solder Category 5 to jack end of cable===
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Image:hauppauge_04.jpg|4. Connect stereo plug to capture card
 
Image:hauppauge_04.jpg|4. Connect stereo plug to capture card
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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==Preparing the receiver end==
 
==Preparing the receiver end==
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==See Also==
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==References==
 
 
==External Links==
 
  
 
[[Category:Wiring]]
 
[[Category:Wiring]]

Revision as of 09:42, 25 October 2007

General

Applications for extending IR receiver

Moving a MythTV (or any media center machine for that matter) to a location other than that of the display can often be the most affordable solution to a stubborn problem. Noise. Often times, space constraints or aestetics may prevent a machine from residing near the display. Some power-users often centralize their equipment to a machine room in the basement such as this fellow has.

Ultimately, if the machine that needs to be controlled is not within line-of-sight of the remote control or outside of it's nominal range, an IR receiver mounted in the viewing room can be wired to the remotely installed frontend. A classic example is the common practice of moving the machine to a cupboard or room [under the stairs] to because space isn't available in a small apartment.

Another popular practice with the advent of the wall mounted flat-panel display is to hide all of the existing home theatre equipment in a nearby closet or built into a rack enclosure behind a panel thus creating a streamlined or minimalist decor. In this scenario, each piece of equipmemnt would also need to have it's respective IR signal forwarded or "repeated". An [IR - control system|IR control system] would be used to collect, concentrate and then deliver the signals from any remote control to the proper piece of equipment (eg. HT receiver, sat/cable box, DVD).

Overview of IR recievers

Cabling for IR signals

Types of IR receivers

Bundled

Ready Built / Retail

DIY / Homebrew

Commercial


Preparing the plug end

Cut and prepare the receiver cable

Identify the cable conductors

Prepare and solder Category 5 to jack end of cable

Punching down to the telephone connecting block


Preparing the receiver end

Connecting receiver cable to RJ-45 modular connector

Connecting Category 5 cable to RJ45 keystone


References