IR - Extending an IR receiver

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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


Ready Built / Retail

DIY / Homebrew


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