How to choose a remote control extender


Step 1: Decide what you want your remote control extender to do

When choosing a remote control extender the first thing you need to do is to be absolutely clear what you want it do in terms of your specific situation. For example:

  • You may want to control a small audio-visual device (I’m thinking of something like an Apple TV) which is hidden behind a flat-screen television which is mounted on a wall .
  • You may want to control audio-visual equipment which is hidden behind a cupboard door (where it is easy for you to point your remote control at the cupboard).
  • You may want to control audio-visual equipment which is hidden behind a cupboard door (where it isn’t easy for you to point your remote control at the cupboard – possibly because the cupboard is behind you or even in a different room).
  • You may want to control audio-visual equipment which is in a different room from where you watch and/or listen to it.

Some remote control extenders can be used in any of the above situations, whereas others are really only suitable for more specific applications.

If you can easily point your remote control at the cupboard that contains your audio-visual equipment then you have the choice of the widest range of remote control extenders. Other than cost, your primary considerations are likely to be around aesthetics and the number of devices you want to control.

If you can’t easily point your remote control at the cupboard that contains your audio-visual equipment then you should look at products which allow for separation of the infra-red receiver from the other elements. You can achieve this separation either by installing a cable between your cupboard and somewhere where you can easily point your remote control, or by using a ‘wireless’ solution.

If you need to be able to control your audio-visual equipment from a different room then you need to choose a remote control extender which allows for separation of the infra-red receiver from the other elements. You can achieve this separation either by installing a cable between each room and the equipment you want to control, or by using a ‘wireless’ solution.


Step 2: Decide how many (and what type of) infra-red emitters you require

The number, and type, of infra-red emitters that can be accommodated by a particular remote control extender dictates how many audio-visual devices it can control.

A ‘spot’ emitter can control one audio-visual device and a ‘blaster’ emitter can control as many devices as are within its range and line-of-sight. Depending on the number of devices you want to control you need to choose a remote control extender with enough emitters.

Using one or more ‘spot’ emitters means that you have to find the location of the infra-red receiver on each of your audio-visual devices. This is usually straight-forward but some devices (Sky boxes in particular) can require quite a bit of trial and error as the infra-red receiver is not easy to identify.

Using one or more ‘blaster’ emitters means that you do not have to find the location of the infra-red receiver on each of your audio-visual devices, you can simply place the emitter in front of your equipment and it will control everything within its range and line-of-sight.


Step 3: Decide how visible you want your remote control extender setup to be

Some (usually lower cost) remote control extenders build their infra-red receiver into their electronics module. This means that the electronics module has to be situated somewhere you can see it so that you can point a remote control at it.

Some remote control extenders have a separate infra-red receiver which connects to their electronics module via a cable. This means that the electronics module can be located somewhere out of sight and only the infra-red receiver itself has to be visible.


Step 4: Decide whether you need to be able to control your audio-visual equipment from more than one room

If you need to be able to control your audio-visual equipment from more than one room then you need to choose a remote control extender set which allows multiple infra-red receivers to be connected.


Step 5: Decide how you want to power your remote control extender

Many remote control extenders are supplied with mains power adapters, but some can be powered from an available USB port (or a USB power adapter) or via batteries.


Step 6: Decide whether you want a wired or wireless solution

If you choose a wireless remote control extender solution then be aware that the signals can extend beyond the walls and ceilings of your property. This isn’t really a problem if the nearest property to yours is a few metres away but it can be a problem if you live in a flat, a semi-detached house or a terraced house. In these cases, if your neighbour has the same remote control extender set as you and is using it to control the same devices as you then there is a fighting chance you’re going to end up controlling each other’s kit! For that reason, you might prefer to choose a wired solution if you share walls and/or floors/ceilings with a neighbour.


Bestselling remote control extenders

Bestseller No. 1
IR Extender - Marmitek IR100USB - Infrared Blaster - Control devices behind the TV with your own remote control - Put AV devices out of sight - Power supply via USB TV output
29 Reviews
IR Extender - Marmitek IR100USB - Infrared Blaster - Control devices behind the TV with your own remote control - Put AV devices out of sight - Power supply via USB TV output
  • OWN REMOTE CONTROL - Control your Apple TV, TV decoder or other devices behind the (smart) TV with your own remote control.
  • INVISIBLE - With the exception of the very small infrared receiver, the entire extension set can be placed completely out of sight.
  • PLUG & PLAY - Very easy and quick installation due to the latest infrared technology (infrared blaster LED emitter). All AV devices in the same cabinet can be operated.
  • COMPATIBLE - Compatible with almost all brands and models and suitable for new IR code formats that are used in many new HD devices, digital TV decoders and universal remote controls.
  • NO POWER ADAPTER REQUIRED - input via USB output TV.
Bestseller No. 2
TNP IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (2.5M) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
317 Reviews
TNP IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (2.5M) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
  • IR remote control cable extends the signal to a video source like a Blu-ray player, DVD player, STB box, AV receiver or other A/V source with an infrared sensor so it can be controlled from your HDTV
  • Simple installation IR Repeater cable allows you to control home theater components located behind closet cabinet doors
  • Place the IR emitter blaster near the source sensor to repeat the signal to the source; Place the IR Receiver in a convenient location with line of sight of your hand-held remote; IR Tx and Rx cables have adhesive circles on the back for mounting
  • USB powered IR extension cable has an integrated 6 foot Y-cable to receive 5V USB power; Connect to an HDTV USB port or to a USB wall charger power supply (sold separately)
  • Compatible with most A/V equipment with infrared sensors (not RF)
Bestseller No. 3
Cable Matters Infrared Remote Extender Cable, IR Repeater Cable - 3m
1,651 Reviews
Cable Matters Infrared Remote Extender Cable, IR Repeater Cable - 3m
  • IR REMOTE CONTROL cable extends the signal to a video source like a Blu-ray player so it can be controlled from your TV; Red LED in IR Receiver bulb verifies the signal transmission
  • HOME THEATER ACCESSORY repeats the IR signal to a DVD player, STB box, Receiver or other A/V source with an IR sensor; Route the infrared remote control extender cable out of sight with a wall mounted TV; Install the IR Transmitter end in a concealed equipment closet to hide a CATV box and control it remotely
  • SIMPLE INSTALLATION of this lightweight IR cable; Locate the IR Blaster near the source sensor to repeat the signal to the source; Place the IR Receiver in a convenient location with line of sight of your hand-held remote; IR Tx and Rx cables have adhesive circles on the back for mounting
  • USB POWERED IR extension cable has an integrated 6 foot Y-cable to receive 5V USB power; USB cable on the IR remote extender cable connects to a TV USB power port or to a USB wall charger
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY of IR extender cable with most A/V equipment with infrared sensors (not RF); 30 degree IR Receiver angle provides plenty of leeway to get the right angle with your remote
Bestseller No. 4
LiNKFOR IR Extender with 1 Receiver and 4 Emitters IR Repeater Infrared Remote Control Kit Hidden IR System Compatible with Box Satellite TV Receiver DVD Player Blu-ray Player
485 Reviews
LiNKFOR IR Extender with 1 Receiver and 4 Emitters IR Repeater Infrared Remote Control Kit Hidden IR System Compatible with Box Satellite TV Receiver DVD Player Blu-ray Player
  • [Infrared Remote Extender Cable] Extends the Signal to Your Video Source, Hidden IR Repeater 1 Receiver 4 Emitters Infrared Remote Control Kit Control Your TV or Player, Like Adjusting the Volume.
  • [IR Extender Kit] This IR Repeater System Kit Allow You to Control Your Home Theater Device/Components Which Are Kept Behind Closet Doors or in a Closed Cabinet.
  • [1 Receiver 4 Emitters] Receiver: with a Convenient IR Confirmation LED and Pick up the Signal from the Remote Controller; Emitter: Send the Signal to the A/ V Components
  • [Broad Compatibility] Be Compatible with Amplifier, Cable Box, Stereo Receiver, Satellite TV Receiver, CD Player, DVD Player, Blu-ray Player or Any Other Components Which Is Controlled by IR Signal.
  • [Detail Information] 5V USB AC Power Supply; 34- 60 kHz Operating Range; Cable length: 2m (Power cord length) 2m (Black and white line length) 1m (Launch line length). 18 Months Warranty Provided.
Bestseller No. 5
Wireless IR Extender - Marmitek Powermid XL - Transmit your infrared IR signals to another room - Compatible with all remote controls - Works through walls and floors - IR blaster - IR repeater
888 Reviews
Wireless IR Extender - Marmitek Powermid XL - Transmit your infrared IR signals to another room - Compatible with all remote controls - Works through walls and floors - IR blaster - IR repeater
  • WIRELESS THROUGH WALLS AND CEILINGS - Wireless solution for transmitting the signal from your remote control through walls and ceilings. An open range of 150 meters and 10 to 20 meters through walls and ceilings
  • REMOTE CONTROL - Operating the HDD recorder, Sky box, satellite decoder or stereo system from another room in the house such as a bedroom has never been easier with this infrared extender. Not suitable for sending audio / video signals
  • YOUR OWN REMOTES - Use your own remote controls to control your devices. This IR extender is guaranteed to work with all remote controls
  • NO INSTALLATION OR SOFTWARE - No installation or additional software is required to use the Marmitek Powermid XL. This IR transmitter is plug & play and you can immediately enjoy the convenience
  • COMPATIBLE - functionality with all digital TV decoders guaranteed including Sky box. The maximum range is 25 meters
Bestseller No. 6
baolongking IR Receiver Cable – 10FT Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable with 3.5mm Jack Plug for HD DVR Cisco Explorer Verizon FiOS and other STB Set Top Boxes.
139 Reviews
baolongking IR Receiver Cable – 10FT Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable with 3.5mm Jack Plug for HD DVR Cisco Explorer Verizon FiOS and other STB Set Top Boxes.
  • ★ PLUG AND PLAY – Our IR extender cable is easy to install and use. Just plug the 3.5mm jack into an IR input port of the device.
  • ★ UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY – Suitable for a broad range of 38-56kHz infrared devices with an IR input port and remote control such as AV equipment and cable STB boxes.
  • ★ 10FT(3m) CABLE – 3M Long Cable with 3.5mm plug allows you to extend the signal receiver to a suitable position.
  • ★ CLEAN LOOK: Our IR Repeater system is ideal for those who want to conceal their A/V component equipment inside a closet or cabinet for a clean, stylish look.
  • ★ FLEXIBLE + RISK-FREE PURCHASE – You can now control your home theater, cable boxes, etc. from behind the cabinet, closet or even the other room. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with the product, you can send it back to us, and we will refund your money! DON’T CHECK THE NEXT LISTING! JUST ORDER NOW!!!
Bestseller No. 7
IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
432 Reviews
IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
  • This Infrared Repeater Cable applies to all remote control devices from 38 to 56 khz
  • IR Repeater Extension controls Audio Video Components in Entertainment Cabinets or Equipment Closets using Existing IR Remote Controls
  • Come with adhesive backing sticks directly onto different devices
  • 1 Receiver, 1 Emitter, Connects to USB port on TV or home theater device for power
  • Total Length: 3 feet - 1 meter
Bestseller No. 8
One For All Remote Control Extender – Control 4 AV devices behind closed cabinet doors – IR Extender -USB powered– Plug & Play – black - URC1000
207 Reviews
One For All Remote Control Extender – Control 4 AV devices behind closed cabinet doors – IR Extender -USB powered– Plug & Play – black - URC1000
  • CONTROL UP TO 4 AV DEVICES: The One For All remote control extender is the perfect solution for controlling your infrared AV devices inside a closed cabinet.
  • TIDY LOOK: Its clever design features a smart cable management system. Give your living room a tidy look with all your devices out of sight.
  • PLUG & PLAY: Simple to set-up and use, instructions included.
  • USB POWERED: No extra Power Plug needed, just connect to your AV Equipment.
  • DISCOVER ONE FOR ALL: We are the specialist in Audio-Video accessories with more than 20 years of experience.
Bestseller No. 9
MainCore 50cm 3.5mm MONO Jack to 3.5mm MONO Socket Audio Extension Cable Lead For Mono Microphones, Headphones/Headsets/Digital Cameras/IR Infrared Sensor Receiver & Music Instruments Extender
79 Reviews
MainCore 50cm 3.5mm MONO Jack to 3.5mm MONO Socket Audio Extension Cable Lead For Mono Microphones, Headphones/Headsets/Digital Cameras/IR Infrared Sensor Receiver & Music Instruments Extender
  • 3.5mm MONO Jack to 3.5mm MONO Socket Audio Extension Cable Lead For Mono Microphones / Headphones / Headsets / Speakers / Digital Cameras / IR Infrared Sensor Receiver & Music Instruments / Mini 1/8 2 pin Conector Male to Female Extender
  • Mono Plug (3.5mm) to MONO Socket (3.5mm)
  • Pure copper conductors
  • Gold Plated
  • Available in 0.5m, 1m, 1.2m, 2m, 3m
Bestseller No. 10
TNP IR Repeater Extender Infrared Remote Control Hidden System Kit - Infrared IR Emitter Blaster Distribution Extension & Receiver Cable for Cable Box Home Theater AV Component Equipment HDTV
93 Reviews
TNP IR Repeater Extender Infrared Remote Control Hidden System Kit - Infrared IR Emitter Blaster Distribution Extension & Receiver Cable for Cable Box Home Theater AV Component Equipment HDTV
  • An ideal solution for those who want to conceal their A/V components equipment inside a entertainment system cabinet or closet for a clean, stylish look
  • IR Repeater system allows you to Control home theater components located behind cabinet doors
  • Included with the system is - IR Receiver (2 inches by 1/2 Inch); Hidden IR Repeater Controller (3 1/2 Inches by 2 Inches); 2 dual IR emitters blaster
  • Convenient IR confirmation LED with dual frequency to support infrared signals from a wider range of IR remote control such as cable box setup box STB; Support up to six emitter output connections
  • Additional IR emitter blaster available for purchase at ASIN: B017LQAKXW; If you need to extend the IR blaster emitter cable, you can use a 3.5mm stereo audio extension cable and a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter at one end and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter at the other end

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