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 Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
339 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. 2
ELEGIANT Infrared Remote Control Receiver Extender Repeater Emitter USB Cable Adapter
1,568 Reviews
ELEGIANT Infrared Remote Control Receiver Extender Repeater Emitter USB Cable Adapter
  • Applies to all remote control devices
  • How to instal: 1. use the double-sided adhesive to stick the receiver in a convenient location. 2 stick the infrared emission head to the device you want to control
  • Cable Length From USB To Receiver: Approx. 137cm/ 53.94"; Cable Length From Receiver To Emitter: Approx. 198cm/ 77.95"
  • The Way To Get Power: Home Appliance USB or 5V Power Supply
  • Material: Cable+Plastic
Bestseller No. 3
Cable Matters Infrared Remote Extender Cable, IR Repeater Cable - 3m
1,380 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
416 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
IR Emitter Extender Extension Cable (10 Feet) - Baolongking Quad 4 Head 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit, XBox One
17 Reviews
IR Emitter Extender Extension Cable (10 Feet) - Baolongking Quad 4 Head 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit, XBox One
  • Passes IR communication: Used with an IR Repeater kit to control a device; Extend remote control ability to any room in the house
  • Sticks directly onto the AV equipment; Three emitters on a single plug; Adhesive backing allows the emitter to be attached to the IR eye of a device
  • Quad Heads allow you to control multiple pieces of equipment with only one IR output; For use with IR extender extension system, Xbox One, IR Connecting Blocks and Home Automation controllers
  • The mini stick-on emitter includes a 10 ft cable between the emitter heads and the mini-plug
  • Allows you to control A/V component by the existing IR controller, such as amplifier, cable box, HD DVR, stereo receiver, Satellite TV receiver, CD player, DVD player, Bluray player or other components which are controlled by IR signal
Bestseller No. 6
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
816 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
SaleBestseller No. 7
IR Infrared Remote Control Receiver + Emitter + USB Adaptor for IR Extender Repeater 10 Feet
103 Reviews
IR Infrared Remote Control Receiver + Emitter + USB Adaptor for IR Extender Repeater 10 Feet
  • IR Repeater compatible with all remote control devices with frequency range between ***38 to 56khz*** IMPORTANT
  • Control Audio Video Components in Entertainment Cabinets or Equipment Closets using Existing IR Remote Controls
  • Infrared Repeater comes with adhesive backing sticks directly onto different devices
  • Cable Length From USB To Receiver: Approx. 4 Feet
  • Cable Length From Receiver To Emitter: Approx. 6.5 Feet
Bestseller No. 8
Neoteck IR Repeater 1 Receiver 8 Emitters Hidden IR Repeater System Infrared Remote Control Extender Kit for DVD IPTV Karaoke Hotel Set-Top Box Hidden Installation Bath Center and Home
102 Reviews
Neoteck IR Repeater 1 Receiver 8 Emitters Hidden IR Repeater System Infrared Remote Control Extender Kit for DVD IPTV Karaoke Hotel Set-Top Box Hidden Installation Bath Center and Home
  • 【IR Repeater with 1 Receiver 8 Emitters】Kit Controls up to 8 Devices, Convenient for You to Control the Different Devices Which in Different Place at the Same Time
  • 【Remote Control Distance up to 10m】Extend Signal up to 10m, The Length of the Receiver Cable: 1.5m, The Length of the Emitters Cable: 3m, It Can Control the TV out the Cupboard DirectlyWhen you Put Them in the Cupboard
  • 【Support 36kHz to 58kHz】Working Frequency: 36kHz to 58kHz, Compatible with Most Audio and Video Devices on the Market
  • 【Metal Casing Design】Metal Box Repeater Enhanced the Signal, Overall Shielding without Signal Interference, Metal Shell Prevents Collision, Make it More Durable
  • 【Plug and Play, Wide Application】No Need to Install Extra Programs, Simple and Convenient for You to Achieve Remote Control, Suitable for Satellite Receiver, DVD, IPTV, Karaoke, Hotel/Set-Top Box Hidden Installation Bath Center and Home
Bestseller No. 9
IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Single Head 1 Eye 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit (1eye)
121 Reviews
IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Single Head 1 Eye 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit (1eye)
  • Passes IR communication: Used with an IR Repeater kit to control a device; Extend remote control ability to any room in the house
  • For use with infrared extender extension system, Xbox One, IR Connecting Blocks and Home Automation controllers
  • Compatible with devices in 38khz
  • Comes with adhesive backing sticks directly onto different devices
  • Overall length: 10 feet (3 meter)
Bestseller No. 10
eSynic IR Signal Extender IR Remote Emitter Receiver Infrared Repeater System Kit 1 Receiver 1 Emitter with HDMI Port for HDTV DVD etc.
429 Reviews
eSynic IR Signal Extender IR Remote Emitter Receiver Infrared Repeater System Kit 1 Receiver 1 Emitter with HDMI Port for HDTV DVD etc.
  • With 1 receiver which picks up the signal from the remote controller, the receiver is with a convenient IR confirmation LED
  • With 1 emitters which is used to send the signals to the A/V components
  • With HDMI Port, the IR extending distance is up to 60m (it depends on the quality and length of the HDMI cable)
  • It can control the IR Signal source device by using the received IR (infrared) signal by the IR Receiver
  • 34-60kHz operating range, Easy install & operation, no need external power

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