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 Receiver USB, Set Top Box Infrared Remote Control Extender Cable USB IR Repeater for Home Hotel Set-top box
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IR Receiver USB, Set Top Box Infrared Remote Control Extender Cable USB IR Repeater for Home Hotel Set-top box
  • [Wide frequency design]:Receive wide frequency, which allows users no longer because of remote control receiving frequency mismatch caused by remote control is not sensitive or can not control.
  • [High sensitivity]:Remote control signal receiving real-time response to fast forward without delay.
  • [Wide compatibility]:Apply to almost of the wide-electrical set-top boxes, telecommunications set-top boxes, other network set-top boxes satellite pan set-top boxes.
  • [Easy to use]:Attach the transmitter to the remote control receiver, the receiving end is affixed to a position where the remote control signal can be easily received, then plug in the power supply to use.
  • [USB port]:Support LCD TV, set-top box and mobile phone USB charger to obtain the power.
Bestseller No. 2
baolongking IR Emitter Extender Extension Cable (10 Feet) 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit, XBox One (1 IR Eye Emitter)
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baolongking IR Emitter Extender Extension Cable (10 Feet) 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit, XBox One (1 IR Eye Emitter)
  • 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(3m) 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. 3
TNP IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (2.5M) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
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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. 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
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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 Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
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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. 6
baolongking IR Hidden Infrared Remote Extender Receiver Emitter Repeater System 6FT ­- IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit (with Power adapter)
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baolongking IR Hidden Infrared Remote Extender Receiver Emitter Repeater System 6FT ­- IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit (with Power adapter)
  • Applies to all remote control devices with frequency range between 38 to 56khz
  • Control Audio Video Components in Entertainment Cabinets or Equipment Closets using Existing IR Remote Controls
  • Come 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. 7
One For All Remote Control Extender – Control 4 AV devices behind closed cabinet doors – IR Extender -USB powered– Plug & Play – black - URC1000
214 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. 8
Neet - IR HUB - Infrared Remote Control Extender - 6 Port - USB Powered hidden IR control kit
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Neet - IR HUB - Infrared Remote Control Extender - 6 Port - USB Powered hidden IR control kit
  • Allows IR remote control of up to 6 AV devices even behind closed cabinet doors.
  • Use your existing remote control. Simple set-up. Instructions included. Optimised for most European Digital TV and AV equipment ( eg: Sky HD )
  • Only one small IR receiver need be visible on or near the TV to control all devices. 3 port version also available.
  • USB powered *** USB cable included *** (Connect to USB port on your AV recever / Bluray etc)
  • Package includes: 1 x IR control hub / 6 x IR Blaster probes / 1 x IR Receiver Probe / 1 x USB power cable / 1 x Instructions (English) *** Neet specialist customer support. Lifetime warranty / no fuss returns ***
Bestseller No. 9
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
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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
Bestseller No. 10
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
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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

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