How to control audio visual equipment that is in a different room

If you have your audio-visual equipment connected so that you can watch it from a different room, then you are going to be faced with the dilemma of how to control it. After all, you probably don’t want to have to get up to go to the room that the equipment is actually in, simply to pause, rewind, change channel or set a program to record.

If you have this dilemma, we can suggest three options…

  • Use the facilty built-in to whatever method you have chosen to send the audio-visual signal between rooms to send a remote control signal in the opposite direction.
  • Use your equipment’s existing remote controls (or a universal remote control) with a remote control extender
  • Use a smartphone or tablet as a remote control (rather than your equipment’s existing remote controls or a universal remote control)

Is the solution staring you in the face?

The first thing you should check is whether the method you have chosen to send audio-visual signals between rooms is capable of sending an infra-red control signal in the opposite direction. Many audio and video sender solutions have this facility. If yours does then you can probably stop reading this article now and reach for your audio-video sender’s instruction manual!

Using a remote control extender to control audio visual equipment that is in a different room

Remote control extenders are devices which are capable of receiving an infra-red signal from a remote control and re-transmitting that signal somewhere else. These devices are sometimes referred to as infra-red extenders.

The anatomy of a remote control extender

Remote control extenders generally consist of three main elements:

  • An infra-red receiver – which receives the signal from your remote control.
  • One or more infra-red emitters – which re-transmit the signal from your remote control to the device(s) you want to control.
  • Some electronics – which process the signal received by infra-red receiver and transmit it to the infra-red emitter(s).

How these three elements are packaged varies between different products – largely depending on the application for which they were primarily designed.

Obviously you can’t point your remote control at your audio-visual equipment (because it is in a different room!) so you should look at remote control extenders which allow for separation of the infra-red receiver from the other elements. This separation can be achieved either by installing a cable between your rooms or by using a ‘wireless’ solution.

A word of caution about remote control extenders

One of the beauties of remote control extenders is their simplicity. There is no programming to do, so they are pretty much as close to ‘plug-and-play’ as electronic devices get. All they do is receive an infra-red signal and then recreate it somewhere else. However, this simplicity can cause problems in some situations. For example, if you have two identical devices (such as two Sky boxes) in a stack of audio-visual equipment where both can ‘see’ the output of a single remote control extender’s IR emitters then there is no way of controlling them independently. If you send a signal via your remote control extender that one of the devices recognises then they will both recognise it and respond accordingly, just as they would if you pointed your remote control directly at your stack of equipment.


Bestselling remote control extenders

Bestseller No. 1
ELEGIANT Infrared Remote Control Receiver Extender Repeater Emitter USB Cable Adapter
637 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. 2
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
185 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. 3
OBVIS 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)
154 Reviews
OBVIS 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 - black
  • Comes with adhesive backing sticks directly onto different devices
  • Overall length: 10 feet (3 meter)
Bestseller No. 4
XCSOURCE IR Extender Hidden Emitter + Receiver Infrared Repeater System Cable with HDMI Port for DVD, VCD, HDTV AH174
100 Reviews
XCSOURCE IR Extender Hidden Emitter + Receiver Infrared Repeater System Cable with HDMI Port for DVD, VCD, HDTV AH174
  • Control your device Hidden in a Closet or Cupboard from the comfy spot on your couch.
  • Easy installation, simple operation. No external power supply.
  • IR extend distance is up to 25m (Depends on the quality and length of the HDMI cable).
  • Control: To choose the CEC/IR extend function by manual (Need to switch two IR Adapter on IR status).
  • Compatible with HDMI Switcher, can control 12 devices at most(1 Emitter controls 1 device).
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
605 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
1STec IR Infrared Remote Control Signal Repeater Extender System Kit over HDMI Cable with 1 Receiver + 1 Emitter Socket & Port for TV DVD Sky Magic Eye Blaster to Set Top Box in Enclosed Cupboard
1 Reviews
1STec IR Infrared Remote Control Signal Repeater Extender System Kit over HDMI Cable with 1 Receiver + 1 Emitter Socket & Port for TV DVD Sky Magic Eye Blaster to Set Top Box in Enclosed Cupboard
  • Connect and place the IR receiver by your TV so that it can receive your remote control signal
  • Connect and place the IR TX/Transmitter facing the window of your AV device so that it can receive your remote control signal
  • Manually set both CEC/IR switches to the IR function for correct operation
  • Power Free: No Power Adapter Necessary (Uses power over HDMI from HDMI source unit)
  • It is important to ensure that the IR transmitter is facing the original IR receiver window on the device being controlled
Bestseller No. 7
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
89 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
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
201 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
Cable Matters Infrared Remote Extender Cable, IR Repeater Cable - 3m
1,622 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. 10
IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
359 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

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