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
baolongking IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Triple Head3 Eye 3.5mm Jack with IR Repeater Extender System Kit, XBox One
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baolongking IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Triple Head3 Eye 3.5mm Jack 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
  • 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. 2
TNP Products 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 2 IR Eye Emitter
107 Reviews
TNP Products 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 2 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; Two emitters on a single plug
  • Adhesive backing allows the emitter to be attached to the IR eye of a device
  • Dual Heads allow you to control multiple pieces of equipment with only one IR output
  • For use with Connecting Blocks and Home Automation controllers
Bestseller No. 3
IR extender - Marmitek Invisible Control 6 XTRA - Hide your TV components - 2x IR blaster to operate an unlimited number of devices - Use your own remote control - Extra small receiver
30 Reviews
IR extender - Marmitek Invisible Control 6 XTRA - Hide your TV components - 2x IR blaster to operate an unlimited number of devices - Use your own remote control - Extra small receiver
  • UNLIMITED NUMBER OF DEVICES - With the Invisible Control 6 XTRA you are able to operate an unlimited number of devices inside 1 or 2 compartments of your (TV) cabinet.
  • MAKE YOUR TV COMPONENTS INVISIBLE - With the exception of the tiny infrared receiver, the Invisible Control 6 XTRA enables you to place your TV components completely out of sight.
  • PLUG & PLAY - Very simple and quick installation through innovative infrared technology. Place the IR blaster LED anywhere you want inside the (TV) cabinet and you can operate all audio visual devices in this compartment.
  • BROAD COMPATIBILITY - Works with virtually all brands and models and is suitable for new infrared code formats (such as RC-MM), which are used in many new HD devices and digital TV decoders.
  • COMPATIBLE WITH SKY - Compatible with all digital TV providers in Europe, like BT Vision, Freesat, Freeview, Sky TV, Sky+, Sky HD and Virgin
Bestseller No. 4
IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
499 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. 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
938 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 50 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 (except Bang&Olufsen)
  • 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.
Bestseller No. 6
Ancable 2-Pack 3.5mm 1/8 TS Male Mini Plug to Male Mini Plug Monaural Mono Audio Cable 6ft - 12V Trigger, IR Infrared Sensor Receiver Extender
47 Reviews
Ancable 2-Pack 3.5mm 1/8 TS Male Mini Plug to Male Mini Plug Monaural Mono Audio Cable 6ft - 12V Trigger, IR Infrared Sensor Receiver Extender
  • Compatible with most A/V components, power amps, pre-amps, projectors, electronic screens, and IR infrared receivers & senders
  • Deliver quality signal connectivity; Molded connectors with strain relief ensure a solid high quality connection between the connected devices
  • 26AWG Oxygen Free Copper inner conductor for a maximum audio quality conductor
  • Connector 1: (1) 3.5mm Mono Male;Connector 2: (1) 3.5mm Mono Male,cable length:6ft
  • Package include: 2PCS Audio Cable
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
103 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
eSynic IR Signal Extenders IR Remote Emitters Receivers Infrared Repeater System Kit 1 Receiver 1 Emitter with HDMI Port for HDTV DVD etc.
481 Reviews
eSynic IR Signal Extenders IR Remote Emitters Receivers 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
Bestseller No. 9
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
117 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
SaleBestseller No. 10
One For All Remote Control Extender – Control 4 AV devices behind closed cabinet doors – IR Extender -USB powered– Plug & Play – black - URC1000
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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.

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