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
TNP IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit (25 ft)
2 Reviews
TNP IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit (25 ft)
  • 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. 2
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
600 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. 3
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)
80 Reviews
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
SaleBestseller No. 4
OBVIS IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Triple Head 3 Eye 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit (3eye)
148 Reviews
OBVIS IR Infrared Emitter Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet) Triple Head 3 Eye 3.5mm Jack Infrared Red Transmitter Blaster Blink Eye Wire Cord Compatible with IR Repeater Extender System Kit (3eye)
  • 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. 5
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
457 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.
SaleBestseller No. 6
IR Infrared Receiver Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet 3M) Single Head Eye 3.5mm Jack Comcast HD Box
13 Reviews
IR Infrared Receiver Extender Cable Extension (10 Feet 3M) Single Head Eye 3.5mm Jack Comcast HD Box
  • IR Infrared Receiver extender cable
  • Suitable for wide range of 38khz devices such as cable box & AV equipment
  • Easy installation: Simply plug 3.5mm jack into IR IN port of your device
  • Comes with adhesive backing
  • Total length: 10 feet - 3 meter
Bestseller No. 7
Yunir IR Remote Extender, PAT-435 Infrared Remote Control Infrared Remote Repeater with 1 Receiver and Transmitter USB Power Supply, for DVD, DVR, IPTV, satellite set-top boxes, etc.
  • Use the 433MHz band; Support 38KHz/56KHz carrier frequency; Unobstructed transmission distance of up to 200m; The transmitter and receiver are used in pairs. Support one-to-many use
  • Super heterodyne 433MHz infrared wireless remote control back. Fully compatible with remote control signals such as DVD, DVR, IPTV, satellite set-top boxes, digital set-top boxes; The product comes with super strong infrared remote control signal transmission or combined with infrared remote control signal extension cable
  • Full hardware design. No need to install software, USB powered. Plug and play, simple and convenient
  • The 433MHz module has passed the US FCC CLASSB certification. Wireless applications are safe and reliable
  • Applicable to the 38KHz/56KHz carrier frequency remote control wireless forwarding remote control signal. Remote control DVD, DVR, IPTV, fans, air conditioners, satellite set-top boxes, digital set-top boxes and other equipment.
Bestseller No. 8
IR Infrared Remote Control Extender Repeater Cable (10 Feet) - IR Signal Receiver & IR Emitter Blaster Extension Cable Wire Cord USB Powered System Kit
394 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. 9
ELEGIANT Infrared Remote Control Receiver Extender Repeater Emitter USB Cable Adapter
656 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. 10
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.
23 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!!!

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