How-To Geek

Set Up an IR Repeater to Keep Media Gear Stashed Out of Sight

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep all your audio video gear hidden away? With an IR repeater you can hide everything in a cabinet or closet with just a small IR dongle tucked nearly out of sight.

At technology blog Unplggd they highlight the benefits of using an IR repeater, principally that you can put all your gear in an out of the way location and still have remote access via your remotes. You can go two routes to achieve IR repeater happiness; you can purchase a $50 kit (usually supports 4-6 devices) or you can geek out and build your own DIY model. Check out this blog entry to read up on building DIY repeaters or hit up the link below to check out some commercial models at Unpluggd.

Clean Up Your Media Center with an IR Repeater [Unplggd]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/27/11

Comments (5)

  1. andy

    Might have to try this.

    I also need a universal remote that works well with my appletv2

    Anybody got tips on that one?
    (I know, use my ipod touch or ipad. But sometimes a remote with the tv and AV on it are just handier)

  2. John

    I have a Sony universal remote that has a learning mode. It lets you “teach” it new remotes using an on board IR receiver. The ATV remote since it only has 7 buttons. I set my Apple TV remote to the “Satellite” button because it was unused. This remotes also lets you program 4 macros for easy configuring of your equipment.

  3. Curtis
  4. Dick

    You do a good job at selecting interesting projects. I enjoy your explanations and choices.

  5. Jfowler

    I have been using the kit from speakercraft for several years with a harmony remote and an ir adapter for my vudu… Love it!

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