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.