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IR Extender

Introducing a New Idea in Remote Controls

 

 

Features/Benefits

How it works

 

Troubleshooting

 

 

Remote Extender is a new product concept designed for today’s digital lifestyle households, where the traditional universal remote control can be extended to offer the convenience of controlling all the audio-visual equipment in the home, even when it is hidden from view.


The UEI remote extender product converts any existing infrared (IR) remote to a radio frequency (RF) remote, allowing users to design their home entertainment around aesthetics rather than line-of-sight concerns with traditional infrared remotes.


Remote Extender comes with a small RF transmitter and rechargeable battery that are inserted into any typical IR remote control by simply removing one of the standard batteries from the remote and replacing it with the transmitter and rechargeable battery. That remote can then send RF signals to a receiver that is placed near the equipment that you wish to control. The receiver uses IR blasters to then control the IR home theater equipment without being affected by IR interference issues or line-of-sight requirements.

 


  • Remote Extender Receiver
  • IR Blaster Cable (1.5m, 2m and 3.5m in length)
  • AAA" RF Transmitter Sleeve
  • 2 Rechargeable 2/3 Size "AAA" Batteries
  • AA" Battery Sleeve

 

 

 

Features/Benefits >>

Converts your standard cable remote into an RF remote control

• Control audio-visual equipment from anywhere

– Allows subscribers to use your standard cable remote to control audio-visual equipment when it is located inside the cabinet, hidden from view, or even located in another room

• Sends signals through doors, walls and even ceilings

– Never have to point your remote at the audio-visual equipment again!

• Unique selling proposition

– Easy to install – as easy as replacing a battery in your existing remote control.

 

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How it works>>

1.  User installs IR to RF transmitter in place of one of the remote batteries.

2.  Transmitter converts any IR command into an RF signal that can travel through walls and doors to a receiver located up to 100 feet away.

3.  RF signal is received by a small AC-powered receiver, which is placed inside the AV equipment cabinet.

4.  RF to IR receiver converts RF signal back to IR and transmits to AV equipment, all in a fraction of a second!

 

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STEP 1: INSTALLING THE RF TRANSMITTER AND BATTERY

Simply install the RF transmitter instead of one of the "AAA" or "AA" batteries inside your remote control.


NOTE: You may have to change the position of the RF transmitter orientation to have better RF performance.

 

STEP 2: SELECTING THE FREQUENCY

Set the Selection Switch (on the back of the RECEIVER) to:

A : 58KHz (Try this setting if your Scientific Atlanta Explorer or Amino STB is not responding)

B : 38KHz (Default setting and most common setting for IR controlled devices)

C : Sensitivity lower e.g. other equipment using 418 MHz (external interference). See section: "Interference".

     

 

STEP 3: RECEIVER PLACEMENT

Place the RECEIVER next to the corresponding device(s) you wish to control.

 

STEP 4: CONNECTING THE IR BLASTER CABLE

Connect the IR Blaster Cable into the back of the RECEIVER and place the IR Eye(s) on the receiving window (IR sensor) of each hidden device you want to control.

TIP: Shine a flashlight at the front of your device to help find the receiving IR sensor window


NOTE: There are 3 IR Eyes to control 3 separate devices.

NOTE: Remove the adhesive tape on the bottom of the IR Eye to secure it on the front of the audio/video equipment IR sensor.

 

STEP 5: APPLYING POWER TO THE RECEIVER

Plug the power adaptor in the wall socket and connect the DC connector to the back of the RECEIVER. The POWER LED on the top of the RECEIVER will illuminate.

  

YOUR REMOTE CONTROL EXTENDER IS NOW READY FOR USE

 

Remote Control Extender Troubleshooting Guide>>

Problem:  I cannot get the remote to control my device.  

Resolution: First, see if the remote will control the device if you point it at the device with no obstacles in the way. If you cannot control your device directly with the remote: 

Your batteries may be low

Or the batteries may be inserted incorrectly

Or the remote may be in the wrong control mode

Or your remote may not be programmed to control that device. If you CAN control the device with the remote directly, but not with an obstacle in the way:

Check to make sure that the IR blaster is secured onto the lens where the IR LED resides on the device.

If that doesn't work, check the frequency setting on the back of the RF base station.  Typically, the setting will need to be on B (38 kHz).  However, some devices require the A setting (56kHz).

Make sure that the base station has power.  When looking at the front of the base station, you should see a red LED lit up.  If you don't see the red LED, there is not power to the unit.

Try adjusting the antenna on the base station.

 

Problem: I cannot find the IR LED on the front of the device that I wish to control.

Resolution: If you can't find the IR LED on your device, shine a flashlight at the front of your device to help locate the IR LED.  That will help you to be able to see it through the dark plastic lens.

 

Problem: The remote does not consistently control the TV when I press the buttons.

Resolution: The batteries may be low.  Try charging the 2/3 AAA battery in the receiver/charging base.  If that doesn’t help, you may need to change your standard batteries in the remote. For best performance, the RF transmitter sleeve should be oriented so that the positive (+) is pointing towards the front of the remote. If you remote control has a metal housing, that will have a negative effect on the performance of this product.

 

Problem: My range seems to be decreasing over time. 

Resolution: The batteries may be low.  Try charging the 2/3 AAA battery in the receiver/charging base.  If that doesn’t help, you may need to change your standard batteries in the remote. For best performance, the RF transmitter sleeve should be oriented so that the positive (+) is pointing towards the front of the remote.

 

Problem: I have multiple Remote Control Extenders in my home and one remote is controlling the devices in the both rooms.

Resolution: There is a LOW SENSITIVITY setting on the back of the RF Base Station.  When set to LOW SENSITIVITY, you will need to be fairly close to the unit in order to control your devices.  This will eliminate the chance of a second remote controlling you devices when not desired.

 

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