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December 11, 2005

Remote Control Extender


Here's one I don't understand.

I mean, I understand what it does — the thing I don't get is why you'd want to do what it enables you to do.

From the website:

    This Amazing Battery Extends the Reach of Your Remote Control by 100 Feet!

    Our Remote Control Extender converts IR to RF allowing you to hide your components

    Operate your TV, stereo, DVD player or satellite through ceilings, walls, doors, floors, even from outside using your existing remote control.

    Just insert the innovative transmitter battery [below]


    into your remote and set the receiver [the black object at the top] near your components.

    Unlike other long-range remote control solutions, there's no programming or complicated hardware.

    It's ideal if you want to operate your components from another room, keep your entertainment center doors closed, or control outdoor speakers.

    Comes with transmitter, receiver, two 2/3 "AAA" rechargeable batteries and a converter sleeve that turns the "AAA" to a "AA".

    Works on any remote that uses "AAA" or "AA" batteries.

OK — I read all that stuff but I still don't see how it would enhance my quality of life if I were to acquire the capability of changing the channel on my TV from out in my backyard or up in the attic.

Look at the schematic below.


Why is that man in an empty room with his remote?

And why does he appear to be wearing a cap in the house?

But I digress.

This isn't an intake examination.

At least, not on the surface.

What is the point of changing channels when you can't see or hear them?

Please, someone out there explain to me why this device exists.

$49.95 here.

December 11, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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He is not wearing a cap, Joe. It's Darain Housen, from your 30 November entry. A possible use of the device is to strengthen the signal. The remote on my TV does not work well unless it's aimed in a direct line with the IR, and bright light will interfere, too.

Posted by: Richard | Dec 12, 2005 10:16:58 AM

It exists so that, when necessary, a man can be safely locked away in a far room to permit the rest of the family to get on with their lives, yet he will not be deprived of the comfy feel of that remote in his paw.

Posted by: duh | Dec 11, 2005 12:29:13 PM

You may indeed be able to hear what you're controlling, if you've got a set of remote speakers set up in another room or on your patio or wherever.

I'm also very impressed with the cleverness of this thing - I presume it's detecting the increase in current draw of the remote when the LED's on versus when it's off. I can't think of any other way it could be detecting the pulse train.

On the other hand, swapping ordinary batteries for tiny rechargeables is going to give your remote considerably reduced battery life. People are used to the stock cheap carbon-zinc batteries (not even alkalines) that remotes come with lasting for years on end. You may only have to charge these tiddly little NiMH or NiCd cells a few times a year, but it wouldn't blow my mind if the remote worked for less than a month per charge.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Dec 11, 2005 11:58:48 AM

I think the diagram is not representative of its possible use. They could have put a portable TV in that small room upstairs which takes an ouptput from downstairs. I use a smilar device to extend the remote control operation to change satellite channels from upstairs where I have taken outputs from the SKY box into the PC TV card and a small bedroom TV.

Posted by: pcdoc | Dec 11, 2005 9:31:25 AM

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