Whenever we purchase appliances for our homes, we would most likely want to experience hassle-free, space-efficient, and easy-to-use devices, most especially for entertainment — like a home theater. Normally, devices for home theater come with a remote, which is, of course, essential to execute commands into your appliance. However, most people don’t like that. Remotes tend to be bulky, and they can also go missing. And when they do, it’s definitely an inconvenience.
However, there are options for a hassle-free experience in setting up entertainment equipment. One way to do this is by installing IR repeaters. With this, your troubles sending commands towards your appliance are lessened. Plus, you don’t have to repeatedly press the remote control, which often causes annoyance and disruption to your entertainment.
But how do you actually use an IR repeater? The first thing to do is the installation.
1. Locate the IR receiver from your AV Equipment.
Depending on your device, most AV equipment contains circular figures on the glassy part which are often found in the frontal area. On other devices, it may be quite tough. Some of it has a single huge piece that may be used for the LCD. In this case, the flashlight should be used to locate the IR received underneath by placing the flashlight on the frontal part.
One indicator that you have accomplished this task is that you will see LCD or VFD panels are separated. Once you have located the IR receiver, you may now place your IR emitter to enable the communication between them to that particular piece of AV gear.
2. Using IR Receiver and IR Emitter.
Once the previous step is done, you may now place your primary IR receiver on places where it will accept IR signals with ease from remote controls.
3. You have to make sure that your IR received is being hardwired to your emitter box.
The emitter box is usually placed alongside your AV equipment. This is because to lessen the multiple wirings in your home theater. Hardwiring would permit you to use a single cable for your home theater.
4. All IR emitters should be made affixed to the corresponding location of each gear piece. (In front of the IR receiver).
However, if in case the emitter is designed to be “blasted” from a particular distance, what you’re going to do is to place them in areas or locations where it is suitable so as to reach your AV equipment.
5. After all of these steps, the next thing you’ll do is test and adjust as deemed necessary.
Once all of these steps are performed, all you need to do is use the remote control when sending commands to your devices/pieces of equipment. This step may sound easy later on, provided that you correctly followed all the steps mentioned above.