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using irule and physical remotes together

i have a media rack which is placed in different room 10meters away from my TV i want to use my all my remotes in case irule fails what will be best option for me what hardware should i use to extend my remotes wireless or wired need help
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  • Don't really think you'll need usual remotes when you get your iRule setup going.

    But in building fase of course you could always use an IR extender:

    Wired

    or

    Wireless
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  • I have found no problems mixing iRule with the OEM remotes. There are times when I want a setting that is buried deep in the setup menu for my receiver or set-top box, and the OEM remote can go right to it.

    Be careful when attaching the IR emitters to devices, so that you do not completely cover the IR sensor. Leave some of it visible to give the OEM remote a chance to illuminate it.

    Hope this helps!

    --Dan in St. Louis
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  • The emitters are quite transparent for ir signals so it's nothing to worry about. I have an apmlifier in one room where both irule and original remote is being used - no problems at all with emitter covering ir receiver "eye"
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  • I used to keep remotes in the drawer by the couch and used a wired IR extender. I just stuck the blasters to the front of each component next to each other (one from the extender, one from my GC unit). Worked fine.

    Eventually, I just made a panel called "remotes" with a page for each remote and programmed every button from every remote. I even downloaded (in one case scanned) images of the actual remotes, set that image as the background, and used transparent buttons so each page actually looks like the remote.

    Now, if I need a special command, I just go to the remotes panel and swipe to the remote I need. I don't even know where those old remotes are now...
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  • DJ,

    Many of these ideas are great, but one thing I do want to make you aware of is that iRule will still work if your network goes down. As long as you have a router online that provides a local network, we will still be able to control your equipment.

    Scott
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  • I have been doing installs where i leave a URC, RTI, or harmony system in place and even use their blasters using this diode based xantech emitters for the TV side

    here: http://www.xantech.com/Infrared/Infra...

    I typically install or take advantage of an already installed xantech iR emitter kit at the rack and put ir receivers in each room. I then take my global cache IR output and connect it into the xantech kit using a gc-gcx. This saves me several global cache ir outputs for sources at the rack and allows for the fewest blasters at the rack and in each room.

    I find that the best way to sell large scaled irule systems in already configured environments is to promise that their "old remotes will still work". Most of my younger clients are quicker to ditch the handheld remotes, but most of my older clients like the tactile buttons of traditional remotes. That being said, my older client base is much quicker to spend the money on the iRule based system for centralized control and the "wow" factor
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