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Dave Dewey
2005-11-14, 18:54
I just bought a set of 'IR Extenders' to use in my kitchen with a SB1. The
stereo and SB are in the laundry room off the kitchen with the door shut, so
this would allow the SB to be controlled by pointing it to the extender in
the kitchen.

This worked great for about 12 hours, and has now stopped working and I
can't figure it out. With the IR Extender (Radio Shack model) on, and the
transmitter placed directly in front of the SB, the SB does not respond to
the remote. It doesn't respond even to the normal remote held directly in
front of it. Turn off the IR Extender, the SB remote returns to normal
operation. These extenders are pretty simple technology, just transforms ir
to rf and back to ir at the stereo/SB. The only thing I've noticed is that
the transmitter in front of the SB pretty much has constant RF activity
going on, as demonstrated by the flickering LED inside the device. I'm
wondering if there's some kind of 'feedback loop' with the SB sending IR
signals to the transmitter.

Any ideas?

ceejay
2005-11-15, 00:16
Are these extenders supposed to be bi-directional? If so you might conceivably be picking up the display (its not in IR range, I don't expect, but a cheap extender might not tell the difference). Since you don't need the return direction, you could cover up the receiver on the unit in front of the SB.

A more conventional solution to your problem, at least within the slim world, might be

(1) move the squeezebox into the kitchen where you really want it (then you'll be able to see what you are selecting!) or

(2) get a wireless PDA and use that as the remote control.

Ceejay

Bart
2005-11-15, 05:25
move the squeezebox into the kitchen where you really want it
This is how I have it set up, the Squeezebox is in the kitchen and I can see it and control it directly. There is a connection from the audio-out to the amplifier in the utility room. The speakers are in the kitchen and I use an IR extender to control the amplifier.
This has worked well for a long time, the downside is having to connect back from the Squeezebox to the amplifier.
Maybe Slimdevices could make a two-part Squeezebox with a removeable display, with built-in IR extender, which could be placed seperately from the main unit?

Dave Dewey
2005-11-15, 08:12
Quoting Bart (Bart.1yjfrz (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com):

>
> ceejay Wrote:
> > move the squeezebox into the kitchen where you really want it
> This is how I have it set up, the Squeezebox is in the kitchen and I
> can see it and control it directly. There is a connection from the
> audio-out to the amplifier in the utility room. The speakers are in
> the kitchen and I use an IR extender to control the amplifier.
> This has worked well for a long time, the downside is having to connect
> back from the Squeezebox to the amplifier.

Yeah, I got shot down on this already. The wife wants no part of the
display in her kitchen. I had a hard enough time getting the speakers in
there.