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Todd Fields
2003-12-05, 14:31
-- dean blackketter <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com> wrote:
>> Is this really the range you are seeing?


Well that's a slight exaggeration.

I actually get very inconsistent performance from it.
My SLIMP3 is sitting on top of my television and is
about five feet in the air. When I am sitting on my
couch about eight feet away it sometimes responds fine
and other times I have to press a button several
times. Often I end up having to stand up and walk
right up to it (maybe not six inches away but fairly
close.)

It is also very uforgiving with regards to the angle.
Since it is so high in the air I usually have to hold
the remote a little above my head when I am sitting on
my couch to get it to work. Even when I am standing
fairly close to it I have to make sure I hold the
remote up and close to straight on.

I've posted this problem here before and from the
responses I got I came to the conclusion that it was
the way my IR sensor was mounted in the unit. I was
told that at one time it was mounted back even with
the display, as mine is, but that later on it was
mounted up against the cover. Mine was purchased last
May (2003) and I guess back then you guys were still
mounting it even with the display.


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Jason Snell
2003-12-05, 18:06
Todd Fields wrote:

>I actually get very inconsistent performance from it.
>My SLIMP3 is sitting on top of my television and is
>about five feet in the air. When I am sitting on my
>couch about eight feet away it sometimes responds fine
>and other times I have to press a button several
>times. Often I end up having to stand up and walk
>right up to it (maybe not six inches away but fairly
>close.)

A shot in the dark, and probably wrong, but...

Do you have any other IR traffic in your room? An IR repeater from
another room, perhaps? I often have serious problems with IR
responses in my living room, but it's almost invariably because the
IR repeater I have has gone mad and is swamping the room with noise.
If I lay it face down, that fixes the problem. IR repeaters/conduits
can be great when you're in another room, but can cause trouble when
you're in the _same_ room.

-jason
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