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IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

TV in one room. Receiver in another room in a cabinet. Need to have remote work while cabinet door is closed or in other room.

 

Which extender solution do you recommend?

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ACE - Expert

Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

Any extender is just a slave to the IR signals you sent from its RF transmitter to the companion RF receiver that re-emits the IR.  But I don't think your problem lies with that.  All IR extenders are more-or-less the same.  It lies with that cabinet door.  If it's glass then I am not sure any IR blaster is going to get through the glass.  Depends on the glass I suppose.  And of course if it's not even transparent no IR RF receiver/IR blaster is going to get through unless there's room for the IR receiver/blaster to fit behind the door in such a way that the receiver can see the IR.

 

Then there's the att "point anywhere remote" which has mixed reviews.  It's basically the same as an IR extender/RF transmitter both combined in the remote itself (essentially a S20/S30 remote).  The RF receiver/IR blaster is a USB dongle you plug into the front of the dvr/receiver.  This might work.  I say "might" because, as I said, there are mixed reviews on this remote on Amazon.  Or there was.  I can't even find it on amazon any more.  But that google search I linked to does show other sources.

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Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

Thanks for all the info. Door to cabinet is glass. Point anywhere remote as
best as I can tell is a poor choices from the reviews I've read, but does
it work well with a particular Uverse receiver. I haven't found that info.

There is room in the cabinet for an extender but I need to find out where
the eye is located in the VIP 1200. Which extender do you recommend?
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Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

It's just a IR blaser like any other IR extender recover.  As I said all IR extenders are just slaves relaying the IR codes for the receiver to emit.  So of course it's compatible if the RF signal can be depended on, which I guess is the iffy part of those remotes, and the reason for the reviews it got. 

 

Note the only reason it plugs into the usb port in the front of the dvr/receiver is because it's near the dvr/receiver IR sensor and also a convenient 5V power source to drive the RF/IR blaster.

 

There is room in the cabinet for an extender but I need to find out where
the eye is located in the VIP 1200. Which extender do you recommend?

See this thread.  There's many of these IR extenders to choose from.  I don't have a need for them so I can't suggest any one specific model.  Probably most any one you choose will work.  If I were looking for one, for gadgets like this, the first place I would look is Monoprice.com.

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Thank you. Do you know if the MOT VIP 1200 is single or dual band and what
the frequency range is for it?
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ACE - Expert

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It's a receiver (aka set top box, aka STB), not a wifi router.  So has "no band".Man Surprised  And a IR blaster has nothing to do with wifi "frequency" anyhow.

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Then why are not all IR repeaters compatible with all receivers?
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ACE - Professor

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The remotes for Uverse receivers have never been any good.  Too narrow a field and not enough range. 

The way devices like AFTV and AppleTV work using WiFi to carry commands is far better.  I hope the new ATT settop boxes don't use IR.  If they do, I will pass.

I need to train myself to use a phone or tablet app to control the receiver, but it's a hard habit to break.

 

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Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

Not all IR emitter/receivers use the same frequency of IR. The two main spectrums used to be 30kHz–43kHz and 44kHz–60kHz, which just refers to the "pulsing" rate of the IR light by the remote. It's easier (and cheaper) to make devices that only emit or receive a narrow range of pulse rates (frequency). Obviously, both emitter and receiver have to be talking the same frequency.

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Thank you. The emitter we were given by the installer is the S30-S1B. Can
you tell from this information what frequency rate it is in?
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Scholar

Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

Should be 36Khz, if I remember correctly.

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Hi Dave, Can you easily confirm or point me to a resource (link) where I can
find it?

Thank you, Mike
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ACE - Expert

Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

I thought all consumer IR extender/blasters were universally compatible, i.e., cover the commercially accepted frequency range for these products.  Many don't even bother listing the frequency range and ones that do (I sampled a couple on amazon) list 20-60kHz as the frequency range.

 

IMO your problem may lie in finding one that fits conveniently inside your cabinet, not worrying whether it's "compatible".

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Re: IR Extender Compatible with Motorola VIP 1200

Agreed, the IR extenders are all going to cover the typical range of frequencies, since they're intended to be universal. Any of these that fit your enclosure should do the trick.

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AT&T pulled fiber to my home because of I wanted to take advantage of its
potential. Well, I have this big pipe now but set top boxes are a JOKE and
so are the companion remotes, old technology (STB's) and frustrating to use
(Remotes). What's the roadmap AT&T?

Xfinity is a viable option. Why? For one thing, the remotes are NOT
aggravating to use. I have Xfinity at my house so I'm running a trial. Right
now Xfinity is winning.

Although the timing of the roadmap would be nice to know, what is the
current simple and straightforward fix?
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