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jonblarc7 07-23-2013 8:47 AM

TV over fireplace
Who here has mounted a TV over the fire place using a IR TV extender to get the remote single to a closet on the other side of the room.

Closing on a new house next week and I've I have it figured out how to run the HDMI cables and power up to above the fireplace.

But when using this IR extender do both transmitter have to be visible of each other or can the one hooked up the cable box be in the closet.


grant_west 07-23-2013 9:08 AM

Niles Audio makes what your looking for. I have done like 3 systems with this IR extender.
You mount the eye where ever and then run cat 5 to your equipment room.
The signal travels over cat 5

jonblarc7 07-23-2013 9:19 AM

Is cat 5 better than running the HDMI across the room. Does the cat 5 plug directly into the back of the TV?

sidekicknicholas 07-23-2013 9:35 AM


Does the cat 5 plug directly into the back of the TV
I would be shocked if the TV took cat5, but newer ones, maybe
They make converters

sidekicknicholas 07-23-2013 9:44 AM

I jsut read this on a another forum though .... might want consider if you're using cat5 to extend the hdmi in other areas -


I talked to monoprice tech support, and they asked me to connect a source device directly to the wall plate with no receiver in between. I do that, and it works. They go on to tell me that these HDMI over Cat5 extenders are only supposed to be used for connecting a source device directly to the TV. They say you cannot have an HDMI switching device (like a receiver) in between.

bcrider 07-23-2013 9:55 AM

Typically you use Cat5E in place of a HDMI cable once you are over 50' then have to use baluns at each end to convert back but these aren't cheap either. Cat5E would be easier to run but I would try and get HDMI's in if possible.

jonblarc7 07-23-2013 11:12 AM

The one I put the link for looks pretty idiot prof. And with my limited experience I think that would be best for me. I just need to know if the transmitter that connected to the cable box can be in the closet and still work.

sidekicknicholas 07-23-2013 1:23 PM


I just need to know if the transmitter that connected to the cable box can be in the closet and still work.
Based on what I see, that will work just fine.

I have a slingbox and their IR blaster works in a similar fashion, but via the internet. As long as the emitter is facing the eye of the device, I can change my direct TV receiver's channels from anywhere in the world.

phatboypimp 07-24-2013 8:37 AM

I think you guys are making this more difficult than it needs to be. From my experience the IR extender simply picks up the IR signal from the remote and then travels down cat 5 to another IR blaster that generates the same signal into the closet. It doesn't physically connect to any of the devices it is simply extending that signal to another room.

jroyal 07-24-2013 9:14 AM

I used this for a TV that I have outside. It works great. I actually have a HDMI spitter so I am able to have HD to my outdoor TV. Also has an IR extended built in to the unit so I can control the cable box from outside.


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