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    Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Thought I'd share a great product that I've been using for several years. It's a device that converts normal remote control infrared to a radio frequency so that you can control things like your AVR from outdoors. The device is called the Next Generation Remote Control Extender. It comes with rechargeable batteries that are also the frequency converters. You place one of the batteries in any remote and the signal will be converted to RF, meaning that it can pass through solid objects and you don't need line of sight. (The IR signal is also sent, so the remote works both ways.) The device that charges the batteries is also a converter that receives the RF signal and converts it back to IR, transmitting the IR signal to whatever you want to control. It sounds all techie, but it's incredibly easy to set up and use. You just plug it in and charge the batteries.

    I use it with a 2nd remote for my Denon AVR, which has outdoor speakers connected, and can control my music from outdoors: changing stations, control volume, change songs on iPod, etc. It's very inexpensive (less than $50 on Amazon) and incredibly easy to set up.

    For some reason, I couldn't paste a picture, so here's a link to it on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Next-Generatio...857311&sr=8-11

    If you are looking for an easy way to control a tuner or anything else from outside, this will do the trick! Additionally, it will allow you to close cabinet doors where audio and video equipment is housed, which was the original reason I bought it. Enjoy!
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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Thanks for the link, I am just getting started getting the pool built and this will def come in handy.

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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    I have that in my bedroom. It helps control the cable box since it is hidden under the dresser. I have even gone as rigging it up to watch and control that box on another tv in another part of the house
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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    I have one of these as well and highly recommend it. It works like magic. Just don't forget about your remote and leave it outside overnight. It might rain.
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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    I wonder, does the remote still worked if placed in a ziplock baggies? A nice little vacuum shrunk heat sealed bag would be nice for a waterproof remote.....
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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    I wonder, does the remote still worked if placed in a ziplock baggies? A nice little vacuum shrunk heat sealed bag would be nice for a waterproof remote.....
    If it goes thru walls, I would Imagine it would work.

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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    I wonder, does the remote still worked if placed in a ziplock baggies? A nice little vacuum shrunk heat sealed bag would be nice for a waterproof remote.....
    went and tried it and it does, even double bagged my remote in two gallon size freezer bags. Even works on the remote that does not have device connected to it. Hope this helps
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    Re: Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Another option to consider if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Droid-based device is Roomie Remote (www.roomieremote.com). You can control your devices from your phone or tablet. It works pretty good, but older devices that can't be detected or controlled via Ethernet may need an Ethernet-to-IR Adapter that you can purchase from their site. One adapter can probably support all of one's older gear that has to be controlled via IR.
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