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Posted - 11/30/2014 :  1:10:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Here's what I have: living room upstairs with 4k, 3D tv. Room in basement with cable box, Blu-Ray player. Have cat 5 cables running between the two locations. Need to be able to hook all of this up. Am mostly clueless. Best scenario would be to keep all of this equipment in its remote location but still be able to utilize full potential of 4k and 3d content. A big plus would be one remote to control it all. Would appreciate any help.


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Posted - 11/30/2014 :  1:57:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You'll need at least HDMI to Cat5 extenders as well as an IR extender. What else is needed depends on the all specific devices that are being interconnected including the speakers.

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Posted - 12/01/2014 :  04:20:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For control of equipment located beyond line-of-site, I have used several options. The easiest solution may be the one suggested by stusviews. Are you intending to control everything via a single remote?

In addition, some companies produce RF-based remotes and base stations (mine was made by Universal Remote Control). Some devices can be controlled through HDMI-CEC (depending on brand, look for something like Braviasync, Anynet+, SimpLinc, etc...) The harmony hub is a nice option, and I found it relatively painless to set up. My current choice is a device made by Itach wf2ir to blast IR signals to distant devices and an app on android tablet or phone for interface.

I have not found this to be a trivial problem, but if you are willing to research devices such as that, read manuals, and experiment, this can be done.
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Posted - 12/01/2014 :  9:20:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much. These replies at least point me in the direction to begin my journey!
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Posted - 12/02/2014 :  06:58:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Roomie Remote for ios to control devices via IP or via IR with iTach flex wired devices. Roomie worked ok with my smartlinc, and supposedly does with the Hub. Roomie works very well with the ISY. Check this video which may give you some ideas.
You can send IR over network cables. I made my own, but you can buy these:

Having the bluray player in the basement does make it more difficult to drop in a disc.

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