tsop1140 sensitivity

i have a tsop1140. how do i decrease it's sensitivity cause it seems to be receiving 40khz signals right through walls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!

signals or just noise? The chip has AGC so it will pick up the noise-floor if no real signal is present I think. Certainly you don't have control of sensitivity electronically.

Have you got the 100R series resistor in the supply and at least 4u7 across the supply like it shows in the data sheet.
You need them.

im trying to block 40khz signals from a remote but yeah it still sees through the ball at a really far distance.

is that the application circuit? what does it do?

Can someone tell me what uC is on the circuit as well?

http://www.vishay.com/docs/82006/tsop11xx.pdf

It decouples the supply voltage and makes it look like a low impedance so the circuit works correctly.

The uC is not anything special just a generic indication.

I still don't understand. uC is where the 3 wires come together? and where is the signal being outputted?

That is your arduino.

and the arrow that points downwards with Vo, whats that?

im using a 0.1uf ceramic capacitor. is that ok?

the arrow that points downwards with Vo,

It indicates the voltage is measured between the output with reference to the ground.

im using a 0.1uf ceramic capacitor. is that ok?

No it is not.
The data sheet says 4u7 and it means it.

When I worked on set top boxes one team had a smaller capacitor and had all sorts of trouble with field returns until they changed it to the proper value.

I'm not sure what a '4u7' looks like =S , aside from it being a capacitor. not even sure what type.

if that circuit is to decouple the power supply, isnt it only protecting it against power surges? how does that help with the issue of the ir signal being seen through walls?

I also realised that when I was successfully able to block the signal,it wouldnt read no matter what until I exposed it to an opening in my shielding and after that it locks onto the signal of the ball and it can go through my shielding. Any suggestions?

I'm not sure what a '4u7' looks like

A cylinder about 1cm in diameter and 3cm long. It will be an electrolitic. There are other shapes as well.
Here are some:-

how does that help with the issue of the ir signal being seen through walls?

You can't read an IR signal through walls. What tests have you done that make you think you have? I suspect your system is oscillating due to lack of decoupling.

if that circuit is to decouple the power supply, isnt it only protecting it against power surges

It is rather the same thing.

I also realised that when I was successfully able to block the signal,it wouldnt read no matter what until I exposed it to an opening in my shielding and after that it locks onto the signal of the ball and it can go through my shielding

This is the first you have mentioned of this.

Any suggestions?

Stop keeping things secret, tell us exactly what you are doing and exactly what you have wired up to what.

infared ball:
http://www.elekit.co.jp/material/english_product_html/RCJ-05.php

its for a competition. ive seen playing around with this thing everyday.

i just played around it again and now it seems like my shielding is ineffective.

and i’ve got that circuit because i couldnt be bothered putting it into the arduino.

the shieldings made of foil, wrapped around with electrical tape, wrapped in duct tape, then wrapped in foil again and then another layer of electrical tape. im not sure if that’s sufficient enough >.<

btw thanks for the help soooo much.

OK when you said a wall I was thinking of something that separates rooms.

If that red material is indeed tape coated foil then yes it will stop IR. However, the IR emitter is very close and you could well be getting reflections off the bench and into the bottom of the tube.

Thanks for the link on the ball, that helps a lot. You should be running the ball in mode D, that will give you 33 pulses per burst. The TSOP1140 requires between 6 and 60 pulses to work correctly.

The chip is directional so you can reduce sensitivity by pointing. Failing that you can use IR absorbing material. You can but these or experiment with plastics you find. A lot of opaque plastics are transparent to IR. On the other hand glass is opaque to IR.
However you do need that decoupling R and C before you do anything else.