Hi! I have this situation where I still use a VCR, but also have a DVD player, without the problem, but that could be a brand that may have the same problem: let’s just say any device that is not quite line-of-sight for an IR remote. Some remotes, maybe most, won’t work a device a little out of sight. Some few work well, the signal strength clearly better, to not require line-of-sight in such a case as this, just some inches out of sight. Here’s the frustration.
I looked, looked and looked some more, and specifications aren’t available as to IR signal strength, very little on the web in reviews where this is tested, few places where concrete, better range information is addressed, or angles, whatever. I searched it seems everywhere for information on brands of remotes that don’t have a problem with borderline line-of-sight issues, or milliwatts, would it be, specs for various remotes? Or information exactly what brands of remotes employ 2 LEDs talked about here and there. The absence of such information almost seems freakish, in that all the manufacturers must know such characteristics, the power of their remotes. Or you’d think, on a web with everybody and their brother a reviewer, that somebody would have actually tested such things and written useful reviews, with more than what’s on the package nobody needs a review of. (Hope springs eternal.)
Now, I know of repeaters, even ordered one, but that isn’t the issue. In this case, no repeater is necessary, as I have a couple remotes that will do the job, one the OEM remote, another a cheap as dirt Chinese remote that is remarkably stronger than a dud, serious brand remote I received this week, which, in terms of strength, is a eunuch remote (thanks a lot for the reviewer that said that remote was one of the strongest they ever tested, one can only conclude he forgot to put batteries in the remotes he was testing it against). But all I wanted was to buy a universal remote that is not a Logitech used on the space shuttle or something, one priced at a sane point, but not cheapy constructed, rinky-dink buttons, have some brand universal remote to turn to that’s forgiving of very borderline line-of-sight issues, given it’s clear some fewer remotes do have that extra power to do the job.
You can search the web day and night, I’m beginning to think, and find no hard, useful information on what remotes are strongest in this way. It’s not necessary to have to be stringing repeater/emitters around. Obviously, some remotes are more favorable. I can’t be the first person with an issue where a remote, with a stronger signal, would do the trick, can’t be the only person that needed some advice on this, and not the advice of some self-promoting, idiot blogger, reading the package to people and providing a link to Amazon for a $200 remote.
By the way, does anybody want to buy a brand new remote, from a major manufacturer used by cable companies, touted by one blogger as being one of the most powerful remotes in the known universe, that is not only strictly line-of-sight, but one has to be a marksman, to get anything to happen? I also like how its DVD fast forward and rewind will only jump around chapters, enough buttons to include working a coffee maker, but not do the basics with a DVD player?
I think the world has gone to the dogs, and that I’ll never get back two days of my life, trying to find some useful information. It’s as if you’re shopping for a car, yet can find no 0-60 or horsepower information all the manufacturers, anyway, know. Is the IR power of remotes a state secret? Should I have used Tor, to ask this question?
This has become more a matter of strong curiosity, the glaring void of information, but thank you for getting this far in what became a rant, as well as any information anybody may have, for a person on the level of “IR for Dummies,” simply looking for the right brand remote, but short of needing a computer room or a mortgage. For instance, just somebody that knows and can say RCA remotes or whatever are the best for bouncing off walls, if nothing else? (I figure that, if you guys with soldering irons are confounded, all is lost…)
Good day, to all. Well, except some bloggers…