The BlastIR is designed to get your remote control's signal to where it needs to go. Since remote control signals (IR) need "line-of-sight" to work, you will need this extender if the equipment you're trying to control is not in sight. You'll need to extend your IR signals, especially if your TV is wall-mounted.
RC-MM Support - The Pro Difference
The BlastIR Pro offers several new features including smaller form
factor, aesthetic designs, and increased compatibility. Like other
products in the BlastIR family this unit supports dual band IR signals
but it doesn’t stop there, the Pro supports RC-MM Protocol.
RC-MM is a new IR protocol that was developed to be used with
wireless keyboards and mice. The protocol uses much shorter waves than a
typical IR signal and uses less power. Due to the shorter wave lengths
and lower power most IR sensors are unable to process the signal. The
BlastIR Pro uses high fidelity wideband IR sensors to process this
RC-MM protocol is becoming more prevalent with major brands. It is
used on AT&T U-verse cable box, Cisco Explorer 4642HDC, IPN 4320,
IPN 330HD and the Motorola VIP series and a growing number of products.
With the BlastIR Pro you can feel confident that this IR extender with
work with all your equipment.
How This Works
This kit includes two IR receivers (normal
and fisheye), a connecting block (which also serves as a signal
repeater), and IR emitters. The Fisheye IR receiver is a small
inconspicuous device that you can install in the wall or cabinet next to
your HDTV. It is small and very easy to hide, but must be in
line-of-site to your couch (or wherever you will be sitting when using
your remote control). This receiver receives your remote control's
commands and sends the signal over 3.5mm mini stereo wire to the connecting block (which you can hide behind your wall).
The connecting block then actively repeats and sends the same signal
through all IR emitters connected to the block. Four emitters come with
the kit and each emitter features two "eyes". Each eye blasts out the
same IR signal, and you can tape them directly to your equipment or
simply fix them to a nearby shelf or wall (or even the back of the door
of your video closet).