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Next Generation Remote Control Extender

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  • Turn any IR remote into RF by simply installing the unique battery transmitter
  • Go room-to-room and control your components from up to 100 feet away
  • Specially designed 2/3 AAA batteries are rechargeable in base station
  • 433.92 MHz base unit emits IR signal to your nearby devices
  • Convert as many remotes as you like with extra battery transmitters
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Product Specifications

Brand NameNext Generation
Color Nameblack

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Next Generation
  • Model: ATH-AAA
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 0.75 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000C1Z0HA
  • Item model number: ATH-AAA
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,854 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description


Infrared remotes are generally limited to line-of-sight operation and shorter ranges. This deivce from NextGen will "RFize" your IR remote, giving it a range of up to 100 feet, room-to-room control, and the other bonuses of having an RF remote.

NextGen Remote Extender Plus
Effectively change your infrared remote to a more powerful radio-frequency signal.
NextGen Remote Extender Plus Package
Includes base station, two 2/3 AAA rechargeable batteries, RF transmitter, IR emitter, and power supply.
NextGen Remote Extender Plus Batteries and Transmitter
2/3 AAA batteries slide into RF transmitter (and AA adapter if necessary).
How It Works

NextGen includes two rechargeable 2/3-AAA batteries, which slide into their RF transmitter to fit the standard AAA battery compartment on your exisitng remote. An adapter is also included for AA compartments.

Replace one of your remote's batteries with this device, and it picks up the hint of radio-frequency signals emitted by IR remotes, amplifies it, and sends it to the base station. The base station then emits the IR signal, effectively turning your IR remote into an RF model.

The base station has a built-in charger for powering up the custom batteries.

The Results

This device lets you go from room-to-room and control your components from up to 100 + feet away, with no direct line-of-sight needed. It even works through closet doors and closed entertainment system cabinets.

Unlike other remote control extenders, there's no need to attach anything to the front of your remote, or to be limited to using it in one room. And by simply installing extra battery transmitters you can convert as many remotes as you like--works with virtually every remote control.

What's in the Box

Remote Extender Base Station, Two 2/3 AAA Rechargeable Batteries, Power Supply. 3 and 6 eye emitters, a stand alone USB charger, and additional transmitters are also available but sold separately.

Product Description

HI Speed chip sets works MHZConvert existing IR remote to digital RF by replacing 1 battery in a remote with the battery transmitterControl 2 same-brand components independently from anywhere in the houseWorks with most AA and AAA remotesReceiver has built-in chargerAvailable in 433 MHz frequencies. Includes single-eye IR emitter and 2 2/3 AA specially sized rechargeable batteries

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Works perfectly and is easy to set up.
I saw a review for this product rating it very high so I decided to purchase it.
Charles McCann
I can point the remote in any direction and it works!
Charlie Plumb

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

520 of 535 people found the following review helpful By William Higgins on March 25, 2008
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Next Generation Remote Control Extender

I had a need to remote control my TiVo HD and DVD player that are located inside a closed cabinet. I tried to use an inexpensive RF remote control but I hated the remote and there is a significant amount of lag when I push the button on the remote. Sometimes the component didn't register the command at all. Very frustrating.

I did a little more research on how to control my components that were hidden inside this cabinet and I ran across this Next Generation Remote Control Extender. At first I thought this was the same thing as those stupid X-10 Pyramid remote extenders or IR repeaters, but as I read more about it I realized this was something different. In short, this system will allow you to convert your standard remote into a powerful RF remote. This is a very unique solution.

I used this system to convert my favorite Logitech/Harmony 676 universal remote into a RF remote that can control my TiVo HD and DVD player while hidden out of sight in my cabinet. It totally works and there no lag from when I push a button to the action on the screen. Love it!!!
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239 of 247 people found the following review helpful By R. Chase on August 21, 2007
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I primarily intended to use this with a Harmony 768 universal remote (4xAAA) and, once I figured out the idiosyncrasies, it has worked great & how I'd hoped; from anywhere in my apartment on more than a dozen components that make up my complex system, and with just as quick and reliable a response as with the direct original remotes. I don't even need to extend the telescoping antenna on the receiver (RF-receiver/IR-relay), and just lay it horizontally flat against the "saucer", which is placed in an inconspicuous location with nearby line-of-sight to my IR components.

Although I don't need the "eye extender" cable (since I have no components hidden in cabinets or out of line-of-sight for the receiver), I did test it. I was surprised how well it worked even from several feet from component IR sensors, regardless of its directional orientation. I imagine that the optional "triple-eye" accessory, selectively oriented in a cabinet rather than attached directly to individual sensors, could probably emit enough IR to control quite a bit more than 3 components & maybe as many as a dozen? Even an optimally placed single-eye could possibly supplement the receiver if there were several components in the same location but out of direct line-of-sight from the receiver.

Cons and idiosyncrasies:

It comes in plastic "bubble"-container packaging. Fortunately, the package edges can be peeled apart without requiring a "machete" or damaging the product, but it still can't be fully resealed. Of course this style packaging makes it unlikely you'd be able to return it if it didn't work out for you, which is a major reason manufacturers use these insidious packages.

It can be a bit quirky, depending on the remote with which it's used.
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218 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ross on April 8, 2007
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This is, without a doubt, the best remote control extender I've ever used. I have used three before this one. I have the X-10 Powermid in my bedroom and bought this one for my basement. I have a 50 inch plasma in my basement and I didn't want to put my cable box right underneath it or buy a media cabinet. I think it defeats the whole purpose of putting a plasma on the wall. I read the reviews on this RCE and figured I'd try another brand. I was very happy to see that the positive reviews were right on the money. I hooked it up in about 5 minutes. It was simple. My cable box is now located in the closet behind the TV. This RCE puts the transmitter inside the remote control. You replace one of your batteries with their battery shaped transmitter. The transmitter could care less in which direction you aim the remote control. This is so much better than the X-10 and others that require you to point your remote control at a receiver. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't and I'm always wondering if my remote control batteries are dead. This RCE works every time. I'm going to get another one for my bedroom.

Bottom Line: Finally a remote control extender that works! I love this product.

** UPDATE ** I'm going on 4+ years of using this RCE and it still works fantastic. It needs the battery in the transmitter recharged about once every 4-5 months, which I find totally acceptable. To recharge it, you put the battery in the back of the reception unit, very easy and simple, plus nothing to lose or misplace.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By esanta VINE VOICE on July 11, 2008
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Although I have been a home theatre enthusiast for close to twenty years, I had never heard of the Next Generation Remote Control Extender; it was inexpensive enough that I figured it would be worth a try, but did not have very high expectations; all the competing solutions are much more expensive and require some sort of external stick-on transmitter for the remote, so how good could this possibly be?

I just installed it in a new inexpensive remote I purchased (Sony RM-VL600) and it works spectacularly well. I was suspicious of the range, but was surprised to discover that it works throughout my entire house.

The principle is simple: you replace one of the batteries in your remote with a clever little gadget that picks up the RF signal as you press the keys and transmits it to the base station, which converts it into infrared signals that are blasted to the component you want to control.
The transmitter is shaped like a AAA battery; a part of it is hollow so you can stick a 2/3 AAA-sized battery into it, which lets it serve the dual function of transmitter and battery. The package comes with two of these rechargeable batteries and one AA sleeve for remotes that use AA batteries.

The receiver base is shaped like a flying saucer and about the size of a coaster. It is powered by a small wall DC power adapter. The bottom hides a door under which you will find a battery trickle charger with two slots, one AAA and one 2/3AAA. This lets you keep the spare 2/3AAA battery always charged and ready to go. There is also a sensitivity switch for "special cases".
The dome contains a blaster that you point at the device to control; in the back a jack lets you connect a remote blaster (supplied) if you need to control a second component out of reach of the base.
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