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Microsmith Hot Link Pro IR Remote Extender, 6 Emitters (HLPRO)
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- Control hidden A/V gear in cabinets and closets
- Totally hidden IR Eye does not need direct line of sight
- Doubles remote control range for up to six A/V components
- Blue LED confirms communication and performance
- Works with virtually all A/V gear. including difficult brands like ATT U-verse
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Thank you for your interest in this feedback forum for Hot Link Pro.
Following are some answers to the problems, questions, and suggestions that have appeared on this forum.
We make every effort to make certain clients can contact us with support questions. The web site and phone number are molded into the bottom of every unit. In the case of this forum we have yet to make contact with those who have had less than a stellar experience with Hot Link Pro.
Hiding the Eye:
We intend no holes to be drilled for the Eye to see through. There is a Velcro Kit and a screw tab for mounting the eye. This screw is meant for non-visible, internal surfaces, not the outside of a cabinet.
Hot Link Pro does not work "hidden behind a cabinet door", it works great behind a cabinet door "slot". It also works on the back of flat panel displays, behind speaker grills and cabinets. It does not need direct line of site. The Blue LED is separate from the Eye so that the Eye may be hidden while the LED may be mounted in a visible location.
Hot Link Pro is the most compatible IR repeater available. Works with all IR remote controlled DVRs, Sat Boxes, DVD players, CD players, Xbox, etc. It works with all the new 58Khz carrier based gear like Scientific Atlanta 8300, the new AT and T VIP1200, Hughes, Motorola, HR20, etc. It even extends IR Keyboards and mice.
Only a few devices that use 455Khz carriers will not work. Some Kenwood high-end receivers and a couple of Sony high-end "ES" receivers. And a few older pioneer Elite Receivers.
Many professional installers prefer Hot Link Pro to multi-piece systems because it is broad band, works better with flat panel displays and does not need to be visible like other IR repeaters.Read more ›
I bought this so I could put a satellite box, vhs and dvd player in a cabinet, out of sight in the bedroom. The IR receiver is quite sensitive and the whole system worked like a charm with very little setup time. A lot of A/V pros swear by this system.
NOTE, many plasmas/LCD's emit a lot of IR (infrared radiation) which can interfere with the functioning of the typical IR extender. However, this device seems to be designed with this in mind and apparently works well with virtually all plasmas/lcd's.
To be safe, you may want to actually call the manufacturer to check as to whether the device will work with your particular tv set. As others have noted in their reviews, when I called the manufacturer, I was shocked to find that you can easily get ahold of the inventor. He expressed a rare enthusiasm for his business and his customers and was willing to answer lots of questions about his products. (Quite a surprise for those of us used to computerized voicemail "help" systems or the typical overseas tech support.)
The comment in one of the reviews regarding the short cable between the eye and the box is a fair one. I believe there is another cable that you can buy to fix that although the accessories do run on the slightly more expensive side. Microsmith may also have a new model coming out (fall 06) that addresses this issue.
Note there are a lot of variables governing how well your IR extender system will work--including the kind of equipment you have and how reflective your room surfaces are. So while this is a great product, you may still have to do some fiddling to get it to work out.
Within a few minutes Marcus called me back, though it was late on a Friday afternoon. He instantly diagnosed the problem - the location of the IR eye on certain Motorola cable boxes. He gave me his direct line to reach him if we had any more trouble.
We did. It still wouldn't work. I emailed him on that Friday evening. He called me back on Saturday morning, and diagnosed the second problem - that our electrician had cut off an emitter while installing, breaking the circuit. He told me how to fix it, and asked that I let him know how it went.
I implemented his simple fix, and hey presto, it works. And it works perfectly, and precisely as the marketing material says it will. The receiver in the kitchen is totally invisible, and the cable box responds every time. It looks and works great.
That the product does what it says on the box is not so remarkable, but to come across a company that truly cares about getting its product to work for its customers really is remarkable these days.
If you need to control electronic equipment from a few feet away or behind cabinet doors, BUY THIS DEVICE. You'll most likely install it in 10 minutes flat and have it work perfectly first time. But you have the certainty that, if something goes wrong, they'll be there to help in every possible way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought one "Open Box" from an Amazon retailer and it did not work when it arrived. So I called customer service at Microsmith and they were excellent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I used this product to setup my home theater in a way that I could conceal all my electronics and have no wires showing around. Couldn't do without it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fernando M.
I am very impressed, so far, with the Hot Link remote control booster system! I built a home entertainment cabinet. I researched control systems. Read morePublished 9 months ago by KADohio
Phenomenal product. I almost talked myself into going the cheap route and I'm glad I didn't. Super easy to setup and not only is my hardware behind closed doors, I can change the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by PH
Working fine with my cable box, projection TV, and 7.2 Sound system components. Amazon listing indicated this design is discontinued, too bad!Published 21 months ago by Aldo M Hernandez
I recently had custom built-ins installed in my living room, which include enclosed cabinets on each side of the fireplace with flat screen mounted above. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. Precourt