- Brand Name: Next Generation
- Model Number: ATH-AAA
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Maximum Range: 100.00 feet
- Item Display Weight: 0.75 pounds
Next Generation Remote Control Extender
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- refer the FAQ below for troubleshooting
- 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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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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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!!!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This remote works great. I have two for different Devices in different closets. You need good dexterity when putting the battery and radio in charger unit.Published 5 days ago by Mary F. Olson
The Next Generation Remote Control Extender is honestly one of my favorite gadgets. I have purchased three of these units now, bought one for my parents and other family members. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gene
I purchased this as a gift, it works well across about 20-25ft inside a home and with the usage the battery lasts about 3 months before needing to be swapped out for the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kevin A.
This works great! We only have 1 Verizon box in an equipment room (commercial building). There are 2 TV's. Each one is in a different room. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Brock+5
This product, AT LEAST THE VERSION THEY'RE SHIPPING now, does not work:
I bought this product ~2 years ago for a customer that was looking for an alternative to regular... Read more
Don't know how it works, but it does. We use it in our 5th wheel camper to control the satellite receiver from the bedroom, living room and for the tv outside.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I don't write many reviews, but this product deserves a good one. Put simply, it just works. It sounds so quirky that I was skeptical. Read morePublished 16 days ago by CBB