IR needed for HDMI over Cat6

geoffav

Standard Member
I have a 25m dual cat 6 run to carry HDMI from the living room to the bedroom (using baluns). I had intended to use a harmony 900 to control the devices in the living room but it doesn't work. I can't get a wireless signal of any kind to pass between the 2 rooms due to the thickness of the walls and the distance.

Really wish I'd bought baluns with IR pass through now. Should I replace the baluns?

Are all 16 wires in the two cat6 cables being used or could I take 2 wires (1 pair) and splice them to an IR eye?
 

Joe Fernand

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No standard way of using the pairs - you'll need to refer to the manufacturer of the extenders!

Joe
 

geoffav

Standard Member
OK thanks, I'll see what the manufacturers say. I experimented a bit but can't get consistent results - some times I can get audio and video even when the second cat 6 cable is completely disconnected!

Also, there is a telephone cable run that I don't need and conveniently runs between the 2 rooms in question. Can I connect a IR extender kit to that?
 

Jamie

Distinguished Member
Don't see why not, you could even use 2 pairs of the telephone cable to be sure.
 

geoffav

Standard Member
Yes using 2 pairs is a good idea. Just nervous about mutilating the ir extender in case it doesnt work :(
 

justinsmyth

Standard Member
Hi Geoff,

Any luck with your IR control? This is EXACTLY the problem I am having at the minute. Want to run HDMI but no way of controlling it with wireless so IR is my only option.

Any more advice would be greatly appreciated as I really want a nice tidy solution to this!

Cheers
J
 

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
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If you’re planning to Extend the HDMI signal over dual or single Twisted Pair (CAST5/6) simply install a decent set of HDMI over Twisted Pair Extenders that offer an IR Return path.

Joe
 

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