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Networked infra-red blaster?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by togad, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. togad

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    I appreciate that this may seem a bit of on odd question, but does anyone know of an infra-red blaster that would connect directly to an RJ45 socket?

    The aim here is to be able to control all my kit from any of the computers on my home wireless/wired network.

    I've got so used to controlling my Audiotron wirelessly through its built-in webserver from a tablet pc, it seems a shame to have to resort to the Pronto for everything else!
     
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    Cant say i've heard of what you are after.

    But, Evation are developing this: http://www.evation.com/tirco/index.html

    A computer controlled ir receiver/sender.

    You may be able to couple this with wireless ir senders.

    Not very neat i know, but would be effective.
     
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    Why wait for the Tirco

    USB-UIRT is now available. It doesn't exactly plug into an RJ45 socket though unless you attach an interface device commonbly known as a personal computer ;-)

    If you order one, beware of the custom charges which came to £20 :-(
     
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    Yikes! This is much more that I had expected to see for customs! I wonder how this can be reduced?

    -Jon
     
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    I guess if the sender from the US declares the item as a gift, or gives it a low figure on the value of it, perhaps this can be a way!!
     
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    It was more than I expected I must admit.

    The charge from what I can remember (I've thrown away the box) broke down to

    £6 VAT
    £1 Excise Duty
    £13 Customs Clearance Fee charged by Consignia (Royal Mail)

    So the upshot is that most of the charge is down to Consignia. I'm not complaining Jon, the USB-UIRT is a unique device that isn't available elsewhere. I certainly don't think there's much you can do about it. Declaring it as gift won't help

    a) because it would be fraudulent and you don't want to get into trouble :)
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    b) because it wouldn't get rid of Consignia's clearance fee of £13 which they charge for escorting the package through customs and unpacking it for inspection and repacking it if necessary.

    The Consignia charge is reduced to £7.75 for non-guaranteed delivery, but I don't think anyone will want to risk that. I guess it might be worth pointing out on the web site so that us Brits know we might be scammed by Consignia.

    This link proved informative, although I doubt the investigation will get far...
    Parcelforce Ripoff
     

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