How to Connect an IR Remote Extender to Direct TV
By James Clark
An IR (infra-red) remote extender is essentially an amplifier for boosting the radio signal that allows electronic components to be operated by remote control. The extender consists of a transmitter that sits near the component, such as a DirecTV satellite receiver, and a remote receiver. The remote receiver can be placed in another room with a second TV so the user can change channels on the DirecTV receiver in a different room, even through walls.
Place the IR remote extender transmitter so it faces the electronic eye for the remote control on the front of the DirecTV receiver. The eye is a small, translucent black square.
Plug the DC power cord into the transmitter, and connect the other end to a wall outlet. Raise the attached antenna.
Set the receiver in another location within reception distance of the transmitter (typically about 100 feet).
Attach the power cord to the receiver and a wall outlet.
Point the remote control at the IR remote extender receiver to adjust settings on the DirecTV receiver. No coding or programming is necessary.
- Use the remote control within clear sight of the receiver for reliable operation.
James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.