Logitech Harmony IR Extender Blasts IR Signals Beyond A/V Cabinet Doors

Infrared communication has been an integral part of device-to-device talking for years upon years now, but it's growing kind of old with technologies like Bluetooth and RF taking over. But for those still needing IR support, Logitech has a solution.

For those in the know, you'll know quite well that IR requires a good line of sight to send and receive commands, and if anything blocks the way (like an A/V cabinet door, for instance), your whole signal goes unheard. Tragic, really. The answer? The Harmony IR Extender System, a brilliant (albeit simple) adapter that enables IR signals to be sent (and received) where never before possible.

The device has been fine tuned to ignore "noise" and focus on actual remote commands, with the IR blaster and mini blaster design for the IR Extender System coming straight from the already-successful Logitech Harmony 900 RF System. The Logitech Harmony IR Extender System is available in the U.S. now for $59.99, and the "how it works" you're searching for is just below.

Simple setup

As A/V products and experiences go, it’s one of the simplest you’re likely to come across. Three simple steps (2 if you’re lucky) are all it takes:

1. Place the Harmony IR Receiver in a convenient, visible location. It’s pretty small so that shouldn’t be a problem. (If you want, you can even mount it right on your TV.)

2. Place the Harmony IR blaster inside the cabinet, plug it in and connect the Harmony IR Receiver to the back of it.

3. Connect the Harmony IR mini blasters to the IR blaster and place them on other shelves in your cabinet. Depending on your cabinet, you may not even need step 3, making the whole thing that much simpler.

The Harmony IR Extender System doesn’t require any programming, so you’ll be up and running in no time.