Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Portland, Oregon
cheap VIDEO/AUDIO/IR DISTRIBUTION from Radio Shack, only $9.97! (if you can find one)
This is a deal I should have posted over here earlier but I forgot. Radio Shack has what they call an "A/V Home Network", which distributes video/audio/ir through your phone lines. The SKU is 150-1975.
It is on clearance for only $9.97 if you can find one in a store! Even if you can't, call around and see if any RS's out of your area have them. If they do, call up and ask them to ship it to you. They should say yes, and shipping should be free (it worked for me). I've managed to get the last local one and have another shipped from a store about three hours away. They ship UPS.
Here is a link to the manual.
(1) it may or may not work with your DSL (it doesn't work w/ mine)
(2) if it does NOT work with your DSL or if there is a lot of interference, use a separate phone cord to connect the sender and receiver (works great for me)
(3) any Radio Shack SHOULD be able to ship you a unit, so call around, be nice, and you should be able to get one
(4) you CAN distribute more than once source through the transmitter. I have my DVD player AND TiVo sending signals into the transmitter. As long as only one unit is on at a time, the signal goes through perfectly. That, and the IR blaster is positioned so it hits both the TiVo and DVD player.
POWER ADAPTER INFO:
For those of you missing power supplies, a few people have mentioned that a 12v DC 300mA power adapter will power these just fine (I am not responsible if your box goes *poof* though!)
Output: ............................. 15V DC, 300 mA (Class 2 Transformer)
The Radio Shack units also should use the same power adapter as the Terk Leapfrog LF-10S. Both models need 15v DC. I'm assuming they need a center positive plug.
Here's a thread about the deal over at fatwallet and over at Anandtech.
Also, here is a review, and another one.
I have to say the video and audio quality, as well as the responsiveness of the IR relay is QUITE nice. I'm just routing our TiVo signal into the bedroom, but it looks and sounds great. The video signal is probably around 90% (quality-wise) of the original signal. BTW, it doesn't work well with most DSL, so you may have to have a phone cable directly connecting the units rather than using your home wiring.
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Last edited by Packy on 01-28-2003 at 03:46 AM
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