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IR System Overview:
An infrared (IR) extender system enables you to control
your IR remote controlled A/V equipment from a
remote location. This enables you to place your A/V
components out of sight (behind cabinet doors, in
the rear of a room, or in a different room) and still conveniently
control your equipment.
IR System Components:
The MS220 miniature surface-mount IR sensor is one of
three elements that make up an infrared extender
- IR Main
System Unit (sold separately): The IR Main System Unit provides a
connection hub for the IR sensors and the IR
flashers and is generally located near the A/V components.
The Main System Unit's level controls and LED
indicators enable you to calibrate and
troubleshoot an IR extender system. The Main
System Unit is the "heart" of an IR extender system.
- IR Sensors: IR Sensors are the "eyes" of the system, receiving IR
commands from hand-held remote controls and
relaying the commands to the Main System Unit via a 4-conductor
shielded cable. Generally, sensors are placed so
that you can easily and naturally point your remote control directly at
them. Sensors are available in wall-mount, ceiling-mount, surface-mount
and table-top models.
- Keypad (sold separately):
The IntelliPad is a wall-mounted, programmable IR keypad system that
provides a unique LED power status display and the convenience of true
one-button remote control of complex audio/video systems.
- IR Flashers
(sold separately): IR Flashers re-transmit the infrared signals from the IR Main
System Unit to your A/V components. Flashers are the
"voice" of an IR extender system that "speaks" to your components.
Universal Compatibility: When
used in a complete system, this IR sensor is compatible with virtually all
brands of A/V equipment and remote controls using carrier frequencies of between
25kHz and 90kHz. The MS220 is also compatible with the recently introduced
Philips RCMM codes.
Universal Noise Suppression: The sensor has a patent-pending
Universal Noise Suppression design that effectively eliminates IR interference
from plasma and LCD TVs, CFL (fluorescent) lighting, and direct sunlight. This
two-stage technology combines an optical noise filter with a "smart" electronic
circuit to provide consistent, reliable control.
Range: You get 20' to 35' of remote control
range, depending upon the strength of your handheld
IR pickup angle is 30° off-axis (horizontal and vertical) at 25 feet.
Bi-colored LED: The LED glows
green when the system is on and flashes blue to confirm reception of IR
Mounting: The MS220 is designed
to surface-mount almost anywhere with its self-adhesive backing. Convenient mounting locations for the MS220
include: on the front panel of a television set, on the front surface of a wall,
a cabinet, an appliance, or a speaker grille.
Wiring: The MS220 connects to
the Niles infrared main systems unit (or IRH610 sensor expansion hub) with an
individual "home run" of Category 5 ("Cat 5") cable. When running wires inside
walls, most states and municipalities usually require the wire to have a
specific "CL" fire rating. Please consult your local building inspection
department for requirements in your area.