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The RCA-SM2 kit from Niles gives you easy control over your audio/video system, even if your gear is placed out of sight in a cabinet or closet. It includes everything you need to set up a complete IR (infrared) repeater system and control up to three A/V components:

  • MS220 IR sensor — Mount this small sensor in a convenient spot, like next to your TV. It sends the IR commands from your remote control to the IR hub.
  • MSU140 IR hub — Accepts incoming IR signals and passes them on to your A/V components.
  • three MF1 flashers — Infrared light-emitting devices that carry IR commands from the MSU140 to your A/V gear.
  • 50 feet of CAT-5 cable to connect the IR sensor to the IR hub.

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Highlights:

  • complete IR repeater system
  • controls up to 3 A/V components with included IR flashers
  • MSU140 hub can accommodate an additional IR flasher or dual flashers for controlling as many as 8 components
  • LCD- and plasma-proof wall-mountable sensor design — works near flat-panel TVs
  • UL-listed, regulated in-line power supply with universal voltage capability
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • MSU140 IR Main System Unit
  • 4-Pin "screwless" sensor connector for category 5 cable
  • Black MS220 with attached 10' IR cable
  • AC power adapter with attached 74" DC output cord (DC output: 12V/250mA)
  • US 2-pronged AC plug insert (for AC power adapter)
  • 3 MF1 Microflashers with attached 10' cable (3.5mm miniplug terminal)
  • 3 Self-adhesive IR blocking covers
  • 6 Self-adhesive Microflasher pads
  • 50' CAT-5 cable
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Installation Guide

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Overview
MSU140 Main System Unit Features
MS220 IR Sensor Features
MF1 MicroFlasher Features
Dimensions

Overview

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: This infrared extender system includes the following items:

  • IR Main System Unit: The MSU140 IR Main System Unit provides a connection hub for the IR sensor or keypads and up to four IR flashers, and it is generally located near the A/V components. The Main System Unit is the heart of an IR extender system.
  • IR Sensors: IR Sensors, like the included MS220 surface mount model, 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 CAT-5 or 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 also available in wall-mount, ceiling-mount and tabletop models.
  • IR Flashers: These IR MicroFlashers 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.

MSU140 Main System Unit Features

Universal Compatibility: With the necessary accessories, an IR remote control extender system using the MSU140 is compatible with virtually all brands of A/V equipment and remote controls using carrier frequencies between 26 kHz and 105 kHz.

Wiring: If the distance from the IR sensor to the MSU140 is longer than the attached 10' cable, it can be extended with the included 50' Category 5 (Cat 5) cable. The Cat 5 cable should be terminated with the supplied quick connect sensor plugs. The IR flashers connect to the hub via 3.5mm (1/8") mini-plugs.

Status Input: The MSU140 features a 3-30-volt AC/DC status input jack which provides system status to sensors and keypads when connected to a switched AC or DC output on an audio receiver or preamp. An optional 12-Volt adapter may be necessary.

MS220 IR Sensor Features

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.

IR Receiving Range: You get 20' to 35' of remote control range, depending upon the strength of your handheld remote. The IR pickup angle is 30° off-axis (horizontal and vertical) at 25'.

Bi-colored LED: The LED glows green when the system is on and flashes blue to confirm reception of IR commands.

Mounting: The MS220 is designed to surface-mount almost anywhere using its adhesive back. 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.

MF1 MicroFlasher Features

Universal Compatibility: When used in a complete system, this IR MicroFlasher is compatible with virtually all brands of A/V equipment and remote controls using carrier frequencies between 20kHz and 455 kHz.

Mounting: The MF1 is designed for pin-point relaying of IR commands, so it is typically mounted to the infrared remote sensor window of an audio/video component using the self-adhesive backing. The flasher hoods can be used to block any ambient light or other remote signals. The MF1 has a transmitting range of up to approximately 4'.

Dimensions

  Width Height Depth
MSU140 Main System Unit 4.75" 2" 0.813"
MS220 IR Sensor 2.047" 0.685" 0.466"
MF1 MicroFlashers 0.330" 0.559" 0.235"
 
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5 out of 5

Niles RCA-SM2

Written By scott, acworth , ga on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Worked just like advertised, with my harmony remote.
Pros:
easy set up
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent Quality

Written By Michael, Ada,OK on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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This repeater is worth the price tag. That was my fear and my reservation. Installation was easy. I used the supplied 50' cat5 cable to extend the signal back to my audio cabinet which is in the back of my theater room. The eye picks up the signals effortlessly and transmit the signal in a powerful way. I really wish I would have bought this years ago. It is leagues better than the radioshack RF repeater I have been using.
Pros:
Exceptional quality, easy installation.
Cons:
A little pricey, but may just be worth it.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Archer, Newbury Park, Ca on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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To start I have this ir repeater controling my Onkyo 709, Samsung Blue Ray, and Verizon HD DVR and have a Harmon 1100 remote and a Samsung P 59 D8000 plasma. I tried to control everything with my Harmon remote through the Logitech RF Extender, but for what ever reason could not get it to work very well. I was very frustrated, but the silver lining was that the Crutchfield customer support was amazing! Absolutely the best I have ever seen and is the benchmark for other companies to follow. They sent me a new remote and RF Extender (even though I was sure it was just the extender with problems)to trouble shoot the control problems. After this didn't work. I went with the Niles RCA SM2. They sent it to me in two days, it was easy to set up, and bottom line, it works perfectly! The components are high quality and the the overview/details of the performance by Crutchfield are exactly correct. It works seemlessly with my Harmony remote....or any other of my remotes for that matter. It has allowed me to save face with my wife after a month of trouble shooting with the RF Extender with no luck. For that reason alone it was worth every penny!!!!
Pros:
Works as advertised. High quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

EXCELLENT option for IR Repeater- Don't look elsewhere!

Written By GK1Impulse, Long Island, NY on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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I can't say enough about this product. Harmony One Remote, Samsung plasma, Onkyo 608 receiver, Samsung Blu-Ray and Directv HD box are in play here. I had tried out the "cheaper" Sanus option before- no luck- I've heard that the Plasma can throw things out of whack on lower end repeater components.

Went to Niles as a result and am so happy that I did. From the time when it was removed from the box to install, less than 30 minutes. Flashers are EXTREMELY responsive and the receive has great range. You will not regret picking up this unit. The one thing to note- Crutchfield says that it controls 3 units- not true. You only get 3 flashers in the bundle but it has the ability to control 4 units via 4 flasher inputs. Also, you can add "double" flashers to each input which means that if you ever wanted to, you could control 8 units. IR Receiver is very small, about the size of your thumb and easy to conceal.

You will never regret purchasing this unit - a quality product! Go for it!

[Editor's Note: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have updated our database, and added additional flashers under our "Accessories" tab.]
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5 out of 5

Niles MSU140

Written By JeffK, Sacramento, CA on Saturday, May 28, 2011
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I wanted to remotely control both my TV set top box and my DVD player so that I could watch them on the TV on my deck outside. I attempted to use a RF remote control at first but the IR signals did not work with my newer equipment. I bought the Niles remote extender and it works perfectly! Very easy to install and the 50' of Cat 5 cable was just the right length for my installation. It has been working flawlessly.
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5 out of 5

Ammon B

Written By AmmonB, Wake Forest , NC on Friday, August 27, 2010
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Niles IR Receiver works great. I prewired my house with CAT5 at ea tv location so setting it up was easy. Only wish they'd package with connectors to splice the small wires together. Other that that very satisfied.
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2 questions already asked

Will it control an AT&T U-Verse box? [ Matthew  Aug 04, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • Does the AT&T U-Verse box have an infra-red remote and can you find the "IR eye" on the box? If so, then this unit will work. [ CAROLYN   Aug 05, 2014 ]
  • No! I spoke to Niles' customer support and they referred me to another of their brands, Xantech, whose model DL85K Plasma/LCD/LED/CFL Proof Designer Dinky Link IR Receiver Kit, works perfectly for me. [ ANNE H   Aug 04, 2014 ]
  • I'm sorry. I have no idea [ PETER   Aug 04, 2014 ]
  • Not sure about AT&T but works great with comcast x-1 platform also use it to control a sony bluray and sony home theater reciver [ ROBERT   Aug 04, 2014 ]
  • Hi Matthew. I hooked it up on a Verizon control box without any problems. As long it can communicate with the device there shouldn't be any issues. [ Eyes   Aug 04, 2014 ]
Does this system work with Verizon FIOS? [ Kathy  May 26, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • Yes it does [ PAUL   May 27, 2014 ]
  • Dear Kathy R, Since I don't have Verizon fios, I can't answer the question, but I don't see any reason that it wouldn't work. All I can say is that I use it for my receiver and CD, and it works beautifully. Good luck, Peter [ PETER   May 27, 2014 ]
  • Kathy, I do not have Verizon FIOS, so I don't know the answer to your question. It works well with my TimesWarner Cable remote and Yamaha Reciever [ Timothy   May 27, 2014 ]
  • Yes it does, and works very well. [ DREW   May 27, 2014 ]
  • Yes it works with verizon fios [ JEFF   May 26, 2014 ]

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