Niles TS120

Tabletop infrared sensor

  • Niles TS120



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by Amanda P.

This small IR (infrared) sensor works as part of an IR repeater system, letting you control audio/video components concealed inside a cabinet or hidden in another room. It picks up commands from your audio/video system's remote control. A bi-color LED tells you if your remotely located A/V system is on and confirms the reception of an IR command.

This sensor's tabletop design is great for folks who don't want to mount an IR sensor to their wall or TV. Just place the TS120 in a convenient spot, such as the top of your audio/video cabinet.

To complete your IR repeater system, you'll also need:

  • An IR hub: The hub accepts the IR signals from the TS120 sensor, and passes the instructions on to your A/V gear via IR flashers.
  • IR flashers: The IR hub passes the commands from the TS120 to these infrared light-emitting devices, which in turn control your components.
  • Infrared cable to wire your IR repeater system.

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  • receiving range: 20' to 35' (depending on the strength of your remote)
  • LCD- and plasma-proof sensor design — works near flat-panel TVs
  • works near fluorescent lighting or indirect sunlight
  • wide-angle reception
  • bi-color LED confirms the reception of an IR command and the on/off status of your A/V system
  • passes high data rate IR code formats, including Phillips RCMM codes
  • 2-7/8"W x 1-1/16"H x 3-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
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Product Overview: The Niles Audio TS120 is a tabletop, infrared sensor designed for use with Niles infrared extender systems. It represents one of the three components of a Niles IR repeating system. It is designed to operate in virtually any environment, including near LCD and plasma TVs, fluorescent lights and indirect sunlight.

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 TS120 Tabletop IR Sensor is one of three elements that make up an infrared extender system:

  • IR Main System Unit (sold separately): The Main System Unit provides a connection hub for IR sensors and/or keypads and a number of IR flashers and is generally located near the A/V components. The Main System Unit, which is the "heart" of an IR extender system, has LED indicators to monitor the IR extender system. Models include: MSU140, MSU250, MSU480, and MSU440Z.
  • IR Sensor: IR Sensors, like the TS120 tabletop 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 2-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 and surface-mount models. Other models include: WS120, MS120, MS120, MS220, CS120, and the IntelliPad.
  • 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. Models include: MF1, MF1VF, MF2, MF2VF and IRB1.

Universal Compatibility: An IR remote control extender system, which includes the TS120 and the necessary accessories, is compatible with virtually all brands of A/V equipment and remote controls between 25kHz and 90kHz. The TS120 is also compatible with the recently introduced Philips RCMM codes.

Receiving Range/Angle: Depending on remote strength, the range is typically from 20 to 35 feet. The sensor can receive IR commands up to 30° off-axis (horizontal and vertical) at 25'.

Bi-colored LED: The bi-colored LED is off until the preamp/receiver is turned on. The LED glows green as long as the receiver/preamp is turned on, and confirms the reception of an IR signal with the blue "flash-back".

Wiring: You must run a Category 5 ("Cat 5") cable back to the main system unit or the sensor expansion hub, connecting each sensor to the hub with an individual cable. The removable screwless connector lets you easily connect the wires before plugging it into the sensor.

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1 question already asked

Do I need to enter codes from all the different A/v components into this? What is actually involved in the installation? [ belinda  Feb 17, 2014 ]
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  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 18, 2014 ]

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