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Sanus ELM501 IR Repeater System

Hide your gear and control it using your existing remote

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Want to keep your audio/video gear in a cabinet or a closet for a clutter-free setup? This Sanus repeater system lets you use an existing remote to control your components when they're tucked away out of sight.

Want to keep your audio/video gear in a cabinet or a closet for a clutter-free setup? This Sanus repeater system lets you use an existing remote to control your components when they're tucked away out of sight.

The compact infrared (IR) receiver is the only part of this system that's visible. Position it discreetly within range of your remote, such as next to your TV. The receiver sends signals to the hidden repeater hub and on to the included flashers, which can control up to four components.

Tv is 50 ft from receiver so used an extender cable purchased separately. Works great, not difficult to install.

Nick, Holly Springs, NC

What's in the Box:

  • IR Hub with attached 42" IR receiver
  • AC power supply with attached 6' DC cord
  • Two Dual IR repeaters with attached 11' cords terminated by a male 3.5mm connector
  • 5 Plastic self-adhesive clips
  • Plastic self-adhesive bracket
  • Plastic insert-clamp
  • Strip of dum-dum
  • Self-adhesive rubber bumper
  • Instructions

Product Highlights:

  • use your existing remote to control equipment hidden in a closed cabinet
  • complete IR repeater system with IR receiver, repeater hub, and two dual-emitting IR flashers
  • controls up to four audio/video components
  • LED indicates system power and signal reception
  • comes with tabletop mount and hole mount for IR receiver
  • IR hub: 4-1/4"W x 2-1/4"H x 1-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: The Sanus Elements ELM501 IR repeater kit makes it easy to give your home theater a clean, seamless appearance; even while you are using it. This small IR receiver can be located in a discreet location on top of furniture or next to a TV to replicate infrared signals from remote controls. The ELM501 filters undesirable signals from sunlight and plasma TVs to provide error-free operation, while LED status lights provide power and infrared signal indication. Simply place the repeater hub behind your TV or other components, and you can operate AV equipment inside closed cabinets with ease. This all-in-one kit contains the necessary elements to control up to four components, and includes both tabletop and hole mounting options.

IR Receiver and Repeaters: This all-in-one kit contains all necessary elements to control up to 4 components. The ELM501 includes an IR hub with an attached IR receiver (42") and two dual IR repeaters (11' each).

IR Replication: The ELM501 IR repeater kit effectively replicates infrared signals (30-60kHz) from remote controls to reach your components stored remotely or hidden in enclosed cabinets.

Light Filtering: The Sanus ELM501 filters undesirable signals from sunlight and Plasma TVs to provide error-free operation.

Status LED: The IR hub features two LED status lights that provide power (red) and IR (green) signal indication.

Installation: The ELM501's 2-piece design allows the IR sensor to be placed in an inconspicuous location, while the IR repeater hub and repeaters can be positioned remotely to control hidden AV equipment. The all-in-one IR repeater kit comes supplied with self-adhesive plastic clamps to secure the IR receiver and IR repeater in place next to your equipment. The IR hub can be mounted using two-sided tape or mounting screws (not supplied).

Connections: The ELM501's IR receiver is attached to the IR hub using a 42" cord. The IR hub features 4 female inputs for connecting the two dual IR repeaters which feature a 11' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector (each).

Power Supply: The Sanus ELM501 operates off of standard household current using the included AC power supply, which plugs into the IR hub and then into an AC wall outlet or surge protector.


  • Power Supply Voltage: 8-12 VDC

  • IR Frequency Range Supported: 30-60 kHz

  • IR Pickup Range: 40' @38kHz, 25' @ 56kHz

Note: The ELM501 is not compatible with Bang & Olufsen products

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Why did you buy this?

Well rated [ Jim  Mar 27, 2017 ]
based on advice from Doug [ ROBERT L  Mar 24, 2017 ]
I wanted the stereo equipment out of sight. This lets the remote control operate without opening the closet door. [ Mark  Mar 03, 2017 ]
Based upon advice of Crutchfield advisor [ Dominick  Mar 02, 2017 ]
It can,with additional emitters, control up to 8 devices. [ CARL  Mar 01, 2017 ]
Jason recommended this system after I incorrectly ordered the previous unit. [ Gayle  Jan 29, 2017 ]
Kristina recommended it [ Dan  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Took some work but got it working for my app. [ Brian  Sep 16, 2016 ]
I talked with an advisor over the phone. He recommended this device. We discussed my concern as to weather or not it would work with my U-Verse box. Based on his confidence, I decided to give it a go. Also, the reviews of this unit on the Crutchfield site sounded real. The price was great and there was no additional shipping fee. [ Richard  Aug 05, 2016 ]
Because Hogan said it was the best for what I needed to do. Hogan's Bio: [ Chris  Jul 17, 2016 ]
Low price good reviews [ DON S  May 23, 2016 ]
Awesome quality, easy to install. I've bought 2 of these and they are great! It's been in play for over 3 years without any issues! Great product and highly recommend. No issues running Blue Ray Player and Cable Box. [ ROB  May 23, 2016 ]
It says it was the best seller! [ ALLEN  May 13, 2016 ]
it worked before [ Rohan  Apr 23, 2016 ]
I chose this item because it served my need to hide AV equipment in a wall unit and because of the good reviews it has from other customers [ Robert  Apr 14, 2016 ]
I bought this device simply on Crutchfield's advice. I trust this company completely. [ Scott  Feb 28, 2016 ]
I've been in the market for an IR repeater for a while and the Sanus system was on sale. It seems like a good way to be able to hide my components in a cabinet. [ BRADLEY  Feb 01, 2016 ]
For my theater room, still need to set it up. [ Spencer  Jan 17, 2016 ]
TV's IR receiver is being covered up by a bezel in a custom cabinet. [ THOMAS  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Was recommended by advisor. [ Sally O.  Dec 12, 2015 ]
So I can put stereo in another room [ David  Dec 11, 2015 ]

8 questions already asked

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't [ VINCE  Jan 30, 2017 ]
As long as the wires to the two sensors in each room are long enough then yes. You can probably buy extension wire. I think it is a standard 3.5mm male female cable. [ TREVOR  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Any IR repeater should work. It just repeats the initial IR signal. Basically like a mirror would act. [ Doc  Jan 06, 2016 ]
Yes this product works well with a LG HD tv and a Comcast box. I have had that setup working well for over a year and no problems. [ ADAM S  Mar 31, 2015 ]
That is what I have working in my home for over a year now (LG TV and FIOS cable box both Comcast and FIOS use the same manufacture for their cable boxes)...the repeater system works perfectly and VERY EASY to install. Good luck [ RICHARD A  Mar 31, 2015 ]
It should work fine. The one issue to be aware of is that you want your cable box and TV to only receive one signal: either the remote or the repeater. We have our gear in a glass-door hutch and we had to shield the cable-box receiver so only the repeater signal got there. When they both get there nothing works. [ Greg  Mar 31, 2015 ]
I cannot tell you for sure. I can only tell you it says to work with any device having IR and we have 4 of these and LOVE them with various boxes, TVS, DVDS, etc. They have worked perfect since the first day- so easy to hook up and we keep getting them from Crutchfield. Everyone asks us where our cable boxes are (they are in closets out of site). Enjoy! [ BARRY  Mar 31, 2015 ]
I am currently using this set-up with a Harmony remote and it works well. [ ROBERT E.  Dec 02, 2015 ]
I can't answer the question directly, but it DOES work fine with my Logitech Harmony One remotes. [ LARRY  Mar 19, 2015 ]
This should work just fine with the Logitech Harmony 650. Equipment should be set for IR that you are controlling with the 650. Hope this helps. [ MIKE  Mar 19, 2015 ]
Yes. No problems there. [ KEITH O  Mar 19, 2015 ]
sorry I do not know. the system works great for my needs, but I am not using logitech [ KERRY  Mar 19, 2015 ]
It is not specific to any brand. As long as the Samsung has an IR receiver, it will work. The IR Repeater only takes the same signal that the remote emits and delivers it to the box. I have used it with the following brands: Yamaha, Denon, Motorola, AT&T Uverse, Samsung (DVD), JVC, Vizio, Toshiba, etc. [ Sina  Dec 09, 2014 ]
The Sanus IR Repeater System basically does just that: whatever IR signal you send to the receiver it will be retransmitted out the emitters. If your remote for the Samsung works directly, it should work with the Sanus as well. I'm currently using it for an Apple TV, TiVo DVR and a Sony receiver/Blu-ray device. It works fine for all of them. [ LARRY  Dec 08, 2014 ]
Stephen, I've been able to use this any of my devices as long as they use IR. As long as you can place one of the repeaters over the "IR eye" of the device you want to control, you should be fine. [ TODD  Dec 08, 2014 ]
Should work with anything that uses IR. [ JONATHAN  Dec 08, 2014 ]
This works very well for our Charter Cable remote, along with our Sony DVD player. The only draw back was finging the proper location that allowed me to run the sensors where they were accessable and less visible. However the little trouble was well worth it as we have our componens out of site. Very user freindly system. [ BILL  Aug 26, 2014 ]
It is just an IR repeater. It only transfer signals received. It should transfer commands from any remote that was already capable of originally controlling the device. It allows for IR signals to be transferred via wire to areas that the IR signal can't get to, like another room, AV closet. [ Sina  Aug 26, 2014 ]
Wayne, I'm using mine to control a TiVo, an Apple TV and a Sony theater system. If the ARRIS unit uses standard IR signals, it should work on it as well. All the Sanus unit does is pick up IR signals at the receiving unit and "replay" them at each of the repeaters. The repeater on the Sanus will need to be placed over the receiving IR unit in the ARRIS box, which can be difficult to find. The one on my Sony unit wasn't at all obvious. [ LARRY  Aug 25, 2014 ]
Sorry, I didn't address your item specifically. My cable box/dvr is behind the oak cabinet doors and it works fine with this repeater, but it is a Magnavox, not a Arris, but I see no reason it won't work if it is a infrared system. [ EDMUND R  Aug 25, 2014 ]
I have this repeater and it works flawlessly. I built in cabinets and all of my gear is hidden behind Oak doors. Easy to set up, and works like a charm. [ EDMUND R  Aug 25, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: On this product the IR cannot be extended using Cat-5 cable. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 28, 2014 ]  Staff

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