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Metra Helios AS-IRKIT

Infrared repeater system with four dual-output IR emitters

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Metra's Helios AS-IRKIT infrared repeater kit gives you easy remote control of your home theater receiver and other A/V gear placed in an enclosed cabinet, where your regular IR remote's signals can't reach. It includes four dual-emitter IR blasters that give you control of up to eight components.

Control all of your A/V gear, even in an enclosed cabinet

Metra's Helios AS-IRKIT infrared repeater kit gives you easy remote control of your home theater receiver and other A/V gear placed in an enclosed cabinet, where your regular IR remote's signals can't reach. It includes four dual-emitter IR blasters that give you control of up to eight components.

Simple, intuitive set up

The low-profile IR sensor gets mounted on your TV's bezel or stand within line of sight of your remotes. The sensor receives your remote's commands and relays them back to an IR hub hidden away inside the cabinet. The hub in turn sends the commands to each of the four dual-output infrared emitters, which you place in front of your components. Use any of your existing remote controls or a universal one to control your equipment.

Product Highlights:

  • complete IR repeater system with IR receiver, repeater hub, and four dual IR emitters
  • use your existing remotes to control equipment hidden in a closed cabinet
  • the slim IR receiver mounts seamlessly to modern TV bezels
  • control up to eight audio/video components
  • simple plug-and-play set up
  • includes one 1-meter, and three 2-meter IR emitter cables
  • power supply included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • IR repeater box
  • AC power adapter (attached 47" DC cord)
  • IR receiver (attached 39" cable terminated by 3.5mm connector)
  • Dual IR emitter (attached 17' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 3 Dual IR emitters (attached 6.5' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Instructions

The product is working very well. Easy to install and works as it should. I am pleased.

Anonymous, N Chesterfld, VA

Reviews

Metra Helios AS-IRKIT Reviews

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(7 Reviews)

Using an IR remote remotely

John from Cicero, IL on 5/21/2018

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This device can control 8 components, I only needed to control 1 thru an outside wall of my garage. It has 4 dual plug-in IR emitters and 1 large IR receiver not rated for outdoor use. I put both elements of 1dual emitter on my component rather than let one element dangle. I put the IR receiver on the inside of the 2 layer translucent fiberglass outside garage window in a perpendicular position to minimize sunlight interference. It works reasonably well. There's red and green status lights which aren't explained in the instructions. Only the red one comes on. I don't have the other 3 dual emitters plugged in. Overall operation is acceptable at this point.

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: More than I needed

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Anonymous from N Chesterfld, VA on 12/16/2017

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The product is working very well. Easy to install and works as it should. I am pleased.

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Anonymous from Medina, OH on 11/25/2017

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This product made a dream come true of having a stealth set up without seeing any components or speaker wire. Very thankful for the crutchfield rep who listened to my concerns and prescribed the perfect solution. I have the sensor mounted on the back of my projector and a 3.5 mm extension cord running to where the components are and you don't see a thing. Also, it works perfectly.

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Anonymous from Cape Coral, FL on 10/1/2017

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Easy, works great

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Outstanding infrared repeater

Bill from WV on 9/21/2017

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It works, all of my electronics are hidden behind massive rosewood Credenza. the only thing showing is a small infrared receiver under the TV.

Pros: Turns on or off electronics hidden behind walls or doors Simple to install easy to use

Cons: nothing

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Anonymous from Boston, MA on 6/20/2017

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Clear instructions, easy to install, works perfectly.

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Anonymous from Stanfordville, NY on 5/14/2017

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Works like a charm.

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Features

IR Repeater System: The AS-IRKIT IR Repeater System allows you to use an existing infrared (IR) remote control to operate up to 8 audio/video components located behind closed doors or walls in an entertainment cabinet or equipment closet. The AS-IRKIT IR Repeater System  consists of a hide-away repeater box, one 39" IR receiver, three 6.5' dual IR emitters, one 17' dual IR emitter, and a AC power adapter.

IR (Infrared) Replication: The AS-IRKIT IR Repeater System effectively replicates infrared signals (30-60kHz frequency range) from remote controls to reach your components (up to 8) stored remotely or hidden in enclosed cabinets.

Notes:
  • Protect the IR receiver from plasma screens and devices that emit too much low-frequency RF or an excess of ambient light, including direct sunlight, floodlights, and some halogen or fluorescent lamps.
  • You'll enjoy increased range in dimmer applications, as this IR repeater system has more sensitivity with less ambient light.

Hide-Away IR Repeater Box: The included hide-away IR repeater box features an IR receiver input and four IR emitter outputs. The IR receiver input & emitter outputs consist of 3.5mm minijack terminals. As the hub of the IR repeater system, it receives signals from the remotely located infrared receiver and channels them to the remotely located IR emitters and your components. The hide-away IR repeater box can be mounted in a discreet location on top of furniture or next to a TV to replicate infrared signals from your IR remote controls.

Note: The hide-away IR repeater box measures 4.1875" (w) x 2.0625" (h) x 1.0625" (d).

IR Receiver: The AS-IRKIT IR Repeater System includes one IR receiver which features an attached 39" cable that is terminated by a male 3.5mm connector that plugs into the hide-away IR repeater box. The "eye" of the IR receiver is located in the tip of the IR receiver and should be facing the area from which you will be using your remote controls. Peel back the tape on the bottom of the IR receiver to stick to a clean, flat surface.

Note: The IR receiver measures 1.1875" (w) x 1.0625" (h) x 0.625" (d).

Four Dual IR Emitters: The AS-IRKIT IR Repeater System comes with a total four dual IR emitters; there is one 17' dual IR emitter and three 6.5' dual IR emitters. Each emitter is terminated by a male 3.5mm connector that plugs into the hide-away IR repeater box. The dual IR emitters should be attached directly over your components' IR receptors using the integrated peel-&-stick tape. If you prefer, you can attach the dual IR emitters to a shelf so that it is facing the components' IR eyes and within 3" of the eye.

Note: The dual IR emitters measure 0.5" (w) x 0.5" (h) x 0.75" (d).

Power Requirements: The hide-away IR repeater box operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter with 47" DC cord.

  • Input: 120-240V~50/60Hz, 0.3A
  • Output: 5V DC, 5000mA

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Why did you buy this?

accomplishes my goal at a reasonable cost [ John  May 08, 2018 ]
My entertainment system will be located in a closed cabinet [ John  Mar 12, 2018 ]
I am having a custom cabinet made with a tv lift and enclosed equipment. [ WILLIAM C  Feb 25, 2018 ]
Buzz recommended it based on what I'm trying to accomplish. [ Gregory  Jan 30, 2018 ]
Manual was available to review and easy to understand. Other reviews were all positive. [ Dan  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Information on product and customer tech were very good. [ Gregory  Aug 22, 2017 ]

2 questions already asked

I doubt it. My living room is about 20ft across and I have trouble getting it to pick up sometimes. Rather disappointing. [ Thomas  Apr 07, 2018 ]
About 18 feet max with original wires only and main box between [ Alexandre  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Sorry; I do not know because we have used the device only from a distance I judge to be less than 15 feet. rip [ ROBERT  Apr 06, 2018 ]
I had to cut and splice the wires to get them into my cabinet. You could buy wire at a box store and make it any length you want if you are up for the diy. Approx 22ga stranded wire [ Thomas  Apr 07, 2018 ]
Not that I am aware of. The manufacturer may offer longer cords. [ joseph  Mar 08, 2018 ]
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