Dual IR MicroFlasher®
Our take on the Niles MF2VF by Crutchfield's Barry Montgomery
One Niles MF2VF MircroFlasher enables easy control of two A/V components from your secondary listening rooms, using either your regular remote controls or a universal remote. The MF2VF includes two tiny infrared (IR) flashers, each of which can be mounted to the front panel of a separate A/V component. For a complete IR repeater system, you'll need to combine one or more MF2VF MicroFlashers with an IR system hub and one IR sensor for each of your secondary listening rooms. This not only lets you control your A/V gear from your secondary rooms, but also lets you place your components out of sight in a cabinet or closet.
Using your IR repeater system is simple. In any of your secondary listening rooms, just point your remote control at the mounted IR sensor and enter system commands. The sensor relays your commands to the IR hub, which passes the signals on to the flashers, which in turn transmit your commands to your components.
Thanks to their ultra-compact design and built-in adhesive strips, you can easily mount the MF2VF's flashers to the front of your IR-remote-controlled components. And because the MF2VF is transparent to infrared light, it won't interfere with the use of IR remotes in your main room.
- flashback LEDs provide visual confirmation of operation
- adhesive strip allows quick and secure mounting
- elastomer cover allows mounting on curved surfaces
- transparent to infrared light won't block signals from IR remotes used in your main room
- includes 10 feet of connecting wire terminating in 3.5mm connectors
- compatible with virtually all infrared-remote controlled components
- dimensions of each flasher: 5/16"W x 3/16"H x 1/2"D
- warranty: 2 years
I picked the MF2VF to double the number of devices my main unit could control. Setup requires plugging in the 3.5 mm Jack, so pretty easy. Now my electronics are stacked on shelves in an alcove behind the flat panel and it works perfectly.
Donald, Williamsburg, VA
What's in the Box:
- Dual IR MicroFlasher with attached 11' cord (has a minijack mono connector)
- Installation & Operation Guide
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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 MF2VF Dual IR MicroFlasher is one of three elements that make up an infrared extender system:
- 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 (sold separately): 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 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, 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: 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.
Dual Flashers: The MF2VF provides dual flashers on a single cable for simplified wiring and easy expansion.
Universal Compatibility: When used in a complete system, this Dual IR MicroFlasher is compatible with virtually all brands of A/V equipment and remote controls (virtually all brands of remotes using carrier frequencies between 20 and 455 kHz).
Red LED: The MF2VF provides visible feedback of flasher operation via a red LED in each flasher housing.
Mounting: The MF2VF is designed for pin-point relaying of IR commands, so each flasher is typically mounted to the infrared remote sensor window of an audio/video component using the self-adhesive backing.
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Why did you buy this?
Tyler said it was compatible with the Russound IRJ-1 and I didn't want to neglect including my VHS and Beta VCRs in the remote remote-controller capability. [ KIRBY A. Nov 12, 2016 ]