Well not anymore, in this Instructable I show you how to extend a remote remotely.
Extend the range on an Infrared Remote control to another room by running 2 wires and making a super simple momentary switch from spare parts.
Step 1: Open Up the Remote Control.
On opening it up I found triangle style screw heads. This is super annoying and I don't know why a remote control would need to be protected from tampering with. It's not like this is in a public place or something. Haven't these guys read the Makers bill of rights?
Anyway on to the next step to figure out a way to deal with these screws.
Step 2: Make a Triangle Driver.
You could certainly buy the right screw heads from McMasterCarr or something but who wants to wait.
Plus it's fun to make your own tools.
Step 3: Find the Momentary Push Button Switch
Step 4: Figure Out Which Leads We Need to Attach To.
Using a piece of soldering wire touch the leads on the sides of the button to each other to figure out which 2 need to connect to light up the LED and trigger the IR emitter.
Step 5: Solder on Some Extra Leads.
[Epilog Greenery (Re-use of broken Cat5 Cable)]
Step 6: Test That Your New Extended Wires Will Trip the Switch
Step 7: Reinforce Your Connections
Step 8: Bring Your New Leads Out the Back.
Step 9: Run the Wires to the Desired New Button Spot.
Step 10: Make a Simple Momentary Switch.
First find two good size washers. Scuff em up a little bit with a file or sandpaper to get a good solder bond.
Now solder on a lead to each of the washers. You could also tape or glue, as long as each one is connected somehow to a wire.
[Epilog Greenery (Re-use of discarded washers)]
I don't have the final assembly picture, but you want to place some double sided foam tape between the two washers. The tape should cover about 3/4 of the washers keeping them separated. When you push on the edge of the washer sandwich they should contact each other completing the circuit. When you release the foam will push them away from each other again.
Step 11: Enjoy.
To make everything nice and professional you should now clean up all of your wiring, by pushing it into the crack between carpet and wall or into the baseboard so that it is hidden and wont get pulled by the vacuum cleaner.