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How Can I Control AV System Equipment that is in Another Room?

Today, you can enjoy a sleek and streamlined setup with just one device – a smart TV. The remote that comes with your smart TV allows for basic controls like power, volume, and content browsing. It’s simplicity at its finest.

But what if you want to take your entertainment experience to the next level? Adding additional sources like a cable box, gaming system, or streaming media player can complicate things. Suddenly, you find yourself juggling multiple remotes and struggling to switch inputs and control various components simultaneously. It can be overwhelming.

As AV professionals, we’ve observed that incorporating a sound system can sometimes complicate things beyond what the average system user desires when all they want is to relax and enjoy a movie or TV show. Imagine juggling even one more remote to switch inputs and control volume – it can become quite overwhelming. We’ve seen clients create “cheat sheets” just to remember how to turn everything on and which remote to use.

But fear not! This doesn’t mean you should shy away from adding a sound system to enhance your TV, movie, and gaming experience. After all, sound plays a crucial role, and it can truly elevate your enjoyment. It simply means that you might want to allocate a bit more in your budget for a simplified control solution that makes operating the system a breeze, even for those who aren’t tech-savvy.
Now, let’s address the common dilemma of having your system equipment in another room.

But what if some of those system components are in another room? What are my options?

IR Repeater Kit

Even if your system equipment is in another room, there are options available to you. Consider using an IR repeater kit. These devices receive signals from your remotes and relay them to the location of your equipment. It’s a wired solution, but there are also wireless versions available. However, keep in mind that you’ll still need all your remotes and knowledge of which input to select.


Another option is CEC, a feature of HDMI that allows you to control multiple devices with just one remote. Say goodbye to juggling remotes and enjoy the convenience of commanding all your connected devices with ease. However, the effectiveness of CEC varies, and it may not always provide a seamless, frustration-free experience.

DIY Universal Remote

You can try a universal remote like SofaBaton. With its wide compatibility and user-friendly interface, it’s a great choice for simplifying your home theater experience. Just keep in mind the line-of-sight requirement and potential limitations compared to the original remote.

Professionally Installed and Programmed RF Remote

For more advanced setups, professionally installed RF remotes may be the right solution for you. These remotes use radio waves instead of infrared signals, allowing you to control your devices even from another room. They offer improved range and directionality, perfect for hidden or multi-room setups. Just be aware that they may require specialized equipment, and compatibility may vary.

Professionally Installed Control System

A professionally installed control system like Savant offers a seamless user experience with its comprehensive integration capabilities. Savant offers basic single-room solutions or lets you manage all your home entertainment and smart devices from a single platform—whether it’s your handheld remote, smartphone, touchscreen, or even voice commands.

Savant provides unparalleled customization, allowing you to set up personalized scenes that reflect your routines and preferences. For example, with a simple command, you can trigger a ‘Movie Night’ scene that dims the lights, lowers the blinds, and starts your favorite streaming service.

In addition, Savant’s high-end hardware accommodates even the most complex home theater setups, supporting a wide range of devices and brands for seamless compatibility. With professional installation, optimal configuration is ensured, reducing the risk of technical issues and providing a hassle-free user experience.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Upgrade your home entertainment system with simplified control solutions and enjoy a seamless and enjoyable experience.