Hot Link Pro...poor man's IR system...

eufreka

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Recently, I got around to hooking up a Hot Link Pro IR device that I bought some time ago from Smarthome....it features a remote IR receiver to capture and relay IR signals to up to 6 devices either in a closed cabinet or even another room. It actually works great!

Now they are advertising both a 12-device version, as well as accessories to split up your controlled devices into 2 separate locations, and to allow IR input from a controller...to expand and extend...

So that got me to thinking.....

After looking at all the pictures and stuff, it seems like really you could use the Hot Link Pro as a simple 1-zone device for potentially more than 12 devices....and that with a little modding, you might be able to use it to send it's IR signals to emitters scattered throughout the house....

Before I cut mine all apart, I just wanted to seek a little input from others.

Am I right?

Can I simply mount the powered control box on my homerun board, and route the various emitters throughout the house?

In particular, I am wondering whether I can use cat5 to serve as extensions of the individual emitters--even if it is only using one of the wires? And then make a cat5 patch cable that connects to the individual emitter....

Hopefully this is clear enough to get some advice, if not, maybe I will make a picture or two...
 
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