Setup for Infrared control of older TVs

It is important to install the IR emitter to the proper location on the TV's IR "eyeball".  It is also important to use an IR "mask" affixing the emitter to the TV to both ensure long lasting contact and to eliminate any IR light going from that emitter to second TV.

 

A few more important notes to remember regarding IR usage. First, all TVs of same make / model use the same IR codes. So, if you swap a TV with same make /model, you will not need to change any IR codes in myServer 6 configuration. 

 

 

How IR is typically connected to myServer 6:

myServer 6 ethernet port < > Ethernet hub < > IP2IR hardware > IR emitter port (1 of 3) > IR Emitter > TV eyeball.

For longer lengths (typical):
myServer 6 ethernet port < > Ethernet hub < > IP2IR hardware > IR emitter port (1 of 3) > minijack to Cat 5 adapter > Cat 5 wire (long distance) > Cat 5 to minijack adapter > IR Emitter > TV eyeball.

For supporting many TVs off of same IR port:
myServer 6 ethernet port < > Ethernet hub < >IP2IR hardware > IR emitter port (1 of 3) > IR powered Hub (up to 10 outputs) > minijack to Cat 5 adapters > Cat 5 wire (long distance) > Cat 5 to minijack adapter > IR Emitter > TV eyeball.
Note, any same Make / Model TV connected to the Hub will respond to the messages it understands.  So multiple TVs will respond at once.  If the TVs are different Make / Model, then myServer 6 can be programmed to control each Make / Models independent of each other even if on same Hub.

For supporting many TVs with discrete control (and all TVs are same Make / Model):
IP2IR >  IR emitter port (1 of 3) > minijack to Cat 5 adapter > Cat 5 wire (long distance) > Cat 5 to minijack adapter > IR Emitter > TV eyeball.

myServer can route the IR to the discrete IR port for individual TV control (even if same Make / Model TVs).  Several IP2IR units can be managed by one myServer 6 control system for near infinite expandability.  These IP2IR devices can also be ethernet connected distances away from myServer 6 to minimize the IR wire lengths for that cluster of TVs (like a Main Bar, vs. a Dining area on opposite sides of the building complex).