DIY IR Blaster

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DIY IR Blaster
An IR blaster can extend the range of your remote control. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

An infrared (IR) blaster is a device used to extend the range of remote controls with common household electronics, such as digital video recorders. The IR blaster plugs into the device and increases the reception range of the remote control associated with the device. IR blasters are often used by people who want their electronics behind closed cabinet doors but still wish to use their remotes to control them. You can purchase an IR blaster at most home electronics stores.

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  1. 1

    Turn off your electronic device and remove the power cord.

  2. 2

    Plug the IR blaster into the port labelled "IR."

  3. 3

    Plug the power cord into your electronic device then turn it on.

  4. 4

    Use the remote control to attempt to change the channel or perform another operation. The LED light on the IR blaster will light up, confirming the command has been received.

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