Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Media Closet

Some of you (no names, Nadase) may have noticed the media closet pictures in the post below, so I thought I would explain it a bit more. Basically the closet will house the cable box, DVD player, audio receiver, Apple TV, etc...I had Guardian run all the wires (Cat5, HDMI, Coax, Component) from the TV to this closet in order to keep the look of the living room neat and clean while keeping all the electronics out of sight. Also I had the audio ran from the living room and kitchen ceiling speakers to this closet. The problem this presents is your remotes are limited to line-of-sight  operation and usually a short range. To get around this situation you will have to get a remote control extender of sorts!

I chose the Next Generation Remote Control Extender I found on Amazon due to the loads of positive reviews, and the price. At the bottom of this post I'll include a video review of this baby in action!

Also for this setup to work smoothly I'm going to use the Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remote to control all of my devices. Since the remote extender comes with a special emitter battery that you place in your remote, using one universal "learning" remote is the way to go. There is a newer version of the remote I want available, but it costs quite a bit more. 

So this is the basic overview of the media closets purpose and how it's going to function. I hope I wasn't to vague on how everything works together, feel free to ask any questions. As you can tell, I'm a bit of a gadget freak.  0_o

Video review of Remote Extender.


  1. A friend of mine has this remote, there's no better way to go!

    1. Awesome, I'm in love it with it. I thought about getting the newer version, but at $100.00 more I'm sure this one will do all I need it to and more!

  2. This an awesome remote!!! Thank you for sharing! We plan to get one now that I am aware. We didn't get the opportunity to build the media closet before hand; however the equipment for the wet bar will be housed in the cabinets and we plan to finish the large storage room after closing for DH and build a media closet at that time. These remotes are going to make life so much easier! Again, thank you for sharing!