I have successfully constructed an IR receiver to RS232 and controlled my XBMC box with that.  I would like to place the HTPC out of site, and run the serial cable through the wall with the IR receiver placed under the wall mounted TV.  I tried extending my wire (about 50 feet of CAT5 by the time I routed down through the basement and back up behind the TV) and did not get a signal.  I assume this is due to the length of wire.  Obviously I can get an IR repeater, but that seems inefficient.  I would rather have a powered IR receiver that would push the RS232 signal through the wire to the serial port on the computer.  Is there such a thing, or can I hack an IR repeater to act like this?

Thanks

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Jim Bojan
bojan.jim@gmail.com
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