I’ve been setting up a new TV + Tivo combo in my basement.
The problem is, there’s not a really good, convenient location for the Tivo near the TV.
The TV is right next to a wall (drywall) separating the finished part of the basement from the unfinished part. I could, in theory, cut a small hole in the wall to run cables through, and put the Tivo in the unfinished part. I’ve got plenty of shelves back there that would work well.
The problem is that I’m pretty sure the Tivo works by IR (infrared) remote, which, I think, needs line of sight more or less to work. I think maybe you can sometimes get away with minor 'round the corner stuff due to bouncing, but other than any holes I’d cut (hopefully small), the Tivo would be separated by drywall and a few studs from where I’d be trying to operate the remote.
In theory, if I could run a little IR receiver, by wire, back to the Tivo, that would be ideal, but I don’t think the Tivo (series 3) natively supports this kind of thing. I’ve seen mention of IR boosters before, but wonder if anyone has any experience with this kind of thing.
Another possibility is to cut a bigger hole in the wall and face the Tivo IR receiver towards that hole. I’m not sure I’d want a hole as big as the entire Tivo deck, but perhaps a 1-2" hole might be aesthetically ok. I don’t know how well that would work though, and again, I’m reluctant to dive into something like that without some confidence that it would work.
So, to summarize - is there a good way to use a standard IR remote to control a device in an adjacent room, separated by drywall?