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Dispersion & range testing
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Post 1 made on Tuesday August 1, 2000 at 05:43
Keld Hjortskov
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Thanks Daniel for putting up this forum. The PDD thread was getting way to long.

I'm considering a PDA as remote but feel wary about dispersion. I realize that i could use the Smarthome IR-RF-IR gizmo, but would prefer a clean IR solution.
Has anyone done some serious testing of dispersion?

I don't wan't to get a PDA with omniremote just to have it fail the girlfriend test :-)

OP | Post 2 made on Tuesday August 1, 2000 at 11:08
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I have a Visor with the OmniRemote Springboard module. That gives me about a 45 deg. dispersion range when controlling my equipment. I sit about 10 feet from my setup so I can point the Visor about 10 feet to the left of it and still have it work.

My Pronto, on the other hand, has a dispersion range of 360 deg.;-) The signal is widely dispersed but it is also strong enough to effectively bounce off the walls and ceiling so it doesn't matter where I point it. (Actually, that is only true for some of my equipment. My Toshiba TV likes a pretty accurately aimed signal even from its own remote.)

I wouldn't worry about dispersion or signal strength when using the Visor with the Springboard module. In practice if works great for me.

Peter Sharpe
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OP | Post 3 made on Tuesday August 1, 2000 at 11:14
Dan K.
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As of now I would have to strongly urge you to go with the ir extender you mentioned in your post.
I have been using it on my PALM 3 and it works great.
This type of extender really brings out that the most in a lcd screen remote such as the PALM,in that allows you to control your equipment without aiming the remote.
Trying to aim a remote without the tactile feel on hard buttons is a real pain.
If the people that made the ir booster for the Palm were smart they would develope the the same type of device that plugs into the Palm ,but have it send out an RF signal that could be converted back to a IR signal.
Another benefit of using this gizmo is you can have smaller(more) buttons per screen beause you will using the remote the way a PDA is supposed to be used, directly in front of you,not trying to aim it at the device you are trying to control.
As of now all other options leave something to be desired.

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