04-10-2010 09:41 AM - edited 04-10-2010 09:42 AM
The Verizon STBs are IR only. You can purchase IR to RF to IR extender systems though; for example see http://www.smarthome.com/8045I/IR-to-RF-to-IR-Remote-Control-Range-Extender-Kit-433-MHz/p.aspx. I Binged "IR RF Remote Extender" and got a bunch of hits.
Thanks for confirming what I suspected about the boxes. What's funny is that about a year ago, a Verizon rep told me they WERE capable in this respect, but I was immediately suspicious. Anyway, I have no interest in going the IR extender route (costs), but appreciate your posting the link.
04-11-2010 05:53 AM - edited 04-11-2010 05:54 AM
It sounds like you're in a business-type setting. But if you're just getting FiOS for your house, isn't the whole HDMI distribution/RF route a bit more work than its worth? If you only have one STB for the house then you can only watch one thing at any TV at any time, which isn't a problem if it's just you, but if it's just you then it's unlikely you have 4 or 5 TVs...
What I'm trying to get at is that your situation is probably less than a half a percent of all FiOS installation cases. At least 99% of FiOS users don't have any clue what HDMI distribution is.
Your post shows good, inquisitive thinking. It also reveals the hazards of making assumptions too quickly.
One, not a business, but I am just one person who only watches one program at any given time. And, I like to have a TV in each room that I do things. Being alone, I like the company it offers, especially in the form of sports or news. Office, kitchen, bedroom, living room and possibly a family room -- there's 5 TVs right there.
I realize my situation is a rare one, as is my interest in HDMI distribution. But I didn't ask the community about HDMI, I asked about RF STB control, so whether or not they had a clue on HDMI distribution didn't concern me. Yes, it's a bit extreme for most, but I'm only trying to accomplish what the providers should offer anyway: Clear QAM into the house. It's not perfect, but it's sufficient. Last, being someone who's worked in the electronics field for 20+ years, it's also a hobby to me.
Thanks for your reply, though. If was one of your posts that led me to believe I could get an accurate answer here!
I'm not sure about your setup. But if it helps, the STB has a plug on the back that can be used to connect an extender. I have an IR receiver plugged directly into it. Perhaps you can do the same with RF. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that's somewhere in the online manual. Or maybe you have an RF receiver somewhere else in your setup? If so, they often have extra ports so you can add one wire to connect an additional device (ie the STB).