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So I've recently been setting up a home theater in my buddies new house where I live, and I am itching to play some wii. However, the reciever thats wired to the projector is a good 20 feet from the screen. I've seen that there are 6' extensions for the Wii sensor, but I'd need like 3 to make it to the Wii sitting in the back of the room. I also know the sensor really is just an IR source, and the Wiimote does the work, so it seems kind of silly to run power cable all the way out there. My question is how should I best (and cheaply) go about setting it up? I know they have a wireless one which is an option, but I was wondering if anyone had tried anything else to solve this problem. Any suggestions?
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So I've recently been setting up a home theater in my buddies new house where I live, and I am itching to play some wii. However, the reciever thats wired to the projector is a good 20 feet from the screen. I've seen that there are 6' extensions for the Wii sensor, but I'd need like 3 to make it to the Wii sitting in the back of the room. I also know the sensor really is just an IR source, and the Wiimote does the work, so it seems kind of silly to run power cable all the way out there. My question is how should I best (and cheaply) go about setting it up? I know they have a wireless one which is an option, but I was wondering if anyone had tried anything else to solve this problem. Any suggestions?
You should be able to power the IR bar seperately. Find the specs on it and just buy a tiny power brick for it. The bar is just a reference point for the Wiimote. Does the Wiimote's Bluetooth extend to 20'?
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You should be able to power the IR bar seperately. Find the specs on it and just buy a tiny power brick for it. The bar is just a reference point for the Wiimote. Does the Wiimote's Bluetooth extend to 20'?
That's my probably course of action, which would make the whole transport process a whole lot easier as well. I read up on some guys using a couple 9V batteries to power it, but I want to do more research on it. I don't think the wiimote will extend that far, but I've had it at about 15' just fine. And its the room itself thats ~20' wide, so when I'm actually playing I'll only be about 10' or so. Life size wii boxing FTW!
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I dont know the exact range, but what about a wireless IR bar ??
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You can use strategically placed candles.
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That's my probably course of action, which would make the whole transport process a whole lot easier as well. I read up on some guys using a couple 9V batteries to power it, but I want to do more research on it. I don't think the wiimote will extend that far, but I've had it at about 15' just fine. And its the room itself thats ~20' wide, so when I'm actually playing I'll only be about 10' or so. Life size wii boxing FTW!
Find me the article about the 9v batteries and I can tell you how to wire it.
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I'd just suggest getting the wireless sensor bar
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Find me the article about the 9v batteries and I can tell you how to wire it.
This is what I found. It looks pretty simple, I just don't want to mess it up and be out a wii bar. I could also try this and not have to chop up the bar itself.
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This is what I found. It looks pretty simple, I just don't want to mess it up and be out a wii bar. I could also try this and not have to chop up the bar itself.
Your other option... build your own bar with IR LEDs.
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