PM5900 POWERMID RemoteSENDER Infrared Remote Control Extender
The X-10 Powermid Wireless RemoteSENDER (Model PM5900), is the perfect
and back to IR again for electronics located in other rooms of the
house. Use it for most any audio and visual gadgets
like: DVDs, stereos, televisions, satellite receivers, cable, VCR, CD
players, and HD LCD projectors.
The Powermid takes only a few minutes to set up and operate.
To install, place the transmitter in another room and place the
receiver anywhere in the room where the equipment you want to control
is located. Once activated, the transmitter receives the infrared (IR)
signals from your remote control and instantly converts them into a
digital radio frequency signal. The broadcast signal penetrates through
floors, doors or walls and is pick up by the Receiver unit. The
Receiver then transmits an IR signal to the equipment being controlled.
The pair of pyramid designed controllers both plug into any AC outlet
and use only 5 watts of power. Each one is 3 inches square at the base
and 4 inches high, and add a unique look to any room. Whether
you’re on your patio, bedroom or bath, you can control
volume, video, music and any other features your remote control offers
from any room in your home!
Frequently Asked Questions (PM5900)
With the Remote Extender you can use almost any remote to control televisions, VCRs, stereos, CD players, DVD players, DVRs, or satellite systems from anywhere in your home.
The complete system consists of a transmitter and a receiver. You can add additional transmitters and receivers to extend remote control to more devices in more rooms.
Setting up the Remote Extender
Test the Remote Extender
Point your remote control at the Transmitter and press any button.
The Transmitter receives the Infrared (IR) signals from your remote and converts them to Radio Frequency (RF) codes.
It sends these codes (even through walls and ceilings) to the Receiver which converts the codes back into Infrared commands to control your Television, VCR, etc.
The PowerMid transmitter light should only be on when you are sending commands from your remote. If the light stays on constantly, your Powermid may be receiving Radio Frequency (RF) interference from a nearby device. This typically happens when the unit is placed directly on top of a television set.
To solve the problem, try moving the Powermid transmitter away from any possible source of Radio Frequency interference. You may only need to move it a few inches to resolve this issue. When it is operating correctly, the LED on the transmitter is dark unless it receives a signal from your remote.
No, this unit does not send any video or audio signals. This unit simply sends IR (Infrared) Signals from your remotes from the transmitter to the receiver via RF (Radio Frequency). It is designed to enable you to hide the devices that are controlled via RF Remote Control (line of site) by essentially creating a portal from one unit to the next so that your IR Remote no longer needs to see line of site (so you can hide your equipment). It does not do anything with video or audio signals.
There can be two possible causes for this depending on which PowerMid has the flickering light:
If the ST539 (the one without the antenna) has a flickering Light Emitting Diode (LED) it means it is picking up stray infrared (IR) interference from somewhere. There is infrared light in sunlight so the first possible cause could be that the ST539 is positioned so that direct sunlight falls on it. If this is the case, try moving it out of the sunlight. A second cause could be that it is placed directly under and lamp. Incandescent lamps also emit a certain amount of light in the infrared wavelength. Again the solution is to move the ST539 away from the lamp.
If the RE549 (the one with the antenna) has a flickering LED, it means it is picking up some stray Radio Frequency (RF) interference. If the RE549 is placed on top of a TV it might pick up some interference from the TV. The solution is to move it a few inches away from the TV.
If both the ST539 and the RE549 have flickering LEDs, it might be that the ST539 is picking up some stray infrared light, converting the IR noise to RF noise and transmitting it to the RE549, causing its LED to also flicker. The solution is to unplug the ST539 and see if the LED on the RE549 stops flickering. If it does, move the ST539 away from the source of IR light (table lamp, direct sunlight, etc.).
The biggest problem with the PowerMids is interference. Because the transmitter sends everything it sees to the receiver, there are lots of ways the signal coming out may not be understood by the device you want to control. Interference can come in many forms – occasionally IR light sources will "blind" a signal, you could have two remotes operating at the same time, etc. However, the biggest problem with the PowerMids is not interference at the transmitters (where you aim your remote), but rather at the receiver – which has a propensity for picking up signals that it shouldn’t (close by Wifi devices, nearby TVs, phones, etc), and creating IR noise that both prevents the repeater from working, but also can prevent regular devices from working as well. In my house I have two sets of PowerMids. Currently I have a transmitter in my bedroom, and another in the living room, and the receiver is in my basement media room controlling my TIVO, which feeds mirrored HDMI signals out to all of the TVs in the house. If my receiver is getting interference, it not only stops passing along the signals from the upstairs, but it can also make controlling the TIVO within the same room impossible (the TIVO sees too much IR signal and stops accepting any of it).
The fix that I have found is to use IR blasters (as well as a mono 1/8" extension cable) to position the receiver somewhere that it is not getting interference. It’s easy enough to know if it’s getting interference because that little sender diode in the receiver will light up slightly when it is transmitting. If its on solid, or even just barely blinking… move the receiver. Once you find a clear spot for it, you should find that it does a admirable job!