• on Audio/Video/Photography
  • Published in issue 7/2004 on page 0
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Simple Infrared Control Extender

Lots of consumer electronic equipment like TV sets, VCRs, CD and DVD players employs infrared remote control. In some cases, it is desirable to extend the range of the available control and this circuit fits the bill, receiving the IR signal from your remote control and re-transmitting it, for example, around a corner into another room.Photodiode D4 is connected to the inverting input of a 741 opamp through resistor R2 and capacitor C1. Since the BPW41 photodiode (from Vishay/Telefunken) needs to be reverse-biased to turn light energy into a corresponding voltage, it is also connected to the positive supply rail via R1. The non-inverting input of the ‘741 is held at half the supply voltage by means of equal resistors R3 and R4.
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In the circuit diagram, T1 should be a type BD241, not BD240. The circuit symbol (npn) is correct.
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