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Use Tinfoil To Boost Your Remote Control's Range

We’ve seen the power of strategically placed tinfoil applied to Wi-Fi routers. Kip Kay, the man with boundless DIY enthusiasm, shows us how to apply tinfoil inside a remote control to boost its reach.

Kay’s videos on the Discovery Channel’s Brink site don’t support embedding, unfortunately, but it’s only a 48-second explanation to get through. Basically, he’s suggesting gently unsnapping a remote control and opening it, taping down the leads from the top-most infrared LED with electrical tape, then creating a little bed of tinfoil for that LED on the opposite piece for when it snaps together. Kay says it’s “guaranteed to work with any remote control,” and it should be, in theory—but think twice if your remote control looks like it might be difficult to piece back together.

Had a good experience boosting your remotes this way or any other? Share your results in the comments. Brink: Home with Kip Kay: A Better Remote Control [Science Channel]


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