The working range of the 40.0 UHF remotes

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by swbca, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. swbca

    swbca Cool Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    We just got a Hopper with 2 Joeys. All three are connected to HiDef TVs but are also modulated for other old TV's arround the house. I ordered 4 extra used 40.0 remotes on ebay ($9.00 each with shipping) for the other TV locations. Had no problem pairing 2 remotes with each Joey.

    If someone else is thinking about this, here is how the remotes work in different circumstances.

    When setting this up I wanted the remotes to work consistently well; not hit and miss. With careful centralized placement of the Joeys using 35' BlueRigger HDMI cables this is the result: The Joeys are mounted vertically on a wall inside a cabinet about 24" off the floor on the main level of the house.

    1. One remote is in a Master Bedroom 45' from the Joey. The Joey is on the same floor of a wood frame home with 1 wall in the line of sight. At 45' it works consistently. 45' feet is close to the limit in this situation. Step into the bath at the same total distance and it doesn't work.

    2. One remote is immediately below Master Bedroom location in a basement office. With the same 45' distance to the Joey's we get the same good performance.

    3. One remote is in a kitchen/Dinnette area. This distance is 20" but there is a lot of stuff in the way. A Wall, a masonry fireplace and a refrigerator are substantially restricting a straight line to the Joeys. It works consistently but you can tell its close to the limit.

    4. One Remote is in a Laundry Room 20 feet from the Joeys with a lot of stuff in the way. The same refrigerator, 1 wall plus and another wall lengthwise along the path. It works well at 20' but if you take a few more steps to 25 feet it does not enter numbers consistently.

    From these results, it looks like the 40.0 remotes work up to about 20" with a lot of obstructions and up to 45-50' if there is a single wall. Being separated by 1 floor level did not seem to make a difference.

    If this info doesn't belong in this forum, feel free to move or delete it .
  2. oldengineer

    oldengineer Godfather

    May 25, 2008
    I get about the same results. I can control my Hopper 40 ft away from the garage thru 3 walls with my 40.0 remote. When I was with D* their RF remote had less range.
  3. 356B

    356B Icon

    Oct 11, 2008
    I wish Joey had an exterior antenna....I get 30ft max. Hopper is much better.
  4. lonerwulf

    lonerwulf Mentor

    Jul 9, 2012
    I hate cheap people spend the extra money and avoid the problems

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