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I N S T A L L A T I O N G U I D E

REMOTE CONTROL ANYWHERE!® KIT

RCA-TT2

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you for choosing the RCA-TT2 Remote Control Anywhere! Kit from Niles. With proper installation and operation, you should enjoy years oftrouble-freeuse.

Niles manufactures the industry’s most complete line of custom installation components and accessories for audio/video systems. To see the complete Niles product assortment, visit us on the internet at: www.nilesaudio.com.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Introduction

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Contents

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Features and Benefits

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Installation Considerations

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Installation

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Specifications

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Limited Warranty

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Warranty Registration Card

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Introduction

The Niles RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit enables you to operate your remote controlled audio/video equipment from virtually any location. Now you can place your audio/video (A/V) components out of sight (behind cabinet doors, in the rear of a room, or in a different room) and still conveniently control your system.

CONTENTs

Check that your RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit contains the following:

• Connection hub

• Tabletop sensor

• 12VDC power supply

 

Connection Hub

Tabletop Sensor

MicroFlasher® (3)

 

CAT-5sensor cable (50’) (15.24 meters)

 

 

12VDC Power

MicroFlasher (3)

 

Supply

 

CAT-5Sensor

Cable (50ft)

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS – REMOTE CONTROL ANYWHERE! KIT

COMPLETE SYSTEM

Everything needed to assemble a complete IR extender system is included in one box:

ONE INFRARED SENSOR

Receives/initiates the IR commands and routes them to the Main System Unit

ONE MAIN SYSTEM UNIT

Amplifies and distributes the commands to each infrared MicroFlasher®

IR MicrofLASHER® (THREE)

Transmit the IR commands to the audio/video components

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS – IR SENSOR

HIGH-FIDELITYWIDEBAND DESIGN

Ensures compatibility with virtually any brand of equipment, even those using faster, more difficult to reproduce IR codes

PATENT PENDING UNIVERSAL NOISE SUPPRESION Design

Enables operation in virtually any IR environment: near plasma and LCD displays, compact fluorescent lights, and direct sunlight

EXTENDED IR RECEIVING RANGE

Enjoy the convenience of 20’ to 35’ of remote control range (6.1 meters to 10.6 meters)

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Our printed circuit board uses surface mount technology (SMT) to ensure reliability

COMPACT SIZE

Tabletop design fits almost anywhere; only 2-7/8”wide x1-1/16”high x3-1/8”deep

(7.30 cm wide x 2.70 cm high x 2.86 cm deep)

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS – MAIN SYSTEM UNIT

UNIVERSAL SYSTEM

Compatible with virtually all brands of audio/video equipment and remote controls

VERSATILE CONNECTIONS

Accommodates one IR MicroSensor® with removable screwless connector plus four flashers via 3.5 mm jacks

SYSTEM FEEDBACK LED

Confirms proper operation

3-30VAC/DC STATUS INPUT

Provides system status to connected sensors and keypads

EXPANDABLE

An IRH610 IR Expansion Hub can be used to provide additional inputs

INTEGRATED MOUNTING WINGS

Both horizontal and vertical installation is supported

POWER SUPPLY

UL listed regulated power supply with universal voltage capability

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS – MICROFLASHER®

MINIATURE AND DISCRETE

MicroFlasher mounts directly to the IR remote sensor window of your audio/video equipment while maintaining a clean appearance

INFRARED BLOCKING COVER

Useful when controlling several identical TVs (or audio/video components) that use the same remote control and IR commands

TRANSPARENT TO IR COMMANDS

Even though the MicroFlasher covers the IR remote sensor window, you can still directly operate your equipment using a remote control

EASY INSTALLATION

A strip of self-adhesivetape provides secure mounting

CONNECTING WIRE

A 10’ connecting wire (3 m) is fitted with a 3.5 mm mono mini-plugto provide a secure connection to the MSU

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Installation CONSIDERATIONS

WARNING – To prevent possible injury, the following basic safety precautions should be observed in the installation and use of your RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit.

1.Read through the entire manual – Before attempting any installation, read this manual thoroughly and keep it for future reference.

2.Avoid contact with all high voltage electrical wiring and equipment.

3.Keep away from water and moisture – Never use or install electronic products near water, ie., near a bathtub, sink, washing machine, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, or anywhere else the product may be exposed to water or moisture.

4.Power supply cord protection – Do not run the power cord where it may be subject to wear or abuse. Do not allow anything to rest on or roll over the power cord which may damage it.

6.Lightning – It is suggested that you remove the power supply from the wall if your system will not be used for long periods of time. Power surges due to lightning strikes may damage your equipment.

7.Check your local building and electrical codes – There may be specific requirements regarding running low voltage in your area.

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INSTALLATION

TOOLS REQUIRED

Pencil

Drywall saw

• Standard screwdriver

• Phillips screwdriver

Wire strippers

Drill (and assorted bits)

GETTING STARTED

While the Remote Control Anywhere! Kit is compatible with most brands of audio/video components, there are a few exceptions. You should perform a temporary hook-upto test for compatibility before you conceal wire or permanently mount any parts.

Steps One through Five describe how to perform a quick and easy check for compatibility. Once you have determined that all of your remote controlled A/V components are compatible, proceed

with the rest of the installation.

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INSTALLATION (continued)

Step 1 – Placing the Connection Hub

Place the Connection Hub so that the MicroFlasher wires will reach the components.

Never place the connection hub closer than 1’ away from a television set (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Connection Hub Placement

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INSTALLATION (continued)

Step 2 – Connecting the Sensor Cable to the Connection Hub

Select four conductors of the supplied CAT-5wire and strip approximately 1/4" of insulation from the wire. Insert each wire into the appropriate hole on the removable connector plug (Figure 2), and snap the locking tab down. To help you, the connector plug is keyed. Insert the smooth side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket. Don’t force the scalloped side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket.

To Niles IR Flasher

To 12VDC Power Supply

 

To unswitched

Plugged into an switched AC

Outlet. Typically found in back of

AC Outlet

a receiver.

MSU140

 

TS120 Tabletop Sensor

 

MSU140 Sensor Connection

 

Figure 2: MSU140 Installation

 

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INSTALLATION (continued)

Step 3 – Connecting the Sensor Cable to the Tabletop Sensor

Pull out the removable connector from the bottom of the tabletop sensor. Insert each wire into the appropriate hole on the removable connector plug (Figure 3), and snap the locking tab down.

To help you, the connector plug is keyed. Insert the smooth side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket. Don’t force the scalloped side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket.

Figure 3: Removable Connector Plug

TECH TIP: Wire size is expressed by it’s AWG (American Wire Gauge) number. The lower the AWG number, the larger the wire, i.e., 20 AWG wire is physically larger than 22 AWG.

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INSTALLATION (continued)

Step 4 – Connecting the 12VDC Power Supply and EAch MicroFlasher®

Plug each MicroFlasher into any of the sockets labeled FLASHER OUTPUTS on the connection hub (Figure 5). Plug the connector on the supplied 12VDC power supply into the socket labeled POWER on the connection hub and then plug the wall adapter into a live electrical outlet. The power LED should light. If the LED does not light, confirm that the outlet you used is live by plugging in a lamp.

NOTE: Make all final connections to the MSU before connecting the power supply. This will avoid potential damage to components.

Figure 4: Installing Sensor Connector

Figure 5: Connection Ports

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INSTALLATION (continued) Step 5 – Mounting a MicroFlasher to A/V Components

Make sure all of your remote controls have batteries and that they are able to operate the A/V components. Locate a place for the remote control that is within arm’s length of the A/V components, yet cannot directly control them. Place the tabletop sensor no closer than two feet in front of the remote control (Figure 6).

Hold the MicroFlasher four inches in front of the remote sensor window on the A/V component’s front panel. Press buttons on the remote control while watching the front panel of the A/V component. When the component responds repeatedly to the commands, peel off the protective backing on the MicroFlasher and place the MicroFlasher in that location.

If the A/V component’s remote sensor is not clearly

marked, slowly move the MicroFlasher over the win-

dow of the A/V component while pushing buttons on Tabletop Sensor the remote control until you get a response (Figure 7).

Repeat this procedure for each A/V component you wish to control.

When the A/V component responds repeatedly, peel off the protective backing on the MicroFlasher and place the MicroFlasher in that location.

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INSTALLATION (continued)

Step 6 – Mounting the Connection Hub

Make sure that your system tested OK before proceeding.

Once you have decided on the ideal location for the connection hub, unplug the 12VDC power supply from the electrical outlet and disconnect the sensor and the MicroFlasher cables from the connection hub (Figure 8). Also remove the connector from the tabletop sensor (Figure 9).

The connection hub can be either mounted on a wall using screws

 

or placed on a shelf using the included adhesive feet (Figure 10).

Figure 7: Locating IR Sensor

 

Additional

FlashersAdditionalFlashers

REMOTE CONTROL ANYWHERE! KIT

CONNECTION HUB

Figure 8: Removing Cables

Figure 9: Removing Sensor Connector

 

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Figure 11: Connecting Power Supply and Flashers

INSTALLATION (continued)

MSU140 Base

Self-Adhesive

Rubber Feet

Figure 10A: Wall-mountplacement

Figure 10B: Tabletop placement

Use sheetrock screws

Affix the enclosed self-adhesive

 

rubber feet to the base of the MSU140

Step 7 – Running the Sensor Cable

Conceal the sensor cable between the tabletop sensor and the connection hub. For specific information refer to “Running Sensor Cable in New

Construction” or “Concealing Sensor Cable in Existing Walls.” If you need to cut and restrip the wire, make surethat only 1/4” of wire is exposed. Exposing too much wire could create “shorts” within the system.

Important: If you have doubts about whether you are capable of installing a Niles RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit in your walls, consult a Niles dealer or professional installer. They have special tools, techniques, and experience to make the impossible possible. The installer can provide you with an estimate before any work is done.

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INSTALLATION (continued) Step 8 – MOUNTING LOCATION

The TS120 is designed to be mounted over or under almost any flat, horizontal surface. Suggested locations include:

On top of the television set

On a shelf in an entertainment center

Under a shelf in an entertainment center

Hidden Entertainment Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 12: Typical Mounting Location

TS120

 

 

 

 

 

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INSTALLATION (continued) Step 9 – Reconnecting the Connection Hub

Reconnect the sensor plug, flashers and power supply as outlined in steps 2, 3 and 4 (Figure 11). That’s it! Now you are ready to control your audio/video equipment from the room you chose.

Note: Make sure that the stripped ends of the wire do not come in contact with one another or any surface other than the connector.

Normal Operation

To control your audio/video components, simply aim your remote control at the tabletop sensor.

If you are within range (and your remote control’s batteries are fresh), the LED on the sensor will flash a bright blue color each time you press a button on the remote (Figure 13). If you are using a remote control with macro capabilities (a single press of a button issues a string of commands), allow sufficient time for all of the commands to execute.

Figure 13: System Operation

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INSTALLATION (continued) Optional Accessories

Additional flashers

Although the RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit includes three flashers, the connection hub can accommodate up to four. Order model MF1 (Stock# FG01019) from your authorized Niles dealer for each additional A/V component you wish to control.

Status Feedback Wall Adapter

The tabletop sensor features a status feedback LED that glows green whenever your system is on.

This is a very useful feature when operating your equipment from a remote location. For this feature to work, your system receiver (or preamp) must have a switched AC outlet and you must purchase the optional Status Feedback 12VDC Wall Adapter (FG01035). The Status Feedback wall adapter

is plugged into the switched AC outlet of your receiver. The 12VDC output plug is inserted into the connection hub’s Status Input (Figure 14).

Additional Sensors

The RCA-TT2Remote Control Anywhere! Kit includes one tabletop sensor. Niles also makes a variety of sensors for virtually any application. See your Niles dealer for more information or visit www.nilesaudio.com.

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Installation (continued)

Optional Niles Universal 12VDC Power Supply (FG01035)

Figure 14: Connecting the

Status Adapter

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CONNECTION HUB

Running Sensor Cable in New Construction

Scheduling and Preparation

Plan to schedule the sensor wiring after the electrical wiring is finished. That way you can avoid cable routes which could potentially induce interference over the sensor cable. The basic rules are:

Never run the sensor cable through the same hole as an electrical cable.

Never run the sensor cable into the same J-boxas electrical cable.

Avoid running the sensor cable beside the electrical cable. Keep it at least 3 or 4 feet distant from any electrical power cable.

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