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Power Boards, Surge protected


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divetechdave

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I'm looking for an inferred remote controlled surge protected power board.
Am I asking to much here?
The reason is..
Some of the components in my Home Theartre system don't actualy need to be on standby, if I were to shut them down completely it would be a power saving. Especially as there are regular periods when the house is unocupied.
I do try to physicaly turn things off, but lets face it, easily forgotten.
I'd like to have a remotely controled power board, with a hard wired infered reciever mounted at the front of the cabinet (which is an enclosed unit with filtered ventilation system built in). Then this small infered reciever controls the power board.
My remote unit should then be able to learn this signal.
I have looked through numerouse home automation sites, electronic specialist sites and found nothing close.
It doesn't have to be specficaly what I am looking for here.
As I am soon to comence build a HTPC, i understand that this can be shut down completely via the remote and its own controls, I can't help but wonder if this can be extended for monitors and other equipment.
Any thoughts would be appreciated, Thanx
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http://www.electronics123.com/ if youre a hobbiest or decent with electronics...this site has a bunch of IR controlled relay kits...and a few that are RF kits that use a remote similar to that of your car alarm......IF you were to get one of these...you would want to make sure that the relays on the board are capable of handling 110V ac (a few are 110 to 220...some are 12 or 24v ac/dc relays)...then what you would do is cut the cord on a power strip...and wire the end that plugs into the wall into one side of the relay...then wire the other end to the other side of the relay....when you press the button on the remote that turns that relay off...you've basically unplugged the cord from the wall....this would be the DIY method..i'll look for other less DIY stuff today
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Hey thanks Mate, i am already using 24v dc for cabinet cooling system.
I have already delt with 240v control circuits (240 AC in Australia) for many devices with refrigeration, so that wont be hard to through a good quality earth leakage breaker for the baord i want to shut down.
So the kick off i needed was this info on the infered relay.
Cheers. I think I can see how it would work now.
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yeah...they're pretty simple contraptions....and so far anything i've gotten from that site has come with EXCELLENT documentation...and they have pretty good support on all the kits that they sell
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I don't know if they have something like www.x10.com down under, but that could also work, plus you can get timers (clock) to automatically turn off things so that if you forget, it will turn off. There is another company which makes x10 compatible devices, which I hear is better.

You can also get a module which controls a low current contact, which you can use for controlling other things.
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