Any suggestions for a network enabled IR remote device that includes a port for a wired IR blaster/emitter?
I see some people using the Broadlink RM Pro, but it doesn’t appear to have a female 2.5 or 3.5mm jack into which a wired emitter can be plugged.
I need to control an outdoor RGB flood light that can be controlled via an IR remote. Since it’s an outdoor application, I don’t want to expose a Wi-Fi enabled IR remote to the elements. Ideally, the remote would be in a weatherproof enclosure and I’d run a single emitter from the remote through a weatherproof port to the IR sensor of the flood light.
UPDATE: Based on reviewing all of the feedback below, fleshing out the design of my remote location, and doing some further research, it looks like my best option is to go with a PoE enabled IR blaster. For example:
There’s also Hubitat support for it:
I could also build one using a system on a chip board such as an ESP32-POE, but time is money.
Here’s a drawing of the latest design. Since I’m going to have a weatherproof enclosure anyway, I like the notion of using PoE to power the WiFi mesh device, the security camera, and the IR blaster.
There are a lot of options for WiFi enabled IR blasters, but I don’t really need to have yet another WiFi device in my solution in addition to the PoE powered WiFi mesh device. I also made a decision to go with a PoE enabled security camera instead of WiFi so that I would have more camera options.