2011-08-18, 10:25 AM
If I have two portal boxes in the same room, is there a way to use both boxes with two different remotes? I know for Bell you can change the receiver and remote IDs. Is that option available for the portals?
2011-08-24, 10:16 AM
Nope. Bell uses rf for the remotes. All Shaw remotes are IR. When we do installs in bars with multiple dcts stacked on top each other, we have used a toilet paper tube to narrow the beam so it can be directed at a specific box instead of having the beam spread out
2011-08-24, 11:00 AM
cdncableguy, it remaps the IR id's as well on Bell not just the RF.
This may mean some major re-work to get the gateway system going. Oh well. Thanks for the reply guys.
2011-08-24, 10:50 PM
Would it be possible to mount the portal unit behind the tv with the remote IR bouncing off the wall to change channels etc.?
Only one way to find out.
2011-08-31, 03:28 AM
Like hugh said, there's really only one way to find out. Personally, I doubt this would work. I find the portal rather weak on the receiving end even sitting out atop my entertainment cabinet... and that's using my Harmony One remote as well as the one that Shaw sent.
2012-03-04, 08:25 PM
Will the portals support different IDs so the remotes wont interfere with portals near each other. Now or in the future.
Like TIvo and Bell do
2012-03-05, 12:36 AM
Not as far as I know. What reason would you need to do this? (I'm just curious)
2012-03-05, 02:52 AM
The reason is I have three rooms very close together and they open into each other. I'm worried ir signals will be changing channels etc on the wrong portal.
I'm planning on using two portals. Portal A will do one tv in one room and portal B will do 2 tvs in two rooms.
2012-03-05, 03:21 PM
I think you'll find the sensitivity is so low that you won't have an issue in an open room environment.
In fact, I suspect if you had 2 portals on opposite sides of a 32" or larger tv, just directing the remote will control the appropriate box.
When I watch tv in bed at night, probably 12 feet from the box, I'll often point the remote at the tv to turn it off (The portal is just to the right of the TV) and get no response. Moving the direction of my arm 10 degrees to the right and the box responds.
Directly through my bedroom door is my living room, and 30 feet across the room is the identical TV and Portal, there is no way that I can control either from the bedroom.
In my media room my portal is about 4 feet to my left, and a foot in front of my main row of seating (where I sit), I *HAVE* to point the remote to the left to get it to respond.
Just some real life experience, hope it helps. If there is any level of separation between the portals, I don't suspect you'll have any issues.