Wednesday, 8th December 2021

Red-Eye infra-red translator

  • Allows third party remote controls to control Pace digital set top boxes Models 1000, 1010, 2000 and 4000, and Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4000DVB
  • Allows control of the above set-top boxes from GUIDE Plus+ products (e.g. Philips DVDR80), Windows Media Center Edition, and many VCRs
The Problem...

The remote control for the Pace digital cable set-top box (STB) models 1000, 1010, 2000 and 4000, and Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4000DVB uses an unusual infra-red signal protocol, based on the IRDA standard. This system was designed to allow for devices like keyboards for internet access, and game pads for interactive games.
(The cable box's remote will be referred to as the IRDA remote.)

The use of this IRDA based system causes problems for users wanting to control the Pace/SA STB using most types of universal remote, programmable remotes like the Philips Pronto, or via an infra-red remote repeater system (to allow control from another room).

The remote control for the Pace 4001 cable box uses a standard RC5 based remote control (RC5 is a more conventional remote control protocol which is compatible with repeaters and learning remotes.) Although the the other 4000 series STBs can be controlled by either the IRDA remote or this blue RC5 remote, there are some reported problems with the implementation of the RC5 codes, including the lack of the 'i' button function and limited infra-red range, therefore if you have a 4000 series STB (but NOT the 4001/4010) then we suggest using the RedEye which will give full infra-red range. Red-Eye is not needed for (and will not work with) the 4001, 4010, or Samsung STBs.

The Red-Eye Solution

The Red-Eye device overcomes this problem, by receiving commands from a different remote code system (RC6), translating them into IRDA style commands and relaying them to the cable box.

The Red-Eye is a small box which fixes to the front of the Pace STB, and connects to the IR-In socket on the rear panel. Unfortunately the IR-In socket on these receivers is not enabled to receive commands, so this connection is only used to provide power. For this reason, the Red-Eye unit needs to be fixed to the front of the cable box, so its infra-red emitter can be seen by the cable box. The Red-Eye can be mounted a few inches away from the cable box if there is a clear line of sight to the receiver in the cable box (to the left of the display digits) - e.g. on the inside edge of a cabinet etc.

When the Red-Eye is fitted, the cable box will respond to commands from either the original IRDA remote or the new remote. This allows, for example, the original IRDA remote to be used in the same room as the receiver, and a new remote to be used in another room via an infra-red repeater system.

Let's Automate are proud to be the single distributor of this British built product

(Click image for further setup examples and tips)

Before you buy, please ensure you understand what the RedEye does:

It WILL allow you to use a Pronto or learning/programmable remote to control the cable box in the same room as the cable box.

It will also allow many satellite-control capable VCRs to control the cable box for timed recording.

The RedEye, itself, is NOT an Infra-Red sender. If you want to control the cable box from another room, then you will need the RedEye, and an infra-red sender, and a Pronto or learning/programmable remote, or a Video Sender which comes with it's own remote control to control the Red-Eye

It will NOT allow you to use the original Pace remote in another room.

Is The Red Eye Required?
Pace 1000 Yes
Pace 2000 Yes
Pace 4000 Yes
Pace 4001 No
Pace 4010 No
Telewest PVR No
Samsung (Silver) No
Scientific Atlanta 4000DVB Yes
Scientific Atlanta 4200 Yes
Virgin+ No

Related Web Links
  • Link to the manufacturer of RedEye
  • Red-Eye manual (pdf)
  • Instructions to allow the Philips DVDR80 to control the Red-Eye/Cable box
  • CCF for use with Philips Pronto RU890, RU940, and RU970
  • CCF for use with Philips Pronto NEO

    Part No Description Stock Availability at 00:41 Dec, 08 If ordered on-line Price = Qty to
    11220 Red-Eye IRDA Infra-Red Translator (for Digital Cable) Discontinued.    


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