Remote control and glass cabinet doors?

Lurker Lee

I'm not sure this is the best category for this, but figured you guys are knowledgeable and would know the answer.

I am thinking of rearranging my TV/DVR setup. I have an older but still decent teak audio cabinet I'm considering using. (Right now, all the components are on an old microwave cart!).

Here's my concern - the cabinet has a smoked glass door. Is my remote going to work through that? I know I could try it, but I don't want to have to unplug and rewire if it's not going to work. (I have two DVRs that are routed thru a VCR as my low tech A/B switch, plus the DVRs are connected to each other so I can dub off of my Comcast and have to draw myself pictures everytime I rearrange.:huh: Either way, I'm moving the whole shebang across the room; I just don't want to have to put it together twice!


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My parents have the glass doors on their cabinet where their DirecTV DVR is and they've never had a problem with the remote not working. Wood will block remote signals. Do you have a window near your TV? Try going outside with the remote and testing it just to make sure. :) I'd hate to be the one that told you, "Yeah, sure, it works", and have you spend all that time putting the cabinet together just to have the remote not work. :p


Remote through smoked glass doors

Here's my concern - the cabinet has a smoked glass door. Is my remote going to work through that?
I'm sure the OP has figured this out by now, but for others who come across this post - yes, the remotes work through smoked glass doors just fine. You do lose a little range, though. I've got my DTV receiver and Blu-ray both behind a 3/16" smoked glass door and no problems with the remote from the typical 12' or so viewing distance. With the doors open, I can use the remote from about 25' away in the kitchen, which I can't do with them closed. Hope that gives you an idea of how well it works.

Gretchen M.

Hello, I want to paint the glass in my component cabinet for TV/DVR . Will the TV/DVR remote signal work through the glass if I paint it?

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