I get really fed up with infrared remote controls. So I want to make some kind of simple remote (not a fancy whole home deal) for controlling the main media center in my house.
For the remote, I'll either salvage an old dead one or buy a cheap one and put a flutter inside. Maybe something sleek like a Roku remote.
For the receiving end I'll get an off the shelf IR repeater, attach it's extenders to each device, and place the flutter in front of it with an IR LED to play the codes.