I appreciate that this isn't strictly home automation, but the concepts are the same if you have a big enough house.
I am hoping to control a device (e.g. an ordinary DVD player) using the supplied remote control over a distance of 100's of miles. In order to do this I am hoping to acquire an IR receiver that can encapsulate the output from the supplied remote and encapsulate it in a datagram (TCP/IP) and throw it down an ethernet link such that it can be reassembled by a similarly capable IR transmitter an arbitrary distance away (over a low latency 34Mbps link) and control the device as if the remote was within the typical operating distance of the device/remote pair. In fact the solution must have an ethernet port and communicate via a TCP/IP link.
(I have a couple of Barix Exstreamer digital's, but they only relay IR received from the supplied Barix IR remote control)
Can anyone recommend a device-pair/solution?
If you think of a device/remote pair for which this will never work then that isn't the device I want to control, but you are really quite clever.