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TV Remote Jammer Circuit – [TESTED]

We have already seen in the earlier posts about how to jam the mobile signals using simple mobile jammer circuit. Now, in this project, we are going to know about another interesting concept i.e. TV Remote jammer circuit, a simple and practical circuit dsigned around NE555 Timer IC.

TV Remote Jammer Circuit Image 3


The TV jammer circuit designed in this project confuses the infrared receiver in a TV by producing the constant signal that interferes with the remote control signal. If you switch on the circuit once, the TV will not receive any command from the remote. This allows you to watch your own program without anyone changing the channel or volume.

The fundamental technology used in TV Remotes is Infrared light. This infrared light is invisible to the human eye, but we can see these IR rays through camera.

TV Remote Control Jammer Circuit Principle

The idea behind the TV remote control jammer is sending a constant IR pulse with the carrier frequency of the transmitter. Hence, the result will be non-accepted signal from the receiver and therefore no action will be taken.

Basically the TV remote emits a sequence of pulses when you press a button. IR transmitter is fixed to the surface of the TV remote. This IR transmitter emits the pulses in unique configuration for each button.

IR receiver, which is arranged on the TV, will receive these sequence of pulses that are transmitted by the TV Remote and identifies which button is pressed in TV remote.

Generally Philips TV remotes follows RC5 (Remote Control) protocol. This protocol was developed by Philips in the late 1980s. According to this protocol, for each button, Remote transmits 14 bits. The below figure shows the frame format of RC5 protocol.

RC-5 Frame Format
RC-5 Frame Format

The first two pulses are start bits, and both are logic 1.

The 3rd bit is toggle bit. This bit toggled every time when a button is pressed or released. Using this bit, we can identify weather the button is pressed or not.

The next 5 bits represent the device address. Bit 4 is the MSB of the device address and bit 8 is the LSB of the device.

Last six bits in the frame format are command bits. These command bits varies for each button in the remote. Using these command bits, we can identify which button is pressed in IR remote.

TV Remote Jammer Circuit Image 1

Features of RC5 protocol

  • Bi-phase coding (Manchester coding)
  • 36Khz or 38Khz carrier frequency
  • Constant bit time of 1.778 ms
  • 5 bit address and 6 bit command length

Modulation: The RC5 protocol uses bi – phase modulation. All 14 bits are equal length of 1.778ms.

TV Remote Control Jammer Circuit Diagram

Circuit Diagram of TV Remote Jammer using 555 Timer IC

Circuit Components

  • NE555 timer
  • 1N4148 diodes – 2
  • Resistors – 470 Ω, 1KΩ, 5R6 (5.6Ω)
  • POT – 10KΩ
  • 9V Battery
  • Ceramic capacitor – 10nF
  • Transistor – NPN (BC547)
  • IR – LED

TV Remote Jammer Circuit Design

The circuit is designed to produce a 38 KHz signal. The main component in this circuit is 555 Timer. Here, it is operated in astable multivibrator mode. In this circuit, 2nd and 6th pins are shorted to allow the triggering after every timing cycle and these two pins are grounded through the capacitor. 4th pin of 555 timer is connected to supply to avoid sudden resets.

TV Remote Jammer Circuit Image 2

10KΩ pot is used to adjust the frequency of 555 timer. The current through the IR-LED is limited to 100mA because of two 1N4148 diodes, as these form constant current arrangement when combined with transistor and resistor.

TV Remote Jammer – Circuit Simulation Video

Related Post: Also get an idea about how simple FM Radio Jammer Circuit Works!

How to Operate this TV Remote Control Jammer Circuit?

  • Connect 9V battery to the circuit.
  • Now adjust the pot 10KΩ to produce 38 KHz signal.
  • Now press the TV remote buttons.
  • You can observe that TV will not receive any commands from remote
  • Disconnect the battery from circuit and press TV remote buttons.
  • Now you can observe that TV will receive the commands from Remote

TV Remote Control Jammer Circuit Advantages

  1. We can use this circuit to jam the remote signals so that the other people cannot change the channel while watching our favorite program on TV.
  2. It will not affect the signal receiving capacity of the TV.

Limitations of the Circuit

  • The circuit should be tuned correctly to 38 KHz frequency to get accurate results.

25 Responses

  1. Hey there!

    So I was looking for something to do with my free time and I came across this circuit. I figured it would be a fun project to do and built this circuit. When I went to test this circuit’s capability, I found out that it did work… given that I was inches away from the seat. I figured that it would have had a better range and once I configured it to the required frequency it would work fine. So I wanna know two things now;

    1. Is there anyway I can amplify it’s effect? Like send a stronger pulses?
    2. Since we need to work at a specific frequency, can’t we just replace the 10k potentiometer with a fixed resistor which would produce the required frequency?

    I’ll be looking forward to your reply and a way to get the circuit properly going, so I can mess with my dad.

    1. Oh and also….

      I wanted to also mention that I tested it on my SONY Bravia EX300 32″ LCD TV, could it be that it operates at a different carrier frequency? The jammer barely works when I keep it inches away from the TV.

  2. Cool idea, I wanna know if this design works for every remote or just a specific type. How can I know the frequency to band my remote signals?

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