I just checked the IR reception with my replacement Roamio Pro. It is the same as the other one. Which works perfectly fine when sitting anywhere on my couch or even twenty feet away(within it's angle of reception), when pointing it in the general direction of the Romaio Pro. But it certainly does not have the coverage of all my other TiVos. Where I could point the remote in any direction, even at the ground, from behind the couch, and the TiVo would receive the IR commands.